WorldCat Identities

Sun Ra

Publication Timeline
.
Most widely held works about Sun Ra
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Most widely held works by Sun Ra
Space is the place by Sun Ra( Recording )

28 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz in silhouette : images and forecasts of tomorrow by Sun Ra( Recording )

22 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun Ra : a joyful noise by Sun Ra( Visual )

16 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and French and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary that examines the unusual performance techniques and beliefs of the enigmatic Sun Ra
The cry of jazz by Sun Ra( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[This] ... semi-documentary film was completed in 1958 in Chicago ... Long before the concept of Black Culture existed, THE CRY OF JAZZ argued that Black American life shared a structural identity with jazz. It is one of the earliest documentary films made by Black Americans ... [The film] is structured in seven parts. Parts 1, 3, 5 and 7 consist of dramatic scenes in which the significance of jazz and Black American life is discussed by an interracial cast. Sandwiched between these discussions are parts 2, 4 and 6, in which the structure, history, and future of jazz and Black American life are presented in documentary form, along with a jazz soundtrack. Most of the music is composed and performed by the late jazz great Sun Ra and his Arkestra. The music is vintage Sun Ra from his '50s Chicago years."--Www.edblandmusic.com/TheCryofJazz.htm
Space is the place by Sun Ra( Visual )

16 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun Ra, space-age prophet, lands his spaceship, having been presumed lost in space for a few years. Like Ra himself, Space is the Place is one of a kind, a mythopoetic manifesto made by people who believed in Ra's mystical message as much as they dug the raw splendor of his Afro-psychedelica
Strange celestial road by Sun Ra( )

10 editions published between 1980 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Somewhere else by Sun Ra( )

7 editions published in 1993 in 3 languages and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atlantis by Sun Ra( Recording )

9 editions published between 1973 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El primer disco en el que Sun Ra se dedica totalmente a los teclados eléctronicos e introduce de manera definitiva los momentos en los que la percusión es el elemento dominante
The magic city by Sun Ra( Recording )

19 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The singles by Sun Ra( Recording )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This two-disc collection of Sun Ra-related 45s and alternate takes took over three years to compile. It contains every Saturn single that we know to exist as of August, 1996, that did not appaear on an album, with the exception of four sides by Walt Dunn which would not fit on these two CDs and on which Sun Ra does not play. Often pressed in lots of 50, these singles, recorded between 1954 and 1982, represent the "Holy Grail" among Sun Ra collectors, and have never appeared on LP or CD. The 36-page booklet contains liner notes written by four of the universe's leading Ra experts, as well as detailed discographical information and rare photos
Sound of joy by Sun Ra( Recording )

9 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun song by Sun Ra( Recording )

16 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The futuristic sounds of Sun Ra by Sun Ra( Recording )

25 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Impressions of A patch of blue by Jerry Goldsmith( )

10 editions published between 1965 and 1999 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosmic tones for mental therapy ; and, Art forms of dimensions tomorrow by Sun Ra( Recording )

7 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Super-sonic jazz by Sun Ra( Recording )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of noise & electronic music( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Destination unknown by Sun Ra( )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heliocentric worlds by Sun Ra( )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greatest hits : easy listening for intergalactic travel by Sun Ra( Recording )

6 editions published in 2000 in 4 languages and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Those wondering where to begin when buying their first Sun Ra album, this is it!," declares an Evidence Music press release on their Sun Ra anthology Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel. It also notes that, since Sun Ra never had any actual "hits," the 18 tracks from 15 Sun Ra albums, plus two singles and a soundtrack excerpt, were chosen because they were fan favorites, because they displayed the artist's development over the years 1956-73, and because of "their musical 'accessibility' -- relatively speaking of course." True enough. Proceeding chronologically, the album finds a bebop-influenced big band on its earliest tracks, which include the familiar jazz covers "'Round Midnight" and "I Loves You, Porgy." As early as 1960's "Rocket Number Nine Take Off for the Planet Venus," however, the band is beginning to exhibit its interest in space travel and equally spacy music, including chanting and an odd bass solo. From here on out, things get strange, but most of the tracks are low-key and at least somewhat composed. Within those "easy listening" parameters, however, there is room for everything from the outside saxophone work on the ballad "When Angels Speak of Love" to the heavily percussive "Yucatan" and the set-closing fractured pop of "The Perfect Man." If the album succeeds in its mission, it's because it does treat accessibility as a relative term that includes tracks like "Thither and Yon," with its wild reed solo, as well as fairly straight-ahead performances. Listeners looking for clues to the rest of Sun Ra's catalog in this compilation should be warned that there is more of the experimental stuff proportionally than is found here, but they can be eased into Sun Ra's cock-eyed vision by starting here. William Ruhlmann
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.39 (from 0.06 for Sun Ra : i ... to 0.87 for Sun Ra : u ...)

WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Alternative Names
Blount, Sonny

Blount, Sonny 1914-1993

Le Sun Ra

Lee, Herman

Lee, Herman 1914-1993

Ra, Le Sun

Ra, Sun

Ra, Sun 1914-1993

サン・ラー

Languages
English (129)

German (4)

French (2)

Italian (1)

Spanish (1)

Dutch (1)

Covers
Space is the place : the lives and times of Sun RaThe wisdom of Sun-Ra : Sun Ra's polemical broadsheets and streetcorner leafletsPathways to unknown worlds : Sun-Ra, El Saturn and Chicago's Afro-futurist underground 1954-68Sun-Ra : traveling the spaceways : the astro black and other solar mythsSun Ra : interviews & essaysSpace is the place : the lives and times of Sun RaContemporary Black biography. profiles from the international Black communityContemporary musicians : profiles of the people in music