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Blu feat Ra The Rugged Man & TristateThelonius King (vocal, remix) ... 7-inch
Nature Sounds, 2013. New Copy (pic cover).... $8.99
Blu is joined by mic veteran RA The Rugged Man and Tristate of Durag Dynasty on this nice single from Nature Sounds. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New John CorbettSun Ra & Aye Aton – Space, Interiors, & Exteriors 1972 ... Book
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy .... $19.99 27.99
Amazing images from the universe of Sun Ra – a mixture of rare photographs and mural images painted by Aye Aton – sometime percussionist with the Arkestra, and a heck of a great painter too! The book begins with these stunning full color photographs of Ra on the set of Space Is The Place – images from 1972 that echo the cover of the album of the same name, but which feature a costumed Ra in a number of different settings – including a few parking lot shots that make him look like a true visitor from the cosmos, briefly walking on our planet! The bigger second half of the book features photographs of murals painted by Aton (who's also known as Robert Underwood) – all of them spacey and trippy, and in a similar spirit to the Saturn Records album covers – except these were all painted on walls and ceilings, in very vivid colors. Aye painted many images in the Arkestra commune in Philly – and other paintings appear to be from the south side of Chicago – and all work here is seen by the wider public for the first time ever. Archivist John Corbett provides an essay with the book to situate the work – and the whole thing's a vivid visual treat for any fan of Sun Ra! Book

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New Gene KrupaTa Ra Ra Boom Der E/Apurksody ... 78 rpm
Brunswick, Early 30s. Near Mint- .... $8.99
78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Labels have a sticker.)

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Sun RaAntique Blacks ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard, 1974. New Copy .... $16.99
Amazing work from Sun Ra – record that really features a great range of sounds and styles, and a heck of a lot of soul as well! Ra plays some especially nice rocksichord on the set – that freaky, fuzzy keyboard that comes off sounding like a guitar, even though it's played with keys – and there's some spiritual undercurrents to the set that are different than some of Ra's other albums with the instrument – some deeply feeling rhythms and soulful, spiritual expressions that really belie the Space Is The Place generation in which the album was cut. A few recitations imbue the record with a bold sense of poetry, which seems to be carried through strongly in the instrumentation too – especially on John Gilmore's tenor lines, which almost have a Shepp-like quality at points. Other players include Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto, Ahk Tal Ebah on trumpet, Clifford Jarvis on drums, and Sly on electric guitar – and titles include "Song No 1", "There Is Change In The Air", "Antique Blacks", "Would I For All That Were", "Ridiculous I & The Cosmos Me", and "This Song Is Dedicated To Nature's God". CD

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Sun RaArt Forms Of Dimensions Tomorrow (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Saturn, 1965. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A fantastic Sun Ra album – with otherworldly sounds that perfectly sum up his unique jazz vision! The album features material recorded in New York in 1961, and released on Saturn in 1965 – but whatever the date, it's still light years ahead of its time! Ra plays piano, as usual, but he also works with some beautiful instruments of his own creation – including the strangely wonderful Sun Harp, the Dragon Drum, and the Spiral Percussion Gong. The percussion instruments are heard to great effect on the track "Solar Drums" – which has an echoey percussive sound that's really wonderful! The rest of the group includes John Gilmore, Ronnie Boykins, Pat Patrick, Clifford Thornton, Marshall Allen, and Clifford Jarvis – classic Ra players all of them – and other titles include "Lights On A Satellite", "Kosmos In Blue", and "Cluster Of Galaxies". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaBad & Beautiful ... LP
Saturn, 1961. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Classic early material from Ra & the Arkestra – recorded in 1961, but not issued in this form until years later. The album features prime small group playing by Ra, John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, Marshall Allen, Ronnie Boykins, and Tommy Hunter, with the tracks "Search Light Blues", "Ankh", "On The Blue Side", and "Exotic Two". "Exotic Two" has some great echoey percussion – recorded in a wide-open way that mixes strangely with the piano lines on the session. "On The Blue Side" has some great tenor from Gilmore, very much in a blue tone, sounding like laidback Hank Mobley from the 50s! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaBeyond The Purple Star Zone/Oblique Parallax ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1980. New Copy .... $16.99
Tremendous lost work from Sun Ra – recorded live in Detroit at the start of the 80s, and only ever issued briefly on a limited Saturn Records pressing! Given the show's setting in the Detroit underground, the material has an especially hip sound to it – a return to some of the more righteous modes of the early 70s – both in the group's use of electronics, and in the chanted soul-based lyrics on the album's great version of "Rocket Number Nine"! Ra himself is playing organ and synthesizer – using both in ways that are really eerie and other-worldly – often with spooky tones and these highly metallic notes that make it really difficult to figure out which instrument is which. Overall, the tunes are adventurous, but never too far outside – often quite introspective, and even slightly groove-based, as on the record's great take on "Romance On A Satellite". Other members of the group for this date include Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Craig Harris, June Tyson, and James Jacson – who plays "Ancient Egyptian Infinity Lightning Drum". CD also features the whole performance that was recorded – material that originally appeared on the Saturn albums Beyond The Purple Star Zone and Oblique Parallax. Other titles include "Beyond The Purple Star Zone", "Planetary Search", "Vista Omniverse", "Celestial Realms", "Journey Stars Beyond", and "Immortal Being". CD

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Sun RaConcert For The Comet Kohoutek (German pressing) ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1973. Used .... $7.99
One of Sun Ra's most striking albums of the 70s – a live session recorded in honor of the passing of the comet Kohoutek, and featuring some of the most cosmic work the Arkestra recorded at the time! Ra himself is on synthesizer, playing with a heavily electronic sound – and really wailing in a heavily avant mode at many points in the recordings. The rest of the group is equally free – not the soulful soaring ensemble from Space Is The Place, but a forcefully explosive group, ready to burst into flames in the wake of the comet! Titles include "Astro Black", "Unknown Kohoutek", "Discipline", "Outer Space EM", and "Space Is The Place". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Sun RaContinuation (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1963. New Copy 2CD .... $16.99 19.99
Mindblowing music from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – sounds recorded during the same marathon session that gave the world the records Other Planes Of There, When Sun Comes Out, and When Angels Speak Of Love – but titles that are much more obscure overall! The initial release of the material featured very misleading notes, but the true details of the session are even more impressive – as Ra plays a variety of unusual instruments alongside piano – including the piano strings, space organ, and clavioline – alongside some sublime straight horn work from John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and oboe, Pat Patrick on baritone, Danny Davis on alto and clarinet, Walter Miller on trumpet, Robert Cummings on bass clarinet, and Ali Hasaan on trombone! The lineup here has that raw power the Arkestra first unleashed after their initial move to New York – almost a sense of new freedom in the new environment – even at a time when they weren't clicking on a financial level, but still continued to push forward with new ideas in music! Some passages have this great approach that links the cosmic ideas of the Arkestra with older traditions of jazz soloing – while others reflect the growing concern of the group with new textures and sounds – making for some very impressive elements on both the horns and percussion. The group is completed by Ronnie Boykins on bass, Art Jenkins on space voice and percussion, and Tommy Hunter on drums, percussion, and some mighty nice reverb – and titles include "Biosphere Blues", "Intergalactic Research", "Earth Primitive Earth", "New Planet", and "Continuation To Jupiter Festival". Beautiful 2CD reissue features sublime sounds from the original tapes, remastered – plus a full bonus CD of unreleased tracks that include "Blue York", "Conversation Of The Universe", "Red Planet Mars", "Cosmic Rays/Next Stop Mars", "The Myth", "Meteor Shower", "Infinity", "The Beginning Of", and "Endlessness". CD

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Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
ESP, 1965. Used .... $18.99
The 2 key Sun Ra albums for ESP records – back to back on one CD! The work here is a bit more intense than usual – almost cerebral at times, with very contemplative passages on percussion and reeds, offset by strong piano lines from Ra – all in a mode that marks a sharp break from earlier Saturn albums, and almost makes us wonder if Ra was pitching the sound of the Arkestra towards a more academic audience for his time on ESP. Heliocentric 2 is our favorite here – as it features a few more rhythmic numbers, some interesting percussion, and nice use of clavioline by Ra. Players include Marshall Allen, Pat Patrick, and John Gilmore – and CD features 10 tracks that include "Cosmic Chaos", "Nebulae", "Dancing In The Sun", "Heliocentric", "Outer Nothingness", "Of Heavenly Things", and "Other Worlds". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sun RaHorizon (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1971. New Copy .... $15.99 16.99
An amazing live date from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – recorded in Cairo in 1971, with a very transcendent sound overall! Ra and the group are clearly inspired to be working in the shadow of the pyramids – and their music sometimes has Eastern overtones, a bit in the manner of Salah Ragab – their associate in Egypt – yet at other times, things get quite outside and noisy too! The keyboards are especially wonderful – as Ray plays "tiger organ" and moog, in addition to conventional piano – adding in the electronics with really spacey tones that really push the limits of the music. And some of the reeds really help shape the sound of the songs too – stark and soulful at key moments, but also forceful in formation at others – played by John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Thompson on baritone and flute, Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Danny Davis on flute and alto, Larry Northington on alto, Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet . The group comes together for a tight reading of "Space Is The Place" – and other titles include "3rd Planet", "Horizon", "Starwatchers", and "Shadow World". CD also features tracks not on the original album – "The Satellites Are Spinning", "We'll Wait For You", "Enlightenment", and "Love In Outer Space". CD

