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The Magic City (Awaiting Repress)On the original 1965 The Magic City LP, issued on Saturn, the monster 27-1/2 minute title track sprawled across side A. Ra customarily supervised the Arkestra's improvisational process via keyboard cues or hand signals. He was always in charge-hence critic Simon Adams describing the title track as 27 minutes of controled freedom. The Magic City was never performed in concert; saxophonist John Gilmore said it was unreproducible, a tapestry of sound. Although shorter in scope than side A's magnum opus, the four works on The Magic City's flip side reflect the same improvisational approach, spatiality, and lack of structure. One session outtake, Other Worlds, an alternate version of Shadow World, is included as a bonus track on side B.
For this definitive edition, historical and technical liner notes are provided by noted jazz historian Ben Young, who restored and remastered the album with his Triple Point Records partner Joe Lizzi. Both men have been recognized for their extensive work on the Grammy Nominated Albert Ayler boxset, released on John Fahey's Revenant records in 2005.
First-generation Saturn pressings of The Magic City were monophonic. A full stereo version had been issued on Sun Ra's Thoth subsidiary label sometime after 1969; however, it suffered from a technical flaw that prevented many copies of the LP from tracking cleanly through the first cut on side B. A 1973 gatefold LP reissue on Impulse featured reprocessed stereo. For this definitive reissue, Cosmic Myth Records used stereo sources which are superior to the Thoth pressing.
Cosmic Myth Records issues recordings under license from Sun Ra LLC, comprised of the heirs and rights holders of Sun Ra's music. The series is being co-produced and supervised by Irwin Chusid (Raymond Scott, Esquivel, Langley School Music Project) and Michael D. Anderson, who maintains the Sun Ra Music Archive, the world's foremost collection of original Ra session masters.$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Thunder Of The GodsPressed On Colored Vinyl
A new Sun Ra LP touches ground in the earthly bins, 50 years after its creation!
Sun Ra is still trying to get our attention 50 years after dispatching this transmission. Humanity's path since then makes his message even more urgent today. Years after Herman Poole "LeSony'r Ra" Blount "left the planet" he's still trying to reach us, to wake us up and to change our destiny. Sun Ra and the Arkestra weren't a traditional studio band, and every star in the vast galaxy of their discography reflects this. The origins of these records can be hard to pinpoint at times, but when it comes to Thunder Of The Gods, it's a bit easier. "Calling Planet Earth - We'll Wait For You" was discovered on tapes from Ra's, Universe In Blue, believed to be recorded in '71. The raucous title track and "Moonshots Across the Sky" are unearthed from the '66 Strange Strings sessions. Modern Harmonic has once again paired Ra's sonic art with the visual art of "The Father of Modern Space Art," Chesley Bonestell, whose 1952 work "Formation of the Earth's Continents" spralls across the front and back covers.
Thanks to Modern Harmonic, in partnership with Sun Ra LLC, soon you will be holding an album of unreleased Sun Ra music 50 years after it was recorded! That this music survived to reach our ears after all of this time is quite a miraculous gift. It sounds as though it could have come from either the ancient past or the distant future, yet most perfectly, it's the music of right now."
- Christopher Eddy (Sun Ra Arkive)1. Calling Planet Earth - We'll Wait For You (Stereo)
2. Moonshots Across The Sky (Mono)
3. Thunder Of The Gods (Mono)$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mystery Of BeingLP11 My Favorite Things
2 Moon People
3 Rome At Twilight
4 When There Is No Sun1 Sun Steps
2 Exactly Like You
3 Friend And FriendshipLP21 The Horo
2 Sun, Sky And Wind1 Springtime And Summer Idyll2 ConstellationLP31 One Day In Rome2 Bridge On The Ninth Dimension
3 Along The Tiber
2 The Mystery Of Being$57.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ScrapsThe wildly eclectic New Rhythm & Blues Quintet, better known to its worldwide legion of adoring fans as NRBQ (or just the Q!), is the only band on the planet that can play rockabilly, bar-band blooze, Beatles sound-alikes and Sun Ra-style free jazz in the same set and remain standing.
