March 27, 2012 – 4:30 am

Before the journey to Egypt.

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The Netherlands 1971 [No label, 3CD]

Live at Technische Hogeschool, Nieuwe Aula, Delft, The Netherlands, November 11, 1971. From a  2001 VPRO radio broadcast. A very good recording.

He was going “there”. From the moment he disappeared, Herman Poole Blount [Sun Ra] was no longer from here. He claimed he was from Saturn. He named his band the “Arkestra” and alluded to Ra, the Egyptian Sun God. He was going to Egypt all right.

But first, there was one gig to play in The Netherlands. Don’t you just love that name? As in the “nether regions”. Last stop before the descent.

As with music by free jazz improvisers, song titles are sometimes hard to come by. When this was initially posted on the internet, it came without any titles. But in October 2010, when it was reposted on DIME by Sun Ra fan zyxyrion, songs were finally identified but with the caution that they were, at best, “guesses”.

Space, intergalactic and satellites conjure up the vastness of Sun Ra’s musical palette. You will not be disappointed. As zyxyrion wrote: “Everything that might be expected from Sun Ra is present here: saxophone outbursts, chanting, exotic instruments, bits of synthesizer noise and lots of weirdness.”

Set the controls for the heart of the sun. Next stop, Egypt. Legends claim the biblical Garden Of Eden is located in the Middle East. Sun Ra would visit Egypt three times in 1971, 1983 and 1984. In his weirdest moments, Sun Ra has claimed he was of the “Angel Race”.

Thanks to zyxrion for the song titles. Thanks to the person who shared the tracks in 2008.

- Professor Red

source: VPRO Radio (2001)

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Disc 1
Track 101. Untitled Improvisation, Enlightenment - 11:49 (18.9MB)
Track 102. Love In Outer Space - 11:44 (18.7MB)
Track 103. Space Is The place, Untitled Improvisation - 08:31 (13.6MB)
Track 104. Journey Through The Outer Darkness Outer Darkness Discipline 1, Untitled Improvisation - 13:38 (21.8MB)
Track 105. We’ll Wait For You, Untitled Improvisation, Theme Of The Stargazers - 14:02 (22.4MB)
Track 106. Untitled Improvisation - 07:23 (11.8MB)
Track 107. Discipline 27-II - 07:12 (11.5MB)
Track 108. Outer Spaceways Incorporated (chanting) - 05:28 (8.7MB)

Track 201. Untitled Improvisation, They’ll Come Back - 08:01 (12.8MB)
Track 202. Discipline 1, Untitled Improvisation - 18:15 (29.2MB)
Track 203. Intergalactic Research, Synth Solo - 18:42 (29.6MB)
Track 204. The Satellites Are Spinning, Untitled Improvisation - 16:26 (16.7MB)
Track 205. Watusa - 13:54 (22.2MB)
Track 206. To Nature’s God - 08:52 (14.2MB)

Track 301. The Shadow World, Untitled Improvisation - 27:06 (43.4MB)
Track 302. Space Chants Medley (The Second Stop Is Jupiter, Prepare For The Journey…) - 13:14 (21.1MB)

The titles are all my guesses. Corrections welcome. - zyxyrion

Sun Ra - Mini-Moog syn, org, ep (prob. Rocksichord or Clavinet), p, voc
Kwame Hadi - tp
Marshall Allen - as, fl, ob
Danny Davis - as, fl
Larry Northington - as, perc
Istar Sundance - as, bsn
John Gilmore - ts, d
Danny Thompson - bs
Pat Patrick - bs, eb
Hakim Rahim - bs, as, fl
Eloe Omoe - bcl
Al Batin Nur - Eng hrn
James Jacson - fl, ob, Ancient Egyptian Infinity Drum
Lex Humphries - drums
Tommy Hunter - drums
Nimrod Hunt - perc
William Morrow - vib
Roger Aralamon Hazoume - balafon, dance
June Tyson - voc, dance
Malik Ramadin - voc, tympani
Art Jenkins - space voice, voc, cga, perc
Akh Tal Ebah - tp, flg, voc
Clifford Jarvis - drums

Wisteria el Moondew (Judith Holton), Cheryl Banks, Doug Williams, Kevin Massey and Kenneth Alexander

Richard Wilkinson - light show.

