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Paris 1983

by Sun Ra & His Arkestra

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Kora Intro 05:11
D.27 03:03
1984 07:03
Nuclear War 05:34
Blue Lou 03:42
Yeah Man! 03:24
Watusa 05:30


A fabulous, previously unreleased live set recorded during a late 1983 European tour by Sun Ra and His Arkestra. The exact date and venue are unknown, although Paris has been identified as the city.

In the 1980s Ra sustained a rigorous US and overseas performance schedule. Audiences were growing, especially in Europe, and shows were becoming more extravagant and theatrical.

During this period, the Arkestra's repertoire began to feature Ra originals mixed with a greater proportion of Tin Pan Alley standards. These vintage titles held great significance to Sunny; they were popular when he was growing up and making his initial forays into composing and arranging. These famous tunes served as the building blocks for young Herman "Sunny" Blount in the 1930s and '40s, and decades later they became recurring entries on set-lists.

Based on other Arkestra gigs in Europe around this time, the personnel likely consisted of:

Sun Ra: piano, keyboard, vocals
June Tyson: vocals
Marshall Allen: kora, flute, alto sax, percussion
John Gilmore: tenor sax, clarinet, timb, vocals
Eloe Omoe: contra-alto clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, percussion
Danny Ray Thompson: baritone sax,flute, percussion
James Jacson: bassoon, Infinity-drums, flute
Ronnie Brown: trumpet, flugelhorn
Kwame Hadi: trumpet
Tyrone Hill: trombone
James Glass: electric guitar
Rollo Radford: electric bass
Clifford Jarvis: drums
Marvin “Boogaloo” Smith: drums
Chris Henderson: drums
Atakatune: conga


released December 2, 2015

2015, Enterplanetary Koncepts

All titles composed by Sun Ra © Enterplanetary Koncepts (BMI) except:

Big John's Special (Horace Henderson © EMI Mills ASCAP)
Sometimes I'm Happy (Caesar/Grey/Youmans © Range Road/Jerry Lieber ASCAP)
Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini © WB Music ASCAP)
King Porter Stomp (Ferdinand Joseph Morton © Edwin H. Morris ASCAP)
Blue Lou (Edgar Sampson © EMI Mills ASCAP)
Cocktails for Two (Coslow/Johnston © SonyATV ASCAP)
Over the Rainbow (Arlen-Harburg © EMI Feist ASCAP)
Yeah Man! (Sissle/Henderson/Robinson © J. Russell Robinson Music/Chappell ASCAP)

Mastered by Peter Beckmann from an original soundboard tape from the collection of Hartmut Geerken. Additional audio restoration by Irwin Chusid. Special thanks to Peter Dennett.

Issued under license from Sun Ra LLC
Cover art adapted from elements of various illustrations by Jim Flora/JimFlora.com, design by Irwin Chusid


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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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