By the time keyboardist Terry Adams, vocalist Frank Gadler, bassist Joey Spampinato, drummer Tom Staley and fabulous new guitarist Al Anderson released Scraps, their wonderful second album in 1972, they had relocated from Florida to New Jerseyand, like their name says, they were actually a quintet for the only time in their career. From the infectious Howard Johnstons Got His Ho-Jo Working to the loveably understated Magnet, Scraps is loaded with NRBQ classics that lived up to the eye-popping press garnered by their self-titled 1969 debut.1. Howard Johnston's Got His Ho-Jo Working
3. Don't Knock at My Door
4. Tragic Magic
5. Only You
6. Who Put the Garlic in the Glue?
7. Get a Grip
8. Boys in the City
9. New Tune
11. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive/Things Are Getting Better
12. It's Not So Hard
13. Do You Feel It?
14. Ain't It All Right$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
2 LP On Clear Vinyl
If you were going to envision the ultimate avant-garde meeting-of-the-minds jam session, who would you pick? Even the most hopeful fan of strange and innovative music couldn't have seen this one coming: on one afternoon in 1986, at Coney Island's dilapidated freak show, space-age avant-jazz genius Sun Ra met avant-garde serious music composer John Cage in an unforgettable performance.
You couldn't imagine two figures more opposite. Cage was known for his unusual approach to composition, using objects such as radios and television sets, as well as pure silence, as instruments, often encouraging his musicians to do other things at their whim on stage. Sun Ra, on the other hand, was a jazz arranger known for his space-age approach to jazz, adding free-jazz and surrealist elements into a musical form that Cage often disdained -- improvisational music. And yet, for one afternoon, they pooled their talents -- Ra playing keyboards, leading his small group and reading his unusual poetry; Cage performing vocal readings and passages of vocal sound -- plus his trademark silence -- designed to baffle and disorient. The combination is breathtaking, both organic and mechanical, free-form and totally composed.
For the very first time, Modern Harmonic presents the full and unexpurgated concert from 1986, stretched out across two LPs. In addition to never-before-heard songs and musical passages, this album at last presents the long-rumored co-performance between the two musical giants, all lovingly packaged in new artwork that captures the stark brilliance of the music. Take yourself back to 1986 and a once-in-a-lifetime performance that you can finally hear as it was intended.LP 1
1. Rick Russo Introduction [Previously Unissued]
2. Marshall Allen - Untitled Wind Synthesizer Intro
3. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 1
4. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo)
5. John Cage - Empty Words (Silent Solo)
6. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo)
7. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 2
8. Sun Ra - We Hold This Myth To Be Potential [Previously Unissued]
9. Sun Ra - The Damned Air [Previously Unissued]
10. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo) [Previously Unissued]
11. John Cage - Empty Words (Silent Solo) [Previously Unissued]
12. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo) [Previously Unissued]
1. Sun Ra - The Living Parable [Previously Unissued]
2. Sun Ra - This Is The Space Age [Previously Unissued]
3. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 3 [Previously Unissued]
4. Sun Ra - Enlightenment (featuring June Tyson) [Previously Unissued]
5. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 4
6. John Cage and Sun Ra - Silent Duet
7. John Cage and Sun Ra - Empty Words And Keyboard
8. John Cage and Sun Ra - Silent Duet 2
9. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 5$36.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Space Age Is Here to Stay
Over 75 Minutes Of Vocal Performances - Audible Perfection!
Featuring Album Art Interpreted From The Work Of The Father Of Modern Space Art, Chesley Bonestell
Extensive Liner Notes
Across the history of jazz, there is no wilder, more future-forward composer and performer than Herman Poole Blount, aka Sun Ra. Known as much for his wild on-stage persona as his innovative compositions, Sun Ra was the avant-garde bleeding edge of the jazz genre, introducing modal composition and electronic instrumentation before almost anyone else -- not to mention bringing the space age to life with his obsession with all things extraterrestrial. Across more than 100 LPs released in his lifetime, Sun Ra charted a course to space and far, far beyond.
