Two marvellous early-70s Saturns — CEF and ‘Sub Underground Series’ — ranging from lovely, intimate NY material (from 1962) to a 1974 live show, to the amazing titular Strange Strings variant, circa 1968.
Italy, 1978: John Gilmore, trumpeter Michael Ray, drummer Luqman Ali, Sun Ra on keyboards including a Crumar Mainman (‘like a piano, organ, clavichord, cello, violin and brass instruments,’ according to Ra).
The full band live in Egypt, in 1971, featuring Ra’s astounding moog-playing and drum orgies galore.
Sun Ra (piano organ, moog, rhythm machine, vocals), John Gilmore (tenor sax, drums, vocals), Luqman Ali (drums, vocals), Michael Ray (trumpet, vocals) — the companion to Disco 3000.
Three LPs and some unissued stuff from an impulsive trip to Egypt in 1971, when Brigadier Salah Ragab requisitioned instruments from the army. Featuring moog and June Tyson on some great out rambles and groovers.
From 1979, and including UFO — rumbustious disco, Arkestra-style, with solos from John Gilmore, Taylor Richardson, and Michael Ray (who also mixed the album, layering in pre-recorded material).
Live in 1966, beamed down the same year as Strange Strings and Nothing Is. Ra’s creep-show clavioline; Gilmore, Pat Patrick and Marshall Allen all outstanding. Fabulous sound, beautifully re-mastered.
Ra on Moog, Gilmore and Marshall, Thea Barbara singing, James Jacson on log drums, Nimrod Hunt hand drums. The Space Probe LP plus unreleased out-takes from the Secrets Of The Sun and When Sun Comes Out sessions.
Live at the Ann Arbor Festival, 1972, 73 and 74. Firing versions of old favourites, with decent sound, tons of drama, space chants, way-out Ra electronics and roaring John Gilmore.