A couple of weeks ago i found this mix on the Diggers With Gratitude forum, done by RCHECKA. I’m no expert on SUN RA but i think this could be a great introduction to his work. This is what RCHECKA kindly wrote about this mix:
All of the interludes are from various Sun Ra DVDs. I included them really more for educational purposes, I wanted yall to hear his voice, hear his strange philosophies, hear from his band members, and I wanted you to get an idea of the man behind the music. He is SUCH and interesting person, I could have gone on and on with even more audio snippets, but I wanted to keep the music the main theme obviously.
I thought that 2 CDs were necessary because his songs are so long.
I realize that this type of music is a “culture shock” type of mix, I expect many to “not like” some of the more dissident crazy jazz songs, but at the same time, I couldn’t leave that darker side of his work out of this compilation justifiably. Actually, each track I chose for that compilation is (IMO) the easiest to listen to most palatable jazz track of each individual album I used. I chose the LEAST loud, LEAST crazy, LEAST dark songs, so if you can imagine, his work is even more dissident then that as a whole! Every track came from a different album, so its a good taste of a variety of his more laid back work.
I hope everyone enjoys it too for what it is worth, I realize its not a “Mixtape” per say, it is what it is, a tribute to an amazing man whose music touched my heart.
1. (intro) meaning of the sun ra – adventures of bugs hunter
2. they’ll come back
3. (interlude) a joyful noise
4. a strange celestial road
5. that’s how I feel
6. (interlude) a call from ra
7. disco 3000 side a (third planet – friendly galaxy – dance of the cosmo aliens)
8. (interlude) not a man
9. on jupitor
10. (interlude) a word from john gilmore
11. twigs at twilight
12. (interlude) jazz is the triumph
13. spontaneous simplicity
14. (outro) jazz is dead
1. (intro) the clarification of death
4. (interlude) the myth
6. romance on a satalite
7. sleeping beauty
8. (interlude) humor
9. batman and robin theme
10. (interlude) music represents
11. the star gazers – shadow worlds
12. (outro) history
Mad props to Rchecka for this!