SUN RA ARKESTRA
Columbus 1985 [no label, 3CD]
Live at Stache’s, Columbus, OH; January 5, 1985. Very good soundboard and audience mix.
Thanks to original uploader boatini; carville and northjersey for keeping the show alive at Dime.
This if from the original tape, sort of recorded in stereo, with one channel off the soundboard and the other from a mic over the stage. There’s occasionally a little microphone distortion, but on the main, the fidelity is excellent, much better than most Saturn releases. This was Sun Ra’s first Columbus appearance. This recording is from the second day of sold-out shows. I had one of the best times of my life, not having had the chance to see the Arkestra for about five years.
A lot of people don’t care so much for this era, but I think the music selection here is the greatest, a combination of Space Chants, Space Chords, out there, swing, and pop tunes. They sing the semi-inane ’30s song, “I Want to be Happy”, over and over again, for almost 10 minutes, and it’s extremely invigorating. This would be a good introduction for the uninitiated to the whole magic world of Sun Ra.
Front cover by rem2rigs, modified here – Thanks!
First gen cassette > CD Wave Editor > Creative Wave Studio (for fades) > Wave Joiner (for Sophisticated Lady) > Flac
Track 101. untitled improvisation/Door Of The Cosmos [tp, eb; perc; eg; ob, eb; eb, perc;tb; EVI; tb; EVI; eb; as, bcl, bs coda] 14:46
Track 102. A Lost Horizon Ra) [JT, ens voc]/untitled improvisation [d solo; eb, d duet only] 6:38
Track 103. untitled improvisation [ens riffs]/Tapestry From An Asteroid (Ra) [JT, ens voc]/(The World Is Waiting) For The Sunrise (Ra) [JT, ens voc] 4:40
Track 104. Discipline 27-II (Ra)/Calling Planet Earth (Ra)/Sea of Immortality (Ra)/This World Is Not My Home (Ra)/Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child (trad)/I’ll Wait for You (Ra) [SR, ens voc] 6:16
Track 105. Nuclear War (Ra) [SR, ens voc] 5:29
Track 106. unidentified blues [p; riffs; eb; p; riffs; (fade out) 6:48
Track 107. Prelude To A Kiss (Ellington) 5:01
Track 108. unidentified swing piece (Ra) 8:00
Track 109. Say It Isn't So (Berlin) [JG voc] 5:49
Track 201. Drop Me Off In Harlem (Ellington) 6:21
Track 202. The Place Of Five Points (Ra) 6:31
Track 203. Mack The Knife (Brecht-Weill-Blitzstein) [JJ voc; SR, JJ voc] 8:04
Track 204. Space Is The Place (Ra) [JT, ens voc]/We Travel The Spaceways (Ra) [SR, ens voc] (fade out) 4:21
Track 205. (fade in) Never Never Land (Ra) [JT, ens voc]/untitled improvisation [Allen, EVI; Infinity Drum] 6:11
Track 206. When There Is No Sun (Ra) [JT, JG, ens voc]/untitled improvisation [cond ens; Allen, as; Omoe, contra-alto cl joins in; Thompson, bs joins]/untitled improvisation [eb; cond ens; Gilmore, ts] 11:23
Track 207. I Want To Be Happy (Caesar-Youmans) [JG, TH, JJ voc; JJ, TH, JT voc; JJ voc; JT, SR voc] 9:34
Track 208. I’m Gonna Unmask The Batman (Gibson-Abraham) [SR, ens voc] 7:56
Track 301. East Of The Sun (Bowman) [JG voc] 5:15
Track 302. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington) (fades out and in at 4:11 due to tape flip) 5:22
Track 303. Cocktails For Two (Coslow-Johnston) [p, Allen, as, eb, d only] 4:16
Track 304. Over The Rainbow (Arlen-Harburg) [p only] 4:56
Track 305. Christopher Columbus (Razaf-Berry) 8:59
Track 306. Smile (Chaplin) [JT voc] 6:47
Track 307. Limehouse Blues (Braham-Furber) 3:10
Track 308. Sunset On The Nile (Ra) [SR voc] 14:48 (fade out) 14:49
Sun Ra (p, syn, voc)
Al Evans (flg)
Tyrone Hill (tb, voc)
Marshall Allen (as, fl, EVI, perc)
John Gilmore (ts, cl, timb, voc)
Eloe Omoe (as, bcl, contra-alto cl, perc)
Danny Ray Thompson (bs, as, fl, bgo)
James Jacson (bsn, fl, Ancient Egyptian Infinity Drum, voc)
Rollo Radford (eb)
Avreeayl Ra Amen (d)
June Tyson (voc, dance)
unidentified female (dance, voc)
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