The 1950s

...cosmic sounds from the early years

the 1950s:

  • 1956 - Sound of Joy
  • 1956-60 - Angels and Demons at Play
  • 1956-58 - We Travel the Spaceways
  • 1950s-58 - Sound Sun Pleasure!!
  • 1956 - Super Sonic Jazz
  • 1956 - Jazz by Sun Ra
  • 1958-59 - Lady with the Golden Stockings
  • 1958-60 - Rocket Number Nine (Insterstellar Low Ways & Visits Planet Earth)
  • 1958 - Jazz in Silhoutte
  • 1958 - Visits Planet Earth

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Sun Ra and his Arkestra - Sound of Joy

Editions: 
Delmark DS-414 (1968)
Delmark DD-414 (CD, 1994) 
  
Included Tracks: 
Side A: 
El Is a Sound of Joy (Ra) (3:50)
Overtones of China (Ra) (3:22)
Two Tones (Patrick-Davis) (3:34)
Paradise (Ra) (4:26)
Planet Earth (Ra) (4:30)

Side B:
Ankh (Ra) (6:30)
Saturn (Ra) (3:52)
Reflections in Blue (Ra) (5:53)
El Viktor (Ra) (2:26)

Only in the cd version:
As you once were (?) (4:16)
Dreams come true (?) (3:49)
Line-up & Recording Date: 
Ra-p, Wurlitzer electric piano; Art Hoyle-tp; Dave Young-tp; Julian Priester?-tb; (on El Is a Sound of Joy y Overtones of China); Pat Patrick-as, bs; John Gilmore-ts; Charles Davis-bs; Victor Sproles-b; William Cochran-d; Jim Herndon-tympani. 
Studio recording, late 1956.  
Notes: 
Clyde Williams sings on the two"bonus tracks" of the cd. 
Not released until 1968, and several tracks had appeared already on "Visits Planet Earth"

192kbps MP3s:

Sound of Joy (http)

Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra - Angels and Demons at Play
Editions:
Saturn SR 9956-2-0/P (between 1963 and 1967)
Saturn LP 407
Impulse AS 9245 (1974)
Evidence (CD, 1993)

Included Tracks:
Side A:
Tiny Pyramids (Ronald Boykins)
Phil Cohran- muted tp; Nate Pryor- muted tb; Marshall Allen-fl; John Gilmore-cl; Ra-p; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy- stick d; other Arkestrans, perc. Hall Recording Co., Chicago, end of 1960.

Between Two Worlds (Ra)
Bo Bailey-tb; John Gilmore-ts; Marshall Allen-as; Ra-p; Boykins-b (bowed); Robert Barry or John Hardy- stick d; unidentified-perc. Chicago, probably 1960.

Music from the World Tomorrow (Ra)
Ra-org; Ronnie Boykins-b (bowed); Phil Cohran-zither; Jon Hardy- d. Rehearsal, Chicago, 1960.

Angels and Demons at Play (Ronald Boykins)
Marshall Allen-fl; Phil Cohran-zither; Ronnie Boykins-b; unidentified-perc; John Gilmore- solar bells. Hall Recording Co. end of 1960.

Side B:
Urnack (Julian Priester)
Art Hoyle-tp; Julian Priester-tb; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Charles Davis-bs (solo); Ra-p; Wilburn Green-eb; Robert Barry-d.

Medicine for a Nightmare(Ra)
Art Hoyle-tp; Julian Priester-tb; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs (solo); Charles Davis-bs; Ra-p, Wurlitzer ep; Wilburn Green-eb; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon-tympani.

A Call for All Demons (Ra)
Art Hoyle-tp; Julian Priester-tb; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Ra-p, Wurlitzer ep; Wilburn Green-eb; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon-tympani.

Demon's Lullaby (Ra)
Art Hoyle-tp; Julian Priester-tb; Pat Patrick-as, bs; John Gilmore-ts; Ra-p; Wilburn Green-eb, Barry, d.
All the B side recorded at RCA Studios, Chicago, beginning of 1956.

MP3s @ 224kbps:
Angels and Demons at Play (http)

Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra - We Travel the Spaceways

Editions: 
Saturn HK 5445 (mid 60's)
Saturn ESR 5445
Saturn LP 409
Evidence 22038 (CD, 1992) 
  
Included Tracks: 
Side A:
Interplanetary Music (Ra) (2:40)
Ra-cosmic tone org; Phil Cohran-zither (violin/uke); John Gilmore-cosmic bells; Ronnie Boykins-b; prob. Marshall Allen-perc. Ensemble voc. The drummer could be William Cochran. Recorded in clubs, Chicago, 1960. 

