Sun Ra Astro Black LP
Sun Ra Astro Black LP Sun Ra Astro Black LP

Sun Ra Astro Black LP

Sun Ra

$24.99
 
 
 
Availability: Backordered
In Stock An In Stock item is available to ship normally within 24 business hours.
Preorder A Preorder is an item that has not yet been released. Typically the label will set a projected release date (that is subject to change). If a projected release date is known, we will include this in the description in red. Other Preorders are set to release "TBA." This means that release date is yet "To Be Announced". The Preorder can be released anywhere between weeks, months or years from its initial announcement.
Backordered An Out Of Stock item is an item that we normally have available to ship but we are temporarily out of. We do not have a specific date when it will be coming.
Awaiting Repress Awaiting repress titles are in the process of being repressed by the label. No ETA is available at this time.
Expected On When an item is Out Of Stock and we have an estimated date when our stock should arrive, we list that date on our website in the part's description. It is not guaranteed.
Special Order A Special Order item is an item that we do not stock but can order from the manufacturer. Typical order times are located within the product description.
SKU:
MHLP8080
UPC:
090771412713

1973 Album Reissued On Vinyl LP!
Cut By Kevin Gray & Pressed At Third Man Pressing!

Astro Black has long been known as a cornerstone of the Ra catalog. It is well recorded, features a superb Arkestral lineup, and successfully combines several of the styles in which Sun Ra orbited, from Saturnic jazz to astro-funk. Pressed on astro black vinyl at Third Man Pressing and packaged with new cover art with liner notes by Robert Campbell (author of The Earthly Recordings of Sun Ra).

Although Astro Black was obviously professionally produced in a recording studio, no one is entirely sure where or when. The jacket of the original release gave the date as May 7, 1972, and the location as "El Saturn Studio," Chicago. There never was such an animal as the El Saturn Studio, in Chicago or in any other town. Yet it was routinely cited as the venue for Saturn/Impulse! recordings, no matter how old they were or where they were originally from.

The title track was a vehicle for Arkestral vocalist June Tyson, who had been with the band since 1967 and was in absolute peak form in 1972. Meanwhile, Ronnie Boykins, who had been Sunny's full-time bassist from 1957 through 1968, was a welcome guest on this occasion. It is his ostinato that holds the theme statement together, and his arco that guides and accompanies Sunny on his space wandering, where they are joined by Akh Tal Ebah on trumpet, and by the ecstatically interweaving alto saxes of Marshall Allen and Danny Davis. A trio of wriggling alto (Danny Davis), mini-Moog synthesizers, and high bowed bass develops, with Sunny and Ronnie accompanying Tyson's hushed recapitulation. This is one of the Arkestra's greatest performances.

Features

  • Vinyl LP
  • Cut By Kevin Gray
  • Pressed At Third Man Pressing
  • New Cover Art
  • OBI Strip
  • Liner Notes By Robert Campbell

Musicians

Danny Davis alto saxophone
Marshall Allen alto saxophone
Sun Ra keyboards
Danny Ray Thompson baritone saxophone
Ronnie Boykins bass
Elmoe Omoe bass clarinet
Pat Patrick clarinet
Atakatune congas
Chiea congas
Odun congas
Tommy Hunter percussion
John Gilmore tenor saxophone/percussion
Charles Stephens trombone
Akh Tal Ebah trumpet
Lamont McClamb trumpet
Alzo Wright violin/viola
June Tyson vocals
Ruth Wright vocals

Selections

Side One:

  1. Astro Black
  2. Discipline "99"
  3. Hidden Spheres

Side Two:

  1. The Cosmo-Fire
Description

1973 Album Reissued On Vinyl LP!
Cut By Kevin Gray & Pressed At Third Man Pressing!

Astro Black has long been known as a cornerstone of the Ra catalog. It is well recorded, features a superb Arkestral lineup, and successfully combines several of the styles in which Sun Ra orbited, from Saturnic jazz to astro-funk. Pressed on astro black vinyl at Third Man Pressing and packaged with new cover art with liner notes by Robert Campbell (author of The Earthly Recordings of Sun Ra).

Although Astro Black was obviously professionally produced in a recording studio, no one is entirely sure where or when. The jacket of the original release gave the date as May 7, 1972, and the location as "El Saturn Studio," Chicago. There never was such an animal as the El Saturn Studio, in Chicago or in any other town. Yet it was routinely cited as the venue for Saturn/Impulse! recordings, no matter how old they were or where they were originally from.

The title track was a vehicle for Arkestral vocalist June Tyson, who had been with the band since 1967 and was in absolute peak form in 1972. Meanwhile, Ronnie Boykins, who had been Sunny's full-time bassist from 1957 through 1968, was a welcome guest on this occasion. It is his ostinato that holds the theme statement together, and his arco that guides and accompanies Sunny on his space wandering, where they are joined by Akh Tal Ebah on trumpet, and by the ecstatically interweaving alto saxes of Marshall Allen and Danny Davis. A trio of wriggling alto (Danny Davis), mini-Moog synthesizers, and high bowed bass develops, with Sunny and Ronnie accompanying Tyson's hushed recapitulation. This is one of the Arkestra's greatest performances.

Features

  • Vinyl LP
  • Cut By Kevin Gray
  • Pressed At Third Man Pressing
  • New Cover Art
  • OBI Strip
  • Liner Notes By Robert Campbell

Musicians

Danny Davis alto saxophone
Marshall Allen alto saxophone
Sun Ra keyboards
Danny Ray Thompson baritone saxophone
Ronnie Boykins bass
Elmoe Omoe bass clarinet
Pat Patrick clarinet
Atakatune congas
Chiea congas
Odun congas
Tommy Hunter percussion
John Gilmore tenor saxophone/percussion
Charles Stephens trombone
Akh Tal Ebah trumpet
Lamont McClamb trumpet
Alzo Wright violin/viola
June Tyson vocals
Ruth Wright vocals

Selections

Side One:

  1. Astro Black
  2. Discipline "99"
  3. Hidden Spheres

Side Two:

  1. The Cosmo-Fire
ISBN
ASSOC
R
Genre
Jazz
If Can Be Discounted
YES
Discontinued
NO
Inventory
.00
Construct
0
Dropship
0
Record Speed Record Size
12"
Artist
Sun Ra
Title
Astro Black
Composer
Additional Artists
June Tyson, Danny Davis, Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Ronnie Boykins
Record Weight
Record Speed
33RPM
Multi Channel
Stereo
1
Mono
Colored
Picture Disc
1/2 Speed
DMM
Out of Print
Sell Hold/Repressing
Direct to disc
Creation Date
02-23-2021
Release Date
04-14-2021
Scratch & Dent
0
Availability
Backordered
Format
Vinyl
back to top