The 1960s

...the maturation of prophecy

the 1950s

the 1960s:

  • 1960-61 - Fate in a Pleasant Mood
  • 1960-70 - Out There A Minute
  • 1960 - Music from Tomorrow's World
  • 1960 - Holiday for Soul Dance
  • 1961-63 - Art Forms and Dimensions of Tomorrow and Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy
  • 1961 - Bad and Beautiful
  • 1961 - The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra
  • 1962-63 - When Sun Comes Out
  • 1962 - Secrets of the Sun
  • 1962, 1970 - The Invisible Shield
  • 1963 - When Angels Speak of Love
  • 1964 - Other Planes of There
  • 1965 - Heliocentric Worlds, Vol.1
  • 1965 - The Magic City
  • 1966-67 - Strange Strings
  • 1966 - Monorails and Satellites
  • 1966 - Heliocentric Worlds, Vol.2
  • 1967-69 - Atlantis
  • 1968 - A Black Mass
  • 1968 - Pictures of Infinity
  • 1968 - Continuation

the 1970s

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Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra - Fate in a Pleasant Mood

Editions: 
Saturn SR 9956-2/A/B (1965)
Saturn LP 202
Impulse AS 9270 (1974)
Evidence (CD, 1993)  
  
Included Tracks: 
Side A:
The Others in their World (Ra)
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. 

Space Mates (Ra)
Ra-p, bells, gong; Marshall Allen-fl, bells; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d, perc, gong. Hall Recording Co., Chicago, late 1960. 

Lights of a Satellite (Ra)
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-tp; Nate Pryor-tb, bells; Marshall Allen-as, fl; John Gilmore-ts, cl; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. 

Side B:
Distant Stars (Ra-Boykins)
Ra-p; George Hudson-tp; John Gilmore-ts; Marshall Allen-as; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. 

Kingdom of Thunder (Ra-Allen)
Ra-bells, perc, gong; Lucious Randolph-tp; Marshall Allen-fl solo, perc; John Gilmore-cl; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. 

Fate in a Pleasant Mood (Ra)
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. 

Ankhnaton (Ra)
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-tp; Nate Pryor-tb; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore- ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d. 
 
Line-up & Recording Date: 
See each track individually. Recorded in Chicago, late 1960 and/or early 1961.

Fate in a Pleasant Mood (http)

Sun Ra and his Arkestra - Out There a Minute

Editions: 
Blast First BFFP 42 (1989)
Blast First CD BFFP 42 (1989)
Restless CD 71427
Torso (German LP) 
 
Included Tracks: 
Side A:
Love in Outer Space (Ra) (5:02)
Ra-rocksichord; Danny Davis-acl, cga; Stafford James-eb; John Gilmore-d. Alternate take from the sessions of Night of the Purple Moon, Philadelphia or New York, 1970.

Somewhere in Space (Ra) (8:08)
Ra-p; Marshall Allen-as, fl, perc; John Gilmore-ts, perc; Pat Patrick-bs, fl, perc; Ronnie Boykins-b; probably C. Scoby Stroman-d; Art Jenkins-space voice. Recorded maybe at the sessions of Secrets of the Sun, Choreographers' Workshop, New York, 1962.

Dark Clouds with Silver Linings (Ra) (4:53)
Ra-p; John Gilmore-ts; Marshall Allen-as; Pat Patrick-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; C. Scoby Stroman or Tommy Hunter-d. Probably Choreographers' Workshop, New York, 1962.

Jazz and Romantic Sounds (Ra) (4:41)
Ra-org; Marshall Allen-as; Danny Davis-as; Pat Patrick-bs; Clifford Jarvis-d. New York or Philadelphia, 1969.

When Angels Speak of Love (Ra) (4:25)
Taken from the LP When Angels Speak of Love.

Cosmo Enticement (Ra) (3:06)
Percussion track from the album Continuation, originally entitled Earth Primitive Earth. Ra-space gong; Marshall Allen-Jupiterian fl; other members of the Arkestra- sun harp, koto, scrapers, etc.

Song of Tree and Forest (Ra) (3:08)
From the album Continuation, with Ra-p; Marshall Allen-piccolo; Danny Davis or Pat Patrick-fl; Robert Cummings-bcl; Originally entitled New Planet

Other Worlds (Ra) (4:51)
Ra-electronic celeste, p; Chris Capers-tp; Teddy Nance-tb; Bernard Pettaway-btb; Marshall Allen-picc, as; Danny Davis-as; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jimmy Johnson-d. New York, spring 1965, sessions of Magic City.

Journey Outward (Ra) (4:23)
Ra-p; Al Evans-tp; John Gilmore-bcl; Marshall Allen-morrow; several percussionists. Choreographers' Workshop, New York, 1961 or 1962.

Lights of a Satellite (Ra) (3:03)
Taken from the LP Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow

Starships and Solar Boats (Ra) (7:32)
From Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, original title Kosmos in Blue. The second tenor solo by Gilomre didn't appear in the saturn version.

