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Sun Ra - The Antique Blacks
Sun Ra
The Antique Blacks
LP | 2010 | US | Reissue (Art Yard)
16,99 €*
Release:2010 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The vitality you hear on Antique Blacks is a testament to the unique energy of the community around The Foxhole Cafe in Philadelphia, as Ra honed his unique brand of Afro-Futurism through the late 60's and 70's. Cosmic theatre, spiritual chants, and experimental electronics make this record an essential document that was ahead of its time. Ancient to future! BIG TIP !

The 1970s saw change in Sun Ra's recorded output, and as far as we can tell, the content of his live performances. By the middle of the decade, Sun Ra's music no longer seemed comprehensible as part of the jazz New Thing – quirkier, more idiosyncratic elements were more to the fore.

At this time, 1974, every Sun Ra record still surprised, and seemed radically different from everything else he had released up to then. The musical universe proposed by free jazz had never circumscribed Sun Ra. He had been part of the movement, but was able to use the possibilities it suggested without being limited by its conventions.

The Antique Blacks illustrates this well. Recorded as a radio broadcast in Philadelphia, according to Dale Williams, it has a well defined but oddball structure. Sun Ra was a master architect, very concerned to use the unfolding of an album, a broadcast or a live performance to create a satisfying structure.

Song No 1 starts on an upbeat note, it's a lively, tonal introduction, featuring John Gilmre on tenor saxophone, Sun Ra on roksichord, Dale Williams, then aged 15, on guitar, and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpet.

Sun Ra's poetry is featured on There Is Change In The Air, a track which has on occasion been used for the album title: in its original incarnation as a Saturn LP, there was no dedicated sleeve artwork, and this record appeared under many names. Ra's poetry is allusive, elusive and paradoxical, and this was its first major appearance on a record. During instrumental passages, Dale Williams' guitar is heard, along with the saxophones of Marshall Allen and Danny Davis.

The Antique Blacks is a similar setting for a Sun Ra poem, which encompasses "spiritual men", and Lucifer as a dark angel. The Arkestra is heard in conducted improvisational ensembles, in between the sections of the poem.

This Song Is Dedicated To Nature's God has Arkestral vocals, with John Gilmore's voice in th foreground. Williams' guitar is once again prominent in the instrumental passages.

Sun Ra's poetic declamations provide the structire for The Ridiculous I and The Cosmos Me, which also has a fine unaccompanied tenor solo by John Gilmore, keyboard improvisations by Sun Ra, and closes with bass clarient from Eloe Omoe.

Sun Ra's keyboards are heard with minimal Arkestra support on Would I For All That Were – a fine synthesiser improvisation, with electric piano left hand accompaniment.

