Monday, January 16, 2012

Crawdaddyarchive Blog: "The Transparency Label Refuses to Flinch" (Sun Ra Archival Releases)


Here's an excerpt:

Of the 24 (and counting) Sun Ra titles in their roster, Transparency has plenty to be proud of here. A 1971 Helsinki show is topnotch, not just because some consider it one of his (their) best performances ever, but because it also includes a bonus DVD with an interview and footage of the band setting up for the show. There’s a 53-track monster called The Earliest Sun Ra (1946-1956), which goes all the way back to the beginning of his recording career (playing piano for Wynonie Harris) and gives a much greater understanding of his later work. There is the multi-volume Lost Reel series; a 10-CD set from Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern, and a six-CD set from New York City’s Slug’s Saloon. Of the 24 releases, there are actually 77 CDs and seven DVDs, a treasure trove. “I have this really strict rule that things picked to be released are the very best of the best,” says Sheppard, “it’s not like I’m indiscriminately putting these out.”
To this reporter, however, nothing can top the mammoth 28-CD set of a 1980 Detroit residency. For the sheer audacity of it, this one wins, and I actually laughed when first seeing it. “Who’s gonna buy this thing,” I wondered while checking to see how much cash I had on me at the time.

Sound Colour Vibration Blog Interview with Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra



Here's an excerpt:

Q: You are on the late 70′s album “Strange Celestial Road” and the title pieces has one of my favorite trumpet solo sections on any Ra recording. The album was recorded at Variety Recording Studio, New York in 1979, do you remember the sessions for this album vividly?


A: The Variety recording studio sessions was one of the best!! We were able to produce at least 6 or 7 albums from that one date! I learned a lot during that time about different ways to record Ra. He was always creating and was a first take musician. During the mix down of one song, Sun Ra fell asleep. After setting the mixing board up for a take, I asked Sun Ra how did it sound. He said “It sounds horrible” and went back to sleep. We spent over an hour resetting the board. When he woke up I asked again and he told me ” Michael you’re into the earth thing, give me the phone”.  He then called Danny Thompson in Philadelphia and instructed him to go into the chaos room and bring a trunk full of quarter inch tapes to the studio. When they arrived we began to go through over 50 tapes until he selected one to fly into the track. If you listen carefully you can hear it on “I’ll Wait For You”. Also from that session we recorded a quartet setting with Samari on drums, Victor Sproles on bass and Gilmore and Ra. Truly fantastic. I believe this was the longest session we had ever done.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

NRBQ's Tom Ardolino (January 12, 1955 – January 6, 2012)

With the passing of Tom Ardolino (January 12, 1955 – January 6, 2012), I want to say that, in my opinion, Tom Ardolino is one of THE great unsung drum masters of the rock era - carrying and honoring the swing and traditions of jazz and rockabilly. He had a natural, musical feel to his playing, and always served the song - always in the pocket, always appropriate to the arrangement, and always playing with propulsion and emotion. In a musical world that wallows in negativity more often than not, Tom's playing vibrated with a sense of happiness and life. For me, NOBODY swung harder or with more joy in the rock world over the last 40 years. Thank you for all everything, Tommy!

Ardolino was a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, and knew the band already for a few years as a fan, and used to exchange offbeat reel to reel tapes with Terry, before cassettes became popular. One show, drummer Staley didn't turn up for an encore in time, and Terry gave Ardolino the nod. When Tom Staley headed for Florida to join The Breathers, Tom Ardolino joined NRBQ and the personnel locked in for 20 years. As great as Ferguson, Gadler and Staley each were in their respective rights, the magic of this particular quartet went from fiery sparks to constant current.

Ardolino remained in the lineup until the band went on hiatus in 2004, returning for occasional reunion performances, and lending his support when Adams decided to reclaim the NRBQ name for a new band in 2011. While lead vocals were generally performed by other members of NRBQ, live shows often included a moment where Ardolino would take the spotlight and sing, either with a karaoke backing track or with one of the other band members drumming.

In the period when Ardolino joined the band, no labels were biting in 1974, so the band started their own Red Rooster label, and put out All Hopped Up (reissued by Rounder as "Ridin’ in My Car.") This included many favorites besides "Ridin’ in my Car", like "I Got a Rocket in My Pocket", and "It Feels Good."

NRBQ's Tom Ardolino (January 12, 1955 – January 6, 2012)
NRBQ All Hopped Up 1977 Red Rooster Records

References:
http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=244052
http://www.allmusic.com/album/all-hopped-up-r14245
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Ardolino
http://www.puremusic.com/nrbq.html
http://www.lyricsfreak.com/n/nrbq/biography.html

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed Volume 1 by Sun Ra Music Arkive and Transparency Records Released

The Eternal Myth Revealed Volume 1 by Sun Ra Music Arkive and Transparency Records has finally been released, and Crawford from the Other Planes Of There blog has some early thoughts. Personally, the set is so deep and so immense it's really quite hard to wrap my head around at this point. The Herman Blount years through the Chicago and early New York periods are the most fascinating for me; when Sun Ra was discovering and creating his musical mythology. Deep gratitude and congratulations to the Michaels for making this release happen and sharing it with us. It is literally a dream come true.