Known primarily for his keyboard improv and freeform band arrangements, Sun Ra could also write great vocal songs when he set his mind to it. Such songs as Space Is The Place and Interplanetary Music No.1 show Ra's unique approach to songwriting, using eerie chanting and repetition to create hypnotic moods. And Ra could get swingy when he wanted to as well -- Enlightenment and Sometimes I'm Happy are gorgeous ballads, as pretty as any Tin Pan Alley tune. Of course, it wouldn't be Sun Ra without his space age lyrics -- Take your first step out to outer space/You're like a little baby who never walked before shows up in the future-predicting Walking On The Moon.
At long last, Modern Harmonic has put together The Space Age Is Here To Stay, the very first collection of Sun Ra's vocal tracks - two albums' worth of mind-blowing tunes from the mind of the Man from Saturn himself. 2LPs wrapped in a gorgeous package featuring artwork by the king of space-age art himself, Chesley Bonestell. Includes extensive liner notes from Charles Blass of Sun Radio. Cue this one up and get ready to visit other worlds in Sun Ra's jazz rocket ship!LP 1
1. Along Came Ra / The Living Myth
2. Interplanetary Music No. 1
3. Back In Your Own Back Yard
5. 'Round Midnight
6. Sometimes I'm Happy
7. The Antique Blacks
8. Moorish Nights
9. Walking On The Moon
10. This Song Is Dedicated To Nature's God
2. Space Is The Place
3. The Forest Of No Return
4. The Truth About Planet Earth
5. Nuclear War (live)
6. Space Chant (Third Heaven)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Calling Planet EarthCalling Planet Earth comes from a concert recorded at Tivoli Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 5, 1971. Sun Ra and his Arkestra are captured in their prime, while exploring some of their most far out material to date. The recording received its first ever vinyl release with for Record Store Day 2015 as an exclusive color vinyl pressing. Now it will receive a wide release on black vinyl. The recording was remastered and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.1. Discipline No. 5
2. Discipline No. 10
4. Love In Outer Space
5. Discipline No. 15
6. The Satellites Are Spinning
7. Calling Planet Earth
8. The Outers
9. Adventures Outer Space$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Outer Spaceways Incorporated
Limited Edition Of 1,500
Remastered For Vinyl For The First Time In Over 3
Pressed On Premium Quality Vinyl At Pallas Group In
Sun Ra's orchestra was at its most radical during this period, alternating simple chants with very outside playing and dense ensembles. While the sidemen include such notables as Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on altos, baritonist Pat Patrick, John Gilmore on tenor, bassist Ronnie Boykins and percussionist Clifford Jarvis, most of the other players in the 15-piece band (such as trumpeters Ahk Tal Ebah and Kwame Hadi) have slipped back into obscurity.
- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)1. Somewhere There
2. Outer Spaceways Incorporated
4. Song Of The Sparer
5. Spontaneous Simplicity$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Cosmic Scene (Pure Pleasure)
Still riding the success of his triumphant concert at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington in 1958 decided to reduce his touring orchestra to a nonet dubbed the Spacemen, and recorded this lone project with them for the Columbia label. Perhaps inspired by the first orbiting satellites, Ellington is not taking cues from George Russell or Sun Ra, whose extraterrestrial inspirations led them to even more progressive paths. This large ensemble is playing mostly standards, but the arrangements and solos carve an integrated yet elasticized concept that allows for a more expanded role for the ensemble's trombonists Quentin 'Butter' Jackson, John Sanders, and Britt Woodman, and select soloists. One in the solo spotlight is Clark Terry on flugelhorn exclusively, putting his fabled trumpet aside. The classic material presented includes clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton's features Avalon and Early Autumn, the slinky stripper pole blues version of St. Louis Blues with Ellington's piano taking the lead, and a version of Body & Soul, with tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves completely extrapolating and re-harmonizing the tune. There's a modified Perdido, an animated and perky Midnight Sun that deviates from any other slow and lugubrious version of the ballad, and Jones a real good swinger. There are two originals; the blues bass of Jimmy Woode and the 'bones with plentiful piano from Duke infusing Bass-Ment, and one of the more delightful of all of Ellington's book, the poppin' and boppin' Spacemen, a bright happy horn chart led by Terry that is one of the more distinctive Ellington numbers of this time period. It comes highly recommended.
- Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone)
- Clark Terry (fluegel horn)
- Britt Woodman, John Sanders, Quentin Jackson (trombone)
- Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet)
- Duke Ellington (piano)
- Jimmy Wood (bass)
- Sam Woodyard (drums)
Recording: April 1958 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Avalon
2. Body And Soul
4. Early Autumn
7. St. Louis Blues
9. Midnight Sun
10. Take The A Train$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Singles Vol. 2Features Fully Remastered Tracks
Includes Rare Photos & Poster Artwork
Features Extensive Sleeve Notes By Francis Gooding, An Interview With Saturn Records Founder Alton Abraham By John Corbett & Detailed Track-By-Track / Session Notes By Paul Griffiths
Strut & Art Yart present a new definitive collection of singles released by jazz maverick Sun Ra during his Earth years, 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 which sounded unlike anything else from the period. As with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and were sold at gigs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years; some were planned and penciled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as one-off magazine singles and posthumous releases.
This release features fully re-mastered tracks, rare photos, poster artwork, extensive sleeve notes by Francis Gooding, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.LP 1
1. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Space Loneliness
2. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - State Street
3. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - The Blue Set
4. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Big City Blues
5. Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick - A Blue One
6. Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick - Orbitration In Blue
7. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Out There A Minute
8. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Tell Her To Come On Home
9. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - I'm Making Believe
1. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - The Bridge
2. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - Rocket # 9
3. Sun Ra & His Astro-solar-infinity Arkestra - Blues On Planet Mars
4. Sun Ra & His Astro-solar-infinity Arkestra - Saturn Moon
5. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - Journey To Saturn
6. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - Enlightenment
7. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman
8. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - The Perfect Man
9. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Love In Outer Space
10. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Mayan Temple
11. Sun Ra Quartet - Sky Blues
1. Sun Ra Quartet- Disco 3000
2. Sun Ra - Rough House Blues
3. Sun Ra - Cosmo-extensions
4. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - Quest
5. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - Outer Space Plateau
6. Sun Ra Arkestra - Sometimes I'm Happy
7. Sun Ra Arkestra - Nuclear War
8. Sun Ra Arkestra - On Jupiter / Cosmo Drama
9. Sun Ra Arkestra - Cosmo Drama
10. Sun Ra - I Am The Instrument$34.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Space Is The Place (Multi-Colored)Limited Edition Isotopic Red And Yellow & Transmolecularized Blue And Green Vinyl
Available on vinyl for the first time ever is the soundtrack to the legendary Sun Ra film, Space Is The Place. Featuring some of Sun Ra's most adventurous and uncompromising compositions ever, the soundtrack incorporates vocal chants, harsh synthesizer and organ blasts along with film dialogue, heavy percussion and just all around weirdness. Featuring cover art by members of the legendary Ant Farm art collective. An amazing, and important piece from the extensive Sun Ra catalog and a must have for Sun Ra and avant-garde cinema collectors alike. Limited edition Isotopic red and yellow & Transmolecularized blue and green vinyl.1. It's After the End of the World
2. Under Different Stars
3. Discipline 33
5. Calling Planet Earth
6. I Am the Alter-Destiny
7. Satellites Are Spinning
8. Cosmic Forces
9. Outer Spaceways Incorporated
10. We Travel the Spaceways
11. The Overseer
12. Blackman/Love in Outer Space
13. Mysterious Crystal
14. I Am the Brother of the Wind
15. We'll Wait for You
16. Space Is the Place$33.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Batman And RobinImport
This novelty album, released in 1966 during the height of the Batman & Robin craze, was initially credited to the The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale and featured an album full of tracks based on the popular TV show like The Batman Theme Song, The Penguin Chase and The Batcave.
