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The Sun Myth (African Chant)

by Sun Ra & His Arkestra

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A quartet of rare 1965 tracks from the Sun Ra Music Archive. The early version of "The Sun Myth," featuring a soundtrack of African chanting underneath the Arkestra's studio performance, appeared on the first pressing of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 2. However, the chant is absent from the more commonly known commercial mix of the title. In fact, before it was removed from the mix entirely, the chant was mixed lower on the album's second pressing; it could be heard, but distantly. On the third pressing — no chant! How it came to be included in the first place was presumably Sun Ra's decision, and anybody's guess why. The origins of the recording are unknown, and as to why it was removed — see previous sentence. No documentation has been found explaining the evolution of the respective mixes.

"Dawn" and "The Other Beings" are previously unreleased, and "Interplanetary Travelers" was available briefly on an independent label LP to which it was licensed; that album is now out of print.

After the digital release of Sun Myth (African Chant) in 2016, further research affirmed that "Interplanetary Travelers" had originated from the sessions for the album The Magic City, and the track was included on the definitive Cosmic Myth Records 2017 LP/CD reissue of that classic 1965 Sun Ra title.


released June 15, 2016

All tracks produced by Sun Ra
All titles composed by Sun Ra © Enterplanetary Koncepts (BMI)

Sun Ra: piano, percussion
Marshall Allen: alto sax, piccolo, flute, percussion
John Gilmore: tenor saxophone, percussion
Walter Miller: trumpet
Pat Patrick: baritone sax, percussion
Robert Cummings: bass clarinet, percussion
Ronnie Boykins: bass
Roger Blank: percussion

Tape transfers by Michael D. Anderson of the Sun Ra Music Archive
Digital restoration by Irwin Chusid

Issued under license from The Sun Ra Music Archive
Cover illustrator: unknown
Cover design by I.C.
Thanks to Bro. Cleve and John Corbett


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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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