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Sun RaJazz In Silhouette (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Saturn, 1958. New Copy (reissue).... $11.99
Sun Ra's really moving forward with this classic set – refining the sound of his Chicago-based Arkestra, and reaching for new territory that moves him way past familiar jazz modes! The cover bills the group as playing "music from tomorrow's world" – and you can definitely hear that on some titles here, including one number that features Ra on some really haunting celeste, and another that features Marshall Allen making weird noises with his mouthpiece! The group is all greats from the old days – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute, Pat Patrick on baritone and flute, James Spaulding on alto and flute, Hobart Dotson on trumpet, Charles Davis on baritone, and Ronnie Boykins on bass – and titles include "Hours After", "Saturn", "Ancient Ethiopia", and "Blues At Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaLive At The Red Garter – NYC 1970 (with bonus slideshow) ... CD
Transparency, 1970. New Copy 3CD .... $16.99
A wonderful illustration of the way that each Sun Ra concert could be a completely unique experience – as you'll hear in this amazing performance from 1970! The set was recorded at the Red Garter, and has the group coming together wonderfully on these long tracks that showcase both the Arkestra sense of arrangement, and the unique space the group allowed for individual moments of experimentation! Ra himself really steps out on a few cool solos – on the excellent "rocksichord", plus Farfisa organ and moog too – and the group also features trumpets from Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah, tenor from John Gilmore, alto and flute from Danny Davis and Marshall Allen, and baritone from Pat Patrick and Danny Ray Thompson. Alan Silva is with the group on cello, alongside bassist Alex Blake – and titles include "Pleasant Twilight/Unidentified Title", "Ladies & Gentlemen", "Love In Outer Space", "Unitlted Improvisation", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "Somewhere Else". Concert is presented on 2CDs, and the third CD features a bonus slide show with 82 different photos that you can set up on your computer! CD

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New Sun RaMagic City ... LP
Saturn, 1960. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A classic early Arkestra session, and one that features Ra on a variety of instruments – from piano to clavioline to bass marimba, Sun Harp, dragon drum, and electronic celeste – all of which make for a session that's one of the wilder ones from the time! Major soloists on the album include John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, Danny Davis, and Marshall Allen – and at times, the work gets quite out and abstract (as you might guess from titles like "Abstract Eye" and "Abstract I"). Also includes the extended "The Magic City", plus "The Shadow World". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaNidhamu/Dark Myth Equation Visitation ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1971. New Copy .... $15.99 16.99
Sun Ra returns to the motherland – to serve up a host of classic recordings done in Egypt in the early 70s! There's a cool exotic feel to some of the best tracks here – a vibe that's quite similar to the groove Salah Ragab was hitting at the time in Cairo, although probably a bit more outside overall – thanks to the Arkestra's strongly modern tones. Recordings were done at a few locations – and the set mixes live concert material with even more intimate sides done at the home of Hartmut Geerken, who was a key force in getting the Arkestra to play in Egypt at the time. Ra plays a host of great keyboards – including rocksichord, tiger organ, and moog – and other players include John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Thompson on baritone and flute, Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Hakim Rahim on alto and flute, and the trio of Tommy Hunter, Clifford Jarvis, and Lex Humphries on drums. Occasional vocals are sung by June Tyson, Verta Grosvenor, Gloristeena Knight, and Richard Wilkinson – and the set features a whopping 11 tracks, orignally issued on two different Saturn albums, with bonus material too. Titles include "Space Loneliness #2", "Discipline #11", "Nidhamu", "Solar Ship Voyage", "Discipline #27", "Cosmo Darkness", "The Light Thereof", "Friendly Galaxy #2", "To Nature's God", and "Why Go To The Moon?" CD

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Sun RaNight Of The Purple Moon ... LP
Saturn, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A fantastic spooky bit of wild keyboard jazz from Ra! Night Of The Purple Moon was recorded in 1972 and Ra playing two different moogs, and his classic rocksichord – likely put to its most mind alteringly great use on this LP! John Gilmore, surprisingly enough, plays percussion, except on the track "Impromptu Festival", which features him on tenor. The group is small, and features Danny Davis and Stafford James, besides Ra and Gilmore. The cuts are short, with kind of a spooky feel – really led by the keyboards in odd, but soulful and melodic way! Titles include "Sun-Earth Rock", "Impromptu", "Blue Soul", "Outside The Time Zone", "Night Of The Purple Moon", "Dance Of The Living Image", "Love In Outer Space" and more. Amazing, work from the mythical Ra! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaOn Jupiter ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $15.99 16.99
Righteous Ra from the end of the 70s – one of the most soulful albums ever by the Sun Ra Arkestra, and a lost treasure that's got some nice funky moments! The vibe here is very much in the Lanquidity/Disco 3000 mode – an extrapolation of styles best known from the Space Is The Place era, tightened up into more of a groove at some points, but also relaxed and more reflective at others. Our favorite track on the set is "UFO", a snapping bit of funk that comes as a real surprise from Sun Ra – and a tune that's got some nicely noisy guitar jamming alongside straighter electric rhythms – all topped off by vocals from the group and some really strong horn work! The tune's a great party funk number that shows the Arkestra at its most joyous – and other tracks include "On Jupiter", which has a great blend of light vocals, spacey moog, and snakey sax – plus the side-long "Seductive Fantasy", a laidback number that unfolds with a really gentle grace. CD

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Sun RaSleeping Beauty ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $15.99 16.99
One of the most soulful Sun Ra albums ever – very much on the Lanquidity tip, and done with a great mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation! The vibe here is really mellow, spiritual, and warm – and the album actually feels a lot more like a session recorded for the Strata East label than it does for Saturn! Keyboards pervade the session – electric piano and organ drifting around in moody, laidback lines – augmented by occasional vibes, bits of guitar, and some wonderfully well-blown sax solo work by Marshall Allen and John Gilmore! The title track "Sleeping Beauty" runs for all of side two of the album – and it's an amazing little number that mixes instrumental passages with some great mellow Roy Ayers-styled vocals. "Door Of The Cosmos" is a bit of a groover, and even gets a bit funky at times – and the album also features the laidback spacey number "Springtime". CD

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Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $12.99
Very dark stuff from Sun Ra – one of his records that received wider circulation than most of the Saturn releases of the 70s, and a set that maintains a pretty sharp edge overall! Ra plays some killer keyboards – moog, spacemaster, and acoustic piano – often with these really eerie tones – and other players include Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Akh Tal Ebah on space dimension mellophone, Ali Hassan on trombone, Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor, and Pat Patrick on baritone – and the whole group vocalizes at points, joined by other singers who include June Tyson and Art Jenkins. Recorded at the Sun studios in New York in 1970, the album features a number of shorter tracks like "Spectrum", "The Satellites Are Spinning", "Seen III, Took 4", "Adventures Of Bugs Hunter", and the longer tracks "Legend" and "The Realm Of Lightning". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $11.99
The 2nd volume of the Solar-Myth sessions! Recorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other weird percussion instruments. Longer titles are "The Utter Nots", "Scene 1, Take 1", and "Strange Worlds", and the whole thing's packaged in a glossy gatefold cover, with good photos of the band, and a good cover shot of Ra wearing cool goofy glasses! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaSpace Probe – A Tonal View Of Times Tomorrow, Vol 1 (includes unissued tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard, 1974. New Copy Gatefold .... $15.99 16.99
The rare Space Probe sent out to the cosmos by Sun Ra in the mid 70s – with material recorded from the early 60s onward – the heart of it being Sun Ra's first ever recordings on a moog synthesizer in 1969, and it's one heck of a trip! This excellent edition on Art Yard includes the material from the original Saturn release – the epic, nearly 18 minute interstellar trip that is the title track – with Sun Ra crafting hallucinatory moog magic throughout it. He shifts gears on "Earth Primitive Earth" (the complete version), an earlier recording, as much influenced by ancient sounds as futuristic ones, with hand drums for the beat and bass clarinet by John Gilmore. The closing "Conversion Of JP" is the other holdover from the earlier Space Probe LP and it's another gem steeped in primitivism, believed to feature Marshall Allen on flute (sure sounds like him to us). Art Yard includes some really incredible unissued material here from sessions that produced the Secrets Of The Sun and When Sun Comes Out sets – titles including "Solar Symbols II", "Dance Of The Wind", "Recollections Of There" and "Destiny". Other players include James Jacson on log drums, Nimrod Hunt on hand drums and vocalist Thea Barbara. CD

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Sun RaStrange Celestial Road ... LP
Celestial, 1980. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A very nice session that actually has a bit of a soul jazz touch – with elements that are similar to Ra's Lanquidity set, a much sought-after spacey fusion classic! The band still plays fairly out, but the singing's a bit more soulful than usual, and the music has some funky vibes, guitar, and bass in addition to the group's usual array of "out there" instrumentation. Players include Ra on keyboards, Michael Ray on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, Harry Wilson on vibes, and John Gilmore and Marshall Allen on reeds. The whole thing's got 3 long tracks – "Celestial Road", "Say", and "I'll Wait For You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Strange Celestial Road (180 gram pressing) ... LP 9.99

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Sun RaStrange Celestial Road (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Celestial, 1980. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A very nice session that actually has a bit of a soul jazz touch – with elements that are similar to Ra's Lanquidity set, a much sought-after spacey fusion classic! The band still plays fairly out, but the singing's a bit more soulful than usual, and the music has some funky vibes, guitar, and bass in addition to the group's usual array of "out there" instrumentation. Players include Ra on keyboards, Michael Ray on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, Harry Wilson on vibes, and John Gilmore and Marshall Allen on reeds. The whole thing's got 3 long tracks – "Celestial Road", "Say", and "I'll Wait For You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Strange Celestial Road ... LP 9.99