The album is entirely instrumental, except for someone singing Batmaaaan! in the theme song. But the interesting thing about this album, and what makes it an absolute cult gem, are the musicians who are behind it all: basically a joint collaboration between Sun Ra's Arkestra and Danny Kalb's Blues Project (one of the first psychedelic rock bands as well as one of the world's first jam bands).
Dan and Dale were actually blues guitarist Danny Kalb and Steve Katz (later of Blood, Sweat & Tears) on dueling guitars, while Sun Ra and Al Kooper take over organ duties (a Hammond B-3) and members of Ra's Arkestra play sax. Gatefold edition.1. Batman Theme
2. Batman's Batmorang
3. Batman and Robin Over the Roofs
4. The Penguin Chase
5. Flight of the Batman
6. Joker Is Wild
7. Robin's Theme
8. Penguin's Umbrella
9. Batman and Robin Swing
10. Batmobile Wheels
11. The Riddler's Retreat
12. The Bat Cave$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pressed On Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas
Group In Germany
Recorded Live In New York City In 1966 & 1968
Remastered For Vinyl
Spaceways features live performances by Sun Ra and
his Arkestra from New York City in 1966 and 1968. Free
and "spacey" as ever, the recordings capture Sun Ra
in his element with over a dozen Arkestra members
backing him up.
The recording was remastered for vinyl and pressed on
audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany1. Prelude And Shadow-Light World
2. The Wind Speaks
3. We Sing This Song
4. Outer Space Incorporated
5. We Travel The Spaceways$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nuclear WarPressed On Red Colored Vinyl
Nuclear War, Sun Ra's groove-infested x-rated warning, was an early 80s underground hit when it appeared on a 12-inch (plus the Saturn album A Fireside Chat With Lucifer). Ra and crew expose the deathly horror with deadly serious call-and-response, leavened with funk and a pinch of humor for better digestion, eyes gleaming in a laid-back, lilting, cosmo-gangster-lean. Outer Reach Intense Energy and Twilight are originally unreleased works, sonically extending the radioactive theme.
Outer Reach (1977) is a soundclash of explosion and fallout, planetary screams, whistling missiles, eternal agony, detonation, damnation. Dashed hopes and dreams blasted to the farthest nebulae.
"Twilight, recorded at the Tip-Top Club in 1963, exhibits Sun Ra's xylophonic electric piano laced with clouds of mournful horns, teetering on madness, an impossible circus, bordering on redemption in the wilderness of the Sun's possible return.1. Nuclear War
2. Outer Reach Intense Energy
3. Twilight$15.99Colored 10 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Saturn/Mystery Mr. Ra (Awaiting Repress)Sun Ra's angular yet strident and soulful Saturn," recorded in 1958, displays bluesy cubist bop in perfect alter-dimensional extension of Fletcher Henderson. It's also a showcase for John Gilmore's sax acrobatics and supersonic swing. Gilmore dove deep into the Ra Omniverse; got the concept - as Coltrane described the tenor giant - hooked by this composition, and never left. Dual baritones of Pat Patrick and Charles Davis (who continues in the front line of the living, glowing Arkestra of 2016!) boil underneath Sunny, skipping lightyear intervals on the ivories. Mystery, Mr. Ra, recorded live in 1984 and originally unissued, is just on the friendly side of ominous. Its deep funk, delivered by James Jacson on the Ancient Egyptian Astro Infinity Drum, lifts up Ra's dark bravado with no uncertainty:
I'm Mister Re, King of the Kingdom of Mystery
I represent the splendor of the Magic Myth
I'm not a part of history
I belong to the Myth you see
Part 2 of Mystery involves Sun Ra's conduction and Arkestral space chords, collective emissions of precision and discipline from the Ra jail." Marshall Allen is heard on alto at the conclusion.1. Saturn
2. Mystery Mr. Ra$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Sun ShipSun Ship is a jazz album recorded on August 26, 1965, by tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. The album extended the free jazz ideas of Transition. The relaxed, serene feel of earlier ballads like "Welcome" was transformed into a new style of ballad on "Dearly Beloved" and "Attaining". This style involved very slow tempos, drum rolls and fills, and a louder, more intense feel than traditional jazz ballads. Like "Psalm" (from A Love Supreme), there is no real tune, just a scale or series of tones used to build an improvised theme.
