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Sun Ra
Media Dreams

Sun Ra captured in quartet mode during a 1978 stay in Italy. John Gilmore, Luqman Ali and Michael Ray were the sidemen, and the combination of a smaller-than-Arkestra ensemble and a ’string synthesizer’ keyboard called the Crumar Mainman (only used by Ra for this year) opens up some intriguing and unusual territory within the Sun Ra oeuvre. On Art Yard.

Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra
Sleeping Beauty

1979 Sun Ra: an era where the Arkestra’s engagements with funk and electric groove were reaching a perfect synthesis. Sleeping Beauty is a particular gem of woozy hypnosis, with fabulous solos and a very special sonic atmosphere held down by all players throughout. Reissued in remastered form here by Kindred Spirits.
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Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 2: 1962-1991)

The second volume of Strut’s compilation of Sun Ra’s many many singles gets a vinyl release. The Definitive 45s Collection includes a huge variety of Ra’s styles: he seemed to view singles (often pressed in very small runs) as opportunities to try things as strange as quasi-disco, spoken word, R&B and more. Three LPs of rare material, accompanied by detailed track-by-track liner notes. On Strut.

Sun Ra and Solar Arkestra
On Jupiter

Where are we in the great intergalactic Sun Ra catalogue? Well, On Jupiter is a funk album of sorts, recorded in the late 70’s no less. Ra engages with what was going on down in the streets but from the perspective of his own spacemind. The Solar Arkestra follow gamely, and another unique Sun Ra artefact was created. Reissued by Art Yard.
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Sun Ra and His Arkestra
Featuring Pharoah Sanders and Black Harold

This cracking 1964 live set from New York’s Judson Hall was released in 1976 and became one of the rarest El Saturn LPs. The 12-piece Arkestra features a young Pharoah Sanders sitting in on a for an absent John Gilmore, and flautist Black Harold shines on the vocalised solo The Voice of Pan. Overall the album captures Ra & co at a fertile transitional period and is strikingly varied, dynamic and vibrantly recorded. This new Superior Viaduct reissue restores the original cover art (unused on the ESP CD) and adds three tracks.
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Sun Ra
Monorails & Satellites - Works For Solo Piano Vol 1, 2, 3

There is always more to be found in the deep cosmos of the Sun Ra catalogue. Monorails & Satellite are solo piano albums recorded in 1966, which capture our intergalactic hero showing his unique yet virtuoso approach to the keys. Volume 3 of this triple set was never originally released, and the other two aren’t exactly easy to come by. Reissue sets on Cosmic Myth.

Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 1: 1952-1991)

Definitive collection gets bandied about quite a lot, but this one is undeniably so. Covering the singles from Sun Ra released between 1952 and 1991. All remastered and packaged with rare photos, the original artworks, and session notes track by track. A pretty good way of learning the mysterious and mental ins and outs of the inimitable Sun Ra.

Sun Ra
Janus

Janus is a collection of tracks taken numerous rare and differing sources from Sun Ra and the band that followed him round so loyally. The tracks featured in this five-track record were recored between 1960 and 1970 and contain live and studio performances. Available on vinyl LP and released on Warners. 
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Sun Ra & His Cosmo Discipline Arkestra
A Night In East Berlin

Post-Materialization Music (Ceramic Hobs, Kylie Minoise) reissue this 1986 tape from Sun Ra & His Cosmo Discipline Arkestra. Though A Night In East Berlin may not come from Sun Ra’s most revolutionary period, it still finds him operating on a different (astral) plane to many of his pretenders. It is masterly the way his band move between free-form wig-outs, cosmic synth-play and gorgeous post-bop. The East Berlin setting gives the record a little extra tension.

Sun Ra
Astro Black

A Sun Ra album that manages to have more of the mystique about it than usual. It was allegedly recorded at El Saturn Studio in Chicago, a studio that has no record of ever having existed. Well, Astro Black definitely exists and in typical 'Ra' fashion will take you all the way to space. Pressed on purple vinyl on Modern Harmonic.  

Sun Ra
The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973

Recorded in 1973, The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions are for anyone who's ever Wondered / Wandered what Sun Ra's vision might look like when processed with electronics. The second LP contains never before released material from these sessions. Pressed on green and red coloured vinyl by Modern Harmonic.

Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Solar Arkestra
Lost Ark Series Vol 1 & 2

Art Yard have put both volumes of their Lost Arkestra volumes into one package. Two 10” including several live recordings from rare and hard to find performances including Along Came Ra from 1983, two unreleased tracks from Sun Ra’s Disco 3000 tapes from their 1978 concert in Milan, as well as a few others. Collectors, come get your fill.
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Sun Ra
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be

A Sun Ra treasure trove exists in God Is More than Love Can Ever Be, a lesser known release from deep within the cosmic jazzer's discog. Rather than shift through the sound mirages the Arkestra built its renown on, this is a set of simple jazz material, offering a snapshot of the instinctive understanding shared between Ra's players.

Sun Ra and His Cosmo Love Adventure Arkestra
Pine Street Theatre, Oct 28th 1988


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Sun Ra
Of Abstract Dreams

It’s unlikely that the cosmos boasts many ensembles more hard-working or prolific than Sun Ra’s Arkestra, so it shouldn’t be surprising that quality recordings keep turning up decades after the fact. This release captures a mind-seventies session for Philadelphia’s WXPN FM. Sonny sticking to piano, debuting live favourite I’ll Wait For You, and throwing in the goofy Unmask the Batman among longer and more intense workouts. LP or CD, remastered from the original tapes.

Sun Ra
The Saturn Singles Vol. 1: 1954-1958

Take another dive into the voluminous back catalogue of the cosmic jazz overlord himself, Sun Ra. Volume 1 of The Saturn Singles collects together a bundle of shorter, earlier tracks, which find Ra trying to make pop / R&B music. Needless to say, it comes out unlike a lot of later Ra, but even less like actual R&B. Reissued by Jeanne Dielman.

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
The Magic City

Fully restored and then some, this pressing of Sun Ra's behemoth Magic City goes long on its history via free jazz aficionado Ben Young. Notable for its near-thirty minute skronk sprawl title track, the record became something of a kept secret, the piece never getting a live outing due to its unique, impermeable sound. 
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Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra
My Brother The Wind Vol. 1

This 1970 album features Sun Ra excitedly wrenching some seriously wild and transportive sonics out of his new Moog synth, backed by Arkestra stalwarts John Gilmore, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis. As with their recent reissue of The Magic City, Cosmic Myth have done a superb job with this 2LP version, adding the side-long Space Probe and alternate takes of the funky single The Perfect Man. The entirely different Vol. 2 has been more widely reissued and is better known, so don’t let the near-identical sleeve confuse you!
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Sun Ra
In Some Far Place: Roma ‘77

Sun Ra continues his posthumous musical output this time with In Some Far Place, that place being Rome and the time being 1977. This is the first ever issue of these recordings and comes mastered from the original tapes. Interestingly, rather than going full Arkestra on this LP, here we hear some of Ra’s expertise at the piano with intimate playing of some classic Arkestra tracks and blues numbers. Accompanied only by drums and vocals, this offers an interesting look at the ability and diversity of Sun Ra.  

Sun Ra
Jazz By Sun Ra Vol. 1

The uninventive but extremely accurate title 'Jazz By Sun Ra' probably says more than this sentence ever could, but did we mention it's Volume 1? Sun Ra's first record may not be his absolute best but sees a great assemble of musicians (a personnel of about eleven) gather 'round. This RSD release preserves the original cover and comes with the extensive written booklet collaborated on by Sun Ra and his band.

Sun Ra
Discipline 27-II

This here was one of this year's "Record"... "Store"... "Day" releases? Doesn't ring a bell. It's a special one nonetheless, guaranteeing a new pressing of some of Sun Ra's most interesting work. Made in the same sessions as the revered Space Is the Place, this Saturn release offers further post-bop and avant-garde insights from an artist we've all pretty much come to agree was on a course of his own.

Sun Ra
Hello Mr. Schimmel

This one would go under the very special category for record store day releases. A recording of an interview Sun Ra gave in 1990 with Jez Nelson from Jazz FM. Once they had finished the interview Nelson asked if he would like to play something for them, he happily embraced the opportunity, said “Hello Mr Schimmel” and began to improvise. First time this has been released, collectors gem.

Sun Ra
Marshall Allen Presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In Orbit Of Ra

Saturn's best jazz musician and Earth's smartest out-of-space citizen, Sun Ra released an endless slew of records with his various Arkestra incarnations, changing the face of his genre over and over by going down experimental and cosmic avenues and using maddening concepts. 'In The Orbit Of Ra' is a birthday gift to the musician who would have turned a hundred if he'd lived to see it. It's more than just a best of collection, also unearthing unreleased tracks -- both live and studio -- that will be new to even the most avid Sun Ra fan. 'In The Orbit of Ra' is affectionately curated by Marshall Allen, a close companion of the jazz icon and frequently his saxophonist.

