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Singles (The Definitive 45's Collection 1952–1991) by Sun Ra

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Release Date: 2016-11-25

Labels: Strut, Art Yard

1-1, 1-2: Recorded early 1950s. Originally released on the Norton Records 45 'I Am Strange' b/w 'I Am An Instrument' (45-153). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 2009 Norton Records. 1-3, 1-4: Home recording, Chicago, between 1952 and 1962. Originally released on the Stop Smiling 45 'Chicago USA' b/w 'Spaceship Lullaby' (SS24). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 2005 Stop Smiling. 1-5: Recorded in Sun Ra's apartment, Chicago, 1958-9. Originally released on the El Saturn Records 45 'Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie' b/w 'A Foggy Day' (Saturn 9-1954). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1959 Saturn. 1-6: Recorded at Club Evergreen, Chicago, 1954 or 1955. Originally released on the El Saturn Records 45 'Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie' b/w 'A Foggy Day' (Saturn 9-1954). Frankie G. Songs / Nokawi Music / W B Music Corp. / Ira Gershwin Music. ℗ 1983 El Saturn Records. 1-7, 1-8: Recorded at RCA Studios, Chicago, April or May 1956. Originally released on the Heartbeat 45 'I'm Coming Home' b/w 'Last Call For Love' (Heartbeat H-3 G7OB-5168). Heartbeat Music Publishing. ℗ 1956 Heartbeat. 1-9, 1-10: Recorded at Balkan Studio, Chicago, March 1956. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Soft Talk' b/w 'Super Blonde' (Saturn Z-1111). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1956 Saturn. 1-11, 1-12: Recorded at RCA Studios, Chicago, 16th May 1956. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Saturn' b/w 'Call For All Demons' (Saturn G7OW-5257/5259) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1956 Saturn. 1-13, 1-14: Recorded in Chicago, 1956. Reputedly released on the Saturn 45 'Demon's Lullaby' b/w 'Super Sonic Jazz'. Catalogue number unknown [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1956 Saturn. 1-15, 1-16: Recorded at RCA Studios, Chicago, 16th May 1956. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Medicine For A Nightmare' b/w 'Urnack' (Saturn Z-222). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1956 Saturn. 1-17, 1-18: Recorded in Chicago, 1956, 1960 or 1961. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'It's Christmas Time' b/w 'Happy New Year To You!' (Satur[n] MO8W-4052/3). 1-19, 1-20: Recorded in Chicago, prob. 1957. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'M uck M uck (Matt Matt)' b/w 'Hot Skillet Momma' (Saturn 4236/4237). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ Saturn. 1-21, 1-22: Recorded at RCA Studios, Chicago, mid-1958. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Somebody's In Love' b/w 'Bye Bye' (Saturn SR-222/223). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1958 Saturn. 1-23: Recorded in Chicago, mid-1958. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Hours After' b/w 'Great Balls Of Fire' (JO8W-0245/0246) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1958 Saturn. 1-24: Recorded in Chicago, August or September 1958. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Hours After' b/w 'Great Balls Of Fire' (JO8W-0245/0246) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1958 Saturn.