Eve (Ra) (3:08)
Ra-p; Walter Strickland-tp; Nate Pryor-tb; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d. "El Saturn Studio" (some club or rehearsal, indeed), Chicago, around 1959. 

We Travel the Spaceways (Ra) (3:21)
Ra-p; George Hudson-tp, perc; Marshall Allen-as, bells, flying saucer; John Gilmore-ts, perc; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d; members of the band-perc. Chicago, late 1960 or early 1961. 

Tapestry from an Asteroid (Ra) (2:06)
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronald Wilson-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. Chicago, 1960. 

Side B:
Space Loneliness (Ra) (4:48)
Ra-p; George Hudson-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. Chicago, late 1960 or early 1961.

New Horizons (Ra) (3:00)
Ra-p; Art Hoyle-tp; Julian Priester-tb; James Scales-as; John Gilmore-bells; Pat Patrick-bs; Wilburn Green-eb; Robert Barry-d. RCA Studio, Chicago, 1956. 

Velvet (Ra) (4:36)
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-tp; Nate Pryor-tb; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. Hall Recording Company, Chicago,late 1960. 
 
Line-up & Recording Date: 
See each track.

We Travel the Spaceways (http)

Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra
Sound Sun Pleasure!!

Saturn SR 512 (1970)
Evidence 22014 (CD, 1992)

Included Tracks:
Side A:
'Round Midnight (Hanighen-Monk-Williams)
You Never Told Me That You Care (Hobart Dotson)
Hour of Parting (Schiffer-Spoliansky)

Side B:
Back In Your Own Backyard (Jolson-Rose-Dreyer)
Enlightenment (taken from Jazz in Silhouette) (Ra)
I Could Have Danced All Night (Lerner-Loewe)

Line-up & Recording Date:
Ra-p, celeste; Hobart Dotson-tp; James Spaulding-as; Marshall Allen-as, fl; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs, as, fl; Charles Davis-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; William Cochran (or Robert Barry)-d; Hattie Randolph-voc (on 'Round Midnight and Back in Your Own Backyard).
Recorded by Alton Abraham, Chicago, 1958.
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Sun Ra and his Arkestra featuring Stuff Smith on violin
Deep Purple
(Dreams Come True)

Editions:
Saturn LP 485 (1973)
Side A has been reissued on Evidence 22014 (CD, 1992)

Included Tracks:
Side A:
Deep Purple (DeRose-Parish)
Sun Ra-p, Solovox; Stuff Smith-vln. Sun Ra's home, Chicago, 1953? Robert Campbell says 1948-49.

Piano Interlude(Ra)
Sun Ra-p. Chicago, 1955?

Can this be Love? (Smith-James)
Sun Ra-p, Wilbur Ware-b. Chicago, 1955?

Dreams Come True(Ra-Mayo)
Sun Ra-Wurlitzer ep; Pat Patrick-as; John Gilmore-ts; Art Hoyle-tp; Vic Sproles-b; Robert Barry-d; Clyde Williams-voc. Chicago, 1956.

Don't Blame Me (McHugh-Fields)
'SWonderful (Gershwin)
Lover Come Back to Me (Romberg-Hammerstein)
Ra-p; Victor Sproles-b; Robert Barry-d; Tito-cga; Hattie Randolph-voc. Budland, Chicago, 1956 or 1957.

Notes:
Piano Interlude and Can This Be Love? were included in a tape that later would become side B of The Invisible Shield.

Sound Sun Pleasure!! (http)

Le Sun Ra and his Arkestra - Super Sonic Jazz

(retitled Super Sonic Sounds on Impulse) 
Editions: 
Saturn SR-LP 0216 (1957)
Saturn LP 204
ABC/Impulse AS-9271 (1974)
Evidence ECD 22015 (CD, 1992) 
  
Included Tracks: 
Side A:
India (Ra) (4:49)
Ra-Wurlitzer ep, space gong; Art Hoyle-tp; William Cochran?-d; Jim Herndon-tympani; perc; John Gilmore-bells; other members of the band, perc. Late 1956.

Sunology (Ra) (5:40)
Ra-p, ep, space gong; Art Hoyle-tp, perc; Pat Patrick-as; John Gilmore-ts; Charles Davis-bs; Victor Sproles-b; William Cochran-d; poss. Jim Herndon-perc. Late 1956. 

