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<<<Radio Aardvark Special>>>  Sun Ra Centenary Part 1 - The 50s & 60s

<<<Radio Aardvark Special>>> Sun Ra Centenary Part 1 - The 50s & 60s

Playing tracks by

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra (From "Other Planes Of There" 1964), Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra (From "Continuation" 1963), Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra (From "Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy" 1963), Sun Ra (7" Single 1957), Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra (From "We Travel The Spaceways" 1960) and more.

Chart positions

This upload was 52nd in the #jazz chart.

A chronological exploration of the cosmic sounds of the Sun Ra Arkestra...

Most of the band's music in the 50s and 60s was self recorded using a simple tape recorder - the sound is often lo fi & primitive, but sometimes drenched in massive reverb. These records were pressed in small numbers and released on the bands own label, Saturn Records.(Most of these albums have now been reissued.)
Thematically, the music harked back to Ancient African themes but also looked to the Future & Outer Space. From the mid 60s onwards the compositions are often increasingly complex, abstract and multilayered, focusing on polyrythmic sound textures.

All tunes sourced from Mr. Aardvark's vinyl collection.

Dates given are recording dates rather than release dates.
Chronology mostly based on Robert L. Campbell's Discography.