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Sun RaSub-Dwellers – Space Poetry Vol 2 ... LP
Norton, Late 60s/1982. New Copy .... $12.99
Amazing sounds from Sun Ra – vocal recitations, weird words, and spoken bits – all set to some mighty cosmic music! The work here is all previously unissued, and pulled from rare tapes recorded in 1966, 1968, and 1982 – an amazing discovery in the Ra archive, with a real focus on his more poetic side! The set begins with some wonderfully echoey bits – Ra's vocals in the lead, and some cool abstract sounds and electronics behind him. Other tracks have even more obscure elements in the background, and a few others provide some more familiar jazz elements – but overall, the whole thing's got a wickedly spaced-out feel – very much what you might expect if you'd ever heard the myth of Ra before hearing one of his records! Titles include "The Universe Is Endless", "The Sub-Dwellers", "Music Is A Universal Language", "The Universe Sent Me", "A Cosmic Dimension Of Music", "They Taught Me To Share", and "Worship Of A Statue". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaSun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP
Transition/Delmark, 1956. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any similarities to work going on in New York or LA – a voice that was all his own, and already quite boldly stated, even in these early years! The format might be somewhat familiar – an ensemble with horns and rhythm – but the overall execution really starts to open up as the album moves on – with odd phrasings, timings, and unusual moments that live up to all the promise you might expect from Ra. Even Mingus and some of his better-known contemporaries weren't heading in these directions in the mid 50s – and the record is a proud showcase of the freedoms that players were often accorded in the less-trafficked Chicago scene of the time. Horns include Art Hoyle & Dave Young on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor sax, Pat Patrick on baritone, Julian Priester on trombone, and James Scales on alto sax – and rhythm includes Jim Herndon on tympani, Robert Barry on drums, Wilbur Green on electric bass, and a young Richard Evans on acoustic bass! Titles include "Brainville", "Call For All Demons", "Transition", "Lullaby For Realville", "Street Named Hell", "New Horizons", "Fall Off The Long", "Possession", and "Future". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaThis Planet Is Doomed – The Science Fiction Poetry Of Sun Ra (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2011. New Copy Book .... $12.99
The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra – complete and unabidged – in a great, kinda old school hip pocket paperback-styled tome from Kicks Books! As revered as Sun Ra is, was, and will forever be as one of the great avant garde bandleaders and all around musical innovators of the 20th Century, his work as an Afro-futurist poet is overlooked. This book aims to change that, but not in a precious way at all. It's sort of presented as a fun little pulp paperback. Includes a nice forward by Amiri Baraka and an intro by science fiction historian Bhob Stewart, who does a terrific job of detailing Ra's 60s poetry and his quite genuine relevence in that realm! Paperback, 124 pages. Book

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Sun RaWake Up Angels – Live At The Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972/1973/1974 ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CDs .... $19.99 21.99
Really wonderful work from Sun Ra – a host of recordings cut at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest in the early 70s – always a very welcoming audience for the Arkestra at the time! We're not sure what was in the water, but it always seems like the group really hit their stride at the festival – opening up with a force and intensity that really goes past some of their other recordings! It's almost as if the enthusiastic mix of ages and cultures present really ignited the best energies in the Arkestra – having them hit the kind of righteous crescendo of their best Space Is The Place identity – and even some of the more avant, outside moments have a focus that the group hardly seems to reach this well! The material is from the John Sinclair archives – originally issued on the CDs Life Is Splendid, Outer Space Employment Agency, and It Is Forbidden – but somehow sounding even more amazing in a tight package like this – with loads of amazing keyboards from Ra, soulful vocals from June Tyson, Cheryl Banks, and Judith Holton, and wonderful supporting reeds from the Arkestra. Titles include "Space Is The Place", "Enlightenment", "What Planet Is This", "Immeasurable", "Love In Outer Space", "Watusi", "Images", and some great untitled improvisations. CD

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New Sun RaWhat's New – Sub Underground Series (Saturn 752) ... LP
Saturn, Early 60s/1975. Very Good- .... $139.99
One of the more unusual albums in the Sun Ra discography – a bit confusing, due to a similar title to others! Side one is older vintage – and features surprisingly great takes on "What's New" and "Autumn In New York", played by a small group with Ra on a slightly off-tune upright piano and John Gilmore on some mighty soulful tenor! Side two is later, and more outside – with a very long passage of ensemble work – which begins with some haunting chants of "space is the place", "my brother the wind", and other lyrics from other Ra tunes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black and silver El Saturn label, with matrix number 52375.)

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Sun RaWhen Sun Comes Out (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Saturn, 1962. New Copy (reissue).... $11.99
An adventurous side from Sun Ra – recorded in 1962, when the Arkestra had recently moved to New York City – with Ra playing a bit of percussion and electric celeste on one track, and an overall freer approach by the rest of the group! Players include the classic lineup with Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Ronnie Boykins – and titles include the haunting originals "Dimensions In Time", "Dancing Shadows", "The Rainmaker", "We Travel The Spaceways", and "Calling Planet Earth". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun Ra & OthersMy Way Is The Spaceway – Space Poetry Vol 4 ... LP
Norton, Early 60s. New Copy .... $12.99
An incredible chapter in the rich career of the legendary Sun Ra – tracks that blend together music and spoken word passages – the latter of which are usually in support of his unique philosophy of the cosmos! The titles here really give an idea of the thoughts within – "The Music Is Like A Mirror", "My Way Is The Spaceways", "The Music Is A Sound Image", and "The Music Is A Vibration" – all very long tracks that are spoken by Ra in this very powerful voice – with a presence that we don't always hear from him this well on record, often set to backings that feature reed work on flute or tenor sax, mixed with a bit of light percussion. These aren't just readings, or poetry mixed with jazz – but a great glimpse at the truly theatrical side of Sun Ra's presentation, served up beautifully here in this special package. LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun Ra/Ras G & The Alkebulan Space ProgramMduntr/Nidhamu – Views Of Saturn Vol 1 ... 12-inch
All City/Art Yard (UK), 1971/2012. New Copy (pic cover).... $12.99
Two very different sides of the same spacey coin – an original 1971 track by Sun Ra, plus a contemporary remake! "Nidhamu" is a very weird electronic number recorded by Ra at the house of Harmut Geerken in Cairo in the early 70s – done with loads of cool moogy keyboards and weird electronics, and almost more an analogue electronic concept piece, than the usual jazz of the Arkestra – but with some melancholy keyboard moments that are surprisingly soulful too! Ras G & The Alkebulan Space Program offer up their take of the tune on the other side of the record – even more abstract, and even noisier too! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, & Arveeayl RaAphelion ... CD
Aerophonic, 2013. New Copy .... $12.99
A trio of tracks by a tremendous trio – the wonderfully spiritual combo of Dave Rempis on saxes, Avreeayl Ra on percussion, and Joshua Abrams on bass, small harp, and guimbri! Abrams' presence is really felt here – and his growth towards even more soulful styles in recent years seems to bring Ra's music into great focus, and give Rempis a sensitivity that goes even beyond some of his best recent material in other settings. The music is always focused with a cosmic sort of energy – often relatively free, but never too loose – and driven by a shared spirit between the players that really holds the whole thing together. Titles include "Ruah", "Soria", and "Saqiya". CD

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Respect SextetSirius Respect – The Respect Sextet Plays The Music Of Sun Ra & Karlheinz Stockhausen ... CD
Mode, 2009. Used .... $9.99
Sun Ra & Stockhausen – both given a pretty compelling spin by the Respect Sextet! The group's something of a jazz combo at its core, but really stretches out here in their music – especially on the Stockhausen numbers, which come across with the complexity of some of Karlheinz' older Deutsche Grammophon recordings! Instrumentation includes trumpet, melodica, trombone, tenor, bass clarinet, piano, kyeobards, bass, drums, and percussion – and the group plays versions of Ra's "Jet Flight", "Shadow World", "Angels & Demons At Play", "Lights On A Satellite", and "Velvet" – plus versions of Stockhausen's "Leo", "Dienstagslied", "Pisces", and "Set Sail For The Sun". CD

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New Spaceways Incorporated (Vandermark/Drake/McBride)Spaceways Incorporated – 13 Cosmic Standards by Sun Ra & Funkadelic ... CD
Atavistic, 2000. Used .... $9.99
A very nice little album – and one that moves way past the gimmicky nature that you might guess from the title! The Sun Ra influence is obvious – as it seems natural for the Chicago-based players to show a bit of respect to what's gone before them in the city. The Funkadelic twist might seem a bit more odd, though – but not if you consider the fact that Vandermark's played a heck of a lot with funky jazz combos over the past 10 years, and that Drake can really kick it on the set when he wants to! In fact, the two of them go so full-out on the Funkadelic tunes that you'll be hard-pressed to believe that there's actually only a trio of sax, drums, and bass playing the music! The Ra tunes seem a bit restrained next to the Funkadelic ones – but that also makes for a nice mix of styles on the CD. Titles include "Tapestry From An Asteroid", "Cosmic Slop", "Future", "Super Stupid", "You & Your Folks, Me & My Folks", "El Is A Sound Of Joy", and "Street Named Hell". CD

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New Sun RaLive at Montreux ... LP
1976. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue).... Around May 1, 2014
One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The album was recorded during the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival, and has a bit more focus and polish than some of the other Arkestra live material from the time – a mature, coherent sound that almost points the way towards some of their work to come in the 80s – when Ra and the group were finally reaching the wider audience they deserved. The set's a double-length one, and features players who include John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Pat Patrick on baritone, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, and James Jackson on Ancient Egyptian Infinity drum – which is always a treat. Ra plays solar organ and moog, as well as piano – and titles include "Of The Other Tomorrow", "On Sound Infinity Spheres", "El Is The Sound Of Joy", "Gods Of The Thunder Realm", "The House Of Eternal Being", and "Lights On a Satellite". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaProphetika – Lost Writings Of Sun Ra Vol 1 (paperback) ... Book
2014. New Copy .... Late April, 2014
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New Walt Dickerson (& Sun Ra)Impressions Of A Patch Of Blue ... CD
MGM/Verve, 1965. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent album recorded by vibist Walt Dickerson during the mid 60's. Ostensibly a "soundtrack session", Dickerson freely improvises on themes from the movie A Patch Of Blue, and turns the score into a great platform for moody jazz playing on vibes and piano. Even more surprising is the fact that Sun Ra is the pianist in the quartet, making a rare non-Arkestra appearance – and on a major label, too! Titles include "Bacon & Eggs", "Alone In The Park", "Selina's Fantasy", and "Thataway". CD
(Verve Elite Edition. Out of print.)

