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Ra To The Rescue

    One of the rarer albums in the Sun Ra canon, RTTR originally entered our orbit in 1983, mystifying listeners and confounding Ra fanatics with the minimal info on the Saturn pressing.

    Recorded at several locations over several years (including legendary avant-garde arts enclave, the Squat Theater in NYC), the tracks here include everything from Ra's sci- fi synthesizer insanity, Marshall Allen's skronking sax, an excellent Arkestra vocal track 'They Plan To Leave,' and so much more.

    TRACK LISTING

    Mystery, Mr. Ra
    When Spaceships Appear (Ra To The Rescue Ch. 1) 
    Back Alley Blues (Fragile Emotion Blues)
    Drummerlistics
    Children Of The Sun 
    Cosmo-Party Blues
    Space Shuttle (Ra To The Rescue Ch. 2)
    Fate In A Pleasant Mood
    They Plan To Leave
    When Lights Are Dark (Back Alley Blues Alternate)

    Sun Ra And His Arkestra

    Jazz In Silhouette

      Limited edition 180g blue vinyl pressing of Sun Ra and His Arkestra's classic 'Jazz In Silhouette', includes bonus track featuring John Gilmore and a unique sticker Penguin Guide To Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested "Core Collection" and awarded it a "crown" accolade. "Jazz in Silhouette stands as an overlooked masterpiece, a work that shows Ra not as a mere curiosity or backwater galaxy, but as a major creative force in the jazz universe, a centre of gravity around which many of jazz's major developments have orbited. This album simply inspires, no matter what perspective you adopt: rhythm, melody, ensemble or mood...Jazz in Silhouette shows Ra doing what he did like few others: looking at the past, present and future simultaneously while maintaining a unifed musical direction...what results is a captivating set of music that not only frmly establishes Ra in the jazz tradition, but actually puts him on its leading edge, pointing the direction forward." - Mathew Wuethrich

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Enlightenment
      2. Saturn
      3. Velvet
      4. Hours After
      5. Images
      6. Horoscope
      7. Blues At Midnight
      8. Back In Your Own Backyard

      Sun Ra Arkestra & Salah Ragab

      Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab In Egypt

        Strut present the final instalment in their series of reissues of Sun Ra’s historic recordings in Egypt with The Sun Ra Arkestra meets Salah Ragab in Egypt plus the Cairo Jazz Band, originally released on Greek label Praxis in 1983.

        Salah Ragab first encountered the Arkestra at a concert at the house of Goethe Institut ex-pat Hartmut Geerken during the Arkestra’s first visit to Cairo and Heliopolis in December 1971 and, although Ra and Ragab did not meet in person on that occasion, they did meet and bond together when Ra returned to Egypt in 1983, resulting in these recordings. The Arkestra had been touring Europe in March 1983 and made their way to Cairo, playing a number of concerts during April at the Il Capo / Il Buco venue before recording the two superb studio versions of Ragab compositions, ‘Egypt Strut’ and ‘Dawn’, at El Nahar Studios in Heliopolis in May, featuring Salah Ragab on congas.

        Kostas Yiannoulopoulos, organiser of the Praxis festival in Greece, released the recordings as the A-side of this album, with three tracks by Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Orchestra on Side B. ‘Ramadan’ and ‘Oriental Mood’ were first heard on the Cairo Jazz Orchestra album Egypt Strut released in 1973 while ‘A Farewell Theme’, received its very first release on this record, written following the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1970; the piece was played at the much-loved President’s funeral. This first ever official reissue of the album features previously unseen photos and memorabilia alongside brand new liner notes by Hartmut Geerken and Paul Griffiths. The album is released in its original artwork and is fully remastered by Technology Works.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Egypt Strut
        2. Dawn
        3. Ramadan
        4. Oriental Mood
        5. A Farewell Theme

        Sun Ra

        Astro Black

          One of a handful of albums Sun Ra released on the legendary Impulse! label in the early ‘70s, Astro Black provides a comprehensive picture of where the Arkestra was around the time, drawing to the end of their ultra-free period and beginning to investigate more traditional jazz forms, and even the fringes of funk.

