July 7, 2014 – 3:57 pm

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London 2014 [no label, 1CD]

BBC Session live at the Livingston Studios, London, UK; June 18, 2014. Broadcast June 30, 2014. Excellent radio broadcast.

Sun Ra would have been 100 this year (May 22, 1914 - May 30, 1993).

Thanks to TomP (tom_phillips) who recorded and shared the tracks at Dime.

TomP noted:

A wonderful quality recording and performance, interspersed apparently by poems/quotes recorded some time ago by the BBC of Sun Ra himself, nice touch as it is celebrating his birth 100 years ago! Also most gratifying, there is much more music and less talk than usual (as there was with the recent Loose Tubes broadcast), so if you like this, please Email [email protected] that you like this kind of program editing.

Thanks also to Fastone for the artwork.

BBC ‘Jazz on 3′ > 320k AAC > i-Sound recorder (44.1k wav) > Edit > TLH (flac 6 + SBE/Decode check) > Tag & Rename (flac tags)
Edit details (Nero 8 unless stated)
Fixed transmission break about 1:40 on track 04
Removed most of the announcer
Normalised volume

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 00. Interview/Intro 3:50 (6.4MB)
Track 01. Queer Notions 6:02 (10.1MB)
Track 02. Space Chord 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 03. Wish Upon A Star 8:10 (13.7MB)
Track 04. Saturn 6:35 (11.1MB)
Track 05. Love in Outer Space 9:26 (15.9MB)
Track 06. Dancing Shadows 8:11 (13.8MB)
Track 07. Swirling 9:30 (16.0MB)
Track 08. Discipline 27b 6:32 (11.0MB)
Track 09. Angels And Demons At Play 11:52 (19.9MB)
Track 10. Enlightenment 6:09 (10.3MB)
81 mins

Marshall Allen – alto sax and EVI
Tara Middleton – vocals and violin
Knoel Scott – alto sax and percussion
Charles Davis – tenor sax
Shabaka Hutchings – tenor sax and bass clarinet
Danny Ray Thompson – baritone sax and percussion
Cecil Brooks – trumpet
Vincent Chancey – French horn
Dave Davis – trombone
Farid Barron – piano
Dave Hotep – guitar
Tylor Mitchell – bass
Elson Nascimento – percussion
Stanley Morgan – percussion
Wayne Smith Jnr – drums

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  1. 5 Responses to “SUN RA ARKESTRA - BBC SESSIONS 2014”

  2. Is this not some of the best damn music in the world?Happy birthday Sun !!!

    By Couz on Jul 7, 2014

  3. no the best music in the world is the tapes darth made of the chambers brothers.

    By tin ear frohman on Jul 7, 2014

  4. Thank you so much for putting up this excellent Sun Ra Arkestra recording… really good cd cover as well. Thanks again.

    By michael on Jul 8, 2014

  5. Fabulous. I’m very glad that this genius came down to educate we earthlings.
    Absolutely brilliant.

    By largo al on Jul 9, 2014

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