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New Sun RaAtlantis ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible record from Sun Ra! The session was recorded in New York in the late 60s – and it features Ra playing the "solar sound instrument", which is actually a modified Hohner Clavinet, used here with some really spooky sounds! The setting of the album is spare and moody – with Ra striking out first on the "solar sound instrument" – laying down a groove that's filled in by John Gilmore on tenor, plus additional percussion by Robert Barry (who plays a bit of the "lightning drum"), Clifford Jarvis, Marshall Allen, and Pat Patrick. Titles include "Mu", "Lemuria", "Atlantis", "Bimini", and "Yucatan". CD features 2 versions of "Yucatan" – one from the original Saturn record, and one from the later Impulse album. CD

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New Sun RaAtlantis ... LP
Saturn, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible record from Sun Ra! The session was recorded in New York in the late 60s – and it features Ra playing the "solar sound instrument", which is actually a modified Hohner Clavinet, used here with some really spooky sounds! The setting of the album is spare and moody – with Ra striking out first on the "solar sound instrument" – laying down a groove that's filled in by John Gilmore on tenor, plus additional percussion by Robert Barry (who plays a bit of the "lightning drum"), Clifford Jarvis, Marshall Allen, and Pat Patrick. Titles include "Mu", "Lemuria", "Atlantis", "Bimini", and "Yucatan". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaContinuation ... LP
Saturn, 1963. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing music from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – sounds recorded during the same marathon session that gave the world the records Other Planes Of There, When Sun Comes Out, and When Angels Speak Of Love – but titles that are much more obscure overall! The initial release of the material featured very misleading notes, but the true details of the session are even more impressive – as Ra plays a variety of unusual instruments alongside piano – including the piano strings, space organ, and clavioline – alongside some sublime straight horn work from John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and oboe, Pat Patrick on baritone, Danny Davis on alto and clarinet, Walter Miller on trumpet, Robert Cummings on bass clarinet, and Ali Hasaan on trombone! The lineup here has that raw power the Arkestra first unleashed after their initial move to New York – almost a sense of new freedom in the new environment – even at a time when they weren't clicking on a financial level, but still continued to push forward with new ideas in music! Some passages have this great approach that links the cosmic ideas of the Arkestra with older traditions of jazz soloing – while others reflect the growing concern of the group with new textures and sounds – making for some very impressive elements on both the horns and percussion. The group is completed by Ronnie Boykins on bass, Art Jenkins on space voice and percussion, and Tommy Hunter on drums, percussion, and some mighty nice reverb – and titles include "Biosphere Blues", "Intergalactic Research", "Earth Primitive Earth", "New Planet", and "Continuation To Jupiter Festival". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Continuation (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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New Sun RaCosmic Tones For Mental Therapy ... LP
Saturn, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Saturn albums! This one has Ra playing clavioline and echoey "cosmic side drums" with a great spacey sound that was probably arrived at through some primitive reverb and echo techniques! The overall effect is everything you'd imagined about Sun Ra – a mixture of hardbop, soul jazz, and some spacey musings that are definitely out of this world! Titles include "Moon Dance", "Voice of Space", and "Adventure Equation". Beautiful blue and white image on the front cover, with that stark Saturn Records look – and a very cool sound overall! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaCosmic Tones For Mental Therapy/Art Forms Of Dimensions Tomorrow ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, Early 60s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 rare Sun Ra Saturn albums back to back on one CD! Cosmic Tones is one of the Ra's greatest albums for Saturn – a record that has him playing clavioline and echoey "cosmic side drums" with a great spacey sound that was probably arrived at through some primitive reverb and echo techniques! The overall effect is everything you'd imagined about Sun Ra – a mixture of hardbop, soul jazz, and some spacey musings that are definitely out of this world! Titles include "Moon Dance", "Voice of Space", and "Adventure Equation". Art Forms features material recorded in New York in 1961, and released on Saturn in 1965 – but whatever the date, it's still light years ahead of its time! Ra plays piano, as usual, but he also works with some beautiful instruments of his own creation – including the strangely wonderful Sun Harp, the Dragon Drum, and the Spiral Percussion Gong. The percussion instruments are heard to great effect on the track "Solar Drums" – which has an echoey percussive sound that's really wonderful! The rest of the group includes John Gilmore, Ronnie Boykins, Pat Patrick, Clifford Thornton, Marshall Allen, and Clifford Jarvis – classic Ra players all of them – and other titles include "Lights On A Satellite", "Kosmos In Blue", and "Cluster Of Galaxies". CD

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New Sun RaCosmos ... LP
Inner City, 1977. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-remembered Sun Ra albums from the 70s – a really cool little session that features Ra playing the unusual "rocksichord" all the way through! The instrument's a very weird one – kind of like a messed-up electric piano, with lots of cool broken notes and a weird fuzzed-out tone – one that almost feels like a guitar's being fitted into a keyboard, with almost psychedelic results! Ra's use of the rocksichord gives the album a really eerie, outer spacey sound – one that mixes strongly with more familiar jazz lines from John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Danny Thompson on baritone, and Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet. Titles include "The Mystery Of Two", "Interstellar Low Ways", "Cosmos", "Moonship Journey", "Neo-Project #2", and "Jazz From An Unknown Planet". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaDisco 3000 ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1978. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If this is disco, point us in the direction of Studio 54! The album's one of Ra's greatest from the 70s – recorded in Italy in 1978, and featuring some incredibly otherworldly keyboards that are some of his most enigmatic on record! Original tracks from the album include "Disco 3000", an incredible workout on synthesizer, with a tiny bit of drum machine, a little "Space Is The Place" breakdown, and all of the wild sound you'd expect from a Sun Ra album – plus more long tracks – the sweetly soulful "Friendly Galaxy", a great soul jazz number, and "Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens", which has spooky organ, frenetic bass, and somber percussion! CD

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New Sun RaDisco 3000 (expanded 2CD edition) ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1978. Used 2CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If this is disco, point us in the direction of Studio 54! The album's one of Ra's greatest from the 70s – recorded in Italy in 1978, and featuring some incredibly otherworldly keyboards that are some of his most enigmatic on record! This hugely expanded version features a whopping 12 tracks in all – the complete performance that originally spawned the album, all of which is as delightful as the 3 tracks that were originally issued on vinyl. Finding all this extra Ra material from the 70s – over 2 hours of music – is like finding a time machine – and the well-done package comes with great notes and excellent sound. Original tracks from the album include "Disco 3000", an incredible workout on synthesizer, with a tiny bit of drum machine, a little "Space Is The Place" breakdown, and all of the wild sound you'd expect from a Sun Ra album – plus more long tracks – the sweetly soulful "Friendly Galaxy", a great soul jazz number, and "Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens", which has spooky organ, frenetic bass, and somber percussion! Additional material includes Echoes Of The World", "Sun Of The Cosmos", "Geminology", "Sky Blues", "We Travel The Spaceways", and "Spontaneous Simplicity" – all played by a group that includes John Gilmore on tenor, Luqman Ali on drums, Michael Ray on trumpet, June Tyson on vocals, and Sun Ra on piano, organ, moog, and rhythm machine. CD
(Out of print. In a nice foldout double digipak.)

