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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Back in the mid-'50s, bandleader Sun Ra decided to get his music to his audience through a more direct process by starting his own label, Saturn Records. Equal parts creative futuristic vision and small-time Southern R&B bandstand hustle, these 45s were pressed in unbelievably small quantities sometimes in runs of only 50 copies, making them the holy grail of Sun Ra collectibles. The collection of singles runs a neat 30-year time-frame and features everything from Sun Ra with an embryonic form of his Arkestra doing backup duties behind doo-wop groups and R&B slopbucket singers like 'Space Age Vocalist' Yochannon to wild-ass sonic experiements from the late '70s into ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Back in the mid-'50s, bandleader Sun Ra decided to get his music to his audience through a more direct process by starting his own label, Saturn Records. Equal parts creative futuristic vision and small-time Southern R&B bandstand hustle, these 45s were pressed in unbelievably small quantities sometimes in runs of only 50 copies, making them the holy grail of Sun Ra collectibles. The collection of singles runs a neat 30-year time-frame and features everything from Sun Ra with an embryonic form of his Arkestra doing backup duties behind doo-wop groups and R&B slopbucket singers like 'Space Age Vocalist' Yochannon to wild-ass sonic experiements from the late '70s into the early '80s that would have atmospherically fit on any of his avant-garde albums. Pieced together for this release from the contributions of private collectors around the world -- and sonically cleaned up far beyond the audio capabilities of the original vinyl they were pressed on -- these 49 three-minute opuses will alternately confuse, astound, confound, delight, and illuminate Sun Ra fans of all stratas of involvement. A major piece of puzzle that is the man, now in place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/1996
  • Label: Evidence
  • UPC: 730182216424
  • Catalog Number: 22164
  • Sales rank: 53,444

