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✨✧ Phil Alvin with Sun Ra & Dirty Dozen Brass BandUnSung Stories ... CD
Warner/Big Beat (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Maybe the strongest solo project ever from Phil Alvin – a late 80s effort dedicated to the romping R&B sounds of the 50s – done with great help from both the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Sun Ra Arkestra! A number of cuts are from the glory days of the R&B single – and the approach moves between tracks with Alvin's combo, one with the Dirty Dozen, and three especially nice tracks with the Arkestra! Given the way that Sun Ra's 80s material was often dipping back into earlier generations of jazz, the group make for a very strong fit with Phil's approach – on titles that include "Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn", "Titanic Blues", "Collins Cave", "Death In The Morning", "Next Week Sometime", and "The Old Man Of The Mountain". CD
Also available UnSung Stories ... LP 9.99

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Phil Alvin with Sun Ra & Dirty Dozen Brass BandUnSung Stories ... LP
Slash, 1986. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Maybe the strongest solo project ever from Phil Alvin – a late 80s effort dedicated to the romping R&B sounds of the 50s – done with great help from both the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Sun Ra Arkestra! A number of cuts are from the glory days of the R&B single – and the approach moves between tracks with Alvin's combo, one with the Dirty Dozen, and three especially nice tracks with the Arkestra! Given the way that Sun Ra's 80s material was often dipping back into earlier generations of jazz, the group make for a very strong fit with Phil's approach – on titles that include "Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn", "Titanic Blues", "Collins Cave", "Death In The Morning", "Next Week Sometime", and "The Old Man Of The Mountain". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available UnSung Stories ... CD 12.99

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Walt Dickerson (& Sun Ra)Impressions Of A Patch Of Blue ... CD
MGM/Verve, 1965. Used ... $32.99
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
(Out of print, Verve Elite Edition. Digipack case has some light edgewear.)

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Wynonie Harris feat Sun RaDig This Boogie/Lightnin' Struck The Poor House ... 7-inch
Modern Harmonic, 1946. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $9.99
Very cool – an early Bullet Records single by R&B great Wynonie Harris – featuring a young Herman "Sun Ra" Blount on piano! The work even predates Harris' great run on King Records – and is a seminal early moment for both performers! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Recent red vinyl pressing in the envelope style cover.)

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Sun RaAngels & Demons At Play/Nubians Of Plutonia ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, Late 50s. Used ... $11.99
Brilliant early work by Sun Ra and the Arkestra – 2 rare Saturn recordings back to back on one CD! Angels & Demons At Play is a monster of an album! 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". Nubians Of Plutonia has Ra and the Arkestra playing in a 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". CD

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Sun RaCrystal Spears ... LP
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.99
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary status over the years – in part because of Ra's fantastic work on keyboards on the title track – which pave the way for the album's great mix of acoustic and electric elements! After the jagged keyboard interplay of "Crystal Spears", the set then moves into some great group numbers that build in the best tradition of the Arkestra's earliest work – but with the different of Ra on electric instead of acoustic – so that percussion interacts with the work of John Gilmore on tenor and Danny Davis on alto, everything sounds maybe even more spacey and other-worldly than it would if Ra was playing a standard piano. Other titles include "The Eternal Sphynx", "The Embassy Of The Living God", and the very long "Sunrise In The Western Sky" – all of which have a lot more keyboards. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Crystal Spears (2018 Black Friday Release) ... CD 12.99

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Sun RaCrystal Spears (2018 Black Friday Release) ... CD
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary status over the years – in part because of Ra's fantastic work on keyboards on the title track – which pave the way for the album's great mix of acoustic and electric elements! After the jagged keyboard interplay of "Crystal Spears", the set then moves into some great group numbers that build in the best tradition of the Arkestra's earliest work – but with the different of Ra on electric instead of acoustic – so that percussion interacts with the work of John Gilmore on tenor and Danny Davis on alto, everything sounds maybe even more spacey and other-worldly than it would if Ra was playing a standard piano. Other titles include "The Eternal Sphynx", "The Embassy Of The Living God", and the very long "Sunrise In The Western Sky" – all of which have a lot more keyboards. CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Crystal Spears ... LP 23.99

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Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1973. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is lightly shopworn, with excess taped down at the spine.)

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Sun RaFate In A Pleasant Mood/When Sun Comes Out ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960/1962. Used ... $9.99
2 early Saturn albums by Sun Ra on one CD! Fate In A Pleasant Mood was recorded and released in 1960 – and is a stellar example of Ra's early genius at work. John Gilmore and Marshall Allen hold down the reed solos, and Ra's piano is out front, with plenty of space for crazy solos, especially on the cut "Space Mates". All compositions are original Ra material, and the track list includes "Ankhnaton", "Distant Stars", and "The Others In Their World". When Sun Comes Out is from a few years later – when the Arkestra had moved to New York City – and the lineup is a bit more adventurous, with Ra playing a bit of percussion and electric celeste on one track, and an overall freer approach by the rest of the group. Titles include "Dimensions In Time", "Dancing Shadows", "The Rainmaker", "We Travel The Spaceways", and "Calling Planet Earth". CD

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Sun RaFuturistic Sounds Of Sun Ra ... CD
Savoy, 1961. Used ... $6.99
The one and only album that Sun Ra ever cut for the Savoy label – a beautifully understated session that mixes more conventional jazz with some particularly Ra-like touches! The group on the set is extremely tight – especially the horn work of John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Pat Patrick – who glide together along with some of the best mainstream modernists of the 50s, but break out with earthier tones and phrases that clearly mark their playing as different from the norm. Ra plays relatively straight piano for the album, but there's more than enough Arkestra touches from other players on bells and assorted percussion – emphasizing the rhythmic qualities of the tunes, and really living up to the promise of titles that include "Bassism", "China Gates", "Of Sounds And Something Else", "Tapestry From An Asteroid", "Jet Flight", "Space Jazz Reverie", and "Where Is Tomorrow?". CD

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Sun RaGod Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... LP
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
One of the rarest 70s albums in the Sun Ra catalog – and one of the most unique, too – given that the format here is a piano trio, of the style often used by other jazz musicians – but completely transformed here in the hands of Ra! The music is sometimes straight, but always with angles – taking off nicely from the Horo Records mode right before – and delivered by Ra with this new sense of confidence and historical imagination on the keys of the piano – with great support from Richard Williams on bass and Luqman Ali on drums. There's no spacey production or weird instrumentation – but still, as with the Horo and Improvising Artists material, Sun Ra shows us what a tremendous jazz musician he can be in a more familiar setting – a great snap back to all those who ever might have called him a pretender. Titles include "Blythe Spirit Dance", "Tenderness", "Days Of Happiness", and "Magic City Blue". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaGreat Lost Sun Ra Albums – Cymbals & Crystal Spears ... CD
Evidence, 1973. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
2CDs worth of previously unissued material! Both records – Cymbals and Crystal Spears – were originally due to be released on Impulse during the same stretch that the label was repackaging older Saturn albums, but were never issued because of all the messed up relations that quickly terminated what should have been a much longer deal. (Some of this is nicely outlined in the good set of notes that go with the set.) Cymbals features 3 tracks that did appear on a Saturn album called Deep Purple, plus 2 titles that were never issued before – and the set features Ra on organ Rocksichord, vibes, and organ – playing very out and raucously with a group that includes Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Akh Tal Ebah. Crystal Spears is a lot more introspective, and takes us back to earlier years of the Arkestra. Ra's on organ, marimba, mini moog, and vibes – and the rest of the group's playing a variety of horns and percussion. Tracks include "Crystal Spears", "Sunrise In The Western Sky", "The Embassy Of The Living God", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", and "The Mystery Of Two". CD