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New Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 3 – The Lost Tapes ... CD
ESP, 1965. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Previously unissued work by Sun Ra – tracks recorded during the sessions for his Heliocentric Worlds 2 album for ESP, but lost to the sands of time for nearly 40 years! Like that previous album, this one features a smaller version of the Arkestra than usual – an octet that has Ra working with core hornmen Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, Walter Miller, and Robert Cummings – supported by a rhythm section that includes Ronnie Boykins on bass and Roger Blank on percussion. Apart from a lot of added percussion by various members of the group, the instrumentation overall is relatively straightforward – even if Ra's compositions are not. The set kicks off with the 17 minute "Intercosmosis" – a relatively free, stretched-out tune – then is followed by shorter numbers that travel along darker, more introspective pathways. These titles include "World Worlds", "Interplanetary Travelers", "Mythology Metamorphosis", and "Heliocentric Worlds". CD

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New Sun RaHoliday For Soul Dance ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the more obscure albums by Ra – but a great one, and a record that features a number of tracks recorded in the same marathon session that also yielded the albums Fate In a Pleasant Mood, Angels & Demons At Play, and We Travel The Spaceways. The record, like the albums mentioned above, is a beautiful assortment of jazz standards, redone the "Ra" way, with that late 50s exotic and haunting approach to modern jazz. One of the highlights of the session is an excellent take on "Holiday For Strings", and other cuts include "Body & Soul", "But Not For Me", and "Early Autumn". CD

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New Sun RaInterstellar Low Ways ... LP
Saturn, 1959/1967. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Late 60's issue of a record that's also known as Rocket Number Nine Take Off For The Planet Venus. The material was recorded in 1959 and 1960, but unissued until the mid 60's. Ra plays piano, chimes, and gong, and the tracks have a nice laid back spacey feel, with some ensemble vocals chanted by the group. Ronnie Boykins also plays the space gong on one cut, which sounds very nice. Cuts include "Somewhere In Space", "Space Loneliness", "Space Aura", and "Interplanetary Music". The cover's got a brilliant red and white drawing of volcanic land, piano keys floating in space, and a mysterious female figure in flames! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaMagic City ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic early Arkestra session, and one that features Ra on a variety of instruments – from piano to clavioline to bass marimba, Sun Harp, dragon drum, and electronic celeste – all of which make for a session that's one of the wilder ones from the time! Major soloists on the album include John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, Danny Davis, and Marshall Allen – and at times, the work gets quite out and abstract (as you might guess from titles like "Abstract Eye" and "Abstract I"). Also includes the extended "The Magic City", plus "The Shadow World". CD

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New Sun RaMedia Dream (expanded 2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1978. New Copy 2CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from one of Sun Ra's most enigmatic periods! The album was recorded in Italy in 1978, right around the same time as "Disco 2000" (and not too far off from Languidity) – and it features Ra playing around with lots of cool spacey keyboards, in a spare cosmic style that's really out of this world! The overall sound is incredible – with an incredible sense of otherness that has Ra pushing the limits of the moog and organ to a level never heard before on record – and in a way, the set is everything you might have imagined when you first heard of Sun Ra as some strange jazz musician who claimed to be from outer space! The group is a quartet, with Michael Ray on trumpet, John Gilmore on tenor, and Luqman Ali on drums – and titles include "Saturn Research", "Media Dreams", "Year Of The Sun", "Constellation", and the haunting straight jazz piece "Twigs At Twilight". Expanded 2CD version features a huge amount of unheard music – a full disc of bonus tracks that includes "Friendly Galaxy", "An Unbeknown Love", "Of Other Tomorrows Never Know", "Images", "The Truth About Planet Earth", "The Shadow World", and even a version of "Space Is The Place"! CD

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New Sun RaMonorails & Satellites Vol 1 ... LP
Saturn, 1966. Used (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A groundbreaking album of solo piano work by Sun Ra! The album's one of Ra's classic sides for the Saturn Records label – and at the time of its release, it was one of the most "out there" albums of solo piano ever recorded! Ra spins out these incredibly complex lines on haunting original compositions like "Blue Differentials", "The Galaxy Way", "Space Towers", and "Cogitation" – and he shows once again why he was head and shoulders above most jazz players in his class! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaMy Brother The Wind ... LP
Saturn, 1970. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Crazy stuff – one of the wilder albums from Sun Ra, and a record that has him playing on "two moog synthesizers" – which both sound as if they're going at the same time! The rest of the group is quite small – with only John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Danny Davis – so Ra really center stage on the keys, and spends most of the record making some really weird and wonderful sounds on the moog. Tracks include "Intergalactic II", "To Nature's God", and "The Code Of Interdependence". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaNubians Of Plutonia ... LP
Saturn, 1959. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent Sun Ra session from 1959! Ra and the Arkestra are playing in a fine mix of straight jazz and spacey styles, with Ra on electric piano throughout the entire set. A few tracks have some great chanted vocals – and we're not sure if they're sung by one of the Saturn doo wop groups, or by the ensemble – but they give the tracks a great sound, and the whole set has a good late 50's Arkestra sound. With the tracks "Nubia", "Plutonian Nights", "Star Time", and "Watusa". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaOf Mythic Worlds ... LP
Philly Jazz, 1980. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarest non-Saturn LPs by Sun Ra – an obscure set recorded for the Philly Jazz label, the imprint who also released Ra's classic Lanquidity album! This set has the group returning to a more traditional Arkestra groove – recording in Chicago with a mix of acoustic instruments and electric keyboards that reminds us of some of the band's best work for Saturn – very odd and offbeat at times, quite free at others – but always brought back beautifully with a sense that all is unified under the cosmos! Ra really stretches out on organ and synthesizer – and also plays a bit of piano as well – and titles include "Mayan Temples", "Inside The Blues", "Over The Rainbow", and "Intrinsic Energies". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaOuter Darkness – Space Poetry Vol 3 ... LP
Norton, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The third incredible chapter of lost Sun Ra material in the Space Poetry series – and a set that's a bit different than the first two! Side one of this record features two longer numbers – in contrast to the shorter poems on previous volumes – with Ra telling these cool little stories over music, "I Gotta Get Away" and "Know What It's Like On My Planet" – both richly illustrated not only by the backings, but also by his vivid narration – surprisingly dramatic at times, with a bad-rapping feel that's almost funky! Side two features two versions of "The Outer Darkness" – one with a repeated text by Wisteria, over weird electric backings – the other with June Tyson over even wilder electronics! Other tracks are from a 1977 on-air performance in Philly – very spiritual numbers that include "Black Holes In Space", "This Is My Day", "A Better World", and "The Scheme Of Words" – with Ra up front and lots of weird voices over organ in the back! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaOuter Spaceways Incorporated (white & purple colored vinyl) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
ORG, 1968. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute. The sound is quite "out" overall – really jamming in an almost free jazz sort of way at times – and titles include "Saturn", "Song of the Sparer", "Spontaneous Simplicity", and "Outerspaceways Incorporated". CD also features the previously unissued "Intergalactic Motion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1500 copies.)

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New Sun RaPurple Night ... CD
A&M, 1990. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New Sun RaSecrets Of The Sun (plus bonus track) ... CD
Saturn/Unheard Music Series, 1962. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarest Sun Ra albums of the 60s – and a wonderful set of material recorded when the group first moved to New York – really haunting tunes that are a strong extension from their earlier Chicago music, but not nearly as outside as work to come! There's a darkness here that's undeniable – lots of blue tones on the instruments, and a sort of brooding sensibility in the rhythms – almost conventional jazz peeled back to reveal its darker secrets – played by Ra on piano and percussion, John Gilmore on bass clarinet and tenor, Marshall Allen on alto sax, Eddie Gale on trumpet, Pat Patrick on flute, and Calvin Newborn on guitar. The production is especially nice – filled with some occasional tricks and echoes that really expand the sound – and there's also some cool vocalizations too, including "space voice" from Art Jenkins, and "space bird sounds" too! Titles include "Friendly Galaxy", "Solar Differentials", "Space Aura", "Love In Outer Space", "Reflects Motion", and "Solar Symbols". CD also features a wonderful bonus track – the previously-unreleased "Flight To Mars", which runs for 17 minutes, and has an almost narrative-like approach to the song that lives up to the space travel title. Players include Pat Patrick on baritone sax, Marshall Allen on flute, John Gilmore on tenor and voice, and Calvin Newborn on guitar. CD
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New Sun RaSleeping Beauty ... LP
Saturn/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most soulful Sun Ra albums ever – very much on the Lanquidity tip, and done with a great mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation! The vibe here is really mellow, spiritual, and warm – and the album actually feels a lot more like a session recorded for the Strata East label than it does for Saturn! Keyboards pervade the session – electric piano and organ drifting around in moody, laidback lines – augmented by occasional vibes, bits of guitar, and some wonderfully well-blown sax solo work by Marshall Allen and John Gilmore! The title track "Sleeping Beauty" runs for all of side two of the album – and it's an amazing little number that mixes instrumental passages with some great mellow Roy Ayers-styled vocals. "Door Of The Cosmos" is a bit of a groover, and even gets a bit funky at times – and the album also features the laidback spacey number "Springtime". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sleeping Beauty ... CD 15.99

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New Sun RaSoul Vibrations Of Man (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Saturn, 1976. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Unbelievable! This is one of the rarest Sun Ra records we've ever seen – and it's also one of the most compelling. There are no tracks listed on the label (although the Sun Ra discography lists them as "Sometimes The Universe Speaks", "Pleiades", "Third Heaven", "When There Is No Sun", "Halloween In Harlem", and "Shadow World") – and the sound is very very unusual. The first two tracks feature lots of spare reed work, mixing flutes, oboe, and clarinet with some occasional percussion. Then, the record shifts into an all-vocal number – almost like one of Ra's older doo wop tunes, but with a very strange sing-song lyric about the cosmos. Side two moves into larger group sounds, more in keeping with the mid 70s style of the Arkestra, and featuring some very firey solos mixed with a bit of synth. Great stuff, and the Arkestra at its most mystical! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaSpace Is The Place ... CD
Impulse, 1972. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant record by Sun Ra & The Arkestra – and an album that forever gave them a slogan to live by! The record's different than some of the other Arkestra work from the time – in that it's a bit tighter and more spiritual, more in keeping with the style of the Blue Thumb label, for which it was recorded – and soaring along on a wave of post-Coltrane spiritual jazz enthusiasm. Side one features the ultimate recording of "Space Is The Place" – an anthemic tune that blends chanting, modal rhythms, and some incredibly soulful solo work – making for one of the Arkestra's most perfectly realized tunes! That gem runs for over 20 minutes – and other shorter tracks on the album include "Discipline", "Images", "Sea Of Sound", and "Rocket Number Nine". CD
(Digipack has some light edge wear.)