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Foggy Day - The Nu-Sounds (1:03)
  2. 2 Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie - The Cosmic Rays (1:49)
  3. 3 Dreaming - The Cosmic Rays (2:43)
  4. 4 Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie - The Cosmic Rays (3:03)
  5. 5 Bye Bye - Le Sun Ra & Arkestra (2:49)
  6. 6 Somebody's in Love - Le Sun Ra & Arkestra (1:47)
  7. 7 Medicine for a Nightmare - Le Sun-Ra & His Arkistra (2:35)
  8. 8 Saturn - Le Sun-Ra & His Arkistra (3:00)
  9. 9 Supersonic Jazz - Le Sun-Ra & His Arkistra (2:33)
  10. 10 Happy New Year to You! - The Qualities (1:48)
  11. 11 It's Christmas Time - The Qualities (2:43)
  12. 12 Muck Muck (Matt Matt) (2:46)
  13. 13 Hot Skillet Mama (3:12)
  14. 14 Great Balls of Fire (5:28)
  15. 15 Hours After (2:45)
  16. 16 Teenager's Letter of Promises - Mr. V's Five Joys (3:42)
  17. 17 I'm So Glad You Love Me - Mr. V's Five Joys (3:05)
  18. 18 The Sun One - Sun Ra & His Arkestra (2:30)
  19. 19 The Sun Man Speaks - Sun Ra & His Arkestra (4:34)
  20. 20 The Sun Man Speaks - Sun Ra & His Arkestra (3:49)
  21. 21 October (4:40)
  22. 22 Adventure in Space (1:53)
  23. 23 Message to Earthman - Sun Ra & His Arkestra (2:23)
  24. 24 Message to Earthman - Sun Ra & His Arkestra (2:22)
  25. 25 State Street (3:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Blue Set (4:40)
  2. 2 Big City Blues (3:13)
  3. 3 Tell Her to Come on Home (2:07)
  4. 4 I'm Making Believe (3:14)
  5. 5 The Bridge (1:57)
  6. 6 Rocket Number Nine (2:23)
  7. 7 Blues on Planet Mars (3:25)
  8. 8 Saturn Moon (2:13)
  9. 9 The Sky Is Crying (2:50)
  10. 10 She's My Baby (2:07)
  11. 11 I Am Gonna Unmask the Batman (2:44)
  12. 12 I Want an Easy Woman (2:44)
  13. 13 I'm Gonna Unmask the Batman (2:19)
  14. 14 The Perfect Man (4:54)
  15. 15 Journey to Saturn (3:43)
  16. 16 Enlightenment (3:26)
  17. 17 Love in Outer Space (3:49)
  18. 18 Mayan Temples (4:14)
  19. 19 Disco 2100 (2:43)
  20. 20 Sky Blues (2:34)
  21. 21 Rough House Blues (3:35)
  22. 22 Cosmo-Extensions (4:24)
  23. 23 Quest (2:38)
  24. 24 Outer Space Plateau (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sun Ra Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Celeste, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Rocksichord, Clavioline, Mini Moog
Buddy Guy Rhythm Guitar
John Gilmore Percussion, Drums, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Julian Priester Trombone
James Spaulding Alto Saxophone
Danny Thompson Baritone Saxophone
Richard Evans Bass
Sam Fan Thomas Electric Guitar
Marshall Allen Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Ronnie Boykins Bass
Clifford Jarvis Percussion, Drums
Fred Adams Trumpet
Luqman Ali Drums
Robert Barry Percussion, Drums
William "Bugs" Cochran Drums
Ahk Tal Ebah Trumpet
Alvin Fielder Drums
Lacy Gibson Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Wilburn Green Electric Bass
Jon Hardy Drums
Wayne Harris Trumpet
Ali Hassan Trombone
James Herndon Timbales, Timpani
Tyrone Hill Trombone
Arthur Hoyle Trumpet
Little Mack Vocals, Track Performer
Stanley Morgan Conga
Pat Patrick Percussion, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Lucious Randolph Trumpet
Michael Ray Trumpet
Victor Sproles Bass
Walter Strickland Trumpet
C. Scoby Stroman Drums
Earl Turner Trumpet
June Tyson Vocals
Sun Ra Arkestra Vocals
James Jacson Percussion, Vocals
Bobby Fields Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jothan Callins Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Jim Herndon Timbales, Timpani
Sam Bankhead Vocals
Mickey Boss Tenor Saxophone
Lynn Hollings Vocals, Narrator
Mobarak Mahmoud Recitation
Crumar Mainman Drums
Roland Williams Vocals
Yochanan Vocals, Track Performer
Calvin Barron Vocals
Juanita Rogers Vocals, Track Performer
David Henderson Vocals
The Nu-Sounds Track Performer
Danny Davis Flute, Conga, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Alto Clarinet
Technical Credits
Alton Abraham Producer
Hobart Dotson Composer
Sun Ra Arranger, Composer, Contributor, Piano Director
Robert Pruter Liner Notes
John F. Szwed Liner Notes
Alan Edwards Contributor
Michael Shore Liner Notes
Robert L. Campbell Liner Notes
The Nu-Sounds Contributor
Ihnfinity Inc. Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful place to begin experiencing the music of Sun-Ra!

    The music of Sun-Ra was unknown to me prior to my discovery of this collection of 45's and alternate takes spanning the career of this little known genius of jazz. I only wish I would have discovered him sooner. The cosmic tonalities of Sun-Ra's music are a refreshing alternative to just about any other kind of Jazz. This 2 cd set runs the gamut from 50's Doo-Wop to Avante Garde and beyond. Notable tracks include the bluesy vocals of Yochanan on "Muck Muck" and "Hot Skillet Mama", the swinging Jazz on "Medicine For a Nightmare" and "Saturn" and the light-hearted "Rocket #9" and "I Am Gonna Unmask the Batman". This is a great place to begin familiarizing yourself with Sun-Ra. Accompanied by a 36 page booklet filled with a ton of great information concerning the musicians and compositions on these cd's you'll easily make informative choices when furthering your exploration of Sun-Ra's extensive music catalogue. Recommended for fans of Frank Zappa's work with "The Mothers".

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