SUN RA - STOCKHOLM 1971

September 20, 2013 – 4:27 am

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SUN RA
Stockholm 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Dramaten, Stockholm, Sweden; October 12, 1971. Good to fairly good FM broadcast.

Thanks to firstrays123 who shared the show on the net in 2006.

Uploader’s notes:

Dramaten was an opera house in Stockholm; it was packed for this concert. According to Tommy Hunter, Ra made this broadcast in return for cash to help pay for the band’s travel. Hunter still has one tape reel in his possession and believes that two others may exist. There were plans to release an edited version of the concert on Saturn but they were abandoned.

Rodger Coleman has provided a detailed write-up of the show at nuvoid.blogspot. Here is an extract:

In the fall of 1971, the Arkestra embarked on their second European tour, this time enlarged to 22 musicians, two singers, six dancers along with Sun Ra himself. Once again, the itinerary was haphazardly arranged, with gigs spread far and wide and lack of money would cause many of the newcomers to abandon the tour along the way (see Szwed pp.286-287).

Curiously, while Ronnie Boykins had returned to the fold and is clearly present on the rehearsal tape recorded just days before their departure, he did not make the trip to Europe. In fact, there was no bass player at all on this tour, except when Pat Patrick would put down his baritone sax and pick up the Fender electric bass on a few tunes.

Nevertheless, when a gargantuan Arkestra took the stage on October 12 at Sweden’s prestigious Royal Dramatic Theatre (aka Dramaten) in Stockholm, they were clearly energized and inspired by the lavish surroundings. In another measure of how well Sun Ra was treated in Europe, the state-run radio station broadcast 60 minutes of the performance, a copy of which circulates amongst collectors. Thank you, Sweden! The stereo FM reception is a little hissy and there are occasional wow-and-flutter problems but overall, it is very nice recording for the period and truly an excellent performance.

Click here for the full write-up.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Discipline #2 (?) (6.4MB)
Track 02. Discipline #5 (?) (13.2MB)
Track 03. Enlightenment (Dotson-Ra) (4.6MB)
Track 04. It’s after the End of the World (Ra) (11.3MB)
Track 05. Discipline #8/Sketch (32.0MB)
Track 06. Rocket Number 9 (Ra) (22.3MB)
TT: 53 minutes [as compared to 60 minutes as mentioned by Rodger Coleman above. This is shared as torrented - no idea if any music was edited out.]

The Arkestra:
Ra-p, org, Mini-Moog; Kwame Hadi-tp; Akh Tal Ebah-tp, flg; Al Batin Nur (Augustus Browning)-English horn; Marshall Allen-as, fl, ob; Danny Davis-as, fl; Larry Northington-as; Istar Sundance-as; John Gilmore-ts, perc; Hakim Rahim-bs; Danny Thompson-bs, fl; Pat Patrick-bs, fl; Eloe Omoe-bcl; Billy Morrow-vib; Lex Humphries-d; Tommy Hunter-d, perc; Aralamon Hazoume-perc, balafon, dance; Nimrod Hunt-perc; Ken Moshesh-cga. Presumably also Richard Wilkinson, light show. [Simosko; Szwed deletes Ebah, adds June Tyson, voc; Tommy Hunter confirms the name “Istar” and says that Sundance couldn’t read music, so on certain charts Hunter had to dust off his alto sax and substitute for him]

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  1. 5 Responses to “SUN RA - STOCKHOLM 1971”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i don’t have this one!

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 20, 2013

  3. hey bigo, there’s seems to be some confusion about the first two song titles. i found this link:

    http://nuvoid.blogspot.com/2010/02/sun-ra-sunday_21.html

    not sure what to put, to be honest. if anybody knows, please help.

    thanks,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 20, 2013

  4. hey bigo, to add even more to the confusion. scroll down this pdf to oct 12.

    http://www.the-temple.net/astroblack/sambyrdnotes.pdf

    i may just put what you have, to avoid the headache.

    thanks,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 20, 2013

  5. Lemme on dat SHIP!

    Thanx you…………

    By Timmy on Sep 20, 2013

  6. thanks, bigo! sun ra is cool!!!

    I-)

    By I-) on Sep 24, 2013

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