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Sun Ra Vinyl Records
My Brother The Wind, Vol. I (Expanded Edition) (Pre-Order)More info coming soon.$31.99Vinyl LP - SealedPRE-ORDER Buy Now
Singles Vol. 2Features Fully Remastered Tracks
Includes Rare Photos & Poster Artwork
Features Extensive Sleeve Notes By Francis Gooding, An Interview With Saturn Records Founder Alton Abraham By John Corbett & Detailed Track-By-Track / Session Notes By Paul Griffiths
Strut & Art Yart present a new definitive collection of singles released by jazz maverick Sun Ra during his Earth years, spanning 1952 to 1991. Released prolifically during the 1950s and more sporadically thereafter, primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s offer one-off meteorites from Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forward-thinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions which sounded unlike anything else from the period. As with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and were sold at gigs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years; some were planned and penciled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as one-off magazine singles and posthumous releases.
This release features fully re-mastered tracks, rare photos, poster artwork, extensive sleeve notes by Francis Gooding, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.LP 1
1. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Space Loneliness
2. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – State Street
3. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – The Blue Set
4. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Big City Blues
5. Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – A Blue One
6. Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – Orbitration In Blue
7. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Out There A Minute
8. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Tell Her To Come On Home
9. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – I’m Making Believe
1. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – The Bridge
2. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – Rocket # 9
3. Sun Ra & His Astro-solar-infinity Arkestra – Blues On Planet Mars
4. Sun Ra & His Astro-solar-infinity Arkestra – Saturn Moon
5. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Journey To Saturn
6. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Enlightenment
7. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – I’m Gonna Unmask The Batman
8. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – The Perfect Man
9. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Love In Outer Space
10. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Mayan Temple
11. Sun Ra Quartet – Sky Blues
1. Sun Ra Quartet– Disco 3000
2. Sun Ra – Rough House Blues
3. Sun Ra – Cosmo-extensions
4. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – Quest
5. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – Outer Space Plateau
6. Sun Ra Arkestra – Sometimes I’m Happy
7. Sun Ra Arkestra – Nuclear War
8. Sun Ra Arkestra – On Jupiter / Cosmo Drama
9. Sun Ra Arkestra – Cosmo Drama
10. Sun Ra – I Am The Instrument
$34.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs SealedBuy Now
Space Is The Place (Multi-Colored)Limited Edition Isotopic Red And Yellow & Transmolecularized Blue And Green Vinyl
Available on vinyl for the first time ever is the soundtrack to the legendary Sun Ra film, Space Is The Place. Featuring some of Sun Ra's most adventurous and uncompromising compositions ever, the soundtrack incorporates vocal chants, harsh synthesizer and organ blasts along with film dialogue, heavy percussion and just all around weirdness. Featuring cover art by members of the legendary Ant Farm art collective. An amazing, and important piece from the extensive Sun Ra catalog and a must have for Sun Ra and avant-garde cinema collectors alike. Limited edition Isotopic red and yellow & Transmolecularized blue and green vinyl.1. It's After the End of the World
2. Under Different Stars
3. Discipline 33
5. Calling Planet Earth
6. I Am the Alter-Destiny
7. Satellites Are Spinning
8. Cosmic Forces
9. Outer Spaceways Incorporated
10. We Travel the Spaceways
11. The Overseer
12. Blackman/Love in Outer Space
13. Mysterious Crystal
14. I Am the Brother of the Wind
15. We'll Wait for You
16. Space Is the Place
$33.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Thunder Of The GodsPressed On Colored Vinyl
A new Sun Ra LP touches ground in the earthly bins, 50 years after its creation!
Sun Ra is still trying to get our attention 50 years after dispatching this transmission. Humanity’s path since then makes his message even more urgent today. Years after Herman Poole “LeSony’r Ra” Blount “left the planet” he’s still trying to reach us, to wake us up and to change our destiny. Sun Ra and the Arkestra weren’t a traditional studio band, and every star in the vast galaxy of their discography reflects this. The origins of these records can be hard to pinpoint at times, but when it comes to Thunder Of The Gods, it’s a bit easier. “Calling Planet Earth – We’ll Wait For You” was discovered on tapes from Ra’s, Universe In Blue, believed to be recorded in ’71. The raucous title track and “Moonshots Across the Sky” are unearthed from the ’66 Strange Strings sessions. Modern Harmonic has once again paired Ra’s sonic art with the visual art of “The Father of Modern Space Art,” Chesley Bonestell, whose 1952 work ”Formation of the Earth’s Continents” spralls across the front and back covers.
