Sun Ra Vinyl, CD & tapes by Sun Ra at Norman Records

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Disco 3000

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Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra
Sleeping Beauty

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The Antique Blacks

Unusually even for an out-there progressive jazz musician, Sun Ra came from Saturn which gave him a completely unique take on this round place we call Earth. The Antique Blacks was his 1974-era album which has been out of print since 1978. It's rather more sprightly than some of his more abstract work with free-form noise, poetry readings and sax solo-ing all competing for space. Truly an originator.  

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Jazz In Silhouette

Though Sun Ra's third album 'Jazz In Silhouette' is his last "conventional" record before side-stepping into the stratospheres of cosmic avant-garde jazz, it's still one of his greatest works which is deserving of a whole lot more attention. Marrying post-bop styles with elements of big band, 'Jazz In Silhouette' is a complete joy to listen to and can stand alongside many of the hugely important jazz records from 1959. A crucial record in understanding Sun Ra's early beginnings, or just a really good listen.

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Celestial Love

Celestial Love by Sun Ra was originally released in 1982. It was his 60th album, and whilst he has been making records for thirty years by this point, that’s still damn good going. Despite it being recorded in the ‘80s it still featured original members of his Arkestra and was recorded in the same studio as many of his other classics. This is the only place you’ll get a recording of the title track. This Sundazed reissue features Blue Intensity and a bonus track not featured on the original LP.

Sun Ra Arkestra
Live In Kalisz 1986

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Media Dreams

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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Janus

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Sun Ra & His Cosmo Discipline Arkestra
A Night In East Berlin

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Astro Black

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

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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.

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Standards

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

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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 & 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. 

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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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.

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Discipline 27-II

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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.

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Thunder Of The Gods

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Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Nuclear War

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Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra
I Roam The Cosmos

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Sun Ra | Merzbow
Strange City

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

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Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Rocket Number Nine

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Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra
Lady With The Golden Stockings

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Spaceways

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Space Is The Place

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Super-Sonic Jazz

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Paris Tapes

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Calling Planet Earth

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The Nubians Of Plutonia

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Sign of the Myth

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When Sun Comes Out

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Sun Ra & His Band From Outer Space
Space Aura

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Other Strange Worlds

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Machinedrum / Sun Ra
Views Of Saturn 3

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Lost Arkestra Vol.1 EP

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The Mystery Of Being

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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

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Cosmos

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Space Is The Place OST

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Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
On Jupiter

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What Planet Is This?

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Out There A Minute

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Spaceship Lullaby

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

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The Cry Of Jazz

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Sun Song

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Reflections In Blue

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Hours After

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