WorldCat Identities

Solar Arkestra

Overview
Works: 31 works in 44 publications in 1 language and 669 library holdings
Genres: Live sound recordings  Interviews 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist
Classifications: M1366.S86, 785.42
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Solar Arkestra
The magic city by Sun Ra( Recording )

5 editions published between 1965 and 1993 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2000 and held by 83 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
Moonage Timequake( Recording )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the orbit of Ra by Sun Ra( Recording )

2 editions published in 2014 in Undetermined and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun Ra visits planet Earth Interstellar low ways by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 1992 and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other planes of there by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 1992 and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We travel the space ways Bad and beautiful by Sun Ra( Recording )

2 editions published in 1992 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Horizon by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 2008 and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heliocentric worlds of Sun Ra by Sun Ra( Recording )

3 editions published between 1965 and 2007 and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heliocentric worlds of Sun Ra by Sun Ra( Recording )

4 editions published between 1966 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heliocentric worlds of Sun Ra by Sun Ra( Recording )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1998 and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the beginning, 1963-1964 by Pharoah Sanders( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Big band renaissance. [the evolution of the jazz orchestra : the 1940s and beyond]( Recording )

1 edition published in 1995 and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heliocentric worlds. the lost tapes by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secrets of the sun by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 2008 in Undetermined and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heliocentric worlds by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The creator of the universe by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra vists Planet earth by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 1966 and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saturn presents Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra playing The Nubians of Plutonia by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 1969 and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dancing shadows by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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