Tension is resolved by Space Is The Place, which rounds the album out in an upbeat mood, with Akh Tal Ebah, James Jacson and Sun Ra prominent among the vocalists. The closing section includes the chant Sun Ra And His Band From Outer Space, often used at the close of live performances. This isn't strictly live, though: in one line the vocal is played backwards on tape!
Sun Ra - Disco 3000
Sun Ra
Disco 3000
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Art Yard)
16,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"The album's one of Ra's greatest from the 70s -- recorded in Italy in 1978, and featuring some incredibly otherworldly keyboards that are some of his most enigmatic on record! Original tracks from the album include "Disco 3000", an incredible workout on synthesizer, with a tiny bit of drum machine, a little "Space Is The Place" breakdown, and all of the wild sound you'd expect from a Sun Ra album -- plus more long tracks -- the sweetly soulful "Friendly Galaxy", a great soul jazz number, and "Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens", which has spooky organ, frenetic bass, and somber percussion" Check!
Sun Ra - Standards
Sun Ra
Standards
LP | 2018 | US | Original (ORG Music)
24,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Limited edition for Record Store Day 2018!
Sun Ra - Angels And Demons At Play Gatefold Sleeve Edition
Sun Ra
Angels And Demons At Play Gatefold Sleeve Edition
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Dol)
12,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Gatefold 180g Includes Rare Or Exclusive Artwork Inside
Sun Ra - The night of the purple moon
Sun Ra - Celestial Love
Sun Ra - Lanquidity
Sun Ra - Crystal Spears
Sun Ra
Crystal Spears
LP | 2019 | US | Original (Modern Harmonic)
33,99 €*
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Recorded in ’73 and rejected by tin-eared major label execs in ’75, Crystal Spears (or “Crystal Clear” as it appears on the tape box) subsumes a cathartic brawl between Minimoog and Yamaha combo organ, with percussionists providing tonal textures, and plaintive oboe colliding with roaring electronic keyboards over waves of rollicking marimba, devilishly chattering below the fray. Crystal Spears is Ra’s once lost aural cinematheque! Includes a quad-ra-color Sun Ra poster!
Crystal Spears, intended for release in 1975 by ABC/Impulse! and assigned catalog # AS-9297, was ultimately rejected by the label. Ra and business manager Alton Abraham retained the rights, rechristened the album Crystal Clear and assigned Saturn Records catalog # 562—but they never got around to issuing it. The first three tracks on this album were mastered from that tape, a 1/4-inch four-track (15 ips) brand favored by home recording enthusiasts—and generally disfavored by pro engineers. The sessions took place at Variety Recording Studio in New York on February 3, 1973, a month before the Ark returned on March 8 to record Cymbals, as well as tracks issued decades later under the title Sign Of The Myth (and perhaps even Pathways To Unknown Worlds).
Sun Ra - Media Dreams
Sun Ra
Media Dreams
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Art Yard)
20,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This is the companion to Disco 3000, made on the same classic Italian quartet tour with John Gilmore, Michael Ray (trumpet) and the minimal but perfect Luqman Ali (drums). Ra himself plays piano and electronic keyboards, including the mysterious Crumar Mainman, which Ra describes as ‘like a piano, organ, clavichord, cello, violin and brass instruments’ and which also, importantly, has a facility for pre-programmed bass-lines and electronic percussion, which Ra uses constantly and to great effect in this small ensemble setting and seldom, if ever, elsewhere. The best of this collection (most of CD1) is luminous: very electronic, often rhythmical and melodic, always economical and making every sound count. These tracks are like no other jazz ensemble and, although recognisable as Ra – who else could think of, and then get away with, this – unlike any other Ra ensemble either. Ra makes the machines do amazing, visionary things while the band exercises restraint, remaining always in focus. In between, there are piano, saxophone, trumpet and drum vignettes, fresh and perfectly judged; this real was a fine band. This places the original vinyl release (and related releases, Sound Mirror and Disco 300) back into the context of the concerts, from which they were drawn. An important addition to the Sun Ra canon, since it is a rare document of an unusual Ra project that produced three classic late ‘70s LPs. Beautifully packaged and well annotated.
Sun Ra - Pathways To Unknown Worlds Gold Vinyl Edition
Sun Ra - Space Is The Place Colored Vinyl Edition
Sun Ra
Space Is The Place Colored Vinyl Edition
LP | 1973 | EU | Reissue (Jackpot)
26,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the endless ocean of Sun Ra recordings, Space Is The Place ranks among the very best but more importantly stands as the most immediately understandable of his records. This masterpiece touches flawlessly on elements of many of Ra’s multiple phases and provides both a mission statement for and a gateway to his immaculate body of work.
Sun Ra - Early And Rare
Sun Ra - The Nubians Of Plutonia
Sun Ra - Jazz In Silhouette
Sun Ra - Lanquidity
Sun Ra
Lanquidity
LP | 1978 | US | Reissue (Philly Jazz)
19,99 €*
Release:1978 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
180 gram vinyl. Classic 1978 album with Eddie Gale on trumpet.
Sun Ra - Monorails And Satellites Volumes 1-3
Sun Ra
Monorails And Satellites Volumes 1-3
3LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Cosmic Myth)
49,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"I have always thought orchestra. I play that way, even when playing the piano." — Sun Ra

Monorails and Satellites were two volumes of solo piano works recorded by Sun Ra in 1966. Volume 1 was issued on his Saturn label in 1968, volume 2 the following year. They were the first commercial LPs of the artist's solo keyboard excursions. Vol. 1 featured seven idiosyncratic Sun Ra originals and one standard delivered in Sunny's singular manner. Vol. 2 consists entirely of original compositions. A tape of a third, unreleased volume was discovered posthumously by Michael D. Anderson of the Sun Ra Music Archive. Released here for the first time, it consists of five originals and four standards, and was recorded in stereo.

Despite Sun Ra's obsession with the future, Monorails and Satellites is something of a nostalgia trip. As a youth in Birmingham, Alabama, the man who became Sun Ra—Herman Poole Blount—spent hours at the Forbes Piano Company, amusing himself (as well as staff and customers) at the showroom keyboards. He practiced standards, emulated his piano heroes, played the latest pop songs, and improvised. The idyllic reveries which the teen experienced in those formative years were no doubt recaptured during the Monorails sessions.