Sun Ra
Thunder Of The Gods

Previously utterly unheard, here is an album of Sun Ra material recorded around about fifty years ago (hard to say with precision due to the uncertain nature of Sun Ra scholarship). Three fairly wild cuts, two in mono and one in stereo, all displaying the ever-evolving wonder of Sun Ra’s universe.

Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Nuclear War

Although he returned to his native Saturn many years ago, Sun Ra’s music has an almost limitless capacity for taking listeners to the outer spaceways. Nuclear War is an essential Ra cut, with fear and thrills in equal measure. This fetching red vinyl 10” release adds two rare and exciting Arkestra recordings. On Modern Harmonic.
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Sun Ra
The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vols. 1-3

A legendary artist on a legendary label: Sun Ra's 1965 Heliocentric Worlds sessions for ESP-Disk, here reissued in full. These performances are beautifully strange, incorporating synth, percussion, free group workouts and focused units. Essential parts of the sprawling Ra puzzle. This triple CD set also includes the third volume, which was only exhumed in 2005. Box-set on ESP-Disk.

Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra
I Roam The Cosmos

A gorgeous live album from Sun Ra, everyone’s very favourite purveyor of cosmic space jazz. I Roam The Cosmos finds Ra and his Solar Arkestra in a fairly smooth and relaxed mode, with a spoken-word piece delivered by June Tyson at the centre of affairs. Yet another side of the Sun Ra universe. 180g vinyl release by Art Yard.
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Sun Ra | Merzbow
Strange City

Avant-garde music lovers from all over the spectrum will raise their eyebrows at this record: Merzbow and Sun Ra are two of the most prolific sound-weirdos out there, but this is the first time their paths have crossed. Of course, Sun Ra returned to Saturn decades ago, but Masami Akita got his hands on some unheard Ra recordings and fed them through his Merz-blender. The results make for a Strange City indeed.

Sun Ra and his Interplanetary Vocal Arkestra
The Space Age Is Here To Stay

Vocals were not usually at the core of Sun Ra‘s sound, but the man / alien had such a broad range of practice that there is still plenty of amazing vocal performances about. The Space Age Is Here To Stay compiles a whole double LP’s worth of Interplanetary Vocal Orchestra tunes that travel the spaceways and holler ecstatically. Blue and yellow vinyl on Modern Harmonic.
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Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Rocket Number Nine

Although he returned to his native Saturn many years ago, Sun Ra’s music has an almost limitless capacity for fascinating and enrapturing listeners. Classic Ra space-jam Rocket Number Nine is presented here in an early version (1960), plus two rare renditions of other tunes. The pace is frantic and joyful throughout: take off for the planet Venus today! 10” on Modern Harmonic.
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Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra
Lady With The Golden Stockings

Although he returned to his native Saturn many years ago, Sun Ra’s music has an almost limitless capacity for taking listeners to the outer spaceways. Lady With The Golden Stockings is an especially groovy piece of Sun Ra sound, played by his Myth-Science Arkestra. This gold vinyl 10” release also includes two more rare and exciting recordings. On Modern Harmonic.
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Sun Ra
Spaceways

There is always more good music in the Sun Ra vaults, and for Record Store Day the ORG Music label have dug out some 60’s live recordings of the Arkestra playing in New York for their first ever vinyl release. The fire and the cosmic energy flows freely on Spaceways, with the ensemble locking in and taking the audience to other realms. Pressed to psychedelic-swirl-design vinyl.

Sun Ra
Space Is The Place

Space Is The Place, the afro-futurist film Sun Ra made is a remarkable watch, mixing plenty of familiar film tropes with the sheer weird wonder of Sun Ra. This soundtrack to the film is a remarkable mixture of chants, harsh synth and free-blasting Arkestra jazz. Widely regarded as a masterpiece, and a perfect entry point into the world of this singular artist.

Sun Ra
Super-Sonic Jazz

Early days Sun Ra here with Super-Sonic Jazz, reportedly only his second album (out of a surely triple-figure total). Dating from 1956, the sounds are not quite as ‘out’ as later explorations, but there is already a clear and present strangeness amidst the tunes. Remastered and repressed on Poppydisc.

Sun Ra
Paris Tapes

Fantastic live LP of the Sun Ra Arkestra (here deemed the Mythic Science Arkestra), in total prime mode circa 1971. The Paris Tapes feature a ton of percussion and a fair amount of wild keyboard extravaganza, not to mention the expected brass thrills. Repressed LP on Kindred Spirits, with new liner notes and photography.