“Practically everyone also played percussion instruments, sang, and danced.” - Gezinus Wolters, Jazz Wereld, Nov-Dec 1971, No. 36

Much as we would like to share Sun Ra’s glorious performances in Egypt in December of 1971, which we thought long out-of-print, but lo and behold, it’s on a label in the UK, Art Yard. The album “Nidhamu+Dark Myth Equation Visitation” features Sun Ra’s performances on Dec 12 and 17, 1971 in Cairo. Order it here.

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  2. this will do, bigo. thanks!!!


    By Ed Saad on Mar 27, 2012

  3. i wouldn’t mind if there was more live sun ra.


    By I-) on Mar 27, 2012

  4. really cool. THANX!

    By Timmy on Mar 27, 2012

  5. This must be one of the best sounding Sun Ra live recordings I’ve heard thanks to the nice clean stereo. There’s lots of mono audience tapes which are a nightmare to listen especially during more dense moments whereas here, it’s crystal clear. Thanks for this… will enjoy listening to it all.

    By Harold Michaels on Mar 27, 2012

  6. The greatest thing about Sun Ra is that live you didn`t know WHAT you were gonna always depended on his mood,time of year or even where they were.Also,I always like to hear any Sun Ra from the early 70`s,which is the period I like the best.Thx Big O….

    By couz on Mar 27, 2012

  7. hey couz, not sure if you downloaded it or not, but bigo offered two other sun ra’s. one is his last show from sounds of brazil, nyc 92 and the other the mystery board. do searches.

    there’s some really good bootleg quality dvd’s out there on the transparency label. i watched all the ones netflix had. do check them out.

    check this album out too. my friend, weasel walter, sent me this. it’s too heavy. marshall allen plays on it. you can listen to some samples. just click the link. marc edwards plays on it. he’s cool. if you can find cecil taylor-dark unto themselves. that’s the album that put marc on the map. i have on tape in my garage. heavy stuff. if you can’t find it, look it up on youtube.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 27, 2012

  8. Hey ed, thanks for the comment on Weasel Walter and CDBaby. CDBaby has long been my go-to for cool stuff like the one you suggest (WW also pairs with Mary Halvorsen on a disc to be had there).

    I’ve long dug the improv sounds of the band Migraine which can be found at the ‘Baby as well.

    By kingpossum on Mar 28, 2012

  9. hey kingpossum, yeah, i know mary. weasel has a trio with mary and peter evans, and they have a disc out now called electric fruit. it’s real good. then mary and weasel have a disc called opulence, and it’s good too. i’m more than happy to give you a link to get a free show by mary, weasel and peter, if you’re interested.

    definitely check out marc edwards & weasel walter-blood of the earth. man, it’s brutal. i was listening to it earlier today. marc sent me a copy last year and signed it. i have two other cd’s he sent me in 2010 that he signed too. he’s a cool guy.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 28, 2012

  10. Wow, this has to be one of the best sounding Arkestra live recordings from this period out there! Thanks so much for sharing.

    By NewAndImprov on Mar 28, 2012

  11. Thanks so much, at last a concert I attended myself. Keep up the good work

    By casper on Apr 8, 2012

  12. hi zyxyrion,
    i checked the titles and they are pretty much correct - two additions only : at 104 the full title is :”journey through the outer darkness” and at 107 - “discipline 27-II” (it is not the composition discipline 27). i have this recording for about 4 years now but have the same problem as in your post : at 102 for unknown reason the main instrument, organ, is inaudible at all and therefore we don’t hear the main theme or the characteristic melody of this composition. this is why this track sounds very strange. i assume the original recording was done in such manner. but i do agree strongly that the music is great.

    paul w.

    By paul w. on Apr 15, 2012

  13. Hello paul w

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Apr 16, 2012

  14. Thanks for the kind words, paul w. I guess, there are a couple more microphone displacements here and there but to me it just adds to the charm. This one remains on my top Sun Ra recordings list. :)
    And thank you for mentioning me, dear bigozine2.
    Everyone who knows Sun Ra should hear this album, good to see you post it. Imagine this still being re-posted and never released, say 20 years from now. :D

    By zyxyrion on Oct 9, 2013

  15. Thank you (some years after upload) for this. It’s a remarkable recording.

    By Russell Brown on Apr 3, 2016

  16. Great!

    By zippy on Oct 12, 2016

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