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The Eternal Myth Revealed Volume 1 track list:


DISC #1
01. Narration – Producer & Sun Ra Introduction Pt. 1
02. Narration – Production Introduction
03. 4-22-58 – Message To Earth Man – Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist)
04. Narration – Producer & Sun Ra Introduction Pt. 2
05. Narration – Ruth Brown Bobby Bland & Ray Charles Interviews - The Meaning Of The Blues
06. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – His Early Days In Alabama
07. Narration – The Early Blues Women 1924 – 1928
08. 5-13-21 – Oh Daddy – Ethel Waters with Cordy Williams and his Jazz Masters
09. 10-15-24 – Booze & Blues – Ma Rainey with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
10. 11-10-28 – Hole In The Wall – Sarah Martin with the Clarence Williams Orchestra
11. Narration – Sun Ra Interview - His First Piano / Leading The School Band
12. Narration – The Luis Russell Orchestra 1929
13. 9-9-29 – Call Of The Freaks – The Luis Russell Orchestra
14. Narration – The Don Redman Orchestra
15. 1-17-40 – Chant Of The Weed – The Don Redman Orchestra
16. Narration – The Early Jazz Band Influences
17. 6-12-28 – Just Rite – Bennie Moten Orchestra
18. 7-2-28 – Fat Man Blues – Tiny Parham & His Musicians
19. 2-25-32 – Rhythm Spasm – Baron Lee & The Mills Blue Rhythm Band
20. Narration – The Fletcher Henderson Influence Pt. 1 – 1931
21. 1-9-31 – Blue Rhythm – The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
22. 1-9-31 – Sugar Foot Stomp – The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
23. Narration – Coleman Hawkins Interview – Hawk Remembers Fletcher Henderson
24. Narration – The Clarence William Band Records Sun Ra Composition 1933
25. 1-3-33 – Chocolate Avenue – Clarence Williams Orchestra
26. Narration – The John Kirby Sextet 1939
27. 5-10-39 – Anitra’s Dance – The John Kirby Sextet
28. 5-10-39 – Opus #5 – The John Kirby Sextet
29. Narration – The Coleman Hawkins Orchestra Influence 1940
30. 1940 – Chant Of The Groove – Coleman Hawkins Orchestra “Live”
31. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Remembers How Musicians Used To Dress

DISC #2
01. Narration – Sun Ra In The Military October 1942
02. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Sunny Remembers Fletcher Henderson
03. Narration – The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra “Live” 1945
04. 1945 – Ernie Whitman & Fletcher Henderson Commentary
05. 1945 – You’re Driving Me Crazy – Fletcher Henderson Orchestra “Live”
06. 1945 – King Porter Stomp – Fletcher Henderson Orchestra “Live”
07. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Sunny Remembers Pianists Art Tatum
08. Narration – The Art Tatum / Erroll Garner Influence
09. 1945 – Ernie Whitman – Art Tatum Introduction
10. 1945 – Song Of The Vagabond – Art Tatum “Live”
11. 1945 – Ernie Whitman – Erroll Garner Introduction
12. 1945 – Erroll’s Bounce – Erroll Garner “Live”
13. Narration – Swing “The War Years On Radio” 1943 – 1944
14. 1944 – Ernie Whitman Introduction
15. 1944 – Loose Wig – The Lionel Hampton Orchestra “Live”
16. 1943 – Ernie Whitman – Jimmie Lunceford Introduction
17. 1943 – Little John – The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra “Live”
18. 1943 – Ernie Whitman – Benny Carter Introduction
19. 1943 – Cuttin’ Time – The Benny Carter Orchestra “Live”
20. 1943 – Russian Lullaby – The Cab Calloway Orchestra “Live”
21. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Sunny Remembers His School Bands / Why He Left Alabama
22. Narration – Wynonie Harris w/The Jumpin’ Jimmie Jackson Band 1946
23. 4-14-46 – Dig This Boogie – Wynonie Harris w/Jumpin’ Jimmy Jackson Band
24. 4-14-46 – Lightnin’ Struck The Poorhouse – Wynonie Harris w/Jumpin’ Jimmy Jackson Band
25. 4-14-46 – My Baby’s Barrelhouse – Wynonie Harris w/Jumpin’ Jimmy Jackson Band
26. 4-14-46 – Drinkin’ By Myself – Wynonie Harris w/Jumpin’ Jimmy Jackson Band
27. Narration – The Billy Eckstine Orchestra Influence 1944
28. 1944 – Ernie Whitman Introduction
29. 1944 – Airmail Special – The Billy Eckstine Orchestra “Live”
30. 1944 – Ernie Whitman Introduction
31. 1944 – Love Me Or Leave Me – The Billy Eckstine Orchestra “Live”
32. Narration – The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band Influence 1948
33. 1948 – Minor Walk – The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
34. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Recalls Chicago In 1946 – The Bands He Played In
35. Narration – The Lil Green Orchestra 1946 - 1947
36. 7-23-46 – Blowtop Blues – The Lil Green Orchestra
37. 7-31-46 – No Good Man – The Lil Green Orchestra
38. 7-31-46 – How Come You Do Me Like You Do – The Lil Green Orchestra
39. 4-18-47 – Lonely Woman – The Lil Green Orchestra
40. Narration – Blues Legend Willie Dixon – The Blues Influence