"Thanks to Modern Harmonic, in partnership with Sun Ra LLC, soon you will be holding an album of unreleased Sun Ra music 50 years after it was recorded! That this music survived to reach our ears after all of this time is quite a miraculous gift. It sounds as though it could have come from either the ancient past or the distant future, yet most perfectly, it’s the music of right now.”
- Christopher Eddy (Sun Ra Arkive)1. Calling Planet Earth – We’ll Wait For You (Stereo)
2. Moonshots Across The Sky (Mono)
3. Thunder Of The Gods (Mono)
$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
The Magic City (Awaiting Repress)On the original 1965 The Magic City LP, issued on Saturn, the monster 27-1/2 minute title track sprawled across side A. Ra customarily supervised the Arkestra's improvisational process via keyboard cues or hand signals. He was always in charge—hence critic Simon Adams describing the title track as "27 minutes of controled freedom." "The Magic City" was never performed in concert; saxophonist John Gilmore said it was "unreproducible, a tapestry of sound."" Although shorter in scope than side A's magnum opus, the four works on The Magic City's flip side reflect the same improvisational approach, spatiality, and lack of structure. One session outtake, ""Other Worlds,"" an alternate version of ""Shadow World,"" is included as a bonus track on side B.
For this definitive edition, historical and technical liner notes are provided by noted jazz historian Ben Young, who restored and remastered the album with his Triple Point Records partner Joe Lizzi. Both men have been recognized for their extensive work on the Grammy Nominated Albert Ayler boxset, released on John Fahey’s Revenant records in 2005.
First-generation Saturn pressings of The Magic City were monophonic. A full stereo version had been issued on Sun Ra's Thoth subsidiary label sometime after 1969; however, it suffered from a technical flaw that prevented many copies of the LP from tracking cleanly through the first cut on side B. A 1973 gatefold LP reissue on Impulse featured reprocessed stereo. For this definitive reissue, Cosmic Myth Records used stereo sources which are superior to the Thoth pressing.
Cosmic Myth Records issues recordings under license from Sun Ra LLC, comprised of the heirs and rights holders of Sun Ra's music. The series is being co-produced and supervised by Irwin Chusid (Raymond Scott, Esquivel, Langley School Music Project) and Michael D. Anderson, who maintains the Sun Ra Music Archive, the world's foremost collection of original Ra session masters.$20.99Vinyl LP - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
SpacewaysPressed On Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas Group In Germany
Recorded Live In New York City In 1966 & 1968
Remastered For Vinyl
Spaceways features live performances by Sun Ra and his Arkestra from New York City in 1966 and 1968. Free and “spacey” as ever, the recordings capture Sun Ra in his element with over a dozen Arkestra members backing him up.
The recording was remastered for vinyl and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany1. Prelude And Shadow-Light World
2. The Wind Speaks
3. We Sing This Song
4. Outer Space Incorporated
5. We Travel The Spaceways
$23.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
The Space Age Is Here to StayOver 75 Minutes Of Vocal Performances - Audible Perfection!
Featuring Album Art Interpreted From The Work Of "The Father Of Modern Space Art," Chesley Bonestell
Extensive Liner Notes
Across the history of jazz, there is no wilder, more future-forward composer and performer than Herman Poole Blount, aka Sun Ra. Known as much for his wild on-stage persona as his innovative compositions, Sun Ra was the avant-garde bleeding edge of the jazz genre, introducing modal composition and electronic instrumentation before almost anyone else -- not to mention bringing the space age to life with his obsession with all things extraterrestrial. Across more than 100 LPs released in his lifetime, Sun Ra charted a course to space and far, far beyond.
Known primarily for his keyboard improv and freeform band arrangements, Sun Ra could also write great vocal songs when he set his mind to it. Such songs as "Space Is The Place" and "Interplanetary Music No.1" show Ra's unique approach to songwriting, using eerie chanting and repetition to create hypnotic moods. And Ra could get swingy when he wanted to as well -- "Enlightenment" and "Sometimes I'm Happy" are gorgeous ballads, as pretty as any Tin Pan Alley tune. Of course, it wouldn't be Sun Ra without his space age lyrics -- "Take your first step out to outer space/You're like a little baby who never walked before" shows up in the future-predicting "Walking On The Moon."
