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).