DISC #3
01. Narration – The Church Organ Recordings 1948
02. 1948 – All The Things You Are – Sun Ra Plays Church Organ
03. 1948 – Wind In The Trees (Early Avant Garde) – Sun Ra Plays Church Organ
04. 1948 – Willow Weep For Me – Sun Ra Plays Church Organ
05. Narration – The Piano & Solovox Recordings 1948 Pt. 1
06. 7-29-48 – Deep Purple w/Stuff Smith – Sun Ra Plays Piano & Solovox
07. Sun Ra Interview – Sunny Remembers Stuff Smith
08. Narration – The Piano & Solovox Recordings 1948 Pt. 2
09. 7-29-48 – Darn That Dream – Sun Ra Plays Piano & Solovox
10. 7-29-48 – Yesterdays w/Jesse Miller – Sun Ra Plays Piano & Solovox
11. Narration – The Piano & Solovox Recordings 1948 Pt. 3
12. 8-10-48 – If The Only Knew – Sun Ra Poetry – Sun Ra Plays Piano & Solovox
13. Narration – The Piano & Solovox Recordings 1948 Pt. 4
14. 8-10-48 – The Darkness Within – Sun Ra Plays Piano & Solovox
15. Narration – The Mary Lou Williams Composition Influence 1945
16. 1945 – Taurus – The Mary Lou Williams Trio
17. 1945 – Cancer – The Mary Lou Williams Trio
18. Narration – Sun Ra – His Mary Lou Williams Influenced Compositions 1948
19. 8-10-48 – Ode To Mary Lou – Sun Ra Plays Solo Piano
20. 8-10-48 – I’ve Got A Secret – Sun Ra Plays Solo Piano
21. 8-10-48 – Something In Your Smile – Sun Ra Plays Solo Piano
22. 8-10-48 – High Steppin’ – Sun Ra Plays Solo Piano
23. 7-21-49 – I’ve Got Some New Blues – Sun Ra Plays Solo Piano
24. Narration – The Mary Lou Williams Big Band Arrangement Influence 1947
25. 1947 – Lonely Moments – The Milton Orent / Frank Roth Orchestra
26. 1947 – Whistle Blues – The Milton Orent / Frank Roth Orchestra
27. Narration – Sunny And Jo Jo Adams 1947
28. Narration – Junior Wells Interview – The Early Days Of Chicago Blues
29. Narration – Jo Jo Adams w/Tom Archia (possible new Sun Ra arrangement find)
30. 7-3-47 – Love Me – Jo Jo Adams w/Tom Archia All-Stars
31. 7-3-47 – Drinkin’ Blues – Jo Jo Adams w/Tom Archia All-Stars
32. 7-3-47 – If I Feel Like This Tomorrow – Jo Jo Adams w/Tom Archia All-Stars
33. 7-3-47 – Cryin’ By My Window – Jo Jo Adams w/Tom Archia All-Stars
34. Narration – The 1948 Record Ban / Andrew Tibbs & The Dozier Boys 1948
35. 10-18-48 – He’s Got Her And Gone – Andrew Tibbs & The Dozier Boys
36. 10-18-48 – The Holidays Are Over – Andrew Tibbs & The Dozier Boys
37. Narration – The Dozier Boys w/The Sax Mallard Band 1948 (note: missing tracks)
38. 11-27-48 – In A Travelin’ Mood – Andrew Tibbs & The Dozier Boys
39. 11-27-48 – In Every Man’s Life – Andrew Tibbs & The Dozier Boys
40. Narration – Bobby “Blue” Bland Interview – The Blues Are About Life