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Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 1 ... CD
ESP (Germany), 1965. Used ... $6.99
A seminal set from Sun Ra – even if it's one of his few 60s albums not on the Saturn label! The set was done for ESP during the glory days of that avant powerhouse – a perfect match, given the Arkestra's relocation to New York, and the label's ability to reach out to big new audiences for exciting music – a fact that certainly made this album one of the most widely-circulated Ra albums for many years to come. The group here works in formation that holds up strongly with the Saturn sides – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto, Teddy Nance on trombone, Chris Capers on trumpet, Danny Davis on flute and alto, and Ra on piano, bass marimba, and some especially nice electronic celeste! Things get quite out at points – freer almost than other Arkestra sides of the time – and titles include "Outer Nothingness", "Other Worlds", "Nebulae", "Dancing In the Sun", "The Cosmos", and "Of Heavenly Things". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ESP, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
The second set of Heliocentric tracks that Ra recorded for ESP, with a freer feel than the first volume, and a bit more avant-oriented work overall. Ra and the group play a lot of percussion – and Ra himself is on tuned bongos, piano, and clavioline, which has a very nice spooky sound! The reed work on the album is by Robert Cummings, John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and Marshall Allen – with bass by Ronnie Boykin and percussion by Roger Blank. Tracks include "Cosmic Chaos", "House of Beauty", and "The Sun Myth". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaHoliday For Soul Dance ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960. Used ... $12.99
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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Sun RaJanus ... CD
1201 Music, 1960s. Used ... $7.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Sun RaJazz In Silhouette ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaLive In Cleveland 1975 ... CD
Leo/Golden Years (UK), 1975. Used ... $11.99
Previously-unissued live work from Sun Ra – a very hip set recorded in Cleveland during the mid 70s, and a performance that features some especially nice organ work from Ra himself! The set begins with an extended number titled "Astro Nation" – a slightly funky cut that has some great chanting from the group, almost the same level of politics you might find in Parliament's "Chocolate City" – matched with some bold keyboards and horns. Group chants continue on "Enlightenment", which is taken in a short version – then Ra's organ takes over on "Love In Outer Space", which is performed in a long take, with a romping rhythm that's mighty nice. Organ continues on "Theme Of The Stargazers" and "Friendly Galaxy 2" – then Ra hits a very noisy stretch on the moog during "Synthesizer Solo". The group rounds things up with a version of "Sophisticated Lady" – and other players include Akh Tal Ebah and Kwame Hadi on trumpet, John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, and Damon Choice on vibes. June Tyson and Eddie Thomas are also part of the group on vocals! CD

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Sun RaLive In Kalisz (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Lanquidity (UK), 1986. New Copy 2LP ... $36.99
A rare live set from the later years of Sun Ra – and one that maybe goes a bit more outside at points than some of the titles of the time that saw wider commercial release! The set begins with the sort of material that would have been right at home on Saturn Records at the start of the 70s – long, expressive takes on "Infinity Drum Intro/Discipline 27-II" and "Children Of The Sun" – followed by a few more group improvisations that are totally great – handled by a group that includes Dannny Ray Thompson on bassoon and tenor, Pat Patrick on baritone and alto, Marshal Allen on alto, Ronald Wilson on tenor, and John Gilmore on tenor and clarinet – while Ra himself plays both piano and electronics. The set moves into some straighter material near the end – in that way that Ra would do during the later years – showing people he was also one heck of an arranger, on titles that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Mack The Knife", and "Prelude To A Kiss". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaLive In London 1970 ... CD
Transparency, 1970. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
Weird sounds from Sun Ra – material from a 1970 performance in London, with some of the most far-reaching, most out-there music you'll hear from the Arkestra at the time! Things start in a very "out" part of the spectrum – wild electronics on a variety of keyboards from Ra – eventually distilling down with more organic elements to a groove that takes on some slightly more earthy jazz tones, yet always in ways that threaten to soar to the skies once again! There's a nice degree of echo in the recording, which seems to abstract things even more – and given the good acoustics of the concert space (The Queen Elizabeth Hall), you can almost feel the Arkestra really playing with the sound of the room, and letting their improvisations take flight as a result. The group is fairly large, especially for an overseas tour at this point – and titles include lots of improvisations, plus "Planet Earth", "Life Is Splendid", "Theme Of The Stargazers", "The Shadow World", and "Walking On The Moon". CD

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Sun RaMonorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never been released at all – making for the most comprehensive package to ever document this side of his work in a more intimate manner! There's a sensitivity to these tracks that's really amazing – still moments of freedom that reflect Ra's connection to the avant garde of the time – but also echoes of Art Tatum and other stylists who influenced his initial vision in the early days – interwoven with his own sense of cosmic creation, in ways that are similar to his later solo projects – but which didn't often show up in other Saturn material of the time. Some tracks are altered standards, but many others are really great originals – and titles include the unreleased "Soundscapes", "The Eternal Tomorrow", "The Changing Wind", "World Island Festival", "Today Is Not Yesterday", "How Am I To Know", and "Yesterdays" – plus "Caloundronius", "Perspective Prismis Of Is", "Solar Boats", "The Ninth Eye", "Space Towers", "Cognition", "The Galaxy Way", "The Alter Destiny", and "Blue Differentials". CD
Also available Monorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano (3LP set) ... LP 31.99

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Sun RaMonorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano (3LP set) ... LP
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $31.99 34.98
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never been released at all – making for the most comprehensive package to ever document this side of his work in a more intimate manner! There's a sensitivity to these tracks that's really amazing – still moments of freedom that reflect Ra's connection to the avant garde of the time – but also echoes of Art Tatum and other stylists who influenced his initial vision in the early days – interwoven with his own sense of cosmic creation, in ways that are similar to his later solo projects – but which didn't often show up in other Saturn material of the time. Some tracks are altered standards, but many others are really great originals – and titles include the unreleased "Soundscapes", "The Eternal Tomorrow", "The Changing Wind", "World Island Festival", "Today Is Not Yesterday", "How Am I To Know", and "Yesterdays" – plus "Caloundronius", "Perspective Prismis Of Is", "Solar Boats", "The Ninth Eye", "Space Towers", "Cognition", "The Galaxy Way", "The Alter Destiny", and "Blue Differentials". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Monorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano ... CD 14.99

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Sun RaNothing Is ... LP
ESP, 1966. Very Good ... $38.99
One of the best non-Saturn Sun Ra albums of the 60s – material recorded live on a tour of New York colleges in 1966, and very much in a spirit that captures the Arkestra at their best! Longer tracks are juxtaposed nicely with shorter ones – in a way that has the group running very outside one minute, yet stepping soulfully back to the center the next – never schizophrenicly, but in a mode that really displays the full range of energy pulsing in the group. Interesting instrumentation on the set includes Ra on clavoline, plus Carl Nimrod on the beautiful-sounding "sun horn" – and other players include Marshall Allen on alto, John Gilmore on tenor, Pat Patrick on baritone, and James Jacson on log drum and flute. Titles include "Dancing Shadows", "Next Stop Mars", "Outerspaceways", "Shadow World", and "Sun Ra and His Band From Outer Space". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo ESP pressing with black & white portrait labels. Vinyl has a short click on two tracks, but is clean overall. Cover has some light wear.)

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Sun RaNuclear War (10 inch red vinyl EP) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1962/1977/1982. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Sun Ra from three different decades – one classic track, and two never-issued numbers! "Nuclear War" may well be the closest that Ra ever came to a "hit" – although the profanity in the tune certainly kept it away from the mainstream – a fantastic slow-building number with the group chanting out a strong message against the use of atomic weapons! The version here is from the Saturn album Fireside Chat With Lucifer – a nicely rough take on the tune. Next is the beautiful and unissued "Outer Reach Intense Energy" – heard here in an early version from 1977, with haunting piano lines from Ra at the beginning, and some really searing avant reed solos as the tune moves on. Last up is the beautiful "Twilight" – another unissued number, recorded in 1963, with Ra on "xylophonic electric piano" – which almost sounds like a tripped-out celeste! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaOf Abstract Dreams ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites on the Saturn Records label! The work here has never been issued, and it's extremely beautiful, too – pulled from a few just-discovered studio sessions done after the group was parting ways with Impulse Records, and mostly recording in a live environment! There's an intimacy to these studio tracks that's a nice difference from some of the more freewheeling live work of the period – moments that almost hearken back to the exotic jazz of the earliest Saturn years of the group, mixed with some other currents that seem to point the way towards the excellent Horo Records material to come – especially in the way Ra is phrasing things on his piano. Most groups are relatively small, and titles include the lovely "Island In The Sun" with Marshall Allen on some great flute; a studio take on "Unmask The Batman", better known from live sets, and a playful tune that hints at the group's work on the Dan & Dale Batman album in the 60s; a spiritual stormer "I'll Wait For You", with great piano from Ra and an excellent tenor solo from John Gilmore; and a take on "New Dawn" with work by Marshall Allen on alto, Elo Umoe on bass clarinet, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone. CD