          TRACK LISTING

          Astro Black
          Discipline “99”
          Hidden Spheres
          The Cosmo-Fire

          Sun Ra

          Lanquidity - 2021 Reissue

            Recorded in New York in the Summer of 1978 for Philly Jazz (who attempted to form the Ra-legion Cosmo-Fan Club!), this legendary (and previously ultra-rare) LP is maybe the closest Sunny ever got to a crossover album! That's not to say that the out-of-this-world arrangements have been toned down (far from it!), but you can hear the influence of disco and fusion on tracks like "Where Pathways Meet" and "That's How I Feel". It's had a few re-issues over the years, including an amazing deluxe version, which was enough to get my pants moistened, but now it has been reissued on vinyl with all original artwork, and some amazing liner notes in which they interview Bob Blank (the engineer), Michael Ray, Danny Thompson (Arkestra musicians) and Tom Buchler (from Philly Jazz) - I have well and truly soaked my trolleys!! Definitely one of the top five all-time greatest Sun Ra albums - if you've never bought one before, I reckon that this is the perfect introduction to THE GENIUS OF SUN RA!!!

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Lanquidity
            A2. Where Pathways Meet
            A3. That’s How I Feel
            B1. Twin Stars Of Thence
            B2. There Are Other World (They Have Not Told You Of)

            Sun Ra

            Lanquidity (Deluxe Edition)

              Strut present the definitive edition of Sun Ra’s classic ‘Lanquidity’ album from 1978 with brand new 4LP box set and 2CD editions.

              Recorded overnight at Bob Bank’s Blank Tapes on 17th July 1978 after the Arkestra had appeared on Saturday Night Live, the album is unique in the Ra catalogue. “Most critics felt that it was more of a fusion-inspired record,” explains Michael Ray. “As the name suggests, the album is liquid and languid.” Bob Blank continues, “Musically, it was very ad hoc and freeform. There were horn charts but most tracks came out of improvised jams. Sun Ra just did his thing.”

              Comprising five effortlessly fluid pieces, the album eases in with Lanquidity. Danny Ray Thompson remembers, “This was one of Sun Ra’s on-the-spot compositions. It is almost like an Ancient Egyptian Stargazing Ceremony, mapping out the stars and the planets.” Where Pathways Meet is “Sun Ra’s funky version of an Egyptian march. Pharaoh is sending his troops off to fight and this is his pep-talk!” continues Thompson. “The music seems to take different pathways but still converges.” The loping groove of That’s How I Feel, features the reflective trumpet lines of Eddie Gale with solos by John Gilmore and Marshall Allen: “Marshall comes in with that snake charming oboe.” Says Thompson. The funky Twin Stars Of Thence weaves around Richard Williams celebrated elastic bassline while the haunting closer, There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of), is pure “space music.” The poet Mama Nzinga described it as ‘The essence of light. Spirit takes a ride inside the deep dark space of just being.”

              The new box set edition of ‘Lanquidity’ features the widely distributed version of the album alongside alternative mixes by Bob Blank originally released in limited quantities for a 1978 Arkestra gig at Georgia Tech. Both versions of the album are cut loud at 45 rpm over 2LPs each.

              Housed in a silver foil box, both LP sets reflect the original Phlly Jazz artwork. The first comes in a foil / magenta sleeve while the second features 2 x yellow A4 sheets pasted onto a white sleeve. Also included is a 12-page over-sized booklet featuring unseen photos by Veryl Oakland and liner notes by Tom Buchler (Philly Jazz), Michael Ray and Danny Ray Thompson (Sun Ra Arkestra) and Bob Blank.

              The 2CD version is housed in a foil digipak.

              TRACK LISTING

              4LP TRACKLISTING:
              A1. Lanquidity
              B1. Where Pathways Meet
              B2. That’s How I Feel
              C1. Twin Stars Of Thence
              D1. There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)
              E1. Lanquidity (Alternate Version)
              E2. Where Pathways Meet (Alternate Version)
              F1. That’s How I Feel (Alternate Version)
              G1. Twin Stars Of Thence (Alternate Version)
              H1. There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (Alternate Version)

              2CD TRACKLISTING:
              CD 1
              1. Lanquidity
              2. Where Pathways Meet
              3. That’s How I Feel
              4. Twin Stars Of Thence
              5. There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)
              CD 2
              1. Lanquidity (Alternate Version)
              2. Where Pathways Meet (Alternate Version)
              3. That’s How I Feel (Alternate Version)
              4. Twin Stars Of Thence (Alternate Version)
              5. There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (Alternate Version)

              EABS

              Discipline Of Sun Ra

                The creative process of the album revolved around two Sun Ra’s ideas - deconstruction and discipline. “He sent members of the Arkestra out to research individual players in Henderson group in the order to get the feeling right when playing their parts. Sun Ra told them they weren’t copying those pieces, they were re-creating them, and with the proper information they could know the spirit behind the original.”

                That’s how Herman Sonny Blount treated the music of the swing legend, Fletcher Henderson. EABS approached the composition of Sun Ra in exactly the same way. An equally important element with recording was a regime associated with the discipline and precision that the pianist from Saturn fought for, using a series of exercises-compositions entitled ‘Discipline’ previously used by Arkestra.