DISC #4
01. Narration – The Early Foundations Of R&B Doo Wop
02. Narration – The Dozier Boys w/The Eugene Wright Band
03. 12-12-48 – Big Time Baby – The Dozier Boys w/ Eugene Wright Band
04. 12-12-48 – Pork-N-Beans – The Dozier Boys w/ Eugene Wright Band
05. 12-12-48 – Dawn Mist – The Dozier Boys w/ Eugene Wright Band
06. 12-12-48 – The Music Goes Down And Round – The Dozier Boys w/ Eugene Wright Band
07. Narration – Sun Ra & The Red Saunders Orchestra 1948
08. 12-18-48 – Trust In Me – George Floyd w/The Red Saunders Orchestra
09. 12-18-48 – Synthesis – The Red Saunders Orchestra
10. 12-18-48 – Jitterbuggin’ – The Red Saunders Orchestra
11. 12-18-48 – Legs Gettin’ Bigger – George Kirby w/The Red Saunders Orchestra
12. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Lexington, Indiana 1949 – The Blue Grass Inn
13. Narration – The Sonny Blount Trio
14. 6-4-49 – Upstairs – The Sunny Blount Trio
15. 6-4-49 – Sunny’s Bop / Just One Of Those Things – The Sunny Blount Trio
16. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Sunny Speaks Highly Of Vocalist Billie Holiday
17. Narration – Louis Armstrong Speaks Of Billie Holiday / Lady Day - Yesterdays
18. Narration – Sun Ra Sings & Plays Piano
19. 7-21-49 – Smile – Sun Ra Sings & Plays Piano
20. 7-21-49 – Old Man River – Sun Ra Sings & Plays Piano
21. Sun Ra Song Introduction
22. 7-23-49 – Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Sun Ra Sings & Plays Piano
23. 7-23-49 – Out Of Nowhere – Sun Ra Sings & Plays Piano
24. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Recalls His Band In Chicago & Alabama A&M
25. Narration – The Chicago Blues Influence / Andrew Tibbs w/Leo Blevins Trio
26. 7-27-49 – How Long – Andrew Tibbs w/Leo Blevins Trio
27. 7-27-49 – I Know – Andrew Tibbs w/Leo Blevins Trio
28. Narration – The Sonny Blount Trio “Live” 1949
29. 8-17-49 – You Go To My Head – The Sunny Blount Trio “Live at Birdland”
30. 8-17-49 – Blue Chicago Blues – The Sunny Blount Trio “Live at Birdland”
31. Narration – Sugar Chile Robinson w/Red Saunders Orchestra 1950
32. 1-24-50 – Bouncin’ The Ball – Sugar Chile Robinson w/Red Saunders Orchestra
33. 1-24-50 – I’ll Eat My Spinach – Sugar Chile Robinson w/Red Saunders Orchestra
34. Narration – Dorothy Donegan 1950
35. 6-10-50 – D.D.D. – Dorothy Donegan w/Red Saunders Orchestra
36. 6-10-50 – Ridin’ The Boogie – Dorothy Donegan w/Red Saunders Orchestra

DISC #5
01. Narration – The Red Saunders Orchestra w/Joe Williams #1 – 1950
02. 6-15-50 – Blow Mr. Low Blow – Joe Williams w/Red Saunders Orchestra
03. 6-15-50 – Chi (pronounced “Shy” for Chicago) – Joe Williams w/Red Saunders Orchestra
04. 6-15-50 – Lyin’ Girl Blues – Joe Williams w/Red Saunders Orchestra
05. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – The Innovators & The Youth
06. Narration – The Mary Lou Williams Jazz Organ & Piano Influence 1950
07. 1-3-50 – Bye Bye Blues – Mary Lou Williams Trio
08. Narration – Andrew Tibbs w/Sax Mallard Sextet 1950
09. 10-13-50 – You Can’t Win – Andrew Tibbs w/Sax Mallard Sextet
10. 10-13-50 – Achin’ Heart – Andrew Tibbs w/Sax Mallard Sextet
11. Narration – Sun Ra & The Unidentified Vocalist 1950
12. 11-11-50 – Pennies From Heaven – Sun Ra & The Unknown Vocalist
13. 11-11-50 – You The Night And The Music – Sun Ra & The Unknown Vocalist
14. Narration – Sun Ra Meets Alto Saxophonist John Jenkins 1950
15. 11-11-50 – Cocktails For Two / Tenderly – Sun Ra & John Jenkins
16. 11-11-50 – The Phantom – Sun Ra & John Jenkins
17. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Hearing Legendary Blues & Jazz Bands
18. Narration – Sun Ra & Laverne Baker aka Little Miss Sharecropper 1950
19. 12-17-50 – Take Some Time Out – Little Miss Sharecropper w/Red Saunders Orchestra
20. 12-17-50 – I’ve Tried – Little Miss Sharecropper w/Red Saunders Orchestra
21. 12-17-50 – How Long – Little Miss Sharecropper w/Red Saunders Orchestra
22. 12-17-50 – I Want To Rock – Little Miss Sharecropper w/Red Saunders Orchestra
23. Narration – The Wilbur Ware / John Jenkins / Leo Blevins Rehearsals 1951 Pt. 1
24. 2-6-51 – The Nearness Of You – Sun Ra & Wilbur Ware
25. 2-6-51 – Sunny’s Place #1– Sun Ra & Wilbur Ware
26. Narration – The Wilbur Ware / John Jenkins / Leo Blevins Rehearsals 1951 Pt. 2
27. 2-6-51 – The Man I Love – Sun Ra / Wilbur Ware & Leo Blevins
28. 3-17-51 – Sunny’s Place #2 – Sun Ra / Wilbur Ware & John Jenkins
29. Narration – The Sun Ra Mystery Clip
30. 2-6-51 – All Alone – Sun Ra – The Celeste & Piano Recordings