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Sun RaOuter Space Employment Agency – Live At The Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1973 ... LP
Total Energy, 1973/1999. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Classic live material, recorded at the legendary Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest in the early 70s. The Fest was the brainchild of John Sinclair, the White Panther founder/Detroit radical who was also the big early manager of the MC5. Sinclair produced the set and wrote a nice set of introductory notes – but the real interest here is in the performance of Ra & The Arkestra, who are recorded live before an audience of 15,000 fans, and who include Kwame Hadi, Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Danny Davis, and June Tyson. Titles include "Discipline 99", "Love In Outer Space", and "At First There Was Nothing". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaPlanets Of Life Or Death – Amiens '73 ... CD
Art Yard/Strut (UK), 1973. Used ... $8.99
Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkesta – and a set that's every bit as great as Ra's self-released albums on Saturn Records in the 70s! The performance is a well-recorded date from France in the early 70s – and the Arkestra are at their richest, most expressive – often working with a strong spiritual vein that really sets this period apart from other periods of their work! There's still plenty of outside moments – both free reed solos, and some especially incredible mini-moog electronics from Ra himself – but the whole performance also has this cohesive sensibility that really expresses his vast, cosmic vision with great power. The group features John Gilmore on tenor, James Jacson on bassoon and flute, Danny Davis on alto and flute, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpet, June Tyson on vocals, and the very cool Space Ethnic Voices trio on added vocals. Comes with full notes on the session – and titles include "Lights On A Satellite", "Enlightenment", "Love In Outer Space", and the especially mindblowing "Discipline 27-11/What Planet Is This". CD

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Sun RaRocket Number Nine (10 inch colored vinyl EP) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1959/1960/1962. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Great early work from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – two never-issued tracks, and a classic Saturn Records groove! "Rocket Number Nine" may well be one of the group's strongest early anthems – a propulsive number that's bold enough to soar to the skies – driven by old school snapping snare, but given a very moody vibe by the group's chanting, and some very offbeat horn solos! "Ankhnation" is a never-issued track – one that has a great mix of comping chords from Ra on piano and right rhythm lines – with lots of nice solos over the top from John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and Hobart Dotson – almost a Yusef Lateef track overall. Last up is the previously-unissued "Project Black Mass" – a tune that has all these cool percussion bits and piano notes in a flurry – almost a more outside take on the style of Moondog! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaSingles ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, Mid 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
A totally essential 2 CD set that brings together a huge amount of singles that were recorded by Sun Ra and others for his legendary Saturn label! As you probably know, the albums that were recorded for Saturn were rare enough – but the singles on the label were even rarer, and some of them were pressed in batches as small as 75 copies! The material is a very strange mix of jazz, soul, doo wop, and R&B – but it's all got the off-kilter Sun Ra twist to it, and the music is a key slice in the independent history of underground jazz pioneered by Ra & The Arkestra. You'll hear plenty of stuff by Ra (including the legendary "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman") – and you'll also get stuff by Lacy Gibson, The Cosmic Rays, The Nu Sounds, Yochannan, and The Qualities. Annotated with 36 pages of detailed notes, written by 4 different Ra experts – and a treat for collectors and novices alike! CD

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Sun RaSound of Joy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Transition/Delmark, 1957. Used ... $8.99
Something of a "lost" album from Sun Ra – material initially intended as his second album for Transition records in the 50s, but not issued until a decade later when Delmark Records was first putting the Chicago underground on the map! The sound here steps out nicely from the first Transition session – and Ra is already a bit bolder, not just in his structure of the songs, but in the way he handles his piano – with some darker notes and tones, more exotic phrasing, and even some very early use of electric piano – already with the haunting qualities that would show up more strongly in the Saturn years. Every member of the group is wonderful too – each with their own voice, spoken strongly and freely – in a lineup that includes Art Hoyle and Dave Young on trumpets, Julian Priester on trombone, Pat Patrick on alto and baritone sax, John Gilmore on tenor, Charles Davis on baritone, Victor Sproles on bass, William Cochran on drums, and Jim Herndon on tympani and timbali. Titles include "El Is A Sound Of Joy", "Overtones Of China", "Ankh", "Two Tones", "Saturn", "Reflections In Blue", and "Planet Earth". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "As You Once Were" and "Dreams Come True" – with vocals by Clyde Williams. CD

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Sun RaStrange Celestial Road ... LP
Rounder, 1980. Near Mint- ... $39.99
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
(Teal label pressing with Masterdisk stamp. Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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Sun RaSun Embassy ... LP
Roaratorio, 1968/1969. New Copy ... $21.99
Rare late 60s material from the Sun Ra Arkestra – all recorded at their home turf in Philly at the time – in the very comfortable setting of the Sun Studios! The music here is really beautiful – different than some of the more freewheeling live performances of the period, and maybe even sometimes hinting at deeper spiritual currents that would emerge in the 70s – but on shorter tracks that each have their own sort of flavor, amidst a fair bit of swinging, soulful moments! Most groups here are relatively small – the biggest appears to be a septet – and key players include John Gilmore on tenor and clarinet, Danny Davis on alto, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Walter Miller on trumpet, Ronnie Boykins on bass, and Nimrod Hunt, Danny Ray Thompson, and Lex Humphries on percussion. Ra himself plays a nicely wide range of electric keyboards – Yamaha organ, clavinet, and Spacemaster – as well as percussion – and titles include "The Stranger", "Dance Of Fire", "Cosmic Strut", "Sun Embassy", "Walk Around Saturn", "Why Go To The Moon", "Sunology", "My Reality Is Real", and "Ancient Aethiopia". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Sun RaUntitled Recordings ... CD
Transparency, 1973/1978/1985. Used ... $11.99
Very intimate work from Sun Ra – rehearsal and private recordings, often done with a surprising degree of sensitivity! The first part of the set features a 1985 performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell – one that features a small ensemble with Ra on piano with an unusual group that features John Gilmore, Don Moye, Milford Graves, and Andrew Cyrille! The sound is very open and personal, played with a great degree of soul – although not as much in the spiritual mode of the 70s, more an earlier style of jazz. Ra's piano lines are quite evocative, especially under Gilmore's tenor – and the set features two untitled numbers, and a version of "Opus In Springtime". Next is a rehearsal at the House Of Ra in 1978 – one that features a bigger Arkestra group with Marshal Allen, Michael Ray, Danny Davis, and John Gilmore – working in that somewhat straighter mode that Ra returned to in the late 70s, with a feel that's almost like some of his Horo work, but a bit looser. Titles include "Liza", "Tone Poem 9", "But Not For Me", and "If I Could Be With You". Last up is a spacier performance from the House Of Ra from 1973 – one that has some great bass work from Wilbur Ware, who leads off the "Untitled Jam" with an extended solo that's totally wonderful! CD

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Sun RaWe Travel The Space Ways/Bad & Beautiful ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960/1961. Used ... $8.99
2 classic Saturn albums by Sun Ra – back to back on one CD! We Travel The Spaceways is 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". Bad & The Beautiful was recorded in 1961 – and features prime small group playing by Ra, Gilmore, 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! CD

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Sun RaWhen Angels Speak Of Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1963. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderful session recorded in New York in 1963 – and featuring the band at its progressive best! The album has many dark overtones, and features a core group that includes Marshall Allen, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Pat Patrick – playing their usual horns, plus percussion, amidst reverb by Thomas "Bugs" Hunter and performances by Ra on gong, pianoforte, and clavioline. The whole set has an open-ended "loft jazz" kind of feel – typical for the mid 70s New York avant scene, but groundbreaking at the time of this recording. Titles include "Celestial Fantasy", "The Idea Of It All", "Next Stop Mars", and "Ecstasy Of Being". Plus, this CD version has some great bonus tracks – a never-issued stereo take of "Celestial Fantasy" – plus "When Angels Speak Of Love (stereo)", and the twelve minute "Next Stop Mars (stereo edit)". CD

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Sun Ra & John CageJohn Cage Meets Sun Ra – The Complete Concert (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Meltdown/Modern Harmonic, 1986. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99 36.98
A legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer John Cage and jazz visionary Sun Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if anyone could "jam" with John Cage!) – and instead, both players were on the stage at the same time, but would each step aside to let the other do their thing – Cage would vocalize in these amazing passages that are right up there with the most beautiful vocal work he ever did, alongside some "silent" performances too – and Ra would play keyboard solos that have a beautifully offbeat electric vibe! The pair do come together at one point – but mostly in a "silent" duet, although one title does feature Cage's weird vocals with Ra's keyboard. And big bonus – this package also presents the full complete concert – with material that appears here for the first time ever – including a beautiful vocals from June Tyson over Ra's keyboards on "Enlightenment", other Ra numbers that include "This Is The Space Age", "The Living Parable", "The Damned Air", and "We Hold This Myth To Be Potential". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun Ra & John CageJohn Cage Meets Sun Ra – The Complete Film (DVD & clear vinyl 7 inch single) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... DVD
Modern Harmonic, 1987. New Copy DVD & 7 inch ... $20.99 25.99
A fantastic package – a 7" sleeve that contains the full film of the meeting between Sun Ra and John Cage – legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer Cage and jazz visionary Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if anyone could "jam" with John Cage!) – and instead, both players were on the stage at the same time, but would each step aside to let the other do their thing – Cage would vocalize in these amazing passages that are right up there with the most beautiful vocal work he ever did, alongside some "silent" performances too – and Ra would play keyboard solos that have a beautifully offbeat electric vibe! The package features the full film on DVD for the first time ever – and also includes a bonus 7" single – with the selections "Empty Words & Keyboards" and "Silent Duet 2" – both of them very unusual meetings of the minds. DVD