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New Sun RaStrange Strings (plus bonus track) ... CD
Saturn/Unheard Music Series, 1966. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarest Sun Ra albums ever – and one of the most enigmatic, too! Strange Strings is a very unique session recorded with an otherworldly sound – heavily steeped in the use of "electronic strings", amplified string instruments recorded with crazy echo and other effects, almost sounding like analogue electronics at times. The set also uses a variety of percussion instruments – including "log drum" and "lightning drum" – and Ra plays a bit of electronic piano on it as well as a variety of interesting percussion instruments. And if that's not enough, the whole album ends with the spooky sound of Thlan Aldridge on "space voice"! Incredibly cosmic, and quite out at most moments – with tracks that include "Strange Strange", "Worlds Approaching", and "Strings Strange". CD also features the bonus track "Door Squeak"! CD
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New Sun RaSun Ra Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold ... CD
ESP, 1964. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Landmark work from Sun Ra – a rare 1964 performance that features some very early work from Pharoah Sanders, a good deal of which is appearing here for the first time ever! The material was recorded at Judson Hall, and only half the tracks came out on a rare Saturn LP – making this CD collection that first time that all 11 titles appear in their entirety. Ra and the group recorded the set on New Year's Eve, 1964 – at a time when John Gilmore had left the Arkestra to work with Art Blakey – leaving Pharoah Sanders to come and take his place on tenor. Also noteworthy is the presence of Black Harold (Harold Murray) on flute – blowing with a dark edge alongside other group members who include Al Evans on trumpet, Teddy Nance on trombone, Marshal Allen on alto sax, Pat Patrick on baritone sax, and both Alan Silva and Ronnie Boykins on bass. The performance starts with a relatively fierce sound, but then moves into some beautifully lyrical moments – and titles include "Gods On A Safari", "The New Tomorrow", "The Second Stop Is Jupiter", "Cosmic Interpretation", "The Other World", "Dawn Over Israel", and "Space Mates". CD

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New Sun RaSuper-Sonic Jazz ... LP
Saturn, 1956. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album on Saturn! Despite the futurism that the title of the set might imply, the material on this LP is actually some of Sun Ra's earliest, and dates back to the years when the Arkestra was first beginning to make itself heard in Chicago. That doesn't stop the material from being amazing, though, as these prime early tracks really show how strong Ra's vision was, even when it was being applied to material that might look more simple on the surface. Titles include "El Is A Sound Of Joy", "Medicine For A Nightmare", "Sunology", "Advice To Medics", and "Portrait Of The Living Sky". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaUniverse In Blue ... LP
Saturn, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful little record from Sun Ra and the orchestra – and a set that really lives up to its evocative cover and title! The album features Ra on "intergalactic space organ" – an instrument that may well be a conventional version of the organ, but which is handled with some haunting, very spacey solos that spin out beautifully often setting the scene while the rest of the Arkestra comes in and adds in great solos over the extended reading of the title tune. The lineup includes John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Danny Thompson on baritone and flute, Pat Patrick on baritone, and Kwami Hadi on trumpet – and June Tyson sings a bit on the record as well. Titles include "Black Man", "In A Blue Mood", and "Universe In Blue" (parts 1 & 2). LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaVisits Planet Earth ... LP
Saturn, 1966. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost Sun Ra classic – from the early days of the Arkestra! This 1966 release on Saturn features music that was recorded by The Arkestra in Chicago in 1957 and 1958. Some of the tracks are from the same session as the Sound Of Joy LP, and a few others were from sessions later in the year. Ra plays piano and "solar piano", and the group's got some added percussion and tympani. Along with the usual suspects, James Spaulding also sits in with the group on a few tracks, playing both alto and flute. Titles include "Eve", "Overtones Of China", "Two Tones", and "El Viktor". Cool cover, too, with a colorful painting of a surrealistic space scene! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity ArkestraOther Strange Worlds (with download) ... LP
Roaratorio, 1965. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Never-heard studio music from the legendary Sun Ra – material recorded right around the same time as the unique Strange Strings session – and which really stands as a "part 2" to that amazing record! The group here is very small – with both Sun Ra and John Gilmore handling a variety of different small stringed instruments, and Marshall Allen on kora as well – a trio of players who create these evocative sounds that used global instruments towards a more cosmic vibe – augmented by trombone from Ali Hassan and "space voice" from Art Jenkins! All group members play a bit of percussion, too – and Ra brings his keyboard skills to play on celeste and kalimba as well. The sound is very loose and open, but quite spiritual too – and the record is definitely one of the most unique Sun Ra sessions we've ever heard. Titles include "The Other Beings", "Journey Amongst The Stars", "Other Strange Worlds", "Celestial Beings", and "Voice Within The Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download!)

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New Sun Ra & His Omniverse ArkestraDestination Unknown ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1992. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Ra's last recordings – and a great one – caught live at a festival in Germany, with a group that includes Marshall Allen, Ahmed Abdullah, Jothan Callins, Tyrone Hill, Stanley Morgan, and Michael Ray. The set has that Ellingtonish flourish that crept into much of Ra's work after the mid 80s – handled with an edge that still keeps the sound all his own, but which shows an increasing preoccupation for straighter jazz expression, and well crafted large group arrangements – peppered with a few numbers that are more in the older space-spirit of the group. Ray sings vocals on a few numbers with Abdullah and Allen, and titles include "Satellites Are Scanning", "Calling Planet Earth", "Theme Of The Stargazers", "We Travel The Spaceways", and "Carefree". CD

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New Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, & Arveeayl RaAphelion ... CD
Aerophonic, 2013. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of tracks by a tremendous trio – the wonderfully spiritual combo of Dave Rempis on saxes, Avreeayl Ra on percussion, and Joshua Abrams on bass, small harp, and guimbri! Abrams' presence is really felt here – and his growth towards even more soulful styles in recent years seems to bring Ra's music into great focus, and give Rempis a sensitivity that goes even beyond some of his best recent material in other settings. The music is always focused with a cosmic sort of energy – often relatively free, but never too loose – and driven by a shared spirit between the players that really holds the whole thing together. Titles include "Ruah", "Soria", and "Saqiya". CD
Also available Aphelion ... CD 12.99

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New Sa-Ra Creative PartnersSonic Seduction Part 2 EP ... LP
Jazzy Sport (Japan), 2006/2008. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sa-Ra in their deepest, funkiest and grittiest hip hop mode – and the long, long, LONG awaited second volume of Sonic Seduction for Japan's Jazzy Sport label!!! The trio of Om'Mas Keith. Shafiq Husayn and Taz Arnold deftly blend hard hitting funky beats, the most fuzzed out bass sounds and straight up killer sound on these instrumentals – finding a way to sound distinctly Sa-Ra without repeating the earlier success of their own or production for others. The beats just kill on both sides, with with some spare vocal samples and tinkering keys bringing melodic depth – but this is grittier terrain than usual for the dapper Creative Partners. Hard hitting instrumental hip hop/freak funk from some straight up geniuses! All too brief but masterful all the way! Includes an intro plus "The Revenge Of The Blow", "Hominy Hominy", "Forever" and "Go Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Planet D NonetWe Travel The Spaceways – The Music Of Sun Ra ... CD
Eastlawn, 2011. New Copy 2CD .... Out Of Stock
A really great tribute to Sun Ra – played by Detroit's Planet D Nonet, with a sound that's quite faithful to the original! The tunes here do a great job of mixing the initial Arkestra style – slightly offbeat and angular – with the later, freer modes the group embraced in the 60s and 70s – balanced well by some of the group's own spiritual jazz inclinations, too! The double-length set offers up plenty of music – and the nine-piece group has some great work on horns, both brass and reeds – mixed with some additional guest performances on other tracks too – including some tenor and oboe from Salim Washington. Titles include "Velvet", "Interstellar Low Ways", "Love In Outer Space", "Ancient Aiethiopia", "Kingdom Of Not", "Saturn", and "Lights On A Satellite". CD

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New Sun RaConcert For The Comet Kohoutek ... CD
ESP, 1973. Used .... Out Of Stock
One of Sun Ra's most striking albums of the 70s – a live session recorded in honor of the passing of the comet Kohoutek, and featuring some of the most cosmic work the Arkestra recorded at the time! Ra himself is on synthesizer, playing with a heavily electronic sound – and really wailing in a heavily avant mode at many points in the recordings. The rest of the group is equally free – not the soulful soaring ensemble from Space Is The Place, but a forcefully explosive group, ready to burst into flames in the wake of the comet! Titles include "Astro Black", "Unknown Kohoutek", "Discipline", "Outer Space EM", and "Space Is The Place". CD
Also available Concert For The Comet Kohoutek (German pressing) ... CD 7.99

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New Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 2 ... LP
ESP, 1966. Used .... Out Of Stock
The second set of Heliocentric tracks that Ra recorded for ESP, with a freer feel, and a little bit more crazy playing than the first one. Ra and the group play a lot of percussion, and reed duties are held by Robert Cummings, John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and Marshall Allen. Ra plays tuned bongoes and clavioline, and some pretty out piano. Tracks include "Cosmic Chaos", "House of Beauty", and "The Sun Myth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Italian Base reissue from the 80s. Cover has some moderate ringwear.)

