Get all three Sun Ra 7" singles together!
MH-101 - Saturn / Mystery Mr. Ra:
Sun Ra's angular yet strident and soulful "Saturn,� recorded in 1958,
displays bluesy cubist bop in perfect alter-dimensional extension of Fletcher
Henderson. It's also a showcase for John Gilmore's sax acrobatics and
supersonic swing. "Mystery, Mr. Ra," recorded live in 1984 and
originally unissued, is just on the friendly side of ominous. Its deep funk,
delivered by James Jacson on the Ancient Egyptian Astro Infinity Drum, lifts up
Ra's dark bravado with no uncertainty.
MH-102 - El Is A Sound Of Joy / Black Sky And Blue Moon:
The Nu Sounds, aka Cosmic Rays, on a
faraway journey to the land of late-50s Chicago singing groups, the Arkestra
supporting with quiet grace, pulsing in Nubians of Plutonia mode. An uncanny
blend of antique blackness and bright satellites, ethereal voices perfectly in
tune; thanks to Ra's disciplined coaching (plus Modern Harmonic's expert
re-mastering), their sweet dynamics and exact harmonics are crystal clear.
MH-103 - Plutonian Nights / Reflects Motion (Part 1):
"Plutonian Nights," the opening jam
from the 1959 Afrofuturist classic album Nubians of Plutonia, is Sun Ra's
quintessential, astro-majestic party joint. Among the top grooves in his
immense catalog, Ra reveals his love for R&B is inseparable from his
embrace of Jazz. "Reflects Motion" is breakbeat heaven from the
groundbreaking early-60s Choreographer's Workshop sessions, long buried in the
deep space vaults.