Space Age Greetings!

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#1 Thu, 1994-09-15 15:44
Peter M Roberts
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Space Age Greetings!

Well, OK, time to break the ice I guess.... My name is Peter Roberts and I just recently joined the SATURN list, thanx to Robert Campbell, who I have had a couple of communications with after I got his discography from Cadence...an incredible piece of work!!!! I have been perusing the list archives for several days and I can't believe what I've been missing out on. I have been following Sun Ra for about twenty years now, mostly in the Boston area from 1975 to 1985, when I made the mistake of moving to New Mexico, wher I now get strange looks from people whenever I show them, let alone PLAY, some of my Sun Ra albums. Until now, my sole source of contact with the "outside" world has been Cadence magazine. Finding out about Robert Campbell's book was a dream come true, but then finding out there was actually a network for Ra-ophiles....... Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and I hope to play an active role in the goings-on. I have a lot of bottled up Ra enthusiasm I haven't been able to let out for 10 years, so forgive me if I tend to rant and rattle on at times. I also have a decent collection of Sun Ra albums (over 100, aboyt 50 of which are Saturns) that I am more than willing to share with folks in whatever way is feasible. I am currently compiling a list of my Saturns to identify all of the numerous and confounding combinations of jackets, matrix numbers, serial numbers, etc. that make up my collection. I have never bothered before because it seemed a meaningless task in the absence of any reasonable baseline reference....now there's Robert Campbell's book and renewed hope for us collectors who are used to buying every Ra album they encounter, listen to it until it's memorized and then stick it on the shelf in some completely random order for lack of any hint of where it might belong chronologically. I'm rambling already... If there is any general interest in the list I'm preparing I will send it to the SATURN list. I have already found some matrix numbers that are not shown in Robert's book...possibly typos by whoever happened to be printing the Saturn labels that day. I guess I'm just trying to get feeling for what people on this list are interested in having their mailboxes fill up with. Do you routinely send lists of your collections or is this considered a waste of Bytes? Finally...anyone out there who I might have bumped into in some record store in Boston between 1975 and 1985 (ever heard of BoJo Records in Harvard Square)?

Thanx to you all for being here!

Peter Roberts roberts@natasha.lanl.gov