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Sun Ra & OthersRocket Ship Rock ... CD
Norton, 1960s. New Copy ... $10.99
Wild and wooly Rocket Ship Rock from Sun Ra and his Arkestra – featuring shout blues vocalist Yochanan – often billed as "the man from outer space" and a cat who could give Screamin Jay Hawkins a run for his money in the excitable oddball category – jumping 60s r&b with an interstellar theme, freaked out jazz, and unhinged genius from the Saturn vaults! Rocket Ship Rock features material that's the next stratospheric step from the early doo wop era recordings, with Yochanan coming unhinged without ever jettisoning his considerable charisma, on most of the numbers – including rare Saturn tracks, unissued and alternate and rehearsal takes – plus rare numbers other vocalists including Little Mack, Lacy Gibson and Ebah (both from the later 60s when Ra was going crazy for the Batman themes) and Don "Dino" Dean. Amazing spacey 60s soul & r&b with a wild eyed grit and the Arkestra in it's nicely gritty realm of the cosmos. Very well packaged by the folks at Norton, with nice liner notes, too. Titles include "Muck Muck", "Hot Skillet Momma", "Rocket Ship Rock", "The Sun Man Speaks", "Message To Earth Man" (#s 1& 2) with Yochanan, plus "Tell Her To Come On Home" feat Little Mack, "I Am Gonna Unmask The Batman" feat Lacy Gibson and an unissued version with Ebah, plus "Space Stroll" featuring Don "Dino" Dean. CD

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Sun Ra & OthersRocket Ship Rock ... LP
Norton, 1960s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Wild and wooly Rocket Ship Rock from Sun Ra and his Arkestra – featuring shout blues vocalist Yochanan – often billed as "the man from outer space" and a cat who could give Screamin Jay Hawkins a run for his money in the excitable oddball category – jumping 60s r&b with an interstellar theme, freaked out jazz, and unhinged genius from the Saturn vaults! Rocket Ship Rock features material that's the next stratospheric step from the early doo wop era recordings, with Yochanan coming unhinged without ever jettisoning his considerable charisma, on most of the numbers – including rare Saturn tracks, unissued and alternate and rehearsal takes – plus rare numbers other vocalists including Little Mack, Lacy Gibson and Ebah (both from the later 60s when Ra was going crazy for the Batman themes) and Don "Dino" Dean. Amazing spacey 60s soul & r&b with a wild eyed grit and the Arkestra in it's nicely gritty realm of the cosmos. Very well packaged by the folks at Norton, with nice liner notes, too. Titles include "Muck Muck", "Hot Skillet Momma", "Rocket Ship Rock", "The Sun Man Speaks", "Message To Earth Man" (#s 1& 2) with Yochanan, plus "Tell Her To Come On Home" feat Little Mack, "I Am Gonna Unmask The Batman" feat Lacy Gibson and an unissued version with Ebah, plus "Space Stroll" featuring Don "Dino" Dean. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Rocket Ship Rock ... CD 10.99

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Sun Ra & OthersSecond Stop Is Jupiter – Doo Wop From Saturn & Beyond Vol 2 ... CD
Norton, Mid 50s. New Copy ... $10.99
Interstellar vocal group numbers and doo wop from the Sun Ra vaults – a couple rare release and a bunch of previously unissued numbers featuring The Cosmic Rays, Crystals, Nu Sounds and Juanita Rogers – teenage vocal group numbers, bits of bebop and spacey doo wop released for the first time ever! The Second Stop Is Jupiter is Volume 2 in Norton's compilations of early, vocals centered Sun Ra material – beautifully done, and worthy for more than just Ra completists – it's a treasure trove of leftfield 50s vocals on top of a nice early snapshot of the spacey sounds of Sun Ra. Includes straighter tunes and a couple standards with the interplanetary touches at the outer edges, more forthright spacey harmonies, tunes with easygoing piano and voice arrangements, and others touched by exotica and pointing the way towards Ra travels to come! Titles Include "Somebody's In Love" and "Dreaming" with Cosmic Rays, "Honeysuckle Rose" (unissued home rehearsal) and "Black Sky And Blue Moon" (unissued home rehearsal) with Nu Sounds, ""Happy New Year To You" with Qualities, "Little Sally Walker" (unissued home rehearsal) with Crystals, "I'm So Glad You Love Me" (unissued home rehearsal) with Juanita Rogers, "Stuff Like That There" by Sun Ra and more. CD
Also available Second Stop Is Jupiter – Doo Wop From Saturn & Beyond Vol 2 ... LP 13.99

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Sun Ra & OthersSecond Stop Is Jupiter – Doo Wop From Saturn & Beyond Vol 2 ... LP
Norton, Mid 50s. New Copy ... $13.99
Interstellar vocal group numbers and doo wop from the Sun Ra vaults – a couple rare release and a bunch of previously unissued numbers featuring The Cosmic Rays, Crystals, Nu Sounds and Juanita Rogers – teenage vocal group numbers, bits of bebop and spacey doo wop released for the first time ever! The Second Stop Is Jupiter is Volume 2 in Norton's compilations of early, vocals centered Sun Ra material – beautifully done, and worthy for more than just Ra completists – it's a treasure trove of leftfield 50s vocals on top of a nice early snapshot of the spacey sounds of Sun Ra. Includes straighter tunes and a couple standards with the interplanetary touches at the outer edges, more forthright spacey harmonies, tunes with easygoing piano and voice arrangements, and others touched by exotica and pointing the way towards Ra travels to come! Titles Include "Somebody's In Love" and "Dreaming" with Cosmic Rays, "Honeysuckle Rose" (unissued home rehearsal) and "Black Sky And Blue Moon" (unissued home rehearsal) with Nu Sounds, ""Happy New Year To You" with Qualities, "Little Sally Walker" (unissued home rehearsal) with Crystals, "I'm So Glad You Love Me" (unissued home rehearsal) with Juanita Rogers, "Stuff Like That There" by Sun Ra and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Second Stop Is Jupiter – Doo Wop From Saturn & Beyond Vol 2 ... CD 10.99

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Sun Ra ArkestraFondation Maeght Nights, Vol 2 ... CD
Jazz View, 1970. Used ... $9.99
A legendary performance by Sun Ra & The Arkestra – and for good reason, too! The album was initially issued on a hard-to-find French import, but has cropped up in other formats over the years – and it's a stellar live date that really illustrates the group at their soulful best! Ra definitely goes past the usual here – and focuses the energy of the ensemble in a way that makes the whole extended performance very captivating throughout – especially in the way the group can get totally free at some spots, and perform with subtle, soulful tones at others. The lineup includes Marshall Allen on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor, Pat Patrick on baritone and bass clarinet, Danny Davis on alto and flute, James Jacson on clarinet and flute, Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Danny Thompson on baritone and bassoon, Alan Silva on bass, Rashied Salim on vibes, and vocals by June Tyson, Gloristeena Knight, and Verta Grosvenor. Ra himself plays moog, piano, organ, electric piano, and "intergalactic instruments"! Volume two kicks off with "Friendly Galaxy" – featuring great accompaniment from Silva – before it slides into a great extended take on "Spontaneous Simplicity". Other tracks include the 3 part epic "Black Myth", "Sky", and "The World Of Lightening". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sun Ra, Peter Brotzmann, & OthersEye & Ear (original pressing) ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $12.99
A really unique collection of work – filled with previously unreleased tunes by a host of jazz and avant notables – all pulled together as part of an art exhibit! The exhibition's titled Eye & Ear, and focuses on paintings and art works by a great variety of talents who are better known for their musical work – but who also have spent quite a bit of time on the visual arts as well. Supposedly, all tracks are exclusive to this collection – pulled together by the Corbett Vs Demsey team – and titles include the completely unlikely "Jada", a duet between structural filmmaker Michael Snow and trad jazz legend Pee Wee Russell – plus "I Don't Believe In Love" by Sun Ra, "Take 5" by Peter Brotzmann & Han Bennink, "Weave & Raze" by Hal Rammel, "#2" by Sebi Tramontana & Lou Mallozzi, "November" by Mark Booth, and "Dickie's Dream" by Dave Coleman & Friends. CD