2-1: Recorded at Arkestra rehearsal, Chicago, 1959. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'October' b/w 'Adventur[e] in Space' (Saturn 87) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1967 Saturn. 2-2: Recorded in Chicago, 1956. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'October' b/w 'Adventur[e] in Space' (Saturn 87) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1967 Saturn. 2-3: Recorded in Chicago, 1955 or 1959. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Dreaming' b/w 'Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie' (Saturn SR-401/402). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ Saturn. 2-4: Recorded at Sheldon Studio, Chicago, 1955 or 1959. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Dreaming' b/w 'Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie' (Saturn SR-401/402). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ Saturn. 2-5: Studio recording, Chicago, 6th March 1959. Reputedly released on a Saturn 45 'Round Midnight' b/w 'Back In Your Own Backyard'. Catalogue number unknown [not in the database yet]. Thelonious Music Corp. ℗ Saturn. 2-6: Studio recording, Chicago, 6th March 1959. Reputedly released on a Saturn 45 'Round Midnight' b/w 'Back In Your Own Backyard'. Catalogue number unknown [not in the database yet]. Bourne Co. / Larry Spier Music LLC. ℗ Saturn. 2-7, 2-8: Studio recording, Chicago, 6th March 1959. Reputedly released on a Saturn 45 'Saturn' b/w 'Velvet'. Catalogue number unknown [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ Saturn. 2-9, 2-10: Studio recording, Chicago, around 1960. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Message To Earthman' b/w 'The Sun One' (Saturn 1502) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1961 Saturn. 2-11: Studio recording, Chicago, around 1960. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'The Sun Man Speaks' b/w 'Message To Earthman' (Saturn 986). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1986 Saturn. 2-12, 2-13: Recorded at Elks Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 14th June 1960. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Space Loneliness' b/w 'State Street' (Saturn LO8W-0114/0115). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1960 Saturn. 2-14, 2-15: Recorded at Elks Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 14th June 1960. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'The Blue Set' b/w 'Big City Blues' (Saturn SA-1001). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1960 Saturn. 2-16, 2-17: Recorded at Choreographers Workshop, New York City, early 1962. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'A Blue One' b/w 'Orbitration In Blue' (Saturn SRA-9991/2) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1964 Saturn. 2-18: Recorded at Choreographers Workshop, New York City, 1962-1964. Originally featured as part of Blast First EP sampler included with Chemical Imbalance magazine (New York) in 1989, Vol. 2, no. 1 (Chemical Imbalance CI 006). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1989 Blast First. 2-19, 2-20: Recorded in New York City, 1962. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Tell Her To Come On Home' b/w 'I'm Making Believe' (Saturn 144-M) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ Saturn.

3-1, 3-2: Recorded at Sun Studios, New York City, 1967. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'The Bridge' b/w 'Rocket # 9' (El Saturn 3066). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ Saturn. 3-3, 3-4: Recorded at Sun Studios, New York City, 22nd September 1968. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Blues On Planet Mars' b/w 'Saturn Moon' (Saturn 911-AR) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1969 Saturn. 3-5: Recorded live at unknown location, 1972-1974. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Journey To Saturn' b/w 'Enlightenment' (Saturn ES 538). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ Saturn. 3-6: Recorded at Sun Ra's house, Philadelphia, 1970 to 1974. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Journey To Saturn' b/w 'Enlightenment' (Saturn ES 538). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ Saturn. 3-7: Recorded at WXPN, Philadelphia, 4th July 1974. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman' b/w 'The Perfect Man' (Saturn ES 537). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1974 Saturn. 3-8: Prob. recorded at Variety Recording Studio, New York City, 24th May 1973. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman' b/w 'The Perfect Man' (Saturn ES 537). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1974 Saturn. 3-9: Recorded at unidentified venue, 1975. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Love In Outer Space' b/w 'Mayan Temple' (Saturn 256/62775) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1975 Saturn. 3-10: Recorded at Variety Recording Studio, New York City, 27th June 1975. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Love In Outer Space' b/w 'Mayan Temple' (Saturn 256/62775) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1975 Saturn. 3-11, 3-12: Recorded live at Teatro Ciak, Milan, 23rd January 1978. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Sky Blues' b/w 'Disco 2021' (Saturn 2100) [not in the database yet]. Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1978 Saturn. 3-13, 3-14: Poss. recorded live in Montreal, early May 1979. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Rough House Blues' b/w 'Cosmo-Extensions' (Saturn SR-51879). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1979 Saturn. 3-15: Recorded at WKCR-FM, New York City, 8th July 1977. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Quest' b/w 'Outer Space Plateau' (Saturn SUN-RA1982 Z). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1982 Saturn. 3-16: Recorded at Sun Ra's house, 1982. Originally released on the Saturn 45 'Quest' b/w 'Outer Space Plateau' (Saturn SUN-RA1982 Z). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1982 Saturn. 3-17, 3-18: Recorded at Variety Recording Studio, New York City, September 1982. Originally released on the 'Y' Records 12" single 'Nuclear War b/w 'Sometimes I'm Happy' (Y Records Y RA-1). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 1982 Saturn. 3-19: Live recording, Philadelphia, 1978. Originally released on the Norton Records 45 'Sun Ra Sentennial 1914-2014 / Prophetica Memorial Souvenir' (Norton 45-1901). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 2014 Norton Records. 3-20: Live recording, Soundscape, New York City, 1979. Originally released on the Norton Records 45 'Sun Ra Sentennial 1914-2014 / Prophetica Memorial Souvenir' (Norton 45-1901). Enterplanetary Koncepts. ℗ 2014 Norton Records.