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New Sun RaLanquidity ... LP
Philly Jazz, 1978. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
An amazing album from Sun Ra – and one of the most in-demand for Dusty Groove customers! The record's actually a bit funky – if you can believe it – and was recorded with electric keyboards, bass, and guitar (played by the mysterious Disco Kid!) The album originally came out on the Philly Jazz label and was quickly dismissed by many Ra fans for being a funk sell-out album – but over the years, it's become a prized album for its cosmic sense of soul and appealing jazz dance style. In fact, it's probably the album that most folks expect when they've heard one or two Sun Ra tracks on a funk compilation and expect all of his albums to sound like that. Titles include "That's How I Feel", "Where Pathways Meet", "Twin Stars of Thence", and "There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)". Tough stuff, and a very unique Sun Ra LP! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaMystery Of Being – Voice Studio Rome – January 1978 (3LP set) ... LP
Klimt, 1978. New Copy 3LP (reissue).... Out Of Stock
Sun Ra quartet material from the late 70s – his great Italian studio recordings from Voice Studio in Rome –rare material originally released on the New Steps and Other Voices, Other Blues LPs on the Horo label that's been hard sought over the years! The group features John Gilmore on percussion and tenor, Michael Ray on trumpet, Luqman Ali on drums, and Ra on keyboards. It's got a number of tracks that are relatively straight – at least for Ra – and which are played with a wonderful edge that makes them instantly compelling, sounding almost like obscure indie soul jazz sides from the east coast underground of the mid 70s. The feel on most numbers is very different than Ra's usual work, and the record sparkles with a genius that makes us wish it was easier to find the Horo work! Includes the sublime vocal tune "When There Is No Sun", plus the original tracks "The Horo", "Moon People", "Rome At Twilight", and "Friend & Friendship" – plus a very nice cover of "My Favorite Things", Along The Tiber", "Rebellion", "The Mystery Of Being", "One Day In Rome", and "Springtime & Summer Idyll". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Sun RaOuter Spaceways Incorporated (aka Pictures Of Infinity) ... CD
Black Lion (UK), 1968. Used .... Out Of Stock
A classic Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute. The sound is quite "out" overall – really jamming in an almost free jazz sort of way at times – and titles include "Saturn", "Song of the Sparer", "Spontaneous Simplicity", and "Outerspaceways Incorporated". CD also features the previously unissued "Intergalactic Motion". CD

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New Sun RaSomewhere Else ... CD
Rounder, 1988/1989. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth OrchestraSolar-Myth Approach Vol 1 & 2 (UK pressing) ... CD
BYG/Charly (UK), 1970/1971. Used 2CD .... Out Of Stock
Both Sun Ra albums for the legendary BYG/Actuel label – back to back as a 2CD set! The material was ecorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other weird percussion instruments. Longer titles are "The Utter Nots", "Realm Of Lightning", "Adventures of Bugs Hunter", "Legend", "Scene 1, Take 1", and "Strange Worlds" CD

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New Sun RaAngels & Demons At Play ... LP
Saturn, Mid 50s/1967. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
A killer early session from Sun Ra! Ra plays organ and electric piano, and the band includes Gilmore, Pat Patrick, Marshall Allen, Ronnie Boykins, Art Hoyle, Phil Cohran, and Julian Priester. The group's also got an electric bass, which gives the tracks a nice bottom, and a good spooky feel. Nothing's too out, but the record's got a great off-kilter sound, and lots of original tracks like "Between Two Worlds", "Tiny Pyramids", "Music From the World Tomorrow", and "Angels And Demons At Play". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaAntique Blacks (180 gram vinyl deluxe edition) ... LP
Art Yard/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Amazing work from Sun Ra – record that really features a great range of sounds and styles, and a heck of a lot of soul as well! Ra plays some especially nice rocksichord on the set – that freaky, fuzzy keyboard that comes off sounding like a guitar, even though it's played with keys – and there's some spiritual undercurrents to the set that are different than some of Ra's other albums with the instrument – some deeply feeling rhythms and soulful, spiritual expressions that really belie the Space Is The Place generation in which the album was cut. A few recitations imbue the record with a bold sense of poetry, which seems to be carried through strongly in the instrumentation too – especially on John Gilmore's tenor lines, which almost have a Shepp-like quality at points. Other players include Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto, Ahk Tal Ebah on trumpet, Clifford Jarvis on drums, and Sly on electric guitar – and titles include "Song No 1", "There Is Change In The Air", "Antique Blacks", "Would I For All That Were", "Ridiculous I & The Cosmos Me", and "This Song Is Dedicated To Nature's God". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl version is a limited numbered edition of 1000 copies.)

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New Sun RaLost Arkestra Vol 2 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Kindred Spirits/Art Yard (Netherlands), Mid 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A limited edition vinyl nugget – one that brings forth three rare tracks from the Cosmo Earth Fantasy project! First up is the beautiful "World Of Africa" – a tune that's partly chanted vocals over percussion, partly skittish guitar that dips and turns all over the groove – in a really exotic, hypnotic sort of way! "Love Is Always" is this sublime ballad – with Ra playing echoey piano lines over slow percussion, which then opens up to a soulful tenor solo that's incredible – the Arkestra at their spiritual best! "Space Is The Place" completes the record – but done here in a very offbeat, upbeat version that features lots of chanting and changing up the groove – much more live and spontaneous than any other take we've heard of the tune – almost as if they're forming the track out of spoken ideas between members of the Arkestra! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaSpace Aura (10 inch vinyl) ... LP
Art Yard (Germany), 1966. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A sublime Sun Ra performance from the mid 60s – recorded at the University Of Buffalo, but material that rivals some of his best Saturn albums of the time! Side one features the tremendous "Space Aura" – a long track that begins with a wonderful solo piano passage from Ra, then builds up in this righteous line that draws a lot of energy from a great tenor solo from John Gilmore! The track is Ra at his most spiritual – like the best late 60s Impulse Records work by John Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders – and the second half of the performance features two more excellent numbers – "Song Of The Sparer", done with some great reed interplay – and the moody "Exotic Forest", which has some tremendous oboe from Marshall Allen! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaWe Travel The Space Ways (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
El Saturn, 1960/1967. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
A beautiful album of tracks recorded during some of the Arkestra's last days in Chicago! The record features some great work by Ra on Electronic Piano and Cosmic Tone Organ – and there's a full complement of horn players on the set, including Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, and Marshall Allen. 2 tracks – "Interplanetary Music" and "We Travel The Spaceways" – have haunting vocals by the group, and the set also features the numbers "Space Loneliness", "Tapestry From An Asteroid", and "New Horizons". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun Ra & His Astro InfinityCosmo Earth Fantasy – Sub Underground Series Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard, Late 60s/Mid 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A set of varied moods and settings – yet one that really does a wonderful job of fleshing out the Sun Ra aesthetic during these crucial years when Ra dubbed himself the "King Of The Sub Underground"! That humorous title is a reference to the fact that Ra and the Arkestra were still working with largely little mainstream exposure – despite the big growth of avant jazz at the time – and were instead working on beautiful recordings like these, often made without any thought of a larger market at all! The CD brings together material from albums originally issued with Sub-Underground in the title – also under other names as well, including Temple U – and the tracks represent the Arkestra really hitting some of their creative heights in a mix of live, studio, and rehearsal recordings. Titles include the brilliant "World Of Africa", recorded in 1968, but with a chunky groove and weird piano that almost feel like a precursor to Fela Kuti; the sublime "Love Is Always" and "Song Of Drums", recorded live with a spare group in a beautifully echoey setting; surprisingly great takes on "What's New" and "Autumn In New York", played by a small group with Ra on a slightly off-tune upright piano; the long "Cosmo Earth Fantasy" suite, with some very fierce sounds; and a nice live take on "Space Is The Place/We Roam The Cosmos", which jumps right into the groove at the start – with a pretty offbeat feel, and lots of cool vocal interplay! CD
 
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SparrowHotter Than Ever ... LP
Ra (Barbados), 1972. Very Good+ .... $9.99
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Ahmed Abdul-MalikMusic Of Ahmed Abdul-Malik ... LP
New Jazz, 1961. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Amazing stuff from Ahmed Abdul-Malik – one of the early 60s most enigmatic jazz talents! Malik was Thelonious Monk's bassist for a few years, but by the time of this record, he was working in a very sophisticated cross-cultural mode – pulling together many different strands of jazz and Eastern music, forging them into a very unique sound. Unlike some of Malik's other records, which featured a style that was very heavy on Middle Eastern instrumentation, this one's got a very even blend of jazz, and features excellent work by Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Calo Scott on cello, Eric Dixon on tenor, and Andrew Cyrille on drums. Malik himself plays bass and oud, and the record's got a snaking mix of jazz and exoticism that's roughly similar to Yusef Lateef's work on Savoy, or some of Sun Ra's work from the time. Titles include "Nights On Saturn", "La Ibkey", "The Hustlers", and "Oud Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ahmed AbdullahLife's Force ... LP
About Time, 1979. New Copy .... $7.99 11.99
A crowning moment of achievement for trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah – a record that draws on his rich experience working with Sun Ra, but focuses the energy into a warmer, more spiritual jazz setting overall! The album's a lost treasure from the US scene of the late 70s – a perfect melding of jazz modes of the time, and one of those dates that somehow has all the players sounding even better than usual – really hitting a unique space together – one that's rhythmic, yet searching – free, yet structured – and always open to new ideas throughout! In addition to trumpet from Abdullah, the group also features vibes from Jay Hoggard, French horn from Vincent Chaney, cello from Muneer Abdul Fatah, bass from Jerome Hunter, and drums from Rashied Sinan. Hunter's bass is an especially moving force in the session – giving the album a warm, soulful current that really holds things together – and titles include "Song of Tenderness", "Eternal Spiraling Spirit", "Long Time Black", and "Life's Force". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mario AdnetAmazonia ... CD
Adventure Music, 2013. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from Mario Adnet – a set done with some great expanded orchestrations – and key help from guests who include Roberta Sa, Monica Salmaso, and Lenine! The tunes have this spacious, expansive feel that really lives up to the Amazon promise of the title – beautifully poetic, but with the orchestrations, full of fire too – in ways that really take us back to some of the best Brazilian scoring of the early 70s – especially that time when folks like Tom Jobim and Edu Lobo were really hitting their most sophisticated levels. Many numbers have vocals – from Roberta Sa, Vincente Nucci, Monica Salmaso, Lenine, and Mario himself – and titles include "Boto", "Rio Amazonas", "Canoa Canoa", "Trilhas Da Floresta", "Borzeguim", "Saci", and a killer vocal reading of Joao Donato's "A Ra". CD

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All CityMetropolis Gold ... LP
MCA, 1996. Near Mint- 2LP .... $6.99
Beats by Premier, Pete Rock, EZ Elpee, Clark Kent, Rockwilder and Amen Ra. Includes "The Actual", "The Hot Joint" (original & remix), "Move On You","Metro Theme" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Explicit promo copy in a neon sleeve.)