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✨✧ June Tyson with Sun RaJune Tyson – Saturnian Queen Of The Sun Ra Orchestra (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $24.99 25.99
The voice of June Tyson was a key part of the sound of the Sun Ra Arkestra during the first few decades of its existence – but this is the first time the lady herself has ever gotten a record under her own name – a beautiful collection of Ra-backed, Tyson-fronted tunes that includes classics and a fair bit of unreleased titles too! The music is from deep in the catalog of Saturn Records – and showcases a singer who could have taken both the jazz vocal and soul music worlds by storm, had she not chosen to dedicate herself to the larger cultural mission of the Arkestra – a place that June Tyson called home for more than a decade or two – and where she gave the world sublimely soulful vocals like these. Titles include the unissued "Enlightenment", "They'll Come Back", "Never Never Land", and "If You Are Not A Myth/Strange Worlds In My Mind" – plus "The Moors (complete version)", "Somebody Else's World", "Stardust From Tomorrow", "Astro Black", "Smile", "Tapestry From An Asteroid", and "Outer Space Is A Pleasant Place". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Walt Dickerson (with Sun Ra)Impressions Of A Patch Of Blue ... LP
MGM, 1965. Near Mint- ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful original pressing, without the normal defect! Formerly sealed – we opened to check. Cover has a cutout hole in one corner, and one slightly bumped corner, but this is a great copy overall.)
Also available Impressions Of A Patch Of Blue ... CD 32.99

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✨✧ Sun RaAngels & Demons At Play (Saturn pressing) ... LP
Saturn, Mid 50s/1967. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Yipes! Rare Saturn pressing of this one! 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
(Recent reissue.)
Also available Angels & Demons At Play/Nubians Of Plutonia ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Sun RaContinuation (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1963. New Copy 2CD ... 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". 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 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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✨✧ Sun RaDiscipline 27-II ... LP
Saturn, 1973. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Sun Ra's greatest albums of the 70s – recording during the same sessions that yielded the famous Space Is The Place record for Blue Thumb, and done with a very similar feel – an expansive configuration of the Arkestra in peak form! The range of expression is really incredible – from the spiritual soul jazz of "Pan Afro", to the lightly grooving June Tyson vocals of "Neptune", to the extended suite "Discipline 27-II", a stretched-out spacey number with vocal "dramatizing" by Ra, Tyson, Ruth Wright, and Judith Holton. That track's a particularly great one, with the kind of spiritual resonance behind the spacey approach that rarely comes through as strongly on other albums – but the whole set is wonderful, and judging how reminiscent of it some of the best, similarly-minded underground jazz is decades later – the whole thing is an amazing testament to how strong Ra's influence is today. LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 90s Italian reissue.)

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✨✧ Sun RaHorizon ... LP
Saturn, 1971/Mid 70s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-pasted label, in a white sleeve with titles in pen, and insert with notes.)

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✨✧ Sun RaLive In Rome 1980 ... CD
Transparency, 1980. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool Sun Ra performance from 1980 – recorded in Rome, and a wonderful summation of all the new directions the Arkestra took during the 70s! There's a wonderful balance here between intimate vocal tracks, sung by June Tyson, and some fuller ensemble numbers – mixed up in ways that often show the most soulful side of the group, yet still allow plenty of space for bold, dynamic solos from players who include Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Michael Ray on trumpet, John Gilmore on tenor, Danny Ray Thompson on baritone and flute, Kenny Williams on tenor and baritone, and Noel Scott on alto and baritone. The double-length set also has some beautiful instrumental moments that are quite gentle – a few exotic touches, and nice piano improvisations from Ra – very much like his excellent solo piano work on Improvising Artists. Titles include "Enlightenment", "Watusa", "Lights On A Satellite", "Nothing Is", "Children Of The Sun", "King Porter Stomp", "Sun Ra & His Band From Outer Space", "Springtime Again", "Big John's Special", "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise", and a few untitled pieces. CD

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✨✧ Sun RaLost Reel Collection Vol 5 – The Universe Sent Me ... CD
Transparency, 1972/1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of live performances from the Sun Ra Arkestra – one recorded in New York, the other in Paris! First up are 3 tracks from a completely searing set at the South Street Seaport Museum – material recorded on July 9, 1972 with a very outside, edgey sort of quality! There's some very noisy analogue synthesizer in the mix, played quite aggressively – and titles include long takes on "Outerspaceways Incorporated" and "Discipline 27 (instrumental)" – plus a short "Untitled Improvisation" that's pretty electronic. The second half of the set was recorded in Paris on September 8, 1973 – and features the group in a somewhat similar mode – quite unbridled at times, but also somewhat spiritual in their approach too – almost a mix of AACM and freer French jazz scene energy. Titles include "The Universe Sent Me", "Discipline 99", "Watusi", and an "Untitled Improvisation". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaNight Of The Purple Moon (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Unheard Music Series, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic spooky bit of wild keyboard jazz from Ra – on CD for the first time ever, done up beautifully by Saturn Records and the Unheard Music Series! 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. This new version includes 4 bonus tracks, 3 previously unreleased – with a longer, alternate take on "Love In Outer Space", plus 3 Ra home recordings from 1964 with Ra doing his thing on Wurlitzer – titled here as "Wurlitzer And Celeste", "Wurlitzter Solo 1" and "Wurlitzer Solo 2". Amazing, work from the mythical Ra! CD
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✨✧ Sun RaOf Abstract Dreams ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites on the Saturn Records label! The work here has never been issued, and it's extremely beautiful, too – pulled from a few just-discovered studio sessions done after the group was parting ways with Impulse Records, and mostly recording in a live environment! There's an intimacy to these studio tracks that's a nice difference from some of the more freewheeling live work of the period – moments that almost hearken back to the exotic jazz of the earliest Saturn years of the group, mixed with some other currents that seem to point the way towards the excellent Horo Records material to come – especially in the way Ra is phrasing things on his piano. Most groups are relatively small, and titles include the lovely "Island In The Sun" with Marshall Allen on some great flute; a studio take on "Unmask The Batman", better known from live sets, and a playful tune that hints at the group's work on the Dan & Dale Batman album in the 60s; a spiritual stormer "I'll Wait For You", with great piano from Ra and an excellent tenor solo from John Gilmore; and a take on "New Dawn" with work by Marshall Allen on alto, Elo Umoe on bass clarinet, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone. CD

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✨✧ Sun RaOf Mythic Worlds ... LP
Philly Jazz, 1980. Near Mint- ... 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
(Original pressing. Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ Sun RaOn Jupiter ... LP
Saturn/Art Yard (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaOther Side Of The Sun (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sweet Earth, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great late 70s session by Sun Ra – released on the small Sweet Earth label, recorded in 1979, with a version of the Arkestra that includes John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto, Eddie Gale on trumpet, and June Tyson on vocals – plus Sun Ra himself on Fender Rhodes, percussion, and a bit of vocals too! There's a few longer straighter tracks, like "Sunny Side Of The Street" and "Manhattan Cocktail", but the real highlight is the album's funky version of "Space Is The Place", which sounds like a lost groover by Oneness Of Juju! Another nice funky track is "Space Fling", which has kind of a New Orleans stompin groove to it. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ 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
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Sun RaSleeping Beauty ... LP
Saturn/Art Yard (Germany), 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 Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaSuper-Sonic Sounds ... LP
Impulse, 1956/1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Impulse issue of one of the Arkestra's best 50's recordings for Saturn. A beautiful bit of space jazz that has Ra playing some electric piano, and which features excellent early work by Julian Priester, Pat Patrick, and John Gilmore. Tracks include "Springtime in Chicago", "Sunology", "India", "Super Bronze", and "Medicine for a Nightmare". As with all the Impulse issues, this one's been remastered in a way that sounds better than the original, and it's packaged in a cool multicolor gatefold with good notes on the session. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaAntique Blacks ... LP
Art Yard/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... 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 Place", "Ridiculous I & The Cosmos Me", and "This Song Is Dedicated To Nature's God". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaCosmos ... LP
Inner City, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... 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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✨✧ Sun RaIn Some Far Place – Roma 77 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1977. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Sun RaIt's After The End Of The World ... LP
MPS/BASF, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the key non-Saturn Sun Ra albums of the 70s – and like his records for Blue Thumb and Impulse, a set that really helped awaken the world to his talents! This album may well be one of the most bracing of the bunch – as it features live material recorded by Ra and the Arkestra at two different German jazz festivals in 1970 – performances that really have the group at the height of their righteous power, stretching out with a sound that's even more avant than just a few years before! The reed solos are all quite strong – and include work by Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, Danny Davis, Danny Thompson, and Marshall Allen – plus some other oboe, bass clarinet, and bassoon players too – and the lovely June Tyson provides some righteous words in a few spots, while Ra plays a range of keyboards – from clavinet, to farfisa, Hohner electra, mini-moog, Spacemaster, and rocksichord! Titles include "Black Forest Myth", "Strange Dreams – Strange World – Black Myth", and "Myth Versus Reality (The Myth Science Approach)". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some surface wear and a light stain on back.)