Advice to Medics (Ra) (2:02)
Ra-ep. 1956.

Super Blonde (retitled or misspelled Super Bronze on Impulse) (Ra) (2:35)
Ra-p; Art Hoyle-tp; Julian Priester-tb; James Scales-as; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick -bs; Wilburn Green-eb; Robert Barry-d. Early 1956. 

Soft Talk (Priester) (2:41)
Ra-p; Art Hoyle-tp; Julian Priester-tb; James Scales-as; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Wilburn Green-eb; Robert Barry-d. Early 1956. 

Sunology, part II (Ra) (7:05)
Ra-p, ep; Art Hoyle-tp, perc; Pat Patrick-as; John Gilmore-ts; Charles Davis-bs; Victor Sproles-b; William Cochran-d; Jim Herndon?-perc. Early 1956. 

Side B:
Kingdom of Not (Ra) (5:32)
Ra-p; Art Hoyle-tp; Pat Patrick-as; John Gilmore-ts; Charles Davis-bs; Victor Sproles- b; William Cochran-d; Jim Herndon-tympani, perc. Late 1956. 

Portrait of the Living Sky (Ra) (1:48)
Ra-p; Victor Sproles-b; William Cochran-d; Jim Herndon-tympani, perc. Late 1956. 

Blues at Midnight (Ra) (6:30)
Ra-p; Victor Sproles-b; prob. William Cochran-d. Late 1956. 

El is a Sound of Joy (Ra) (3:56)
Ra-p; Pat Patrick-ss; John Gilmore-ts; Charles Davis-bs; Victor Sproles-b; William Cochran-d; Jim Herndon-perc. Late 1956. 

Springtime in Chicago (Ra) (3:51)
Ra-p, ep; James Scales-as; Wilburn Green-eb; John Gilmore-space bells, perc. Early 1956. 

Medicine for a Nightmare (Ra) (2:25)
Ra-p, ep; Julian Priester-tb; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Wilburn Green-eb; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon-tympani. Early 1956.
 
Line-up & Recording Date: 
See each track individually.

Super Sonic Jazz (http): part 1, part 2

Sun Ra and his Arkestra - Jazz by Sun Ra
Retitled: Sun Song

Side A:
Brainville (Ra) (4:29)
Call for all Demons (Ra) (4:30)
Transition (Ra) (3:40)
Possession (Revel) (5:00)
Street Named Hell (Ra) (3:55)
Side B:
Lullaby for Realville (Evans) (4:40)
Future (Ra) (3:15)
New Horizons (Ra) (3:05)
Fall off the Log (Ra) (4:00)
Sun Song (Ra) (3:40)

Line-up & Recording Date:
Ra-p, Hammond B-3 org; Art Hoyle-tp, bells, Dave Young-tp, Julian Priester-tb, chimes, James Scales-as, John Gilmore-ts, woodblocks, Pat Patrick-bs, bells, Richard Evans-b, Wilburn Green-eb, tambourine, Robert Barry-d, bells, Jim Herndon-tympani.
Universal Studios, Chicago, July 12th. 1956.

Jazz by Sun Ra (http)

Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra - Lady with the Golden Stockings (1958-9)

(retitled The Nubians of Plutonia)
Editions:
Saturn SR 9956-11E/F (around 1966)
Saturn LP 406
Impulse AS-9242 (1974)
Evidence (CD, 1993)

Side A:
Plutonian Nights (Ra) (4:20)
Ra-p, Wurlitzer ep; Lucious Randolph-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick- bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d.

The Lady with the Golden Stockings (The Golden Lady) (Ra) (7:44)
Ra-Wurlitzer ep; Lucious Randolph-tp; Marshall Allen-fl; James Spaulding-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-perc; Jim Herndon-perc; other members of the band- perc.

Star Time (Ra) (4:17)
Ra-p; Lucious Randolph-tp; Nate Pryor-tb; James Spaulding-as solo; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs solo; Charles Davis-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon-tympani, perc.

Side B:
Nubia (Ra) (8:12)
Ra-Wurlitzer ep, bells; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon- cga, tympani, timbales, perc; John Gilmore- nigerian bells.

Africa (Ra) (5:06)
Ra-Wurlitzer ep; Nate Pryor-tb; Marshall Allen-fl; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs, space lute; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d, perc; Jim Herndon-tympani, perc. They all sing.

Watusa (Ra) (2:33)
Ra-p; Bill Fielder-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d, perc. Other percussions surely played by Jim Herndon.

