Space definitely is the place if you wanna escape this fucked up planet,and there's no greater vehicle to leave Earth with than Sun Ra and his chums.
If you wanna be 'Hip' these days you gotta drop Sun Ra into your 'ain't i weird' public speaking convo's, sitting cosily alongside Captain Beefheart and Coltrane. Its coffee table royalty for the pretentious who slip a recently purchased copy of "Atlantis" on the stereo when expecting visitors.But that's better than taking drugs to be 'hip' I suppose.
A lesser discussed fact about Sun Ra, is his place at the head of the pantheon of DIY artists. No, DIY didn't start with the Desperate Bicycles, as Sun (can I call him Sun?),was doing it in the mid-fifties. Releasing bizarre Doo Wop, Lounge Jazz,and Fifties Pop singles on his own Saturn label,sometimes in incredibly shorts runs of 10 to 50. Therefore these singles are impossible to find except on this fabulous double CD.
Among the foggy Doo Wop and Christmas Singles,which have their own charm,there is inevitably some crazy stuff indeed. Who was Yochanon, The Sun man.....a total nutter? Then there's Lacy Gibson's "I'm Gonna Unmask the Batman",which is pretty out-there.Some Sun Ra classic's,notably "Love In Outer Space" with its wavering time signature,and the sing-a-long "Rocket # 9",which talks about leaving for Venus years before Europe did in "The Final Countdown"(admittedly a classic in its own right,but for different reasons).Although as Venus has a surface temperature of 400 degrees plus,has a runaway Greenhouse effect,and rains concentrated sulphuric acid;I don't recommend that anyone gets on Rocket # 9 for real.
There are even a few edited versions of Ra's later free synth finger moving avant jazz,and a seven inch version of Disco 3000.So the coffee table avant-gardists won't be disappointed; even though this would be the only Sun Ra record they ever play in private.
|1. A Foggy Day - The Nu Sounds|
|2. Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie - The Cosmic Rays|
|3. Dreaming - The Cosmic Rays|
|4. Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie - The Cosmic Rays|
|5. Bye Bye - The Cosmic Rays|
|6. Somebody's In Love - The Cosmic Rays|
|7. Medicine For A Nightmare - Arkestra|
|8. Saturn - Arkestra|
|9. Supersonic Jazz - Arkestra|
|10. Happy New Year To You - The Qualities|
|11. It's Christmas Time - The Qualities|
|12. Muck Muck - Yochanan|
|13. Hot Skillet Mama - Yochanan|
|14. Great Balls Of Fire - Arkestra|
|15. Hours After - Arkestra|
|16. Teenager's Letter Of Promises - Juanita Rodgers|
|17. I'm So Glad You Love Me - Juanita Rodgers|
|18. The Sun One - Yochanan|
|19. The Sun Man Speaks - Yochanan(mp3 sample track)|
|20. The Sun Man Speaks - Yochanan|
|21. October - Sun Ra|
|22. Adventure In Space - Sun Ra|
|23. Message To Earthman - Yochanan|
|24. Message To Earthman - Yochanan & Sun Ra And Arkestra|
|25. State Street - Sun Ra|
|1. The Blue Set - Sun Ra|
|2. Big City Blues - Sun Ra|
|3. Tell Her To Come On Home - Little Mack|
|4. I'm Making Believe - Little Mack|
|5. The Bridge - Sun Ra|
|6. Rocket # 9 - Sun Ra(mp3 sample)|
|7. Blues On Planet Mars - Sun Ra|
|8. Saturn Moon - Sun Ra|
|9. The Sky Is Crying - Lacy Gibson|
|10. She's My Baby - Lacy Gibson|
|11. I Am Gonna Unmask The Batman - Lacy Gibson|
|12. I Want An Easy Woman - Lacy Gibson|
|13. I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman - Sun Ra|
|14. The Perfect Man - Sun Ra|
|15. Journey To Saturn - Sun Ra|
|16. Enlightenment - Sun Ra|
|17. Love In Outer Space - Sun Ra (mp3 sample)|
|18. Mayan Temple - Sun Ra|
|19. Disco 2100 - Sun Ra|
|20. Sky Blues - Sun Ra|
|21. Rough House Blues - Sun Ra|
|22. Cosmo-Extensions - Sun Ra|
|23. Quest - Sun Ra|
|24. Outer Space Plateau - Sun Ra|
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