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✨✧ Sun RaLanquidity ... CD
Philly Jazz/Evidence, 1978. Used ... 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! CD

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✨✧ Sun RaMagic City ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the most important Sun Ra albums from the early years of Saturn Records – a set that got a bit more circulation than some of his other records, and which shows the group really expanding their sonic range in a wonderful way! The title track takes up all of side one – and is this mystic workout that features Sun Ra on clavioline and piano – an acoustic/electric combination that creates really mindblowing results – and which is echoed by some very inventive reed work from Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Pat Patrick on baritone, and John Gilmore on tenor. The tune has a brooding intensity that's amazing – very spacey at times, and free, but not in an aggressive way. Other tunes follow in their own rich pattern – and also feature Ra on Sun Harp, celeste, dragon drum, and marimba – on titles that include "The Shadow World", "Abstract Eye", and "Abstract I". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaPathways To Unknown Worlds (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than some of the group's other Impulse albums, at a level that's also quite far from some of their more spiritual modes of the early 70s too! Percussion figures strongly, but in a loose way – with less of the rhythmic pulse or exotic modes of the group's roots – and the real strength of the set lies in the reeds at many moments – handled by Eloe Omoe, Danny Ray Thompson, Marshal Allen, and John Gilmore – all given this strong focus by the incredible bass of Ronnie Boykins. Ra himself creates these fantastic sounds on an other-worldly keyboard – most likely some offbeat 70s electric organ with effects – and titles include "Pathways to Unknown Worlds", "Extension Out", and "Cosmo-Media". This version features the original "Extension Out" – with five minutes that were not on the original release! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaSecrets Of The Sun ... LP
Saturn, 1962. Near Mint- ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label El Saturn pressing from 1973, in a black and white cover – and vinyl is beautiful Cover has light brown age spots along one side and the top on the front, and around most edges on the back. But cover has no splits or other issues.)

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✨✧ Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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 RaStandards ... CD
1201 Music, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual setting for Sun Ra – given that the legendary jazz figure is working here on a host of American songbook standards – and not the cosmic tunes of his own creation! And yes, as you might guess, there's an offbeat feel to almost all the performances here – which stand as a great way of illustrating the deep respect for jazz history that Ra had, even though he was always pushing the music in different directions! There's a number of moments that are quite respectful of the melodies, while others are a bit more offbeat – and the work features Ra solo on one track, working with the bass of Ronnie Boykins and tenor of John Gilmore on the rest, plus work from drummer Clifford Jarvis and trumpeter Walter Miller on four titles. Tracks include "Can This Be Love", "Keep Your Sunny Side Up", "But Not For Me", "Time After Time", and "Easy To Love". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaStandards ... LP
ORG, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really unusual setting for Sun Ra – given that the legendary jazz figure is working here on a host of American songbook standards – and not the cosmic tunes of his own creation! And yes, as you might guess, there's an offbeat feel to almost all the performances here – which stand as a great way of illustrating the deep respect for jazz history that Ra had, even though he was always pushing the music in different directions! There's a number of moments that are quite respectful of the melodies, while others are a bit more offbeat – and the work features Ra solo on one track, working with the bass of Ronnie Boykins and tenor of John Gilmore on the rest, plus work from drummer Clifford Jarvis and trumpeter Walter Miller on four titles. Tracks include "Can This Be Love", "Keep Your Sunny Side Up", "But Not For Me", "Time After Time", and "Easy To Love". First time on vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaSun Ra Live At The Newport Jazz Festival 1969/Sun Ra Live At The Electric Circus 1968 ... CD
Transparency, 1968/1969. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Sun Ra at the end of the 60s – two rare live dates, both with a really tripped-out sound! CD 1 features the group making a rare appearance at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival – playing music so fierce, it must have blown most of the whitehairs right out of the audience! There's a somewhat distorted feel to the music – not just because of the recording quality, which is actually pretty good, but because there's some weird instrumentation – not listed in the notes, but possibly a rocksichord and other electronics, mixed with some very abrasive horn work. June Tyson sings a bit, and titles include "The Shadow World", "Prepare For The Journey To Other Worlds", "Enlightenment", "Watusa", "Outer Space", and "Somebody Else's Idea". CD 2 features a 1968 performance at the Electric Circus in New York – one that has a bit less electricity in the mix, but also a sound that's still pretty out there – especially as the PA system seems to augment some of the more dramatic instrumental moments. Some of the best cuts are spare and stark, with great percussion and keyboard work – and titles include "Friendly Galaxy", "Satellites Are Spinning", "Untitled Improvisation", "Calling Planet Earth", and "Space Aura". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaTaking A Chance On Chances ... LP
Saturn, 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Saturn session that was recorded live at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, in November 1977. The group includes Ra on piano and organ, June Tyson on vocals – and John Gilmore, Ahmed Abdullah, Marshall Allen, and Danny Ray Thompson. Most of the tracks are jazz standards, but they're given the usual Ra twist, and played in a nice spare, moody fashion – with good "out" solos. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a hand-stickered cover – with a black El Saturn label, #772.)

