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Sun Ra

Sun Ra

Sun Ra was an American experimental and avant-garde jazz composer and musician (piano, organ, keyboard), poet and philosopher. He was born on 22 May 1914 as Herman'Sonny' Blount in Birmingham, Alabama and died on 30 May 1993 in his birthplace.

myth

Sun Ra was already considered a myth during his lifetime and until today as one of the most wicked jazz musicians of this world (or the Orbit?). With his very own style and innovative ideas, he polarized the critics and the audience. For some he was a brilliant innovator, for others a charlatan. However, it is undisputed that Sun Ra is one of the pioneers of free jazz.

Arkestra

His bizarre astrological sermons and philosophies made him as famous as his musical compositions and performances. In 1952 he gave up his birth name and took the name Sun Ra (Ra is the name of the ancient Egyptian sun god) and conducted an orchestra with a constantly changing line-up, the famous Arkestra. The most notable members of the Arkestra were the saxophonists John Gilmore, who in turn strongly influenced John Coltrane, and Marshall Allen, who still leads the Arkestra today. The word Arkestra was developed by Sun Ra as a connection from ark to orchestra.

Cosmic Jazz

In the 1950s, Sun Ras first developed music from swing, with which he began his career in the 1940s,'reinventing' himself by using the science fiction hype, devoting himself to space issues and giving his new sounds the label'Cosmic Jazz'. According to music critics and jazz historians, some of his best works were created during this period. Notable Sun-Ra albums of the 1950s include many Super-Sonic Jazz, Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth, Interstellar Low Ways, Angels And Demons At Play, We Travel The Spaceways and Jazz in Silhouette.

Saturn

As early as the 1950s, the eccentric began wearing strange costumes and headdress in Egyptian style. He claimed he came from the planet Saturn and developed an artificial figure of lyrical poetry and'cosmic' philosophies preaching peace and consciousness. Unlike many black musicians of his generation, he rarely talked about controversial topics. He preferred to make music while the ensemble of musicians who worked with him and toured with him was constantly changing.

The Sixties, 70s and beyond

In the 1960s, Sun Ras music became increasingly experimental with a tendency towards chaos. During this period his popularity reached its peak when Beat Generation and Psychedelic Rock discovered Sun Ra for themselves.

During the 1970s and beyond, the music of Sun Ra and the Arkestra developed in conventional directions, but still highly eclectic and energetic. With the singer June Tyson he brought jazz standards to the stage in a captivating way and began to process parts of Walt Disney's music from the Disney films. In the late 1980s, the Arkestra even gave a concert in Disney World.

Sun Ra has recorded over 100 albums from 1956 to 1993. Some were released on his own label El Saturn and many others under the name Sun Ra & His Arkestra and numerous variations of them (Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra, Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra, etc.).

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The Space Age Is Here To Stay (2-LP) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Space Age Is Here To Stay (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPMH8011B

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(Modern Harmonic) 16 tracks - 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,...
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Exotica (3-LP) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Exotica (3-LP) Art-Nr.: LPMH8012

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 25 tracks Sensuous dreamscapes to transport the listener to the lush tropical environs of the outer reaches of the omniverse. Your choice of three colorful inter-stellar saucers or two compact saucers of...
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Exotica (2-CD) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Exotica (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDMH012

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 25 tracks Sensuous dreamscapes to transport the listener to the lush tropical environs of the outer reaches of the omniverse. Your choice of three colorful inter-stellar saucers or two compact saucers of...
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Thunder Of The Gods (LP) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Thunder Of The Gods (LP) Art-Nr.: LPMH8021

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 3 tracks. 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...
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Thunder Of The Gods (CD) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Thunder Of The Gods (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMH021

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 3 tracks. 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...
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Saturn - Mystery, Mr. Ra (45rpm Single, PS, BC, Orange Vinyl) Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra: Saturn - Mystery, Mr. Ra (45rpm Single, PS, BC,... Art-Nr.: 45MH101

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 2-Track Single - 45rpm speed, big center, colored vinyl, fabulous picture sleeve! - Sun Ra's angular yet strident and soulful 'Saturn,' recorded in 1958, displays bluesy cubist Bop in perfect alter-dimensional...
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The Space Age Is Here To Stay (2-LP) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Space Age Is Here To Stay (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPMH8011

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 16 tracks. 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...
$44.88
Live At Inter-Media Arts (3-LP) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Live At Inter-Media Arts (3-LP) Art-Nr.: LPMH8022