Coltrane's solos on the other tracks are also more extreme than on his earlier albums, and are reminiscent of the style of Albert Ayler and Pharaoh Sanders in their extensive use of altissimo and multiphonics. The title "Sun Ship" may have been inspired by Sun Ra's conception of free jazz as having an affinity with science fiction conceptions of human existence.
Sun Ship was one of the only albums John Coltrane's quartet recorded without sound engineer Rudy Van Gelder. It was also one of the last albums (with First Meditations, recorded a week later) which John Coltrane recorded before he began experimenting with larger groups. Tenor saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders was playing regularly with the band by September, 1965, and both McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones left the band in January, 1966.
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, soprano
McCoy Tyner - piano
Jimmy Garrison - bass
Elvin Jones - drums1. Sun Ship
2. Dearly Beloved
5. Ascent$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
In The Orbit Of RaSun Ra is one of the most respected, and perhaps most misunderstood creative minds in jazz music. To commemorate what would have been Ra's 100th birthday, we've teamed up with Art Yard for a very special release. In The Orbit Of Ra is a new collection presented by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bringing together Sun Ra highights from over 25 years of music, the album is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra, all mastered from the original tapes.
Hear the pristine masters for one of our favorite Sun Ra tracks, "Plutonian Nights," below, and an instant download of the track is available with pre-orders of the full album. Physical formats feature full interview with Marshall Allen along with rare and previously unpublished photos by Val Wilmer.LP1
1. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra - Somewhere In Space
2. Sun Ra & His Solar-myth Arkestra - The Lady With The Golden Stockings
3. Sun Ra And His Afro Infinity Arkestra - Somebody Else's World
4. Sun Ra & His Solar-myth Arkestra - Plutonian Nights
5. The Sun Ra Arkestra - Angels And Demons At Play
6. Sun Ra - Island In The Sun (extended Version - Previously Unreleased)
7. Sun Ra - Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus
1. Sun Ra And His Arkestra - Astro Black
2. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune
3. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra - We Travel The Spaceways
4. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra - Reflects Motion (part 1 - Previously Unreleased)
5. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra - Reflects Motion (part 2)
6. Sun Ra - Ancient Aiethiopia$24.99Vinyl LP + 2 CDs - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Seer Of Cosmic VisionsProducer and boss of Mathematics records, Jamal Moss a.k.a Hieroglyphic Being is a one-off musical explorer. Jamal's music takes cues from the EBM and House that played a huge part in the city's musical underground in the late eighties and early nineties, notably Ron Hardy and Adonis, but also Industrial, Avant-Jazz and Noise. His tireless schedule of rough low-key releases over the last 12 years and his intense, very physical, psychedelic music, have made him a key exponent or maybe even a pioneer of what's recently come to be named 'Outsider House', although he prefers the more Sun-Ra like descriptors of 'Rhythmic Cubism' and 'Cosmic Be-Bop'. His releases, much like his music, have straddled House labels and the more leftfield avant garde electronic imprints with ease. However his deeply held Afrofuturist intent and the discipline of his radical designs set him apart from the pack. Always moving forward, his music is an ever-evolving transmission from his mind to our bodies, or as he sees it, a form of meditation that the supple, tuned listener will enjoy immensely. 'The Seer Of Cosmic Visions' is a collection of tracks from his back catalogue that have been selected to make this album. Remastered by Michael Kuhn at Berlin's Dubplates and Mastering. The album is hugely varied within it's basic drum machine and synths template; from the psychedelic blowout 'The Seer Of Cosmic Visions' and the distorted, ruptured crunch of 'How Wet Is Ur Box', to more delicate meditations like 'Space Is The Place' or 'Letters From The Edge'. From the the shimmering rhythmic noise of 'A Genre Sonique' to the the woozy tribal funk of '134340 Pluto' or the rough darting strings of the off-kilter 'Calling Planet Earth' and finishing on the relaxing gaseous drones of 'Strange Signs In The Sky', the album never fails to transport the listener to another state of mind.1. Nidhamu (HuKuMu Version)
