June Tyson: Saturnian Queen of the Sun Ra Arkestra

by June Tyson and Sun Ra

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THE FIRST-EVER COLLECTION OF JUNE TYSON VOCAL PERFORMANCES WITH SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA

Undoubtedly the most sublime constellation in the Sun Ra cosmos, June Tyson’s voice is the perfect guide through one of the most challenging and varied musical legacies ever created. Capable of fierce and sassy declamations as well as intricate melodic weavings, June's voice transcends genre. This first-ever collection affirms June Tyson’s unassailable gravity in Sun Ra’s realm, and features some of June's most popular numbers along with previously unissued tracks. The LP and CD versions include a full color zine-style insert with rare Tyson family photos and extensive liner notes by Cat Celebrezze.

As one of Sun Ra’s closest artistic collaborators for almost 25 years, June Tyson represented Afrofuturism as boldly and powerfully as her Saturnian leader. He was the king of Afrofuturism and June was the queen.

Also available on LP and CD from Modern Harmonic:
LP: bit.ly/2rtwpXl
CD: bit.ly/2XQnwmK
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released November 29, 2019

All vocals by June Tyson
Accompanying vocals by Sun Ra and various members of the Arkestra
All tracks produced and arranged by Sun Ra

Compilation produced by Irwin Chusid
Associate Producer: Michael D. Anderson/The Sun Ra Music Archive

Mastering by Joe Lizzi for Modern Harmonic
Cover design by Jon Hunt
Project managed by Jay Millar
Production managed by Stephanie Kennedy
LP and CD contain liner notes by Cat Celebrezze

All compositions by Sun Ra
© Enterplanetary Koncepts (BMI)
except
"Never Never Land" by Comden-Green-Styne
"Smile" by Chaplin-Parsons-Phillips

All masters are sourced from the Sun Ra Music Archive and licensed from Sun Ra LLC except “Outer Spaceways Incorporated," “We Travel The Spaceways,” and "Satellites Are Spinning" from the soundtrack of the film Space Is The Place, produced by and licensed from Jim Newman.

Thanks to Shawn Ramirez, Gia McGann, Marshall Allen, Bob Irwin, Gaylord Fields, Brian Thompson, Austin Gray, Jim Newman, Christopher Trent, Robert Campbell, and Thomas Jenkins, Jr.

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The foremost figure in musical Afro-futurism and space-jazz. Keyboardist, composer, Arkestra leader, arranger, philosopher-jester, fashion icon, cosmic guide. Born Herman Blount in Alabama, 1914, left the planet in 1993, giving Earthlings a monumental catalog of recordings that transcend genre. ... more

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