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✨✧ Sun RaThis Planet Is Doomed – The Science Fiction Poetry Of Sun Ra (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2011. New Copy Book ... Out Of Stock
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 Ra & His Astro Infinity ArkestraIntergalactic Thing (with download) ... LP
Roaratorio, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra – pulled from four different sessions recorded at the group's Philadelphia home in 1969 – and every bit as impressive as the Saturn Records material from the time! The recording quality is great – these aren't random snippets of sounds caught on a cassette – and Ra's really trying out some new ideas with the Arkestra – sometimes working in highly percussive modes that feel like a late 60s update of the exoticism of the group in their final Chicago years – sometimes bringing in more electric elements, as Ra himself plays both Farfisa and a Hohner clavinet – no piano at all! Other players include the mighty John Gilmore on tenor, Doug Williams on trumpet and "space dimension mellophone", Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on altos and flutes, Danny Ray Thompson on alto, James Jacson on percussion – and all other members of the group play percussion too – which makes for plenty of percussive moments! Notes are by Robert Campbell – the Sun Ra expert – and titles include "The Others From Another World", "Discipline Of The Pharoahs", "Latent Friends", "Moon Over Saturn", "Principles Of The Pharoahs", "Calling Out To Saturn", "Exotic Forest", "Do The Intergalactic Thing", and "Saturn Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Sun RaAstro Black (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the darkest Sun Ra albums of the early 70s – and a set that's also a bit unusual in his catalog as well! The album was issued during Ra's run with Impulse Records – a period that mostly saw the label reissue previous records from the Saturn catalog – save for a rare few like this one, which was an unusual all-new batch of material for Impulse! Because of that, it's been a bit overlooked in later years – maybe missed as less authentic, but actually some of the most striking sounds that Ra created at the time! There's a very strong tension here between electric and acoustic elements – not in the usual fusion-based way, but instead with this vibe that often has the electric instruments providing darker areas of sound, while the woodwinds and percussion have a way of humanizing the proceedings. June Tyson's also at her moodiest on the title track, "Astro Black" – and other titles include "Hidden Spheres", "Discipline 99", and the long improvisation "Cosmo Fire". CD
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Sun RaAstro Black (colored vinyl) ... LP
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the darkest Sun Ra albums of the early 70s – and a set that's also a bit unusual in his catalog as well! The album was issued during Ra's run with Impulse Records – a period that mostly saw the label reissue previous records from the Saturn catalog – save for a rare few like this one, which was an unusual all-new batch of material for Impulse! Because of that, it's been a bit overlooked in later years – maybe missed as less authentic, but actually some of the most striking sounds that Ra created at the time! There's a very strong tension here between electric and acoustic elements – not in the usual fusion-based way, but instead with this vibe that often has the electric instruments providing darker areas of sound, while the woodwinds and percussion have a way of humanizing the proceedings. June Tyson's also at her moodiest on the title track, "Astro Black" – and other titles include "Hidden Spheres", "Discipline 99", and the long improvisation "Cosmo Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)
Also available Cymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Sun RaExotica ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic take on the music of Sun Ra – a set that looks at the way his sounds dovetailed with the exotica movement in American music of the postwar years! Given that he claimed to be from outer space, Ra was already pretty darn exotic himself – but his music also arose at a time when artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter were taking global sounds and fusing them into more mainstream American music, including jazz – with results that have become legendary over the years! And while Denny, Baxter, and other contemporaries were more involved with mood music, Ra was part of a generation of jazz musicians – such as Yusef Lateef or Wilbur Harden – who were working a richer vein of the territory for jazz – as you'll hear in these wonderful tracks. The set brings together key sides from the earliest Ra recordings, plus some unissued material too – done in the really great style of the other Modern Harmonic reissues in recent years. Unissued titles include "April In Paris", "Paradise", "Star Bright", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Somewhere In Space", and "Cha Cha In Outer Space" – and other titles include "Overtones Of China", "Tiny Pyramids", "The Nile (part 1)", "Kingdom Of Thunder", "Ancient Aiethopia", "India", "Friendly Galaxy", and "Africa" – plus the complete version of "Island In The Sun". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaExotica (3LP set) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1960s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic take on the music of Sun Ra – a set that looks at the way his sounds dovetailed with the exotica movement in American music of the postwar years! Given that he claimed to be from outer space, Ra was already pretty darn exotic himself – but his music also arose at a time when artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter were taking global sounds and fusing them into more mainstream American music, including jazz – with results that have become legendary over the years! And while Denny, Baxter, and other contemporaries were more involved with mood music, Ra was part of a generation of jazz musicians – such as Yusef Lateef or Wilbur Harden – who were working a richer vein of the territory for jazz – as you'll hear in these wonderful tracks. The set brings together key sides from the earliest Ra recordings, plus some unissued material too – done in the really great style of the other Modern Harmonic reissues in recent years. Unissued titles include "April In Paris", "Paradise", "Star Bright", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Somewhere In Space", and "Cha Cha In Outer Space" – and other titles include "Overtones Of China", "Tiny Pyramids", "The Nile (part 1)", "Kingdom Of Thunder", "Ancient Aiethopia", "India", "Friendly Galaxy", and "Africa" – plus the complete version of "Island In The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Sun RaGod Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the rarest 70s albums in the Sun Ra catalog – and one of the most unique, too – given that the format here is a piano trio, of the style often used by other jazz musicians – but completely transformed here in the hands of Ra! The music is sometimes straight, but always with angles – taking off nicely from the Horo Records mode right before – and delivered by Ra with this new sense of confidence and historical imagination on the keys of the piano – with great support from Richard Williams on bass and Luqman Ali on drums. There's no spacey production or weird instrumentation – but still, as with the Horo and Improvising Artists material, Sun Ra shows us what a tremendous jazz musician he can be in a more familiar setting – a great snap back to all those who ever might have called him a pretender. Titles include "Blythe Spirit Dance", "Tenderness", "Days Of Happiness", and "Magic City Blue". CD
Also available God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ESP, 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A seminal set from Sun Ra – even if it's one of his few 60s albums not on the Saturn label! The set was done for ESP during the glory days of that avant powerhouse – a perfect match, given the Arkestra's relocation to New York, and the label's ability to reach out to big new audiences for exciting music – a fact that certainly made this album one of the most widely-circulated Ra albums for many years to come. The group here works in formation that holds up strongly with the Saturn sides – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto, Teddy Nance on trombone, Chris Capers on trumpet, Danny Davis on flute and alto, and Ra on piano, bass marimba, and some especially nice electronic celeste! Things get quite out at points – freer almost than other Arkestra sides of the time – and titles include "Outer Nothingness", "Other Worlds", "Nebulae", "Dancing In the Sun", "The Cosmos", and "Of Heavenly Things". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaJanus ... LP
ORG, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An unusual Sun Ra album – one that was never fully released in this way at the time, although supposedly conceived by RA as a complete package! Side one features material that originally appeared on the rare Invisible Shield album on Saturn –the tracks "Island In The Sun", "Invisible Shield", and "Janus" – which seem to have been recorded around 1970. "Island In The Sun" has a slow bass-heavy groove that's really compelling, and very spare. "Janus" has some great production, and lots of weird echoey bits! Other material includes the track "Velvet", an earlier composition done here in a rougher-edged way, with some great baritone by Pat Patrick – and "Joy", which is relatively improvised, with Ra playing plenty of bold piano, and Danny Davis blowing an alto solo, before Ra swings in on clavioline! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaPathways To Unknown Worlds (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than some of the group's other Impulse albums, at a level that's also quite far from some of their more spiritual modes of the early 70s too! Percussion figures strongly, but in a loose way – with less of the rhythmic pulse or exotic modes of the group's roots – and the real strength of the set lies in the reeds at many moments – handled by Eloe Omoe, Danny Ray Thompson, Marshal Allen, and John Gilmore – all given this strong focus by the incredible bass of Ronnie Boykins. Ra himself creates these fantastic sounds on an other-worldly keyboard – most likely some offbeat 70s electric organ with effects – and titles include "Pathways to Unknown Worlds", "Extension Out", and "Cosmo-Media". This version features the original "Extension Out" – with five minutes that were not on the original release! CD also features bonus tracks from the same sessions – "View From A Mountain Top", "Intrinsic Energies", and "Of Mythic Worlds" – the last two of which appeared on the late 70s Philly Jazz album Of Mythic Worlds – but which are from these sessions. CD

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✨✧ Sun Ra & His Solar ArkestraI Roam The Cosmos (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Art Yard/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from Sun Ra – a never-heard 1972 performance at Slugs, and one that captures the group at their most spiritual point! The core of the set is the track "I Roam The Cosmos" – one of the more obscure Ra compositions, and a title that appears here for the first time on any record – folded together with bits of "Astro Black" and "Discipline 27 II" – in a wonderfully extended single musical performance – stretching for 51 minutes long, and filled with righteous vocal moments alongside some great solos too! The groove is great – kind of a slow dipping and turning rhythm – showcasing recitations by June Tyson and Sun Ra – with lots of room for soulful work from Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Davis on alto, John Gilmore on tenor, Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpets, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone – plus lots of drums and percussion. Really beautiful stuff – as deeply spiritual as the best of the Impulse Records artists, circa 1972 – and appearing here for the first time ever! CD

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✨✧ Sun Ra & OthersInterplanetary Melodies – Doo Wop From Saturn & Beyond Vol 1 ... LP
Norton, Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Doo wop era spaceways travel from Sun Ra and soulful mid 50s vocal recruits – including The Cosmic Rays, Crystals, Nu Sounds and Juanita Rogers – a motherlode of rarities and never before issued recordings! Interplanetary Melodies includes doo wop numbers of earthly concern, and space theme tunes, and it's jaw dropping that such top notch recordings were still deep down there in the vaults after the excellent earlier era Ra collections from the Atavistic and Evidence labels – and Norton's efforts here are just as wonderful! The vocals are excellent, with some straighter songs, that could have been huge hits numbers with some sweetness and soaring qualities – particularly the Cosmic Rays tunes, but others are more playful, spacey, with odder lyricism and rawer performances. Soulful harmonies or strange mannerisms, rollicking piano or eerie harmonium, it's fantastic stuff and essential early Sun Ra! Most tunes are culled from unreleased studio or home recordings from the vaults, plus a couple rare releases on Saturn and Pink Clouds, and titles include "Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie", "Bye Bye", "Somebody's In Love" (unissued home rehearsal) and more with Cosmic Rays, "Honey In The Bee Box" (unissued home rehearsal) with The Crystals, "Spaceship Lullaby" (unissued home rehearsal) and "I'm Through With You" (unissued home rehearsal) with Nu Sounds, "It's Christmas Time" by Qualities, "Teenager's Letter Of Promises" with Juanita Rogers and Lynn Hollings, "Tony's Wife" by Sun Ra and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun Ra/The QualitiesIt's Christmas Time/Happy New Year To You (red colored vinyl) ... 7-inch
Saturn/Norton, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare mid 50s holiday doo wop presented by Sun Ra – with the solid vocals group appropriately dubbed The Qualities doing their thing over spare, just a little bit cosmic of a backdrop on "It's Christmas Time" and "Happy New Year To You"! Rumored to feature Ra himself on harmonium, it's mostly about the vocals on these tunes, which have a bit of otherworldly atmosphere, but also some geniune season warmth. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ June Tyson with Sun RaJune Tyson – Saturnian Queen Of The Sun Ra Orchestra ... CD
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The voice of June Tyson was a key part of the sound of the Sun Ra Arkestra during the first few decades of its existence – but this is the first time the lady herself has ever gotten a record under her own name – a beautiful collection of Ra-backed, Tyson-fronted tunes that includes classics and a fair bit of unreleased titles too! The music is from deep in the catalog of Saturn Records – and showcases a singer who could have taken both the jazz vocal and soul music worlds by storm, had she not chosen to dedicate herself to the larger cultural mission of the Arkestra – a place that June Tyson called home for more than a decade or two – and where she gave the world sublimely soulful vocals like these. Titles include the unissued "Enlightenment", "They'll Come Back", "Lost Horizon", "Never Never Land", and "If You Are Not A Myth/Strange Worlds In My Mind" – plus "The Moors (complete version)", "Somebody Else's World", "Stardust From Tomorrow", "Astro Black", "Smile", "Tapestry From An Asteroid", "Satellites Are Spinning", "Outer Space Is A Pleasant Place", and "Walking On The Moon". CD
Also available June Tyson – Saturnian Queen Of The Sun Ra Orchestra (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Sun RaCosmo Sun Connection ... LP
Recommended/Saturn (UK), 1984. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of the more obscure Sun Ra albums of the 80s – a set that was initially pressed up by Recommended in a very small amount on vinyl, but easily one of the more compelling Arkestra sets from the time! Given that other 80s efforts often show the Arkestra moving towards a tighter, more traditional sound, there's still a nicely rough-edged approach here that's got the Saturn Records feel at its best – loose, open live material that shows Ra and the group creating freely in their own space away from the expectations of other labels or producers. The group is somewhat small – with Ra on piano, synth, and organ – plus John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Eloe Omoe on alto and bass clarinet, Danny Ray Thompson on bass and flute, and Tyrone Hill on trombone – plus additional percussion. Titles include a wonderful reading of "Fate In A Pleasant Mood" with a rolling, laidback groove that's totally great – and other tracks include "Cosmo Journey Blues", "Cosmo Sound Connection", "As Spaceships Approach", and "Pharoah's Den" – some of which feature some very out synthesizer work. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a white sleeve with a yellow paper paste-on cover. Top seam has a very small split, but this is a great copy overall.)