DISC #6
01. Narration – The Red Saunders Orchestra w/Joe Williams #2 – 1951
02. 4-20-51 – Stop Pretty Baby Stop – Joe Williams w/Red Saunders Orchestra
03. 4-20-51 – Weekday Blues – Joe Williams w/Red Saunders Orchestra
04. 4-20-51 – 4AM Blues (instrumental) – The Red Saunders Orchestra
05. Narration – The Red Saunders Orchestra w/Joe Williams #3 – 1951
06. 8-21-51 – Last Nights Party – Joe Williams w/Red Saunders Orchestra
07. 8-21-51 – Hey Bartender – Joe Williams w/Red Saunders Orchestra
08. 8-21-51 – Boot ‘Em Up (instrumental) – The Red Saunders Orchestra
09. 8-21-51 – Sugar Bounce – Joe Williams w/Red Saunders Orchestra
10. Narration – The Red Saunders Orchestra w/June Davis 1951
11. 8-21-51 – Gentle Lover – June Davis w/Red Saunders Orchestra
12. 8-21-51 – J.D. Blues – June Davis w/Red Saunders Orchestra
13. Narration – The Red Saunders Orchestra w/The Hambone Kids 1952
14. 1-18-52 – Hambone – The Hambone Kids w/The Red Saunders Orchestra
15. 4-3-52 – Zekiel, Zekiel – The Hambone Kids w/Red Saunders Orchestra
16. 4-3-52 – Piece Of Puddin’ – The Hambone Kids w/Red Saunders Orchestra
17. Narration – The Red Saunders Orchestra 1952
18. 1-18-52 – La Raspa (instrumental) – The Red Saunders Orchestra
19. Narration – The Paul Bascomb Band 1952
20. 3-3-52 – Blues And The Beat – The Paul Bascomb Band
21. 3-3-52 – More Blues, More Beat – The Paul Bascomb Band
22. 3-3-52 – Black Out – The Paul Bascomb Band
23. 3-3-52 – Pink Cadillac – The Paul Bascomb Band
24. Narration – Charlie Gonzales w/Red Holloway Band 1952
25. 1952 – Hi Yo Silver – Charlie Gonzales w/Red Holloway Band
26. 1952 – Such A Darn Fool Over You – Charlie Gonzales w/Red Holloway Band
27. 1952 – Hey Muscatel – Charlie Gonzales w/Red Holloway Band
28. 1952 – I’m Through With You – Charlie Gonzales w/Red Holloway Band
29. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Building The Arkestra In Chicago / Pat Patrick Rehearsals 1952
30. 6-9-52 – Wonderful You – Sun Ra Meets Pat Patrick
31. 6-9-52 – A Place In My Heart – Sun Ra Meets Pat Patrick

DISC #7
01. Narration – The Afro Cuban Influence – Machito 1951
02. 11-17-51 – Symphony Sid Torin Announcement
03. 11-17-51 – Carambola – Machito Orquesta “Live” At Birdland – New York
04. 11-17-51 – Symphony Sid Torin Announcement
05. 11-17-51 – Picadillo – Machito Orquesta “Live” At Birdland – New York
06. 11-17-51 – Symphony Sid Torin Announcement
07. 11-17-51 – Tanga – Machito Orquesta “Live” At Birdland – New York (song addition)
08. Narration – The Afro Cuban Influence – Perez Prado 1947
09. 1947 – Saca La Mano – Perez Prado Orquesta – Havana, Cuba
10. 1947 – Kuba Mambo – Perez Prado Orquesta – Havana, Cuba
11. 1947 – Kandela – Perez Prado Orquesta – Havana, Cuba
12. Narration – The Afro Cuban Influence On Sun Ra 1953
13. 1-21-53 – Mambo In Trumpet – The Red Saunders Orchestra
14. Narration – The Red Saunders Orchestra w/Joe Williams #4 - 1953
15. 1-21-53 – Honky Tonk Train Blues (instrumental) – The Red Saunders Orchestra
16. 1-21-53 – Probably – Joe Williams w/The Red Saunders Orchestra
17. 1-21-53 – Voodoo Blues – Joe Williams w/The Red Saunders Orchestra
18. Narration – The Gospel Influence On R&B Doo Wop
19. 1937 – Golden Gate Gospel Train – The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
20. 1944 – Straighten Up And Fly Right “Live” – The Golden Gate Quartet
21. Narration – Wilson Pickett & Aaron Neville Interviews – The Gospel Influence
22. 1950 – Our Father (The Lords Prayer) – The Five Blind Boys (Jackson Harmoneers)
23. Narration – The Swing Vocal Group Era – The Cats & The Fiddle 1939
24. 12-7-39 – Mr. Rhythm Man – The Cats & The Fiddle
25. Narration – The Doo Wop Influence – The Ink Spots 1944
26. 1944 – Ernie Whitman Ink Spots Introduction
27. 1944 – If I Didn’t Care – The Ink Spots “Live”
28. Narration – Johnny Otis Interview – How They Created Rhythm & Blues In The Late 1940’s
29. Narration – The Early Days Of R&B Doo Wop Pt. 1
30. Narration – Wilson Pickett Interview – The Chittlin’ Circuit