Sun Ra
The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra : Vol. 1

Way-out 1965-era Sun Ra session, with his brave Arkestra in tow of course. The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra: Vol 1 is a hell of a trip, at times creeping subtly along, and at other times blasting out with passages of mad free-blowing. Notable for also featuring the entire Arkestra switching to percussion at times. Green repressing on ESP-DISK.

Sun Ra
Planets of Life or Death : Amiens '72

Planets of Life or Death: Amiens ‘72 gives us an up-till-now totally unreleased and unheard live recording of Sun Ra and his glorious Arkestra. Two lengthy jammed-out pieces on each side, presenting the kind of space-fire and space-joy that only Sun Ra and associates can conjure. And on a Sunday afternoon apparently too!

Sun Ra
The Eternal Myth Revealed

Deep breath everyone… A full fourteen CDs of Sun Ra, with a book, in a box. The Eternal Myth Revealed Volume One is full to the gills with material that is either deeply rare, or fully unreleased. These are the early days of Sun Ra, covering his early big band and solo piano periods, before he got really out there. And the best part? This is only Volume One.

Sun Ra
The Nubians Of Plutonia

The second part of PoppyDisc's ongoing series of the genius of Sun Ra on vinyl.The Arkestra moves into ever looser, more abstract ground as the percussion becomes more varied and moves ever closer. Ra then sets up a dark melodic theme, while the Arkestra weaves a series of jaunty, blues-tinged solos into the groove. 'Nubia', 'Africa' and 'Aiethopia' continue this excursion into a mystical, rhythm-based territory. The Arkestra utilizes the same ominous, simmering percussion beds, now augmented by more exotic instruments like Pat Patrick's 'space lute', which gives a playfully sinister sound to 'Africa'.This powerful, multi-faceted music is a great place to start if you are just beginning to travel with Sun Ra, or indeed a great way to continue the journey.
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Sun Ra
Sign of the Myth

Yet another Sun Ra reissue; it’s a lost album that was intended for release in 1972. It was set to come out after Sun Ra signed a big deal with Impulse/ABC but they cancelled the contract before it ever materialised. However, thanks to the label Roaratorio it finally sees the light of day. It’s one of his moog heavy albums with his usual Arkestra members, Ronnie Boykins and Clifford Jarvis.

Sun Ra
When Sun Comes Out

Part four of PoppyDisc's ongoing series of the genius of Sun Ra on vinyl.This was the fifth album by the Arkestra to be released, and was the first to be taken from recordings made at the Choreographer's Workshop, New York. Other albums recorded there include Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, Bad and Beautiful, Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy and Other Planes of There.

Sun Ra
Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy

One of the most discussed of Ra's New York era recordings, 'Cosmic Tones' functions as a blueprint for the sort of large-scale jazz weirdness that would inform much of Sun Ra's subsequent works, featuring the woozy reeds of And Otherness and the afro-jazz experiments of Thither And Yon. On Adventure Equation a space echo treatment on the recording which is reprised for the sax flurries on Voice Of Space makes the whole experience even more disorientating and exciting. The album has increasingly been discussed within the context of anticipating psychedelia or pointing towards the space funk of George Clinton; when asked about Sun Ra in 1979,Clinton said, "This boy was definitely out to lunch - the same place I eat at."

Sun Ra & His Band From Outer Space
Space Aura


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Sun Ra
Other Strange Worlds

Before improv had a name, Sun Ra made this record by directing his Arkestra to pick up unusual stringed instruments and homemade percussion and play them without any direction. "Strange Strings" in Sun Ra’s own words, is a “study in ignorance”. It sounds like a group of space dwellers discovering musical instruments for the first time after also discovering sugar for the first time and it’s one of the greatest records in the Sun Ra space-world discography.

Sun Ra
The Futuristic Sounds Of

Relatively grounded LP from the interstellar jazz-master Sun Ra (and his Arkestra). The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra dates from 1961, and captures Ra in a jazzy, and indeed tuneful mood! You could probably even get away with playing this in the background whilst eating supper with your parents! Very nice.
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Ras G & The Alkebulan Space Program / Sun Ra
Views From Saturn #1 EP


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Sun Ra & His Ethnic Structural Cosmo Arkestra
Live at Red Creek, Rochester, NY


Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
On Jupiter


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Autechre, Capt Beefheart, Sun Ra, Various
An Anthology Of Noise & Music 2


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