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✨✧ Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 2 ... LP
ESP, 1966. Very Good+ ... 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
(Black & purple label pressing, in a West 55 St cover. Cover has a small cutout hole and some splitting in the top seam.)
Also available Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 24.99

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Hartmut Geerken & Chris TrentSun Ra Omniverse (hardcover) ... Book
Art Yard (Germany), 1994/2015. New Copy ... $71.99 72.00
An incredible book on Sun Ra & The Arkestra – one that's got all the beauty and heft of one of his rare albums on the Saturn Records label! This is the second edition of Omniverse (the first went out of print almost 20 years ago, and now goes for fabulous sums) – and it's even bigger than the first, with a stunning amount of words, notes, photos, artwork, and images of vintage records – all pulled together to represent the "omniverse" promised in the title! The book begins with a long history on Ra and his music, along with all the complicated business practices that accompanied it – then goes on to include pages and pages of wonderful photos, by Val Wilmer and author Hartmut Geerken – alongside other writings on Ra's music by Chris Cutler, Salah Ragab, Robert Campbell, Amiri Baraka, and others – before then diving into a huge discography on Ra-related recordings – with images on pre-Saturn singles and 78s, releases on Saturn and other labels, and lots more session information too – then ending with a huge amount of images of vintage record covers and other Ra releases, plus rare handbills as well. The whole thing is as big as the biggest coffee table books you'll find – but a lot more interesting overall – and the presentation is top-shelf all the way through! Expensive, but totally worth it even if you've only got a minor interest in Sun Ra – over 300 pages, full color, and lavishly printed. Book

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John F SzewdSpace Is The Place – The Lives Of Sun Ra ... Book
Duke University Press, 1997. New Copy ... About April 1, 2020
A wonderful biography of one of the most colorful and significant figures in modern music. There's no need for us to go into the impact Sun Ra's music has made in the realm of the sort of records our pages are filled with, in spite of the mainstream musical audience's ignorance of his vast and important oeuvre, but the story of his life is equally as engrossing. Szwed has done an impressive job of unearthing loads of details about Ra's life, with extensive interviews with many of the artists with whom he collaborated as well as many nice bits from Ra himself, taken from a wealth of sources. Essential reading for all fans of contemporary improvised musics! Book

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Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage ArkestraSongs From The Sun Ra Cosmos ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Early 90s/2019. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods – the first, a series of early 90s recordings that focus more on the soul-styled sound of Ra's 45rpm output – the second, a bit more far-reaching, and maybe more Ra-like overall – but with plenty of vocals from Barrence upfront! Brother Cleve handles keyboards and a fair bit of the arrangements – and titles include remakes of "Black Man", "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman", "Somebody Else's World", "Nuclear War", "Everything Is Space", and "Love In Outer Space". CD
Also available Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage ArkestraSongs From The Sun Ra Cosmos (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Early 90s/2019. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods – the first, a series of early 90s recordings that focus more on the soul-styled sound of Ra's 45rpm output – the second, a bit more far-reaching, and maybe more Ra-like overall – but with plenty of vocals from Barrence upfront! Brother Cleve handles keyboards and a fair bit of the arrangements – and titles include remakes of "Black Man", "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman", "Somebody Else's World", "Nuclear War", "Everything Is Space", and "Love In Outer Space". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold vinyl pressed at Third Man in Detroit!)
Also available Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos ... CD 11.99
 
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David Wertman Sun EnsembleEarthly Delights ... LP
Sweet Earth/BBE (UK), 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
A classic of 70s avant spiritual jazz – issued on the tiny Sweet Earth label, which was also home to some very special records from Sun Ra and Marion Brown! Bassist David Wertman is a lot more obscure than those bigger names, but he was part of the New York loft jazz scene in those crucial mid 70s years – and had associations with Arthur Blythe, Billy Bang, Steve Reid, and other key members of the group – all heavyweights that Wertman can easily stand next to with the strength of the material on this set! The sounds here are a fantastic combination of larger ideas and more spontaneous creation – almost in an AACM mode, but a bit more spiritual overall – with David's bass at the helm of a group that includes David Swerdlove on alto and soprano sax, John Hagen on tenor and soprano, John Sprague on flutes, Greg Wall on baritone, and John Zieman on keyboards. Drummer Jay Conway really provides some great energy to keep things lively and moving – and titles include "Oh John Love Trane", "Clear Air Dancer", "Earthly Delights", and "Relations". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Jamie Saft,Ceremonial Healing (3LP red vinyl pressing) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Rare Noise (UK), 2019. New Copy 3LP ... $40.99
A masterful meeting of the minds – as the set brings together Sun Ra Arkestra members Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson – with contributions from the younger generation of Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, and Balaz Pandi – plus a bit of guest work from trombone legend Roswell Rudd! Tracks are long and open, and have a vibe that's somewhere between Saft's great recent work on the Rare Noise label, and what you might expect from Allen's participation – on tunes that include "Inhale", "Goma", "Amulet", "Sacred Authority", "The Summoning", "Honoring The Healing Spirits", and "Loa". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brother AhhSound Awareness (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/Ikef, 1972. Used ... $9.99
A very trippy album from the enigmatic Brother Ah – aka Robert Northern, former member of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and also a lecturer on the east coast. This album's his first, originally issued on the Strata East label – and a space mixture of other-worldly sounds. The first long track on the album is entitled "Beyond Yourself (The Midnight Confession)", and features a group with Ah on flutes and "natural" sounds, plus cello by Pat Dixon, percussion by Barbara Burton, and soprano voice by Barbara Grant. The track's a "sound journey in 7 parts" – floating across space with a mystical feel that slowly unfurls. The other long track on the set is "Love Piece", a tune in which Ah plays flute along with percussion by Max Roach and the M'Boom percussion ensemble – plus a 90-voice chorus, and a short rap by Roach. Very spiritual stuff! CD
(Out of print.)

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Brother Ahh & The Sounds Of AwarenessKey To Nowhere ... CD
Manufactured/Divine, 1983. New Copy ... $12.99
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – aka Robert Northern – best known for his work with Sun Ra, but a force behind some wonderfully soulful records of his own! This album's one of Ahh's later works – self-released in 1983, with a conception that's fuller than his earlier works – almost in an Alice Coltrane spiritual mode, with tracks that emphasize consciousness, healing, well being, and awareness. Ah plays flute and French horn on the album – and other instrumentation includes percussion by Nasar Abadey and Barbara Burton-Tuten, bass from Mike Bowie, harp and mbiri from Jeff Majors, and guitar from Marvin Tuten. Most tracks are instrumentals – building in a nice Phil Cohran-ish way – but a few numbers feature vocals. And titles include "Sekou", "Nature's Blues", "Key To Nowhere", "Hanifah", "Motherless Child", "Celebration", and "The Void". CD

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Red CampNew Clavichord ... CD
Cook, 1957. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
An insane album of keyboard tracks – almost as if Sun Ra was taking on an electrified version of boogie woogie! Pianist Red Camp's been recorded by the Cook label before, but this set features Red handling the clavichord – an instrument that's like a harpsichord, with a similar metallic sound overall! The approach is very odd – as Camp's work on the keys is quite dynamic and jamming, hardly the sort of take on the instrument you might expect, and one that really pushes its tones into weirdly distorted range – almost like Ra's use of the rocksichord on some of his 70s albums. The sound is amazing, and the record's unlike anything else we've heard from the time – and titles include "The Bluesando", "Nagasaki", "Alma Llanera", "Slow Slow Blues", "Prelude For Twelve Fingers", and "Twofer Atonement". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)
 
 
 



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