At long last, Modern Harmonic has put together The Space Age Is Here To Stay, the very first collection of Sun Ra’s vocal tracks — two albums’ worth of mind-blowing tunes from the mind of the Man from Saturn himself. 2LPs wrapped in a gorgeous package featuring artwork by the king of space-age art himself, Chesley Bonestell. Includes extensive liner notes from Charles Blass of Sun Radio. Cue this one up and get ready to visit other worlds in Sun Ra’s jazz rocket ship!LP 1
1. Along Came Ra / The Living Myth
2. Interplanetary Music No. 1
3. Back In Your Own Back Yard
5. ‘Round Midnight
6. Sometimes I’m Happy
7. The Antique Blacks
8. Moorish Nights
9. Walking On The Moon
10. This Song Is Dedicated To Nature’s God
2. Space Is The Place
3. The Forest Of No Return
4. The Truth About Planet Earth
5. Nuclear War (live)
6. Space Chant (Third Heaven)
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El Is A Sound Of Joy/Black Sky and Blue Moon (Awaiting Repress)Shining sounds from the dawn of the Sun Ra Arkestra. "El is A Sound of Joy" was recorded in 1956 and appeared the following year on the very first Saturn LP, Super-Sonic Jazz. Incredible is the fact that saxophonist Charles Davis, here providing the soulful baritone anchor line (counterpoint to Ra's formidable left hand), remains in the front-line of today's Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen. Shuffle swing breakdown jets leisurely, casually, masterfully, painting lush, post-modern impressions of ancient future worlds, of space, of time … of Chicago's elevated trains … Reaching for the sky, for Joy …. The “Joy” coda dovetails magically into the intro theme of "Black Sky And Blue Moon," before downshifting into another dimension of romantic outrospection.
We follow The Nu Sounds, aka Cosmic Rays, on a faraway journey to the land of late-50s Chicago singing groups, the Arkestra supporting with quiet grace, pulsing in Nubians of Plutonia mode. An uncanny blend of antique blackness and bright satellites, ethereal voices perfectly in tune; thanks to Ra's disciplined coaching (plus Modern Harmonic's expert re-mastering), their sweet dynamics and exact harmonics are crystal clear. Flute solo from Marshall Allen. Hearts swelling like the full moon, ripening in the darkness to the point of bursting.1. El Is A Sound Of Joy
2. Black Sky And Blue Moon$9.997" Vinyl Single - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Saturn/Mystery Mr. Ra (Awaiting Repress)Sun Ra's angular yet strident and soulful "Saturn,” recorded in 1958, displays bluesy cubist bop in perfect alter-dimensional extension of Fletcher Henderson. It's also a showcase for John Gilmore's sax acrobatics and supersonic swing. Gilmore dove deep into the Ra Omniverse; "got the concept" - as Coltrane described the tenor giant - hooked by this composition, and never left. Dual baritones of Pat Patrick and Charles Davis (who continues in the front line of the living, glowing Arkestra of 2016!) boil underneath Sunny, skipping lightyear intervals on the ivories. "Mystery, Mr. Ra," recorded live in 1984 and originally unissued, is just on the friendly side of ominous. Its deep funk, delivered by James Jacson on the Ancient Egyptian Astro Infinity Drum, lifts up Ra's dark bravado with no uncertainty:
"I'm Mister Re, King of the Kingdom of Mystery
I represent the splendor of the Magic Myth
I'm not a part of history
I belong to the Myth you see"
Part 2 of "Mystery" involves Sun Ra's conduction and Arkestral "space chords," collective emissions of precision and discipline from the "Ra jail.” Marshall Allen is heard on alto at the conclusion.1. Saturn
2. Mystery Mr. Ra$9.997" Vinyl Single - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Plutonian Nights/Reflects Motion (Part One) (Awaiting Repress)"Plutonian Nights," the opening jam from the 1959 Afrofuturist classic album Nubians of Plutonia, is Sun Ra's quintessential, astro-majestic party joint. Among the top grooves in his immense catalog, Ra reveals his love for R&B is inseparable from his embrace of Jazz. (He once told bassist Richard Evans, "We don't play Jazz, we play Dazz.") Pat Patrick's bari sax morphs into a Fender bass, while the swinging flow of John Gilmore & Co. gives new meaning to the notion of 'Blowing' (Out From Chicago).
