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Singles
Artist
Sun Ra
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
STRUT148
Release Date
November 25, 2016

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 Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forward-thinking “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 Ra’s 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 releases, including ‘Hell #1’ aka ‘Out There A Minute’.

The set is the most comprehensive collection of Ra’s singles to date. Sleeve note writers Francis Gooding and Paul Griffiths brilliantly illustrate the role of the single within Ra’s career and break down each release with detailed track by track notes. Working with Sun Ra LLC and Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson, Strut has also assembled the best possible master sources for each track.

All formats feature fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork, Francis Gooding’s extensive sleeve notes, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 I Am An Instrument Sun Ra 1:37 Buy

    I Am An Instrument

  2. 2 I Am Strange Sun Ra 3:12 Buy

    I Am Strange

  3. 3 Chicago USA Sun Ra With Nu Sounds 2:56 Buy

    Chicago USA

  4. 4 Spaceship Lullaby Sun Ra & The Nu Sounds 2:18 Buy

    Spaceship Lullaby

  5. 5 Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie (Demo Version) The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra 3:07 Buy

    Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie (Demo Version)

  6. 6 A Foggy Day The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra And Arkestra 1:04 Buy

    A Foggy Day

  7. 7 I'm Coming Home Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra & His Orchestra 2:03 Buy

    I'm Coming Home

  8. 8 Last Call For Love Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra & His Orchestra 2:27 Buy

    Last Call For Love

  9. 9 Soft Talk Sun Ra & His Arkestra 2:43 Buy

    Soft Talk

  10. 10 Super Blonde Sun Ra & His Arkestra 2:36 Buy

    Super Blonde

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Track List: CD

CD 1

  1. Sun Ra - I Am An Instrument 01:37
  2. Sun Ra - I Am Strange 03:12
  3. Sun Ra With Nu Sounds - Chicago USA 02:56
  4. Sun Ra & The Nu Sounds - Spaceship Lullaby 02:18
  5. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra - Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie (Demo Version) 03:07
  6. The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra And Arkestra - A Foggy Day 01:04
  7. Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra & His Orchestra - I'm Coming Home 02:03
  8. Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra & His Orchestra - Last Call For Love 02:27
  9. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Soft Talk 02:43
  10. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Super Blonde 02:36
  11. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Saturn 03:01
  12. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Call For All Demons 04:21
  13. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Demon's Lullaby 02:40
  14. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Supersonic Jazz (Super Blonde) 02:35
  15. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Medicine For A Nightmare 02:37
  16. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Urnack 03:49
  17. The Qualities - It’s Christmas Time 02:45
  18. The Qualities - Happy New Year To You! 01:48
  19. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz - M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt) 02:48
  20. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz - Hot Skillet Moma 03:13
  21. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays - Bye Bye (45 Rpm Version) 02:50
  22. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays - Somebody's In Love 01:48
  23. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Hours After 02:48
  24. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - Great Balls Of Fire 05:29

CD 2

  1. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity - October 04:41
  2. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity - Adventure In Space 02:35
  3. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra - Dreaming 02:44
  4. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays - Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie 03:05
  5. Hattye Randolph With Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra - Round Midnight (Take 3) 03:51
  6. Hattye Randolph With Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra - Back In Your Own Back Yard (Take 1) 02:03
  7. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Saturn 03:41
  8. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Velvet 03:24
  9. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - The Sun One 02:32
  10. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Message To Earthman (Alternate Take) 02:25
  11. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - The Sun Man Speaks 04:36
  12. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Space Loneliness 04:34
  13. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - State Street 03:32
  14. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - The Blue Set 04:42
  15. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Big City Blues 03:15
  16. Sun Ra & His Arkestra feat. Pat Patrick - A Blue One 03:51
  17. Sun Ra & His Arkestra feat. Pat Patrick - Orbitration In Blue 04:45
  18. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Out There A Minute 03:26
  19. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Tell Her To Come Home 02:07
  20. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - I'm Making Believe 03:13

CD 3

  1. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - The Bridge 01:58
  2. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - Rocket #9 02:25
  3. Sun Ra & His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra - Blues On Planet Mars 03:26
  4. Sun Ra & His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra - Saturn Moon 02:15
  5. Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - Journey To Saturn 03:45
  6. Enlightenment 03:28
  7. Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman 02:18
  8. Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - The Perfect Man 05:00
  9. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Love In Outer Space 03:51
  10. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Mayan Temple 03:39
  11. Sun Ra Quartet - Sky Blues 02:43
  12. Sun Ra Quartet - Disco 2021 02:35
  13. Sun Ra - Rough House Blues 03:36
  14. Sun Ra - Cosmo-Extensions 04:24
  15. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - Quest 02:35
  16. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - Outer Space Plateau 02:23
  17. Sun Ra Arkestra - Nuclear War 07:44
  18. Sun Ra Arkestra - Sometimes I'm Happy 04:30
  19. Sun Ra Arkestra - On Jupiter / Cosmo Drama (Prophetika 1) 03:12
  20. Sun Ra Arkestra - Cosmo Drama (Prophetika 2) 03:17
  21. Sun Ra - I Am The Instrument 06:58

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