DISC #8
01. Narration – The Early Days Of R&B Doo Wop Pt. 2
02. 8-25-52 – Blues Train – Browley Guy & The Skyscrapers
03. 8-25-52 – You Ain’t Gonna Worry Me – Browley Guy & The Skyscrapers
04. Narration – The Parrots w/Red Saunders Orchestra 1953
05. 3-27-53 – Weep Weep Weep – The Parrots w/Red Saunders Orchestra
06. 3-27-53 – Don’t Leave Me – The Parrots w/Red Saunders Orchestra
07. Narration – The Spaniels w/The Red Saunders Orchestra 1953 Pt. 1
08. 5-4-53 – Since I Fell For You – The Spaniels w/Red Saunders Orchestra
09. 7-14-54 – I Got Some New Blues – Sun Ra & The Nu-Sounds
10. Narration – The Spaniels w/Red Saunders Orchestra 1953 Pt. 2
11. 5-4-53 – Bounce – The Spaniels w/Red Saunders Orchestra
12. 7-14-54 – Honeysuckle Rose – Sun Ra & The Nu-Sounds
13. Narration – The Flamingos w/The Red Holloway Band 1953
14. 8-?-53 – Golden Teardrops – The Flamingos w/Red Holloway Band
15. 1-17-56 – Perfidious Lover – Walter Dunn & The Metros w/The Sun Ra Arkestra
16. Narration – The Moonglows w/The Red Holloway Band 1953 Pt. 1
17. 9-27-53 – My Love – The Moonglows w/Red Holloway Band
18. 1956 – Bye Bye – The Cosmic Rays w/Le Sun Ra & Arkestra
19. Narration – The Moonglows w/The Red Holloway Band 1953 Pt. 2
20. 9-27-53 – Just A Lonely Christmas – The Moonglows w/Red Holloway Band
21. 9-27-53 – Hey Santa Claus – The Moonglows w/Red Holloway Band
22. Narration – The Pelicans w/Paul Bascomb & The Leo Blevins Trio? 1953
23. 9-28-53 – White Cliffs Of Dover – The Pelicans w/Paul Bascomb Band
24. 6-10-58 – I’m Glad You Love Me – Juanita Rogers w/Mr. V’s 5 Joys
25. Narration – The Rockettes w/The Red Saunders Orchestra 1953
26. 10-11-53 – Love Nobody – The Rockettes w/Red Saunders Orchestra
27. 7-14-54 – I’m Through With You – The Nu-Sounds - Rehearsal
28. Narration – The 5 Thrills (The Earls) w/The Paul Bascomb Band 1954
29. 1-19-54 – Laverne – The 5 Thrills / The Earls w/Paul Bascomb Band
30. 8-22-55 – Dreaming – The Cosmic Rays
31. Narration – The 5 Echoes w/The Al Smith Band 1954
32. 1-17-54 – So Lonesome – The 5 Echoes w/Al Smith Band
33. 1-17-54 – Broke – The 5 Echoes w/Al Smith
34. 1-22-54 – That’s My Baby – The 5 Echoes w/Al Smith Band
35. 1-22-54 – Why Oh Why – The 5 Echoes w/Al Smith Band

DISC #9
01. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Sunny Remembers His Vocal Groups
02. Narration – The Founding Of Saturn & El Saturn Records 1954
03. 5-21-54 – My Sweet – Rehearsal w/Roland Wilson & The Nu-Sounds
04. 5-21-54 – My Land Of Dreams – Rehearsal w/Roland Wilson & The Nu-Sounds
05. 5-21-54 – Dreams Come True – Rehearsal w/Roland Wilson & The Nu-Sounds
06. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Describes His Music As Being Far Ahead
07. Narration – The 5 Chances (w/Clyde Williams)
08. 4-10-54 – Nagasaki – The 5 Chances (w/Clyde Williams)
09. 4-10-54 – Make Love To Me – The 5 Chances (w/Clyde Williams)
10. Narration – The Flamingos w/The Al Smith Band 1954
11. 7-11-54 – Dream Of A Lifetime – The Flamingos w/The Al Smith Band
12. Narration – The 5 Arrows w/The Paul Bascomb Band 1954
13. 7-17-54 – You Got Me Losing My Mind – Gloria Valdez & The 5 Arrows w/Paul Bascomb Band
14. 7-17-54 – Pretty Little Thing – The 5 Arrows w/Paul Bascomb Band
15. Narration – Walter Spriggs w/The Red Saunders Orchestra 1954
16. 10-22-54 – I’m Not Your Fool Anymore – Walter Spriggs w/Red Saunders Orchestra
17. Narration – The Rhythm Aces w/Red Saunders Orchestra 1954 – 1955
18. 11-11-54 – I Wonder Why – The Rhythm Aces w/Red Saunders Orchestra
19. 11-11-54 – Whisper To Me – The Rhythm Aces w/Red Saunders Orchestra
20. Narration – The Maples w/The Von Freeman Band 1954
21. 11-19-54 – 99 Guys – The Maples w/Von Freeman Band
22. 2-5-55 – Honeysuckle Rose – The Nu-Sounds
23. Narration – The Fortunes w/Unknown Band 1955
24. 1-25-55 – Love – The Fortunes
25. 1-25-55 – Bread – The Fortunes
26. Narration – The Early Sci-Fi Factuality Influence
27. Narration – The Walter Dunn “Repeto” Studio Rehearsal & Session 1956
28. 1-17-56 – I’ll Close My Heart – Walter Dunn & The Metros – Rehearsal
29. 1-17-56 – When You’re In Love This Way – Walter Dunn & The Metros – Rehearsal
30. 1-17-56 – Christina, Eugena, Marie – Walter Dunn & The Metros – Studio
31. 1-17-56 – Perfidious Lover #2 – Walter Dunn & The Metros – Studio
32. Narration – Hamp Jones 1957
33. 1957 – Pack Your Clothes – Hamp Jones w/Unknown Band
34. Narration – Mel London w/Unknown Band 1957
35. 1957 – Man From The Island – Mel London w/Unknown Band

