Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra - Lady with the Golden Stockings (1958-9)
Okay, everyone is in luck. This album, also known as The Nubians of Plutonia, is one of my 5 favorite Ra albums. It was later coupled with Angels and Demons at Play, and in this compilation-form, it is easily within the bounds of my favorite works by the man.
Sun Ra will certainly get crazier. And every version of Watusi is good, not just this one. But wow! Imagine being in a Chicago club in '58, and hearing this...
Sun Ra is Alive.
Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra
Lady with the Golden Stockings
(retitled The Nubians of Plutonia)
Saturn SR 9956-11E/F (around 1966)
Saturn LP 406
Impulse AS-9242 (1974)
Evidence (CD, 1993)
Plutonian Nights (Ra) (4:20)
Ra-p, Wurlitzer ep; Lucious Randolph-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick- bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d.
The Lady with the Golden Stockings (The Golden Lady) (Ra) (7:44)
Ra-Wurlitzer ep; Lucious Randolph-tp; Marshall Allen-fl; James Spaulding-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-perc; Jim Herndon-perc; other members of the band- perc.
Star Time (Ra) (4:17)
Ra-p; Lucious Randolph-tp; Nate Pryor-tb; James Spaulding-as solo; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs solo; Charles Davis-bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon-tympani, perc.
Nubia (Ra) (8:12)
Ra-Wurlitzer ep, bells; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon- cga, tympani, timbales, perc; John Gilmore- nigerian bells.
Africa (Ra) (5:06)
Ra-Wurlitzer ep; Nate Pryor-tb; Marshall Allen-fl; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs, space lute; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d, perc; Jim Herndon-tympani, perc. They all sing.
Watusa (Ra) (2:33)
Ra-p; Bill Fielder-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Robert Barry-d, perc. Other percussions surely played by Jim Herndon.
Aiethopia (Ra) (7:13)
Ra-p; Lucious Randolph-tp; Nate Pryor-tb; Marshall Allen-as, fl; John Gilmore-ts, bells; Pat Patrick-bs, bells; Robert Barry-d; Jim Herndon- tympani, perc; other members of the band play percussions.
Line-up & Recording Date:
See each track individually for line-up. All tracks recorded at several clubs and rehearsals, Chicago, 1958-1959.
The album was originally calledLady with the Golden Stockings. The last title appears for the first time in a saturn catalogue on 1969.