Remastered for top-down cruise control and better breathing. "Reflects Motion" is breakbeat heaven from the groundbreaking early-60s Choreographer's Workshop sessions, long buried in the deep space vaults. Marshall Allen's flute whispers betwixt Scoby Stroman's drums transmuted via Tommy “Bugs” Hunter's ghostly signature tape reverb. Down to the striking reminiscence of the vocal melody pattern, a direct predecessor (two decades prior) to King Tubby meets Augustus Pablo. Inna Space-Fire Dub Style.1. Plutonian Nights
2. Reflects Motion (Part 1)$9.997" Vinyl Single - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Rocket Number NinePressed On Green Colored Vinyl
Among Sun Ra's most famous and jet-propelled anthems, "Rocket Number Nine" is heard here in one of the earliest renditions from a marathon June 1960 session, with a staggering, swaggering, hip-bop beat. Ignition. Liftoff. "Rocket Number Nine Take Off for the Planet Venus, Zoom Zoom! Up in the air! Zoom! Up!" Paired with originally unknown recordings, including the driving, bossa nova-infused "Ankhnation" from 1959 and "Project Black Mass" from 1962.
More energized and driving in contrast with the rather laconic subsequent versions appearing elsewhere, "Ankhnation" features a feast of traded solos from assorted Arkestral all-stars such as John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and Hobart Dotson.
"Project Black Mass" is straight from the Vaults of Mystery: Voice of the Cosmos in spirit-science precision. Romping, rumbling low tones, glittering, twinkling stars, wanderful wondering. Architecture of moments, milestones of Blackness.
Extension out.1. Rocket Number Nine
3. Project Black Mass
$15.99Colored 10" Vinyl Single - SealedBuy Now
Lady With The Golden StockingsPressed On Gold Colored Vinyl
"The Lady With The Golden Stockings" is a propulsive, forthright groove – a decisive, deep-space, pre-dawn party jam, emitting golden sparks from the black hole center which begat "Africa" and "Watusa." Quantum-elasticity of temporal equations, bubbling bass, trumpet dancing on light waves, tenor sax serenade across the galaxy, signaling yonder... vessels... beings... femaliens...
Pure poetry in sublime, delicate, rhythmelodic motion becomes "Spontaneous Simplicity.” A centerpiece among the gently blissful, tender works in the Sun Ra canon, heard here in a "missing link" super rare, compact version freshly excavated from the '58-'59 era – this is the first appearance of the tune (pre-dating by a decade the stretched-out live version first known from Pictures of Infinity). Ra’s electric piano bass and the roots-heavy organic beats characteristic of the seminal Nubians sessions providing ballast, Marshall Allen's flute flutters butterfly wings, guiding the ship steadfastly beyond the eternal, to the everpresent; the other side of the end of time.
The title "Love in Outer Space" first appeared in 1962 on the Saturn album Secrets of the Sun. The backing track here is from the intimate Night of the Purple Moon, originally a 1970 album instrumental, with David Henderson's vocal overlaid and issued on a Saturn 7-inch 45 in 1975. Henderson (known for 1960s work with Umbra collective and the Black Arts movement, performance on Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction plus early scholarship on Jimi Hendrix), provides his own lyrics, singing: “Sunrise in Outer Space, Love for Every Face.” With the emergence of this vocal version and the ascension of the Sun Ra Arkestra’s mid-seventies popularity, onstage the tune became a quintessential Ra anthem, a vehicle for frenzied acrobatics and organ-asmic drum-orgies of hyper ecstatic proportion.
Utopian yearnings of space commune Sun Children, escape velocity.1. Lady with the Golden Stockings
2. Spontaneous Simplicity
3. Love in Outer Space
$15.99Colored 10" Vinyl Single - SealedBuy Now
Nuclear WarPressed On Red Colored Vinyl
"Nuclear War," Sun Ra's groove-infested x-rated warning, was an early 80s underground hit when it appeared on a 12-inch (plus the Saturn album A Fireside Chat With Lucifer). Ra and crew expose the deathly horror with deadly serious call-and-response, leavened with funk and a pinch of humor for better digestion, eyes gleaming in a laid-back, lilting, cosmo-gangster-lean. "Outer Reach Intense Energy" and "Twilight" are originally unreleased works, sonically extending the radioactive theme.
"Outer Reach" (1977) is a soundclash of explosion and fallout, planetary screams, whistling missiles, eternal agony, detonation, damnation. Dashed hopes and dreams blasted to the farthest nebulae.
