Sun Ra - The Saturn Singles Vol.1: 1954-1958
Early Sun Ra performances and productions.
“Though the genres showcased here are more pop than the world has come to expect from Sun Ra, the vibe and feel is purely cosmic, producing some of the wildest, strangest R&B ever created on this side of the sun. Herman Poole Blount, better known to the world as Sun Ra, lived more musical lives in his 79 years on this planet (and others) than seems possible.
In the 1930s he was the most rigorous bandleader in Birmingham, heading the Sonny Blount Orchestra and filling every waking moment with music or philosophical discussions, by the 1940s he had moved to Chicago and performed with luminaries such as Wynonie Harris, Fletcher Henderson, and Coleman Hawkins.
By the 1950s he had changed his name to Sun Ra and began performing with longtime Arkestra bandmates John Gilmore and Marshall Allen.
Ra started his own label, El Saturn (or Saturn), to release his own recordings as well as those featuring the Arkestra backing local R&B and doo-wop groups.”
1: The nu sounds – a foggy day
2: The cosmic rays – daddy’s gonna tell you no lie
3: The cosmic rays – dreaming
4: The cosmic rays – daddy’s gonna tell you no lie
5: The cosmic rays with sun ra and orch – somebody’s in love
6: Le sun ra and his arkestra – medicine for a nightmare
7: Le sun ra and his arkestra – saturn
8: Le sun ra and his arkestra – supersonic jazz
9: The qualities – happy new year to you!
10: The qualities – it’s christmas time
11: Yochanan – muck muck
12: Yochanan – hot skillet mama
13: Le sun ra and his arkestra – great balls of fire
14: Le sun ra and his arkestra – hours after