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All CityMetropolis Gold (clean promo version) ... LP
MCA, 1996. Near Mint- 2LP .... $3.99
Beats by Premier, Pete Rock, EZ Elpee, Clark Kent, Rockwilder and Amen Ra. Includes "The Actual", "The Hot Joint" (original & remix), "Move On You","Metro Theme" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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Art BlakeyS Make It ... CD
Limelight/Verve, 1964. Used .... $6.99
A lost classic from Art Blakey – quite different from some of his Blue Note work! The album's a very swinging mid 60s session, noteworthy for the presence of John Gilmore, recording here in one of his few appearances away from Sun Ra. Gilmore wails on tenor, and he sounds great next to Lee Morgan, who had, at this point, briefly returned to play with Blakey, and fit in with the group beautifully. John Hicks is on piano, and contributes a few nice tracks – and Curtis Fuller rounds out the sextet nicely, hitting some of those great gutbuckety notes that he only ever seemed to manage when he worked with Blakey! The whole album's great – and tracks include "Little Hughie", "Olympia", "One For Gamal", and "Faith". CD

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New David Boykin ExpanseLive At The Velvet Lounge ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2005. New Copy .... $6.99
"Expanse" is a mighty big name for the group that David Boykin uses on this record – especially given that the combo's only a quintet – but that's ok with us, because the sound here is more than large enough to warrant the name! Boykin's working with a great batch of players from the Chicago scene here – including frequent musical partner Nicole Mitchell on flute, sliding wonderfully alongside David's saxophones – plus Jim Baker on piano, Josh Abrams on bass, and Mike Reed on drums. The album features two longish tracks, both composed by Boykin with a vision that's freely expressive, yet never too free – a perfect balance that reigns things in wonderfully, and which shows him to be one of the key current heirs to a Chicago tradition that runs back to the early AACM and Sun Ra! Titles include "Nuance" and "47th Street Ghost". CD

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New Ari BrownGroove Awakening ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 16.99
The great Ari Brown, in wonderful form – hardly a player who needs any awakening at all, since he's been working strongly on the Chicago scene since the 70s! Ari's done famous work with his group The Awakening, Ramsey Lewis, and other bigger names – but we've really grown to love his music on his own – consistently fresh and inventive, yet rooted in a strong Chicago tradition of soulful soloing as well! The record's got Brown in the company of some very familiar players – Avreeayl Ra on drums, Yosef Ben Israel on bass, and the younger Kirk Brown on piano – with extra percussion from Dr Cuz, which really creates a sweet groove for Ari's lead work on tenor and soprano sax. Tunes are mostly originals – great numbers penned by Brown – and titles include "One For Ken", "Enka", "Veda's Dance", "Wayne's Trane", "Give Thanks", and "Groove Awakening". CD

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Mark Charig, Keith Tippett, & Ann WinterPipedream (with bonus track) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. New Copy Gatefold .... $14.99
A really amazing little record – quite different than anything else we've ever heard from British trumpeter Mark Charig – and for good reason, too! This unique performance was improvised live in a country church – Charig exploring the space magically with his trumpet, while Keith Tippett plays away on the church's organ – making these really weird and wonderful sounds that create a similar vibe to some of the sparer improvisations you might hear from Sun Ra! The mix of organ and trumpet is amazing – and other cuts feature wordless vocal sounds from Ann Winter, which are equally haunting, but in a different way too. Titles include "Bellaphon", "Vega", "Ode To The Ghost Of An Improvised Past", "Pipedream", and "Pavanne". Also features the previously unissued "The Trio Gets Lost In The Magic Forest". CD

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Phil Cohran & The Artistic Heritage EnsembleArmageddon (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Katalyst, 1968. New Copy Gatefold .... $9.99
A rare and beautiful treasure from Chicago's Phil Cohran and his legendary Artistic Heritage Ensemble – material recorded at the end of the 60s, but only issued here for the first time ever! The sound on the record is amazing – much deeper, and more forceful than anything else we've ever heard from Cohran – almost in Sun Ra Arkestra territory at times, given the group's out-there playing, and bold collective action! The lineup is similar to other Cohran recordings from the time – Phil on cornet, Henry Gibson on congas, Pete Cosey on guitar, Louis Satterfield on bass, Charles Williams on alto, Don Myrick on tenor, Charles Handy on trumpet, Willie Woods on trombone, and Aaron Dodd on tuba – a group that's a wonderful bridge between the two important Chicago generations headed by Sun Ra and Earth Wind & Fire. Armageddon is an extended piece, divided up into five different musical acts – conceived by Cohran in the late 50s, and recorded here in 1968 – with some great help from The Spencer Jackson Family on the leadoff track "Motherless Child". Other titles include "Creation Of The Beast", "The Warning", "The Window", and "Armageddon" – a clear reference to the power of the atom bomb! CD

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Gal CostaCantar (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1974. Used .... $29.99
A beautiful Gal Costa record that isn't as crazy as her psychedelic recordings, but it more than makes up for it with some haunting arrangements by the likes of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Joao Donato. Gal sings some beautiful versions of tracks like Donato's "A Ra" (with extra lyrics by Caetano!), "Ate Quem Sabe", and "Flor De Maracuja", and Caetano's "Lua, Lua, Lua, Lua" and "Joia". Also with a nice version of "Barato Total", with a guest appearance by Gilberto Gil! Very nice stuff, and one of her best from the 70s. Now remastered and repackaged – in much better shape than the earlier CD reissue! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Craig GThis Is Now ... LP
D&D, 2003. Near Mint- 2LP .... $2.99
Craig G's back in the game on D& D, with production by Premier, Marley Marl (natch), Large Professor, Alchemist, Sage, Rockwilder, and Beatminerz. Guest rhymes by Krumb Snatcha, Afu Ra, and others. Don't you love who all the true voices/fingers in underground hip hop rally together when middle school cats jump back in? Tracks include "Don't Care Who We Bang", "Wrong Chick", "Ready Set Begin", "Place Ya Bets" and others. LP, Vinyl record album

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DMXBorn Loser (original, radio edit, inst, Dr Cuess mix) ... 12-inch
Ruffhouse, 1993. Near Mint- .... $1.99
The secret past of DMX. It's the same DMX, but you'd never guess it on this one, his first single on Ruffhouse, sounding nothing like his later Def Jam material. This one has more laid back delivery and production and much less deep voice. He's rhyming about what a loser he is, with some lines maybe similar to RA the Rugged Man. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Joao DonatoQuem e Quem (Japanese pressing) ... CD
EMI (Japan), 1973. Used .... $19.99
A gem of a record – one we wouldn't part with for anything! Joao Donato's best known as one of the founding fathers of bossa nova – better known for his 60s work over the years, than he was for 70s electric work like this. Fortunately, international groove hounds picked up on the record years back, and it's been firmly brought back into the limelight as the classic it truly is! The set's an incredible reworking of Donato's sound – the gentle jazzy phrasing of the bossa years turned towards mellow groovers that feature a heck of a lot of electric piano. The album's got a few classic funky tracks, and some even more wonderful tracks that feature Joao working sparely on Fender Rhodes – accompanying himself on raspy vocals on most of the cuts! The whole thing's great – and titles include "Nana Das Aquas", "A Ra", "Amazonas", "Mentiras", "Cala Boca Menino", "Cade Jodel", "Me Deixa", and "Ate Quem Sabe". CD
(Includes obi.)

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New Exploding Star OrchestraStars Have Shapes ... CD
Delmark, 2010. New Copy .... $11.99 16.99
The most amazing record to date from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – just the kind of cosmic, spiritual session you'd expect from the group's name – perfectly placed in a Chicago lineage that includes Sun Ra's Arkestra and the best years of the AACM! The group's got all the collaborative spirit of the latter reference – a largeish ensemble made up of some of the city's most important avant musicians in recent years – including Nicole Mitchell on flute, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Abrams on acoustic bass, Matt Bauder on clarinet and tenor, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, and Mike Reed and John Herndon on drums – all players who know each others strengths through countless gigs together – coming together under the visionary leadership of Rob Mazurek on cornet. There's some slight electro-acoustic elements, which further complicate the sound of the record – but all without ever taking it off base – and the whole thing's got a righteous sort of energy that makes us mighty proud that sounds this great came from our hometown. Titles include "ChromoRocker", "Impression #1", "Ascenscion Ghost Impression #2", and "Three Blocks Of Light". CD
Also available Stars Have Shapes ... LP 11.99
 
 
 



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