Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sun Ra And His Interplanetary Vocal Arkestra - The Space Age Is Here To Stay (SUNDAZED MUSIC-MODERN HARMONIC 2018)

The first-ever collection of Arkestra vocal tracks! Over 75 minutes of vocal performances - audible perfection! Across the history of jazz, there is no wilder, more future-forward composer and performer than Herman Poole Blount, aka Sun Ra. Known as much for his wild on-stage persona as his innovative compositions, Sun Ra was the avant-garde bleeding edge of the jazz genre, introducing modal composition and electronic instrumentation before almost anyone else – not to mention bringing the space age to life with his obsession with all things extraterrestrial. Across more than 100 LPs released in his lifetime, Sun Ra charted a course to space and far, far beyond. Known primarily for his keyboard improv and freeform band arrangements, Sun Ra could also write great vocal songs when he set his mind to it. Such songs as "Space Is The Place" and "Interplanetary Music No.1" show Ra's unique approach to songwriting, using eerie chanting and repetition to create hypnotic moods. And Ra could get swingy when he wanted to as well -- "Enlightenment" and "Sometimes I'm Happy" are gorgeous ballads, as pretty as any Tin Pan Alley tune. Of course, it wouldn't be Sun Ra without his space age lyrics -- "Take your first step out to outer space/You're like a little baby who never walked before" shows up in the future-predicting "Walking On The Moon." At long last, Modern Harmonic has put together The Space Age Is Here To Stay, the very first collection of Sun Ra’s vocal tracks - two album’s worth of mind-blowing tunes from the mind of the Man from Saturn himself. Cue this one up and get ready to visit other worlds in Sun Ra's jazz rocket ship!

1. Along Came Ra / The Living Myth 04:17
2. Interplanetary Music, No. 1 02:27
3. Back In Your Own Back Yard 02:03
4. Enlightenment 02:36
5. 'Round Midnight 03:52
6. Sometimes I'm Happy 04:28
7. The Antique Blacks 04:16
8. Moorish Nights 03:46
9. Walking On the Moon 06:15
10. This Song Is Dedicated to Nature's God 03:55
11. 1984 07:01
12. Space Is the Place 09:47
13. The Forest of No Return 03:05
14. The Truth About Planet Earth 06:36
15. Nuclear War (Live) 05:40
16. Space Chant (Third Heaven) 06:04