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Singles
     

The Singles

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by Sun Ra
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/1996
Label:
Evidence
UPC:
0730182216424
catalogNumber:
22164
Rank:
133434

Tracks

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
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
Nu-Sounds   Track Performer
Danny Davis   Flute,Conga,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Alto Clarinet
Danny Thompson   Baritone Saxophone

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
Nu-Sounds   Contributor
Ihnfinity Inc.   Producer

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The Singles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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".