SUN RASingles 1952-1961

Genre: Jazz / Fusion
Label: Strut
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Artikelnummer: 018314 Release Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021


Strut present the definitive collection of 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 offer one-off meteorites from Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forward-thinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions. The collection is hugely varied, ranging from Ra’s spoken word recitations and his early work with Chicago vocal groups to the different phases of his Arkestra, small group and duet recordings. 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 with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Only a small handful of copies of ‘Love In Outer Space’ b/w ‘Mayan Temple’ and ‘The Blue One’ b/w ‘Orbitration In Blue’ have ever been seen; some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years; some were planned and pencilled but allegedly never made it to vinyl (including ‘Saturn’ and ‘Velvet’ from the Jazz In Silhouette LP) and some appeared as limited one-off magazine singles and posthumous releases, including ‘Hell #1’ aka ‘Out There A Minute’.

The set is the most comprehensive collection of Ra’s singles to date. Sleeve note writers Francis Gooding 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.
All formats feature fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork, Francis Gooding’s extensive sleeve notes, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.
These releases comprise recordings made by Arkestra member Thomas “Bugs” Hunter made in December 1971 in the streets around the Mena House Hotel, Giza, from a concert held at the house of Goethe Institute ex-pat Hartmut Geerken in Heliopolis, from a live Cairo TV channel broadcast and a concert at the Ballon Theatre in Cairo. Ra subsequently edited the three LPs of the ‘Live In Egypt’ series for release on his Saturn record label and its affiliated twin, Thoth Intergalactic: ‘Dark Myth Equation Visitation’, ‘Nidhamu’ and ‘Horizon’.
These three albums are now reissued for the first time individually in their original artwork and all tracks are remastered from the original tapes.


01. I Am An Instrument
02. I Am Strange
03. Sun Ra - Chicago Usa (With Nu Sounds)
04. Sun Ra & The Nu Sounds - Spaceship Lullaby
05. The Cosmic Rays - Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie (With Sun Ra & Arkestra)
06. The Nu Sounds - A Foggy Day (With Sun Ra & Arkestra)
07. Billie Hawkins - I'm Coming Home (With Sun-Ra & His Orchestra)
08. Billie Hawkins - Last Call For Love (With Sun-Ra & His Orchestra)
09. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Soft Talk
10. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Super Blonde
11. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Saturn
12. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Call For All Demons
13. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Demon's Lullaby
14. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Supersonic Jazz
15. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Medicine For A Nightmare
16. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Urnack
17. The Qualities - It's Christmas Time
18. The Qualities - Happy New Year To You!
19. Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist) - M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)
20. Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist) - Hot Skillet Moma
21. Sun Ra & His Arkestra & The Cosmic Rays - Bye Bye
22. Sun Ra & His Arkestra & The Cosmic Rays - Somebody's In Love
23. The Cosmic Rays - Dreaming (With Sun Ra & Arkestra)
24. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays - Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie
25. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity - October
26. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity - Adventure In Space
27. Sun Ra & His Arkestra & The Cosmic Rays - Hours After
28. Sun Ra & His Arkestra & The Cosmic Rays - Great Balls Of Fire
29. Hattye Randolph - Round Midnight (With Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra)
30. Hattye Randolph - Back In Your Own Back Yard (With Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity
31. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Saturn
32. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Velvet
33. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - The Sun One
34. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Message To Earthman
35. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - The Sun Man Speaks