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Sun Ra, Nu Sounds, Yochanan, Cosmic Rays - Space Age Rhythm & Bop: The 1950s (2018)

16-05-2018, 10:31
2018 | Jazz | Soul | R&B | Oldies | FLAC / APE

Title: Space Age Rhythm & Bop: The 1950s
Year Of Release: 2018
Label: Enterplanetary Koncepts
Genre: Jazz, Soul, R&B
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 42:37 min
Total Size: 183 MB


01. The Nu Sounds with Sun Ra - Honeysuckle Rose 03:14
02. Yochanan with Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Hot Skillet Mama (45 version) 03:11
03. The Cosmic Rays with Sun Ra - Dreaming (45 version) 02:43
04. The Nu Sounds with Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Bop is a Spaceship Lullaby 02:16
05. Yochanan with Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Muck Muck (45 version) 02:46
06. The Nu Sounds with Sun Ra - Chicago USA 02:55
07. The Cosmic Rays with Sun Ra - Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie (45 version) 03:03
08. The Nu Sounds with Sun Ra - The Wooden Soldier & the China Doll 01:22
09. The Qualities - It's Christmas Time (45 version) 02:43
10. Yochanan with Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Message to the Earthman (45 version) 02:24
11. The Nu Sounds with Sun Ra - At a Perfume Counter 01:26
12. The Cosmic Rays - Somebody's in Love (45 version) 01:47
13. Yochanan - The Sun Man Speaks (45 version) 04:35
14. The Nu Sounds with Sun Ra - Chicago USA (alternate version) 02:45
15. The Qualities - Happy New Year to You (45 version) 01:48
16. The Nu Sounds with Sun Ra - Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) 00:50
17. The Cosmic Rays - Bye Bye (45 version) 02:49

Before Sun Ra began navigating the cosmic flux and piloting passengers across the universe, the bandleader Herman "Sunny" (or "Sonny") Blount (b. Birmingham, Alabama, 1914) was developing his musical craft in Chicago. In the early and mid-1950s that meant collaborating with artists in the fields of doo-wop, rhythm & blues, late-period big band jazz, and urban soul. History reveals that before Sun Ra was an orchestra leader, he was a session leader.

Recording-wise, this is an erratically chronicled period, with hundreds of extant recordings, many beneath the grade of standard audio fidelity, dozens issued on (now-rare) Saturn singles, and a number of period pieces now considered classics. Space Age Rhythm & Bop is by no means a comprehensive collection, but it does feature many favorites and a few rarities.

The material offered here has been reissued over the years on various compilations on other labels (see below). Why recycle? Because on this digital collection, we've attempted sonic upgrades on most of these tracks. We've fixed dropouts, removed intrusive (non-musical) artifacts, reduced hiss, adjusted volume imbalances, lessened sibilance, and on one track repaired a skip that has been reproduced on every previously released version. Nothing fancy: no added reverb, no compression, no radical EQ, no ridiculous scrubbing of every sonic imperfection. We've retained the raw soul of these recordings, and flaws still abound.

Sun Ra was not credited as featured artist on any of these recordings. He composed, co-wrote, arranged, accompanied, produced, and/or coached the vocalists (especially in harmonies). To those who only know the Arkestra-era Sun Ra, his presence on these recordings would be imperceptible, and might even seem implausible. But this is where Sunny paid his dues, and where he initially left an impact on the Chicago regional music scene. He can be heard here on a couple of tracks briefly providing direction to the singers.

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