“Twilight," recorded at the Tip-Top Club in 1963, exhibits Sun Ra's xylophonic electric piano laced with clouds of mournful horns, teetering on madness, an impossible circus, bordering on redemption in the wilderness of the Sun's possible return.1. Nuclear War
2. Outer Reach Intense Energy
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Complete Performance2 LP On Clear Vinyl
If you were going to envision the ultimate avant-garde meeting-of-the-minds jam session, who would you pick? Even the most hopeful fan of strange and innovative music couldn't have seen this one coming: on one afternoon in 1986, at Coney Island's dilapidated freak show, space-age avant-jazz genius Sun Ra met avant-garde "serious music" composer John Cage in an unforgettable performance.
You couldn't imagine two figures more opposite. Cage was known for his unusual approach to composition, using objects such as radios and television sets, as well as pure silence, as instruments, often encouraging his musicians to do other things at their whim on stage. Sun Ra, on the other hand, was a jazz arranger known for his "space-age" approach to jazz, adding free-jazz and surrealist elements into a musical form that Cage often disdained -- improvisational music. And yet, for one afternoon, they pooled their talents -- Ra playing keyboards, leading his small group and reading his unusual poetry; Cage "performing" vocal readings and passages of vocal sound -- plus his trademark silence -- designed to baffle and disorient. The combination is breathtaking, both organic and mechanical, free-form and totally composed.
For the very first time, Modern Harmonic presents the full and unexpurgated concert from 1986, stretched out across two LPs. In addition to never-before-heard songs and musical passages, this album at last presents the long-rumored co-performance between the two musical giants, all lovingly packaged in new artwork that captures the stark brilliance of the music. Take yourself back to 1986 and a once-in-a-lifetime performance that you can finally hear as it was intended.LP 1
1. Rick Russo Introduction [Previously Unissued]
2. Marshall Allen – Untitled Wind Synthesizer Intro
3. Sun Ra – Untitled Keyboard Solo 1
4. John Cage – Empty Words (Vocal Solo)
5. John Cage – Empty Words (Silent Solo)
6. John Cage – Empty Words (Vocal Solo)
7. Sun Ra – Untitled Keyboard Solo 2
8. Sun Ra – We Hold This Myth To Be Potential [Previously Unissued]
9. Sun Ra – The Damned Air [Previously Unissued]
10. John Cage – Empty Words (Vocal Solo) [Previously Unissued]
11. John Cage – Empty Words (Silent Solo) [Previously Unissued]
12. John Cage – Empty Words (Vocal Solo) [Previously Unissued]
1. Sun Ra – The Living Parable [Previously Unissued]
2. Sun Ra – This Is The Space Age [Previously Unissued]
3. Sun Ra – Untitled Keyboard Solo 3 [Previously Unissued]
4. Sun Ra – Enlightenment (featuring June Tyson) [Previously Unissued]
5. Sun Ra – Untitled Keyboard Solo 4
6. John Cage and Sun Ra – Silent Duet
7. John Cage and Sun Ra – Empty Words And Keyboard
8. John Cage and Sun Ra – Silent Duet 2
9. Sun Ra – Untitled Keyboard Solo 5
$36.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Batman And RobinImport
This novelty album, released in 1966 during the height of the Batman & Robin craze, was initially credited to the The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale and featured an album full of tracks based on the popular TV show like "The Batman Theme Song," "The Penguin Chase" and "The Batcave."
The album is entirely instrumental, except for someone singing "Batmaaaan!" in the theme song. But the interesting thing about this album, and what makes it an absolute cult gem, are the musicians who are behind it all: basically a joint collaboration between Sun Ra's Arkestra and Danny Kalb's Blues Project (one of the first psychedelic rock bands as well as one of the world's first jam bands).
Dan and Dale were actually blues guitarist Danny Kalb and Steve Katz (later of Blood, Sweat & Tears) on dueling guitars, while Sun Ra and Al Kooper take over organ duties (a Hammond B-3) and members of Ra's Arkestra play sax. Gatefold edition.1. Batman Theme
2. Batman's Batmorang
3. Batman and Robin Over the Roofs
4. The Penguin Chase
5. Flight of the Batman
6. Joker Is Wild
7. Robin's Theme
8. Penguin's Umbrella
9. Batman and Robin Swing
10. Batmobile Wheels
11. The Riddler's Retreat
12. The Bat Cave
$32.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Calling Planet EarthCalling Planet Earth comes from a concert recorded at Tivoli Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 5, 1971. Sun Ra and his Arkestra are captured in their prime, while exploring some of their most far out material to date. The recording received its first ever vinyl release with for Record Store Day 2015 as an exclusive color vinyl pressing. Now it will receive a wide release on black vinyl. The recording was remastered and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.1. Discipline No. 5
2. Discipline No. 10
4. Love In Outer Space
5. Discipline No. 15
6. The Satellites Are Spinning
7. Calling Planet Earth
8. The Outers
9. Adventures Outer Space
$24.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Outer Spaceways IncorporatedLimited Edition Of 1,500
Remastered For Vinyl For The First Time In Over 3 Decades
Pressed On Premium Quality Vinyl At Pallas Group In Germany
Sun Ra's orchestra was at its most radical during this period, alternating simple chants with very outside playing and dense ensembles. While the sidemen include such notables as Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on altos, baritonist Pat Patrick, John Gilmore on tenor, bassist Ronnie Boykins and percussionist Clifford Jarvis, most of the other players in the 15-piece band (such as trumpeters Ahk Tal Ebah and Kwame Hadi) have slipped back into obscurity.
- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)1. Somewhere There
2. Outer Spaceways Incorporated
4. Song Of The Sparer
5. Spontaneous Simplicity
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In The Orbit Of RaSun Ra is one of the most respected, and perhaps most misunderstood creative minds in jazz music. To commemorate what would have been Ra’s 100th birthday, we've teamed up with Art Yard for a very special release. In The Orbit Of Ra is a new collection presented by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bringing together Sun Ra highights from over 25 years of music, the album is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra, all mastered from the original tapes.
Hear the pristine masters for one of our favorite Sun Ra tracks, “Plutonian Nights,” below, and an instant download of the track is available with pre-orders of the full album. Physical formats feature full interview with Marshall Allen along with rare and previously unpublished photos by Val Wilmer.LP1
1. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – Somewhere In Space
2. Sun Ra & His Solar-myth Arkestra – The Lady With The Golden Stockings
3. Sun Ra And His Afro Infinity Arkestra – Somebody Else’s World
4. Sun Ra & His Solar-myth Arkestra – Plutonian Nights
5. The Sun Ra Arkestra – Angels And Demons At Play
6. Sun Ra – Island In The Sun (extended Version – Previously Unreleased)
7. Sun Ra – Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus
1. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Astro Black
2. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune
3. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – We Travel The Spaceways
4. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Reflects Motion (part 1 – Previously Unreleased)
5. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Reflects Motion (part 2)
6. Sun Ra – Ancient Aiethiopia
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Sun SongManufactured in Germany on 180gr. vinyl.1. Brainville
2. Call For All Demons
5. Street Named Hell
6. Lullaby For Realville
8. Swing A Little Taste*
9. New Horizons
10. Fall Off The Log
11. Sun Song
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Mystery Of BeingLP11 My Favorite Things
2 Moon People
3 Rome At Twilight
4 When There Is No Sun1 Sun Steps
2 Exactly Like You
3 Friend And FriendshipLP21 The Horo
2 Sun, Sky And Wind1 Springtime And Summer Idyll2 ConstellationLP31 One Day In Rome2 Bridge On The Ninth Dimension
3 Along The Tiber
2 The Mystery Of Being$57.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs SealedBuy Now
Sound Of Joy (Out Of Stock)Sun Ra's second album was a Delmark release recorded in 1957, although it was originally intended for the Transition label, which did not survive long enough to release it.
Personnel: Sun Ra, piano, electric piano; Art Hoyle & Dave Young, trumpets; John Gilmore, tenor sax; Pat Patrick, alto & baritone sax; Jim Herndon, tympani, timbali; Julian Priester, trombone; Charles Davis, baritone sax; Victor Sproles, bass; William Cochran, drums; Clyde Williams, vocals.1. El Is A Sound Of Joy
2. Overtones Of China
3. Two Tones
5. Planet Earth
8. Reflections In Blue
9. El Viktor
$19.99Vinyl LP - SealedTemporarily out of stock
He abandoned his
He abandoned his birth name and took on the name and persona of Sun Ra (Ra being the ancient Egyptian god of the Sun). Claiming that he was of the "Angel Race" and not from Earth, but from Saturn, Ra developed a complicated persona of "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a pioneer of Afrofuturism as he preached "awareness" and peace above all. Some regarded him as a crank because of these traits, but most recognized his immense musical talents.
A prolific recording artist and frequent live performer, Sun Ra's music ranged from keyboard solos to big bands of 30-odd musicians; his music touched on virtually the entire history of jazz, from ragtime to swing music, from bebop to free jazz; he was also a pioneer of electronic music and free improvisation, and was one of the first musicians to use electronic keyboards.
He eschewed racism, and insisted his musicians avoid drug abuse, but he rarely spoke directly about politics or any controversial subjects.