2. Outer Nothingness (Inner Outingness Version)
3. The Seer Of Cosmic Visions (Original Version)
4. Bird Songs 4 Amelie (Galactic Rituals Version)
5. Letters From The Edge
6. A Morphic Resonance$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rocket Number NinePressed On Green Colored Vinyl
Among Sun Ra's most famous and jet-propelled anthems, Rocket Number Nine is heard here in one of the earliest renditions from a marathon June 1960 session, with a staggering, swaggering, hip-bop beat. Ignition. Liftoff. Rocket Number Nine Take Off for the Planet Venus, Zoom Zoom! Up in the air! Zoom! Up! Paired with originally unknown recordings, including the driving, bossa nova-infused Ankhnation from 1959 and Project Black Mass from 1962.
More energized and driving in contrast with the rather laconic subsequent versions appearing elsewhere, Ankhnation features a feast of traded solos from assorted Arkestral all-stars such as John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and Hobart Dotson.
Project Black Mass is straight from the Vaults of Mystery: Voice of the Cosmos in spirit-science precision. Romping, rumbling low tones, glittering, twinkling stars, wanderful wondering. Architecture of moments, milestones of Blackness.
Extension out.1. Rocket Number Nine
3. Project Black Mass$15.99Colored 10 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Live - Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan - 12th September 1971 (Awaiting Repress)
First Time On Vinyl
Limited To 1000 copies
Tidal Waves Music proudly presents: FUNKADELIC Live - Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan - 12th September 1971
Contained here is a unique snapshot of Funkadelic's live performance at the height of their powers. Recorded live at Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan on the 12th of September 1971, this is the only official in-concert recording from their early career.
The crystal clear recordings here (taken from the soundboard master tapes) provide you with an overdose of free-floating psychedelic black rock and spaced-out jams that can only be described as 'Jimi Hendrix, James Brown & Sun Ra making a love-child live on stage'.
This release also includes extensive & exhaustive liner notes from the Grammy-award winning professor of ethnomusicology 'Rob Bowman' who goes over each track in detail and also wrote down quotes from Bernie Worrell & Billy Bass.
Featuring an all-star line up that includes George Clinton, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas, Ray Davis, Tyrone Lampkin, Eddie Hazel, Billy Bass Nelson, Bernie Worrell & former Isaac Hayes sideman Harold Beane.1. Alice in My Fantasies
2. Maggot Brain
3. I Call My Baby Pussycat (Fast Version)
4. I Call My Baby Pussycat
5. Good Old Music
6. I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing
7. All Your Goodies Are Gone (The Loser's Seat)
8. I'll Bet You
9. You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks
10. Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow (Instrumental)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Lady With The Golden StockingsPressed On Gold Colored Vinyl
The Lady With The Golden Stockings is a propulsive, forthright groove - a decisive, deep-space, pre-dawn party jam, emitting golden sparks from the black hole center which begat Africa and Watusa. Quantum-elasticity of temporal equations, bubbling bass, trumpet dancing on light waves, tenor sax serenade across the galaxy, signaling yonder... vessels... beings... femaliens...