All tracks licensed courtesy of Sun Ra LLC except CD3 track 21 licensed courtesy of Paul Smith

Compilation by Paul Griffiths with thanks to Peter Dennett at Art Yard

Sleeve notes:
"Lights From A Satellite: The Sun Ra Singles" – Francis Gooding, Sept 2016
Saturn Research, Alton Abraham Interviewed By John Corbett, 1993

Cover photo source by Tommy Hunter

Photos: Booklet page 3 - Sun Ra "Electro Sound Division". Photo by Alton Abraham; Page 7: Sun Ra & His 8 Rays Of Jazz - Birdland poster 1950s; Sun Ra Arkestra at Budland [sic], 1958, still from the film "The Cry of Jazz"; Sun Ra and his Arkestra at Parkway Ballroom, Chicago, 1955; Pages 24-25: Sun Ra and his Arkestra at Heliopolis, Cairo circa 1973. Photo by Hartmut Geerken. Digipak case photos: Sun Ra and his Arkestra at Heliopolis, Cairo circa 1973. Photo by Hartmut Geerken; Sun Ra with Nu Sounds, 1950s

℗ 2016 K7 Music GmbH
© 2016 K7 Music GmbH
Strut is part of the !K7 label group.
Made in Germany

1-16 is credited to "Le Sun-Ra & His Arkistra" in the tracklist printed on back and to "Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra" in the booklet. 1-17 and 1-18 are swapped in the tracklist printed on back. 1-21 and 1-22 are erroneously credited to "The Cosmic Rays With Le Sun Ra And Arkestra" in the tracklist printed on back. The actual group name "Sun Ra And The Cosmic Rays" is mentioned in the booklet. 2-2 is misspelled as "Adventur In Space" on back and in the booklet. 2-5 and 2-6 are credited to "Hattie Randolph With Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra" on back and to "Hattie Randolph With Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra" in the booklet. 2-9 and 2-10 are swapped in the booklet.

The following artists are credited with "prob.", "poss." or "?" in the track notes:
1-19, 1-20: prob. Victor Sproles: bass; prob. Robert Barry: drums
1-21, 1-22: prob. Ronnie Boykins: bass
2-1: poss. William "Bugs" Cochran: drums
2-2: prob. John Gilmore: bells
2-3, 2-4: Tito (?): congas
2-10: prob. Walter Strickland: trumpet
2-19, 2-20: prob. C. Scoby Stroman: drums
3-1, 3-2: prob. Jothan Callins: flugelhorn
3-5: prob. Clifford Jarvis: drums
3-6: poss. Lex Humphries: drums
3-7, 3-8: poss. Danny Davis: drums
3-13: prob. Luqman Ali: drums
3-16: prob. Fred Adams: trumpet
3-19: prob. Richard Williams: electric bass

1-19, 1-20: Track artist is credited as "Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist)"
2-9, 2-10:: Track artist is credited as "Yochanan "A Space Age Vocalist""

2-5 to 2-8: Trombone is credited to "Bo Bailey (Larry Pickens)"
3-10, 3-19: Congas are credited to "Stanley Morgan (Atakatune)"
3-17: Vocals are credited to "Stanley Morgan (Atakatune)" and to Hayes Burnett "or" John Ore.
3-18: Bass is credited to Hayes Burnett "or" John Ore. Percussion is credited to "Stanley Morgan (Atakatune)".

Released in 8-panel Digipak-style packaging with 32 pp. booklet.

On sticker affixed to the shrink wrap:
Sun Ra – Singles 3CD set
Official release in conjunction with Sun Ra LLC
Remastered for CD
Includes rare photos and poster artwork, liner notes by Francis Gooding and track by track session details and notes by Paul Griffiths
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