Secrets of the Sun on CD

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#1 Tue, 2008-08-19 21:50
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Secrets of the Sun on CD

Not sure if this is topical but I'm pretty excited:

"Secrets of the Sun

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra

OUT OCTOBER 7, 2008:

The fourth deluxe RA reissue in the O-Card format from the UMS, released in

conjunction with EL SATURN Records has arrived: A superb reissue of a

mind-numbingly rare Saturn Records document from '62- with a previously

unreleased 17 min. TRACK... all available for the first time on CD!

"SECRETS OF THE SUN is one of the last great early 60s Saturn LPs to be

reissued-,and is one of his classic early New York releases. So rare that

it is barely known even by hard-nosed Ra collectors, it contains music

related in approach, acoustics, and arrangement to the more widely heard

material on Out there a Minute (Blast First). From a fertile period in Ra's

oeuvre, the "Solar" years, this group is more loose-limbed and ragged than

the Chicago bands, and considerably more edgy.

To augment this reissue of SECRETS OF THE SUN, we have included a track that

was originally designed to be the B-side of another Saturn record (catalog

number 547, a great mystery among Ra-o-philes)- a production that was slated but never issued. Tracking in at the length of an LP side, "Flight To Mars" comes from the same period exactly, with an extremely unusual tape-collage introduction, spliced onto a tremendously swinging, aggressive feature for drums and extended solos all around. Needless to say, it's an honor and pleasure to finally issue this music after it had rested so long in the can. Perhaps you'll agree that it's only gotten better with age. A well-kept secret indeed. -John Corbett, Chicago/July, 2008 "

Reading Earthly Recordings again, and noticed that the Flight to Mars (Saturn LP 547) is listed among a few albums offered to Impulse in the early 70's but rejected or otherwise not release by either record label. The others were:

Across the Border of Time (Saturn LP 576)

Friendly Love (Saturn LP 565) (obviously released by Evidence on cd)

Tone Poem (Saturn LP 672)

Anyone ever hear what became of the other two, and the A-side to Flight to Mars?

Also, if anyone is listening. There are several mentions to Saturn represses done by the Hinds brothers in the 80's/early 90's. Did they have the masters for these or were they needle drops?