Saturday, 11 July 2015

Sun Ra ‎– "The Singles" (Evidence ‎– ECD 22164-2) 1996

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.

Disc: 1
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
Disc: 2
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


+The missing two tracks from disc one HERE!



Anonymous said...

I used to have a cd copy of this years ago, don't quite know where it is now, so this very welcome.... you can't have too much Sun Ra... thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

download is missing a few tracks on cd1

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Vermont - thank you for posting this wonderful music...

Jonny Zchivago said...

I Will search space for the missing tracks asap!

Anonymous said...

wtf here? download suck!!!!

Jonny Zchivago said...

Apparently this downloads 'Sucks',so i'll make a new file and upload it to Mega. hopefully this will make it 'Not Suck'.

rev.b said...

Sheesh, Anon is being rather dickish today.....

Bruce the Moose said...

I have this CD set, but you've saved me from having to do the to MP3 thing myself.

No crisis, but disc 1 is still missing tracks 18 & 19.

I haven't tried playing them for quite a while, but I've had the problem that some of the Sun Ra Evidences wouldn't play in at least some CD players. Other discs play fine.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Have now discovered the missing tracks and added them to the post for download.
Ain't CD's shit?

Anonymous said...

Thanks !!

the saucer people said...

Space Lady and now Sonny Ray! A spaced-themed astral double-whammy! I never really got Sun Ra until I saw the video of the Live At Montreux performance on ye old VHS tape "back in the day" as I never ever say, and then it all made a strange kind of delirious sense.

Just as interesting as his music for me, is his status as the first modern 'contactee' (though he always gets criminally overlooked by the "UFO" community, despite the fact he predates the fifties contactee movement) and his lectures and interviews, scattered over the net are well worth tracking down as he was just as much a mesmerising speaker as he was a musician.

PS> He still has the power to shock - I posted the film Space Is The Place on my sadly defunct You Tube channel - it had about 70,000 steady views then one day it got flooded with dozens of "what the fuck is this shit" comments - seems some comedian called Frankie Boyle I think, posted a link to it and his fans flooded to watch it!

If you are new to Sun Ra, definitely watch Space Is The Place and the Don Letts documentary and the Live At Montreux performance.. or if you are terminally hip, don't bother with any of that - just drop the word 'Afro-Futurism' along with his name into the conversation, that should do it.

If they push that button
If they push that button
It’s a motherfucka!
Don’t you know?!
It’s a motherfucka!
Don’t you know?

Jonny Zchivago said...

Ah Sun Ra.
Had the pleasure of seeing The Sun Ra Arkestra in a (very)small venue in New York,The Fez, twenty years ago.My table (we had tables!?),of just me and my girlfriend, just behind a table of two nerds with "Space is the Place" T-shirts, was privileged to a personal 15 minute sax solo from Marshall Allen who had obviously taken a liking to my woman.Serenaded by a free jazz sax solo by one of the legends of the genre,with a blue beard on this ocassion.I'm sure she appreciated this???...I know I did.
I had "Space is the place(The Movie)" on VHS,and sampled it for some of my drum'n'bass endeavors...erm...twenty years ago (Check out Thee Outside on Year Zero).
Letts,the posh rasta,did a documentary on Ra?.....I suppose he would have a good perspective,as he is diametrically opposite to Sun Ra!?

the saucer people said...

A personal serenade by Marshall Allen! Hell yeah! That is just wonderful - especially in a tiny club - the sound and blue beard vision must have been something else. Ah, the fringe benefits of a beautiful woman!

Will check out your Space In The Place sampling (and hey, 20 years ago, everyone got infected with the D&B virus, just listen to the Can Sacrilege album!) - one of my all time favourite films and its just crammed full of great dialogue (I see it has been recently reissued in of coursse a "deluxe" version - that's my birthday present sorted!)

Yes, Mr Don "I was there, I was everywhere" Letts did indeed make a Ra documentary, which is actually OK, some good interviews - I had it posted on my YT channel as well and I know a few others had it posted, but looks like the copyright cops busted us all.
Found it here in low quality (called "Brother From Another Planet", named after one of the best sci-fi films of the eighties in my opinion)

I think you can find it on torrent but if there are no seeds, I have a bootleg DVD of it and I would be more than happy to post a copy to you, no problem at all.

Unknown said...

Thanks for this stuff