Pure poetry in sublime, delicate, rhythmelodic motion becomes Spontaneous Simplicity." A centerpiece among the gently blissful, tender works in the Sun Ra canon, heard here in a missing link super rare, compact version freshly excavated from the '58-'59 era - this is the first appearance of the tune (pre-dating by a decade the stretched-out live version first known from Pictures of Infinity). Ra's electric piano bass and the roots-heavy organic beats characteristic of the seminal Nubians sessions providing ballast, Marshall Allen's flute flutters butterfly wings, guiding the ship steadfastly beyond the eternal, to the everpresent; the other side of the end of time.
The title Love in Outer Space first appeared in 1962 on the Saturn album Secrets of the Sun. The backing track here is from the intimate Night of the Purple Moon, originally a 1970 album instrumental, with David Henderson's vocal overlaid and issued on a Saturn 7-inch 45 in 1975. Henderson (known for 1960s work with Umbra collective and the Black Arts movement, performance on Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction plus early scholarship on Jimi Hendrix), provides his own lyrics, singing: "Sunrise in Outer Space, Love for Every Face." With the emergence of this vocal version and the ascension of the Sun Ra Arkestra's mid-seventies popularity, onstage the tune became a quintessential Ra anthem, a vehicle for frenzied acrobatics and organ-asmic drum-orgies of hyper ecstatic proportion.
Utopian yearnings of space commune Sun Children, escape velocity.1. Lady with the Golden Stockings
2. Spontaneous Simplicity
3. Love in Outer Space$15.99Colored 10 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Sun SongManufactured in Germany on 180gr. vinyl.1. Brainville
2. Call For All Demons
5. Street Named Hell
6. Lullaby For Realville
8. Swing A Little Taste*
9. New Horizons
10. Fall Off The Log
11. Sun Song
*Bonus Track$30.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Eat Their OwnKnown for his work with Soft Black, New Jersey's Vincent Cacchione aka Caged Animals, has created a highly personal, wistfully nostalgic world that basks in the golden glow of love both new (Lips That Turn the Light To Fire) and old (Teflon Heart) in the haze of regret (This Summer I'll Make It Up To You) and the blur of days gone by. Taken collectively, these are songs which gather resonance with every listen and poignancy with every play, lending increasing depth and profundity towards the fleeting moments in life which we only wish could linger a little more.
Caged Animals is a wired world, but simultaneously an innocent version of darker concepts, mixing lyric and melody to create the sweetest sensation. It's a world inhabited by Raymond Carver vignettes and exhibitions of raw Neil Rough portraiture or Robert Frank's The Americans and it could be sound tracked by The Elephant 6 collective playing Dion covers, Sun Ra's future-jazz moogs and grooves, no wave's awkward DNA or Captain Beefheart at his most playful.1. Teenagers in Heat
2. This Summer I'll Make It Up To You
3. Teflon Heart
4. Hazy Girls
5. Piles of $$$
6. The NJ Turnpike
8. All The Beautiful Things In The World
9. Somebody To Use
10. Lips That Turn the Light To Fire
11. Instant <3breaker$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DaxaarThis legendary jazz drummer (and former Black Panther) has played with the likes of Brown, Coltrane, Davis, Kuti, Sun Ra, and many more. He's also one of the most joyful and hopeful people on earth, still optimistic that bringing music to the people can help solve the world's problems. Daxaar is a series of improv sessions recorded with longtime collaborator and producer Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) on electronics. The ensemble also consists of keyboards, guitar, bass, trumpet, and percussion. The title is from an earlier spelling of Dakar, the Senegalese city where the album was made. ...nuanced afro-jams of hypnotic power - Q.1.Welcome
5.Big G's Family
6.Don't Look Back$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now