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Interplanetary Melodies [Vinyl]

More stuff from Sun Ra's archives, this time focusing on his work with doo wop groups. Sun Ra had a home tape recorder early on, and most of these are previously unissued home rehearsals. The sound is generally excellent given that these are '50s home recordings (except for the studio tracks released on Saturn as singles and their studio rehearsal counterparts). Sun Ra clearly knew and loved this type of vocal music and probably could have had a career cranking out doo wop numbers (he wrote most of the tunes here, and some are really catchy). But Sun Ra was Sun Ra, and some of these tracks move more into territory he was exploring with the Arkestra, whether it's the exoticism of the Nu-Sounds' "Africa" (a longer take than on Nubians of Plutonia), "Spaceship Lullaby" (which shares some lyrics with "Rocket Number Nine") and its outer space themes, or the avant-garde intro and backing to the Cosmic Rays' version of Gershwin's "Summertime." In addition to the doo wop, there's the hilarious and impossibly rare "Teenager's Letter of Promises" by Juanita Rogers in both the issued single form as well as a studio rehearsal. Perhaps most interesting of all for Ra collectors is "Tony's Wife," a snappy Xavier Cugat ditty whose lyrics are decidedly earthbound for Sun Ra. ~ Sean Westergaard, R...


Strut present the definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra across his illustrious career, 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 Ras prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forwardthinking Space-Bop and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions. The collection is hugely varied, ranging from Ra s spoken word recitations and his early work with Chicago vocal groups to the different phases of his Arkestra, small group and duet recordings. The singles are also unpredictable vehicles for Ras music, combining different tracks from different sessions and occasionally making available music which was recorded many years beforehand. As with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Only a small handful of copies of Love In Outer Space b/w Mayan Temple and The Blue One b/w Orbitration In Blue have ever been seen; some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years; some were planned and pencilled but allegedly never made it to vinyl (including Saturn and Velvet from the Jazz In Silhouette LP) and some appeared as limited one-off magazine singles and posthumous re...

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