Out There a Minute (Ra) (3:24)
Ra-p, introduction; Marshall Allen-as, fl; Danny Davis-as, fl; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Clifford Jarvis-d. Choreographers' Workshop or Sun Studios, New York, 1962-1964.

Next Stop Mars (Ra) (12:00)
From the LP When Angels Speak of Love; edited version with several minutes removed.
 
Line-up & Recording Date: 
See each track. 
Notes: 
The LP version doesn't contain Next Stop Mars.

Out There a Minute (http)

Sun Ra and his Arkestra
Music from Tomorrow's World
Editions:
Atavistic, UMS-ALP237CD, 2002

Included Tracks:
1 - Angels & Demons at Play (Ra)
2- Spontaneus Simplicity (Ra)
3- Space Aura (Ra)
4- S'Wonderful (Gershwin)
5- It Ain't Necessary (Gershwin)
6- How High the Moon (Lewis)
7- China Gate (Young / Adamson)
8- Majestic 1 (Dotson)
9- Ankhnaton (Ra)
10- Possession (Revel)
11- Tapestry from an Asteroid (Ra)
12- Majestic 2 (Ra)
13- Majestic 3 (Ra)
14- Majestic 4 (Ra)
15- Velvet (Ra)
16- A Call for All Demons (Ra)
17- Interstellar Low Ways (Ra)
Line-up & Recording Date:
Tracks 1 to 7: Ra-piano, electric piano and percussion; John Gilmore-tenor sax; Marshall Allen-alto sax, flute; George Hudson-trumpet; Ricky Murray-voice; Ronnie Boykins-bass; John L. Hardy, drums. Recorded live at Wonder Inn, Chicago, 1960.

Tracks 8 to 17: Ra-piano; John Gilmore-tenor sax; Marshall Allen-alto sax, flute; Gene Easton, alto sax; Ronald Wilson, baritone sax; Phil Cohran, cornet; Ronnie Boykins-bass; Robert Barry-drums. Recorded during a studio session at Majestic Hall, Chicago, a day of 1960.

Music from Tomorrow's World (http)

Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Arkestra 
Holiday for Soul Dance 

Editions:
Saturn ESR 508 (1970)
Evidence 22011 (CD, 1992)

Included Tracks:
Side A:
But Not for Me (Gershwin)
Day by Day (Cahn-Stordahl-Weston)
Holiday for Strings (Rose-Gallo)
Dorothy's Dance (Cohran)

Side B:
Early Autumn (Herman-Mercer-Burns)
I Loves You Porgy (Gershwin-Gershwin-Heyward)
Body and Soul (Green-Heyman-Sour-Eyton)
Keep Your Sunny Side Up (DeSylva-Brown)

Line-up & Recording Date:
Ra-p; Phil Cohran-cnt; Nate Pryor-tb (on Day by Day); Marshall Allen-as, fl; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jon Hardy-d; Ricky Murray-voc (on Early Autumn).
Hall Recording Co., Chicago, late 1960, except Early Autumn, recorded at the Wonder Inn around the same time.

Holiday for Soul Dance (http)

Mr. Sun Ra and his Arkestra
Bad and Beautiful

Editions:
Saturn LP 532 (1972)
Impulse ASD-9276 (1974)
Evidence 22038 (CD, 1992)

Included Tracks:
Side A:
The Bad and the Beautiful (Previn-Raksin) (2:43)
Sun Ra-p; Marshall Allen-fl; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter-d.

Ankh (Ra) (5:10)
Sun Ra-p; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter-d.

Just in Time (Styne-Comden-Green) (3:49)
Sun Ra-p; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter-d.

Search Light Blues (Ra) (5:37)
Sun Ra-p; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter-d; Marshall Allen-perc; Pat Patrick-perc.

Side B:
Exotic Two (Ra) (4:46)
Sun Ra-p; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter-d; John Gilmore-perc; Marshall Allen-perc; Pat Patrick-perc.

On the Blue Side (Ra) (5:28)
Sun Ra-p; Pat Patrick-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter-perc.

And This is My Beloved (Borodin-Wright-Forrest) (3:15)
Sun Ra-p; Marshall Allen-fl; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter-d.
Line-up & Recording Date:
Recorded at Choreographers' Workshop, New York, November or December 1961. See each track for line-up.

Note that the evidence CD combines Bad and Beautiful with We Travel the Spaceways.

Bad and Beautiful (http)

Sun Ra - Monorails and Satellites

Editions: 
Saturn SR 509 (1968)
Evidence 22013 (CD, 1992) 
 
Included Tracks: 
Side A:
Space Towers (Ra)
Cogitation (Ra)
Skylight (Ra)
The Alter Destiny (Ra)

Side B:
Easy Street (Jones)
Blue Differentials (Ra)
Monorails and Satellites (Ra)
The Galaxy Way (Ra)
 
Line-up & Recording Date: 
Sun Ra-piano. Sun Studios, New York 1966 (Home made recording).  
Notes: 
Some vinyl bootlegs began to appear during 2000. They are said to come from UK.

Monorails and Satellites (http)