DISC #10
01. Narration – The Serenaders 1957 w/Unknown Band
02. 1957 – The Pajama Game – The Serenaders w/Unknown Band
03. 1957 – A Sinner In Love – The Serenaders w/Unknown Band
04. Narration – The Supremes “Live” w//Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz 1958
05. 1958 – Everybody Mambo – The Supremes w/Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz
06. Narration – Odetta Interview – The Body Is The First Instrument
07. Narration – Sun Ra & The Early Avant Garde Organ Recordings 1953 Pt. 1
Featuring Thea Barbara & An Unidentified Male Vocalist
8. 3-9-53 – The Many Thoughts Of…
9. 3-9-53 – The Inner Being
10. 3-9-53 – The Haunted Melody
11. Narration – Sun Ra & The Early Avant Garde Organ Recordings 1953 Pt. 2
Featuring The Unidentified Male Vocalist
12. 3-9-53 – Pennies From Heaven
13. 3-9-53 – You And The Night And The Music
14. Narration – The Stan Kenton New Direction Influence
15. Narration – Sun Ra – The Solo Piano Recordings Pt. 1
16. 4-27-53 – Ebb Tide
17. Narration – Alberta Adams w/The Red Saunders Orchestra 1953
18. 7-16-53 – Messin’ With The Blues
19. 7-16-53 – Remember
20. Narration – Blues Vocalist Alberta Adams – Why She Sings The Blues
21. Narration – Jo Jo Adams w/The Red Saunders Orchestra 1953
22. 9-21-53 – Call My Baby
23. 9-21-53 – Rebecca
24. Narration – Sun Ra – The Solo Piano Recordings #2
25. 9-25-53 – I Remember You
26. 9-25-53 – The Best Things In Life Are Free
27. Narration – Joe Williams w/The Red Saunders Orchestra 1953
28. 9-28-53 – It’s Raining Again
29. 9-28-53 – On The Blue Side
30. 9-28-53 – Detour Ahead
31. 9-28-53 – Blow Mr. Low Blow (remake)
32. Narration – The Red Saunders Orchestra 1953
33. 12-31-53 – Summertime
34. 12-31-53 – Riverboat
35. 12-31-53 – Lawdy Lucy
36. 12-31-53 – Tired Of Movin’

DISC #11
01. Narration – The Coleman Hawkins Parrot Recordings 1954 Pt. 1
02. 5-27-54 – I’ll Follow My Secret Heart
03. 5-27-54 – What A Difference A Day Made
04. 5-27-54 – September Song
05. Narration – The Coleman Hawkins Parrot Recordings 1954 Pt. 2
06. 5-27-54 – Blue Blue Days
07. 5-27-54 – Flight Eleven
08. Narration – The Paul Bascomb Parrot Recordings 1954 Pt. 1
09. 7-14-54 – Jan Pt. 1 & 2
10. 7-14-54 – Liza’s Blues
11. Narration – The Paul Bascomb Parrot Recordings 1954 Pt. 2
12. 7-?-54 – Jumpin’ At El Sino
13. 7-?-54 – Alley B On Avenue C
14. Narration – Sun Ra And The Vee Jay & Duke Labels 1954
15. Narration – Grant Jones w/The King Kolax Band
16. 12-31-54 – What Have You Done To Me
17. 12-31-54 – Right Now
18. Narration – The King Kolax Band
19. 12-31-54 – Vivian
20. 12-31-54 – Goodnite Blues
21. Narration – Billy Brooks w/The Red Saunders Orchestra 1955
22. 2-18-55 – Mambo Is Everywhere
23. 2-18-55 – Song Of A Dreamer
24. 2-18-54 – I Want Your Love Tonight
25. 2-18-54 – This Is My Prayer
26. Narration – The Early Sun Ra & Pat Patrick Rehearsals 1955: The Treasure Hunt Tape
27. 7-23-55 – Of This I Know take 1
28. 7-23-55 – Of This I Know take 2
29. 7-23-55 – When You’re With The One You Love
30. 7-23-55 – Darn That Dream