The playing here speaks less of a style, and more of a collection of statements. Some of the tunes, with their odd juxtapositions of mood, could be mistaken for silent film scores. Perhaps they were audio notebooks, a way to generate ideas which could be developed with the band ("I think orchestra"). Regardless of any secondary (and admittedly speculative) intent, they serve as compelling standalone works. The fingering reflects Sun Ra's encyclopedic knowledge of piano history as his passages veer from stride to swing, from barrelhouse to post-bop, from march to Cecil Taylor-esque free flights, with a bit of soothing "candelabra" swank thrown in. Sunny's attack is mercurial, his themes unpredictable. His hands can be primitive or playful, then abruptly turn sensitive and elegant. As with the whole of Sun Ra's recorded legacy, you get everything but consistency and predictability.

The listener also experiences something rare in the Sun Ra recorded omniverse: intimacy. His albums, generally populated by the rotating Arkestral cast, are raucous affairs. With the Monorails sessions, we eavesdrop on private moments: the artist, alone with his piano. These are brief audio snapshots of what was surely a substantial part of Sun Ra's life, infinitesimal surviving scraps of 100,000 hours similarly spent, most lost to posterity.

The 2-CD and 3-LP packages of this set include an essay by three-time Down Beat Artist of the Year VIJAY IYER, along with a historical chronicle by jazz authority BEN YOUNG.

– I.C.
Sun Ra - Thunder Of The Gods Smoky Red Vinyl Edition
Sun Ra
Thunder Of The Gods Smoky Red Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Reissue (Modern Harmonic)
25,19 €* 27,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
A new Sun Ra LP touches ground in the earthly bins, 50 years after its creation! Sun Ra is still trying to get our attention 50 years after dispatching this transmission. Humanitys path since then makes his message even more urgent today. Years after Herman Poole LeSonyr Ra Blount left the planet hes still trying to reach us, to wake us up and to change our destiny. Sun Ra and the Arkestra werent a traditional studio band, and every star in the vast galaxy of their discography reflects this. The origins of these records can be hard to pinpoint at times, but when it comes to Thunder Of The Gods, its a bit easier. Calling Planet Earth We'll Wait For You was discovered on tapes from Ras, Universe In Blue, believed to be recorded in 71. The raucous title track and Moonshots Across the Sky are unearthed from the 66 Strange Strings sessions. Modern Harmonic has once again paired Ras sonic art with the visual art of The Father of Modern Space Art, Chesley Bonestell, whose 1952 work Formation of the Earths Continents spralls across the front and back covers. \Thanks to Modern Harmonic
Sun Ra - The Saturn Singles Volume 1 1954-1958 Gatefold Sleeve Edition
Sun Ra - The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Volume 2
Sun Ra
The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Volume 2
Tape | 2018 | US | Original (Personal Affair)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Cassette Store Day release with special sleeve. "More explorations of outer space by the spokesman for the space age. When Walt Whitman wrote, ""I am vast; I contain multitudes," he could have been channeling Sun Ra. The man born Herman Blount in Alabama, who claimed he was from Saturn, was equally at home reviving Fletcher Henderson compositions based on their original arrangements or unleashing totally free-form, athematic group improvisation - and many styles in between. It was practically a given that a New York-based (as he was in the '60s) avant-jazz performer as colorful and eccentric as Sun Ra would end up on ESP-Disk'. The 1965 sessions that produced the two volumes of Heliocentric Worlds came during the most extremely free-form period of Ra's career, contemporaneous with The Magic City (Saturn Records). Volume 1, recorded in April with an 11-member band, consisted of seven relatively short tracks (none over eight minutes); recorded in November with an octet, Volume 2, in contrast, was much freer and featured the side-long "The Sun Myth" (over 17 minutes in length) and "Cosmic Chaos" (14+). The horn players and bassist Ronnie Boykins have plenty of room to stretch out and take full advantage. "A House of Beauty" offers five minutes of relatively lyrical respite between the other tracks."
Sun Ra - Thunder Of The Gods Smokey Red Vinyl Edition
Sun Ra
Thunder Of The Gods Smokey Red Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Modern Harmoonic)
32,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A new Sun Ra album touches ground in the earthly bins, 50 years after its creation!