                Sun Ra was aiming to record timeless music that could still be alive in 1000 years, and with no hesitation, he managed to do it. The music from distant planets is infinite. “By infinity, Mr.Ra means creating jazz of the future, but also covering the past”.

                TRACK LISTING

                Brainville
                Interstellar Low Ways
                The Lady With The Golden Stockings (The Golden Lady)
                Discipline 27
                Neo-Project #2
                Trying To Put The Blame On Me
                UFO

                Sun Ra

                Monorails And Satellites - Works For Solo Piano Vols. 1,2,3

                "I have always thought orchestra. I play that way, even when playing the piano." - Sun Ra

                Considering the monumental depth of Sun Ra's recorded oeuvre, there are surprisingly few solo piano albums.

                Monorails and Satellites Volumes 1 and 2 were the first commercial LPs of the artist's solo keyboard excursions. Recorded in 1966 and released on his Saturn imprint in 1968, Volume 1 featured seven idiosyncratic originals and one standard ("Easy Street") delivered in Sunny's singular manner. Volume 2 was released the following year, and contains five compositions, all originals. A third volume was prepped but shelved, and this deluxe edition marks it's premiere release.

                As with all Cosmic Myth releases these volumes are superbly mastered, and are available as a deluxe 2xCD or 3xLP tri-gatefold cover with copious liners notes by renown American jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and additional overviews by jazz historian Ben Young and producer Irwin Chusid.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Space Towers
                2. Cognition
                3. Skylight
                4. The Alter Destiny
                5. Easy Street
                6. Blue Differentials
                7. Monorails And Satellites
                8. The Galaxy Way
                9. Astro Vision
                10. The Ninth Eye
                11. Solar Boats
                12. Perspective Prisms Of Is
                13. Calundronius
                14. Soundscapes
                15. The Eternal Tomorrow
                16. Today Is Not Yesterday
                17. World Island Festival
                18. The Changing Wind
                19. Don't Blame Me
                20. Gone With The Wind
                21. How Am I To Know
                22. Yesterdays

                Sun Ra And His Arkestra

                El Is A Sound Of Joy / Black Sky And Blue Moon

                  Shining sounds from the dawn of the Sun Ra Arkestra. "El is A Sound of Joy" was recorded in 1956 and appeared the following year on the very first Saturn LP, Super-Sonic Jazz. Incredible is the fact that saxophonist Charles Davis, here providing the soulful baritone anchor line (counterpoint to Ra's formidable left hand), remains in the front-line of today's Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen. Shuffle swing breakdown jets leisurely, casually, masterfully, painting lush, post-modern impressions of ancient future worlds, of space, of time … of Chicago's elevated trains … Reaching for the sky, for Joy …. The “Joy” coda dovetails magically into the intro theme of "Black Sky And Blue Moon," before downshifting into another dimension of romantic outrospection. We follow The Nu Sounds, aka Cosmic Rays, on a faraway journey to the land of late-50s Chicago singing groups, the Arkestra supporting with quiet grace, pulsing in Nubians of Plutonia mode. An uncanny blend of antique blackness and bright satellites, ethereal voices perfectly in tune; thanks to Ra's disciplined coaching (plus Modern Harmonic's expert re-mastering), their sweet dynamics and exact harmonics are crystal clear. Flute solo from Marshall Allen. Hearts swelling like the full moon, ripening in the darkness to the point of bursting.

                  Sun Ra

                  Outer Spaceways Incorporated - White / Purple Vinyl Edition

                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON THE DAY (SATURDAY APRIL 19th) AND LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                    IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE FROM SATURDAY APRIL 26th.


                    On vinyl for the first time in over three decades, this limited edition Record Store Day release will feature a white and purple psychedelic color LP and exclusive cover art.
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                    TRACK LISTING

                    Somewhere There
                    Outer Spaceways Incorporated
                    Saturn
                    Song Of The Sparer
                    Spontaneous Simplicity

                    Recorded live November 9th 1970 at Queen Elizabeth Hall in the South Bank Centre, "Live In London 1970" captures Ra and his many pals in full jazzprov mode. This was Sun Ra's first UK appearance, and he brought along fire eaters, golden robed dancers and 16 musicians. Tornadoes of percussion, eerie cello glissandi, ferocious blasts and tendrils of electronic sound from Ra's Farfisa organ and Moog syth all made this a bit of a free-jazz psychedelic happening. This double CD recording captures it all, if all in a little bit 'cassette recorder from the audience' lo-fi mode.


                    Sun Ra

                    Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 1


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