DISC #12
01. Narration – The Billie Hawkins Rehearsal 1956
02. 1-12-56 – I’m Coming Home (rehearsal)
03. 1-12-56 – Last Call For Love (rehearsal)
04. 1-12-56 – Kiss Me Sweet (rehearsal)
05. 1-12-56 – At Last (rehearsal)
06. Narration – The Billie Hawkins Heat Beat Recordings 1956
07. 2-17-56 – I’m Coming Home (studio version)
08. 2-17-56 – Last Call For Love (studio version)
09. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Teaching The Arkestra To Play Like Swing Musicians
10. Narration – Sun Ra Respected By Musicians / The Le Suny’r Ra Band “Live” 1956
11. 3-18-56 – Big City Blues
12. 3-18-56 – Delilah (John Gilmore Solo Feature)
13. 3-18-56 – Velvet
14. Narration – The James Scales / Wilbur Green / Robert Barry Rehearsal 1956
15. 4-23-56 – Somebody Else’s Worlds
16. 4-23-56 – Blues In Outer Space
17. 4-23-56 – Space Aura (incomplete)
18. Narration – The Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth Session 1956 – Velvet
19. 5-17-56 – Velvet take 1 (complete take)
20. 5-27-56 – Velvet take 2 (F/S)
21. 5-27-56 – Velvet take 3 (F/S)
22. 5-27-56 – Velvet take 4 (complete take)
23. Narration – Ray Charles Interview – What It Means To Be A Good Singer
24. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Clyde Williams
25. Narration – Clyde Williams w/Sun Ra & His Arkestra 1956 – Dreams Come True
26. 5-27-56 – Dreams Come True take 2 (complete take)
27. 5-27-56 – Dreams Come True take 3 (F/S)
28. 5-27-56 – Dreams Come True take 4 (complete take)
29. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Dreams Come True (closer)
30. Narration – Clyde Williams w/Sun Ra Arkestra “Live” 1958
31. 1958 – S’Wonderful
32. 1958 – Roll ‘Em Pete
33. 1958 – My Funny Valentine (added track)

DISC #13
01. Narration – The Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth Session 1956 Pt. 1
02. 5-27-56 – Eve take 1 (F/S)
03. 5-27-56 – Eve (complete unedited version)
04. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Playing What People Need
05. Narration – The Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth Session 1956 – El Viktor
06. 5-27-56 – El Viktor take 1 (complete take)
07. 5-27-56 – El Viktor take 2 (F/S)
08. 5-27-56 – El Viktor take 3 (F/S)
09. 5-27-56 – El Viktor take 4 (F/S)
10. 5-27-56 – El Viktor take 5 – (master take)
11. Narration – The Hattie Randolph Bud Land Rehearsal 1957
12. 8-25-57 – Don’t Blame Me take 1
13. 8-25-57 – Hattie and band conversation
14. 8-25-57 – Don’t Blame Me take 2
15. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Why The Band Is Called The Arkestra
16. Narration – The Calvin Newborn Bud Land Rehearsal 1957
17. 8-25-57 – Blue Space
18. 8-25-57 – Everything I Have Is Yours
19. Narration – The Sun Ra Poetry Recordings 1948 – 1982
20. Narration – The Pershing Ballroom All-Star Jam 1958
21. 8-15-58 – Chi-Town Blues
22. 8-15-58 – Just You, Just Me
23. 8-15-58 – I Can’t Get Started (added track)
24. 8-15-58 – Don’t Blame Me (added track)

DISC #14
01. Narration – The 1958 Yochanan Recordings
02. Narration – Sun Ra & His Arkestra Live At Bud Land 1958 – The John Gilmore Feature
03. 9-23-58 – Just One Of Those Things
04. 9-23-58 – Sophisticated Blues
05. 9-23-58 – Will You Still Be Mine
06. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Having Discipline In His Band
07. Narration – Sun Ra & The Arkestra Play Pop Hits 1958 – Tequila
08. 9-23-58 – Tequila / End Of Set Theme
09. Narration – Hattie Randolph Records With The Arkestra 1959
10. 3-6-59 – Round Midnight – mono take 1 (F/S)
11. 3-6-59 – Round Midnight – mono take 2 (F/S)
12. 3-6-59 – Round Midnight – mono take 3 (master take)
13. Narration – Hattie Randolph With The Arkestra – Live At The Jazz Showcase 1976
14. 11-28-76 – Don’t Blame Me
15. Narration – Sun Ra Interview – Playing Another Kind Of Music
16. Narration – Producer Michael D. Anderson – Closing Comments
17. Narration – Sun Ra – Closing Comments Collage
18. End Music Theme – Discipline