Sun Ra is still trying to get our attention 50 years after dispatching this transmission. Humanity?s path since then makes his message even more urgent today. Years after Herman Poole ?LeSony?r Ra? Blount ?left the planet? he's still trying to reach us, to wake us up and to change our destiny.

Sun Ra and the Arkestra weren?t a traditional studio band, and every star in the vast galaxy of their discography reflects this. The origins of these records can be hard to pinpoint at times, but when it comes to Thunder Of The Gods, it?s a bit easier. ?Calling Planet Earth ? We?ll Wait For You? was discovered on tapes from Ra?s, Universe In Blue, believed to be recorded in ?71. The raucous title track and ?Moonshots Across the Sky? are unearthed from the ?66 Strange Strings sessions. Modern Harmonic has once again paired Ra?s sonic art with the visual art of ?The Father of Modern Space Art,? Chesley Bonestell, whose 1952 work ?Formation of the Earth?s Continents? spralls across the front and back covers.

Thanks to Modern Harmonic, in partnership with Sun Ra LLC, soon you will be holding an album of unreleased Sun Ra music 50 years after it was recorded! That this music survived to reach our ears after all of this time is quite a miraculous gift. It sounds as though it could have come from either the ancient past or the distant future, yet most perfectly, it?s the music of right now.? ? Christopher Eddy (Sun Ra Arkive)
Sun Ra - Janus
Sun Ra - God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be
Sun Ra - On Jupiter
Sun Ra
On Jupiter
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (Art Yard)
16,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
A mixture of live recording and studio post-production, 'On Jupiter' sounds unique to any other album Sun Ra made. The arkestra reflects a disco pulse right back on itself, and delivers one of the most cohesive albums of their career. The title track is a masterpiece of gentle atonal harmony, while 'UFO' pushes along at a cracking disco-ish pace with fierce brass and spacey dub effects. This a timeless Ra classic.
Sun Ra - Of Abstract Dreams
Sun Ra
Of Abstract Dreams
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Strut)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut and Art Yard present another exclusive from the vast catalogue of cosmic jazz pioneer Sun Ra: a previously unreleased radio session most likely recorded at the WXPN FM radio studios in Philadelphia, 1974-5.

This newly discovered session features a new version of Ra’s earlier ‘Island In The Sun’, a romping, raucous rendition of ‘Unmask The Batman’ and the first studio recording of ‘I’ll Wait For You’ There is no bass player on the sessions and Ra’s left hand beats out a rhythmic bass pattern on the piano. All tracks are remastered directly from the original tapes. The album package features a newly commissioned painting by legendary Bristol urban artist Guy Denning and new sleeve notes by Paul Griffiths.