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 16 tracks. A stunning live Sun Ra event, recorded at the Inter-Media Arts Center in New York, April 20, 1991! A very special Sun Ra recording, issued here for the first time ever! This concert was just two years...
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Live At Inter-Media Arts  (2-CD) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Live At Inter-Media Arts (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDMH022

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 16 tracks. A stunning live Sun Ra event, recorded at the Inter-Media Arts Center in New York, April 20, 1991! A very special Sun Ra recording, issued here for the first time ever! This concert was just two years...
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The Space Age Is Here To Stay (CD) Sun Ra & His Interplenantary Vocal Arkestra: The Space Age Is Here To Stay (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMH011

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 16 tracks. The first-ever collection of Arkestra vocal tracks! Over 75 minutes of vocal performances - audible perfection! Featuring album art interpreted from the work of 'the father of modern space art,' Chesley...
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Rocket Number Nine (LP,10inch) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Rocket Number Nine (LP,10inch) Art-Nr.: LPMH10104

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 3 tracks. 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....
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Lady With The Golden Stockings (LP,10inch) Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra: Lady With The Golden Stockings (LP,10inch) Art-Nr.: LPMH10105

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 3 tracks. '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'....
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Nuclear War (LP,10inch) Sun Ra: Nuclear War (LP,10inch) Art-Nr.: LPMH10106

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 3 tracks. '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). 'Outer Reach Intense Energy'...
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El Is A Sound Of Joy - Black Sky And Blue Moon (45rpm Single, PS, BC, Blue Vinyl) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: El Is A Sound Of Joy - Black Sky And Blue Moon... Art-Nr.: 45MH102

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 2-Track Single - 45rpm speed, big center, colored vinyl, fabulous picture sleeve! - El Is A Sound Of Joy / Black Sky And Blue Moon - The Nu Sounds, aka Cosmic Rays, on a faraway journey to the land of late-50s...
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Plutonian Nights - Reflects Motion-Pt.1 (45rpm Single, PS, BC, Pink Vinyl) Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Plutonian Nights - Reflects Motion-Pt.1 (45rpm... Art-Nr.: 45MH103

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(2016/Modern Harmonic) 2-Track Single - 45rpm speed, big center, colored vinyl, fabulous picture sleeve! - 'Plutonian Nights,' the opening jam from the 1959 Afrofuturist classic album 'Nubians of Plutonia,' is Sun Ra's quintessential,...
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Strange Strings Sun Ra: Strange Strings Art-Nr.: LP502

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180g HD vinyl, 2 tracks. 1966
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My Way Is The Spaceways - Space Poetry #4 Sun Ra & His Arkestra: My Way Is The Spaceways - Space Poetry #4 Art-Nr.: LPNR391

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(2014/Norton) Fourth volume of spoken word wisdom – direct from Saturn! The Music Is Like A Mirror / My Way Is The Spaceways / The Music Is A Sound Image / Music Is A Vibration
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The Sub-Dwellers - Space Poetry #2 Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Sub-Dwellers - Space Poetry #2 Art-Nr.: NR366

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(2010/NORTON) spoken poems - no music!!!
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The Second Stop Is Jupiter - Doo Wop Vol.2 Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Second Stop Is Jupiter - Doo Wop Vol.2 Art-Nr.: NR353

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(2009/NORTON) 16 tracks
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Rocket Ship Rock - Muck Muck & Other Delights Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Rocket Ship Rock - Muck Muck & Other Delights Art-Nr.: CDCED354

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(2009/NORTON) 13 tracks 1957-68 (41:33) 8 page booklet. Weird & obscure R&B goodies and out of space orchestral works! Watch out for 'Muck Muck' / Abgedrehte Raritäten aus dem Fundus von Sun Ran. Fans von Screamin' Jay Hawkins &...
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Interplanetary Melodies - Doo Wop From Saturn Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Interplanetary Melodies - Doo Wop From Saturn Art-Nr.: CDCED352

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50s Vocalgroup Highlight mit seltenen Aufnahmen aus dem unglaublichen Fundus von SUN RA. Komponist und Arrangeur SUN RA rekrutierte/schulte, ähnlich Johnny Otis, junge Talente für seine verschiedenen musikalischen Projekte. (also Vol.2...
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The Second Stop Is Jupiter - Doo Wop Vol.2 Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Second Stop Is Jupiter - Doo Wop Vol.2 Art-Nr.: CDCED353

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(2009/NORTON) 16 tracks (12 unissued) 8 page booklet
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