Aiethopia (Ra) (7:13)
Ra-p; Lucious Randolph-tp; Nate Pryor-tb; Marshall Allen-as, fl; John Gilmore-ts, bells; Pat Patrick-bs, bells; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon- tympani, perc; other members of the band play percussions.

Line-up & Recording Date:
See each track individually for line-up. All tracks recorded at several clubs and rehearsals, Chicago, 1958-1959.
Notes:
The album was originally called Lady with the Golden Stockings. The last title appears for the first time in a saturn catalogue on 1969.

Lady with the Golden Stockings (http)

Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra - Rocket Number Nine

(retitled Interstellar Low Ways) 
Editions: 
Saturn SR 9956-2-M/N (mid 60s)
Saturn LP 203
Evidence 22039 (CD, 1992) 
  
Included Tracks: 
Side A:
Onward (Ra) (3:30)
Ra-p; George Hudson-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. 

Somewhere in Space (Ra) (2:58)
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-tp; Marshall Allen-as, fl; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy, d. 

Interplanetary Music (Ra) (2:22)
Ra-p; Ronnie Boykins-b, space gong; Jon Hardy-d; Marshall Allen-perc; John Gilmore-perc. They all sing. 

Interstellar Low Ways (Ra) (8:20)
Ra-p, chimes, gong; Marshall Allen-fl (solo); John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-fl, bells, claves; Ronnie Boykins-b; William Cochran-d. 

Side B:
Space Loneliness (Ra) (4:28)
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. 

Space Aura (Ra) (3:07)
Ra-p; George Hudson-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. 

Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus (Ra) (6:11)
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. Ensemble voc 
 
Line-up & Recording Date: 
See each track individually. Recorded in Chicago, late 1960.  
Notes: 
First published as Rocket Number Nine, the cover and title were changed on 1969 Saturn catalogue.

Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra - Visits Planet Earth 
Editions: 
Saturn LP 9956-11-A/B (1966)
Saturn LP 207
Evidence 22039 (CD, 1992)  
  
Included Tracks: 
Side A:
Planet Earth (Ra) (4:52)
Ra-p, solar (electric) p, egyptian solar bells; Lucious Randolph-tp; Nate Pryor-tb; James Spaulding-as solo; Marshall Allen-fl solo; John Gilmore-ts, solar bells, tambourine; Ronald Boykins-b; Jim Herndon- tympani; Pat Patrick-bs, Rhodesian bells, solar drum; Robert Barry-d. 

Eve (Ra) (5:33)
Ra-p; Lucious Randolph-tp; Nate Pryor-tb; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts, bells; Pat Patrick-as solo; Charles Davis-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon- tympani, boom bam. 

Overtones of China (Ra) (4:17)
Ra-ep, p, spiral percussion gong, Chinese solar gong; Lucious Randolph-tp; Marshall Allen-as, fl solo; James Spaulding-as; John Gilmore-ts, solar drum; Charles Davis-bs; Pat Patrick-space lute; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon-tympani. 
Recorded at different clubs, Chicago, early 1958. 

Side B:
Viktor (Ra)
Saturn (Ra)
 
Line-up & Recording Date: 
See each track 
Notes: 
Side B was taken from Sound of Joy, not released until then. On Evidence's CD, sides were changed.

Rocket Number Nine CD Version (combines Interstellar Low Ways and Visits Planet Earth) (http): part 1, part 2 

Sun Ra and his Arkestra - Jazz in Silhoutte

Editions: 
Saturn LP 5786 (1958 o 1959) (matrix number K70P3590/ K70P3591)
Saturn LP 205
Impulse ASD 9265 (1974)
Evidence 22012 (CD, 1992) 
  
Included Tracks: 
Side A:
Enlightenment (Dotson-Ra) (5:02)
Saturn (Ra) (3:37)
Velvet (Ra) (3:18)
Ancient Aeithopia (Ra) (9:04)

Side B:
Hours After (E.J. Turner) (3:41)
Horoscope (Ra) (3:43)
Images (Ra) (3:48)
Blues at Midnight (Ra) (11:56)
Line-up & Recording Date: 
Le Sun Ra-p, celeste; Hobart Dotson-tp; Bo Bailey-tb; James Spaulding-as, fl; Marshall Allen-as, fl; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs, fl; Charles Davis-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; William Cochran-d. 
Studio recording, Chicago, late 1958.  
Notes: 
Enlightenment is the same version appearing on "Sound Sun Pleasure!!"

Jazz in Silhoutte (http)