Recently discovered in the Sun Ra archive, the recording forms part of a series of sessions that Ra and the Arkestra recorded for WXPN-FM between 1974 and 1980. The ‘Antique Blacks’ album was recorded there in ’74. Based on the campus of The University of Pennsylvania, WXPN’s station manager Jules Epstein and music director Russ Woessner were instrumental in the exposure and recording of The Arkestra in their broadcast production studios. Geno Barnhart, founder of The Empty Foxhole concert collective, Jules and Russ broadcast an on-going series of jazz concerts covering a wide spectrum. The Arkestra performed at The Foxhole in Philly many times from 1974.
Sun Ra - The Magic City
Sun Ra - Hello Mr. Schimmel
Sun Ra
Hello Mr. Schimmel
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Gearbox)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In honour of Record Store Day 2017, Gearbox has put together a rather special Sun Ra 7". Cut at 33rpm, the A-side boasts a previously unreleased piano improvisation by the spiritual jazz legend. It's as free-spirited and freaky as you'd expect, but also stunningly beautiful and, at times, impressively jaunty. It may take a few listens to fully comprehend, but it's more than worth the attention. The improvisation was captured during a rare 1990 interview with Jazz FM's Jez Nelson, so it's fitting that a 12-minute excerpt from that chat - featuring Sun Ra explaining some of his spiritual beliefs and approach to composition - can be found stretched out across the B-side. There are only 750 of these floating around, so grab a copy while you can.
Sun Ra - Singles Volume 2
Sun Ra
Singles Volume 2
3LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
26,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following 2016’s definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra from across his illustrious career, Strut present the second volume of the vinyl edition on 3LP format which focus on Ra’s later 1962-1991 period.
Released sporadically during the three decades and primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s offer one-off missives from Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forward-thinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions which remains unlike anything else from the period. As with the first volume vinyl editions, the collection is hugely varied, ranging from Ra’s spoken word recitations and some of his R&B recordings to alternative versions of Arkestra staples like ‘Love In Outer Space’, ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Rocket No. 9’. The singles are also unpredictable vehicles for Ra’s music, combining different tracks from different sessions and occasionally making available music which was recorded many years beforehand.
As Francis Gooding describes them, “they are answers to questions that albums won’t answer, and questions that can’t be asked or answered elsewhere.”
As with Ra’s LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. On the volume 2 vinyl editions, we feature tracks that have only ever been seen via a small handful of copies including ‘Love In Outer Space’ b/w ‘Mayan Temple’ and ‘The Blue One’ b/w ‘Orbitration In Blue’; some were planned and pencilled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as limited one-off magazine singles including Ra’s very last single release, the reflective ‘I Am The Instrument’.
Sleeve note writers Chris Trent and Paul Griffiths brilliantly illustrate the role of the single within Ra’s career and break down each release with detailed track by track notes. Working with Sun Ra LLC and Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson, Strut has also assembled the best possible master sources for each track.
‘Singles’ Vol. 2 features fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork,
Chris Trent sleeve notes and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.
Sun Ra - Plutonian Nights / Reflects Motion (Part One)
Sun Ra - El Is A Sound Of Joy / Black Sky & Blue Moon
Sun Ra - Singles Volume 1: Definite 45s Collection 1952-1961
Sun Ra
Singles Volume 1: Definite 45s Collection 1952-1961
3LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The immense output of Sun Ra and his many backing bands, coupled with the limited production of many of his releases has long defied dedicated collectors. Parallel to a vast list of LP releases, Sun Ra released numerous 45 RPM singles; one-off meteorites from his prolific cosmic journey. Working closely with Sun Ra LLC and Art Yard Records, it is with great pride that Strut presents a definitive collection of the rare singles released by Sun Ra across his illustrious career, spanning 1952 to 1991.

Released prolifically during the 1950s and more sporadically thereafter, primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s trace the development of Sun Ra’s forward-thinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions which remains unlike anything else from the period. As with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years; some were planned and penciled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as one-off magazine singles and posthumous releases.

‘Singles: The Definitive 45 Collection’ will be released in two volumes on vinyl across two release dates. All formats feature fully remastered tracks, rare photos, poster artwork, extensive sleeve notes by Francis Gooding, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.
Sun Ra - Space Is The Place Limited Edition
Sun Ra
Space Is The Place Limited Edition
Book+CD+DVD | 2015 | EU | Original (Harte)
64,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Harte Recordings is proud to announce the release of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Sun Ra's Space Is The Place. This limited edition release will include a hardcover book, a DVD of the film with new producer commentary, and a CD of the soundtrack. It was forty years ago when Sun Ra's galactic-sploitation epic Space Is The Place was released to theaters around the USA. For the first time, Earthlings were able to look into the reality of Sun Ra; jazzman, alien, legend…spaceman. Space Is The Place is a movie beyond explanation, and yet it still remains one of the craziest, psychedelic, music-powered head-twisting fest ever to hit the theaters. NTSC all region, 153 minutes.

DVD:
•Restored versions of both the original cut of Space Is The Place and the uncut version (both with remixed sound by Gary Hobish)
•New DVD commentary from producer Jim Newman
•Sun Ra & Arkestra home movies

BOOK:
•Essays from screenplay writer Seth Hill and director John Coney
•Forward by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips
•Interview with Ray Johnson (who played the Overseer in the film)
•Comments about the film from Arkestra members Marshall Allen and Danny Thompson
•Dozens of never-seen-before photos, taken on and off set during the filming of the movie
•Over 40 pages of commentary

CD:
•Soundtrack with two additional tracks added that were never present on the soundtrack release, but are in the film
Sun Ra - Calling Planet Earth
Sun Ra
Calling Planet Earth
LP | 2015 | US | Original (ORG Music)
27,99 €* 34,99 € -20%
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Psychedelic Colored Vinyl, first time on vinyl, limited to 2000, indie-retail exclusive Limited edition for Record Store Day 2015!
Sun Ra - Discipline 27-11
Sun Ra
Discipline 27-11
LP | 1973 | US | Reissue (Saturn)
19,99 €*
Release:1973 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
180 gram version! Another Sun Ra albim which is impossible to find in it's original Saturn issue.
Sun Ra - Angel And Demons At Play
Sun Ra - The magic city
Sun Ra - Sun Song
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