Two from 1962
Alright, here we go..the first I'm not going to introduce, but it a solid album from the early 60s. The second, Janus, is much more confusing and deserves a quick note.
Janus has been released under multiple names. Moreover, the recent CD release of Janus only includes material from a 1970 recording session. The original release of Janus included material from 2 sessions, '62 and '70. The albums that are solely the '70 recording session are 'more complete' versions of that session than on the earlier albums.
Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra
Secrets of the Sun
Saturn GH 9954-E/F (probably 1965)
Saturn LP 208
Friendly Galaxy (Ra)
Ra-p; Al Evans-flg; Marshall Allen-fl; John Gilmore-bcl; Pat Patrick- fl; Calvin Newborn-eg; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter-d.
Solar Differentials (Ra)
Ra-p, gong; John Gilmore- space bird sounds; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter- space birds sounds, reverb; C. Scoby Stroman-d; Art Jenkins- space voice.
Space Aura (Ra)
Ra-p; Eddie Gale-tp; Marshall Allen-as; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick- bs; Ronnie Boykins-b; C. Scoby Stroman-d.
Love in Outer Space (Ra)
Ra-p; Marshall Allen-morrow; John Gilmore-bcl, space drums; Pat Patrick-space drums; Ronnie Boykins-b; Jimmy Johnson-perc.
Reflects Motion (Ra)
Ra-p; Marshall Allen-fl; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Tommy Hunter-perc; C. Scoby Stroman-d.
Solar Symbols (Ra)
Ra-sun harp, gong; Tommy Hunter and the rest of the Arkestra- percussions.
Line-up & Recording Date:
See each track individually. Recorded by Tommy Hunter at Choreographers' Workshop, NYC, 1962.
Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Research Arkestra
The Invisible Shield
(A Tonal View of Times Tomorrow, vol. 2)
(Satellites are Outerspace...)
Saturn LP 529 (1974)
Matrix number 14400A/B
1201 Music (CD, 1999)
State Street (Ra)
Ra-p; Walter Miller-tp; Al Evans-flg; Ali Hassan-tb; Marshall Allen- as, fl; John Gilmore-ts; Pat Patrick-bs; Michael White-vln; Ronnie Boykins-b; Clifford Jarvis-d.
Sometimes I'm Happy (Caesar-Youmans)
Ra-p; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Clifford Jarvis-d.
Time after Time 1 (Cahn-Styne)
Time after Time 2 (Cahn-Styne)
Ra-p; Walter Miller-tp; Ronnie Boykins-b; Clifford Jarvis-d.
Easy to Love (Porter)
Sunnyside Up (DeSylva-Brown)
Ra-p; Walter Miller-tp; John Gilmore-ts; Ronnie Boykins-b; Clifford Jarvis-d.
New York, 1962.
Island in the Sun (Ra)
The Invisible Shield (Ra)
Ra-p, org, Mini-Moog syn; Marshall Allen- as, fl, picc; Danny Davis- as, acl; John Gilmore-ts, perc; Danny Ray Thompson- bsn/ Neptunian libflecto/ lunatic fagott on The Invisible Shield), perc; Ben Henderson (Jaribu Shahid)-b; Art Jenkins-ancestral African vocal and space voice (on Janus), other members of the band, bells and percussion.
Philadelphia or New York 1970
Line-up & Recording Date:
See each track individually.
The CD edition by 1201 contains the B side of the vinyl plus two more tracks from the same session. Thus, besides the same title, one could say that it's a different recording.