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Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Beyond Saturn) (1977/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Beyond Saturn) (1977/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:31 minutes | 567 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Enterplanetary Koncepts

As live, late-1970s Sun Ra albums go, Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a cut above. It’s similar to and contemporaneous with The Soul Vibrations of Man and Taking a Chance on Chances, two live sets also issued on Saturn in 1977 (and available in our remastered digital catalog).

Tape was not available, but we worked from a solidly transferred, clean 1977 Saturn LP (catalog #7877). As with many limited-release Saturn pressings, Somewhere Over the Rainbow offers exciting performances and solos preserved with dollar-store acoustics. Audio restoration can’t add what the gear didn’t capture—e.g., you can’t “remix” the balance of instruments recorded with ad hoc mic placement—but these tracks here benefit from digital cleanup and sonic improvements (including phase correction, an issue with a number of Saturn releases).

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Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Unity Live at Storyville NYC Oct 1977 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Unity Live at Storyville NYC Oct 1977 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:25:00 minutes | 936 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sun Ra Music

Recorded live at Storyville jazz club, New York, October 24 & 29, 1977. Quite simply one of Sun Ra’s best live albums. This rare recording (originally on Horo records) finds Ra, along with a 19-piece Arkestra, playing a mix of his own compositions (‘Images’ and ‘Lights’) along with several jazz standards (including Jelly Roll Morton’s ‘King Porter Stomp’ and Duke Ellington’s ‘Lightnin”). While Ra’s own compositions were usually more avant-garde affairs, he always revelled in playing the classics as well in an effort to give his audience a lesson in jazz history.”

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Sun Ra – It’s After The End Of The World (1970/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sun Ra – It’s After The End Of The World (1970/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 49:27 minutes | 916 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Front Cover | © MPS Records

This album was recorded at a series of Sun Ra appearances at jazz festivals in Germany in 1970 and stands as a documentation of jazz history; with an unusual instrumentation, Sun Ra’s avant-garde 21-piece big band creates noises and percussive sounds that are out of this world.

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