Sun Ra October 17, 1970
|Main Session Personnel|
|organ, Farfisa, clavinet, piano, rocksichord, organ, moog, Hohner electra-piano, vocal|
|trumpet, mellophone, space dimension|
|alto saxophone, flute, oboe, piccolo, percussion|
|alto saxophone, flute, alto flute|
|tenor saxophone, percussion|
|alto saxophone, clarinet, flute|
|alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute, Neptunion libflecto|
|baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, electric bass, percussion|
|oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet|
|violin, viola, cello, bass|
|percussion, oboe, flute|
|#||Tracks||Playtime||Issue||Variance from Main Session Personnel|
|2||Medley: Strange Dreams/Strange Worlds/Black Myth/It's After the End of the World||14:32||June Tyson (vocal)|
|3||I'll Wait for You||00:00|
|4||Black Forest Myth||9:20|
While it's not uncommon in discographies to have personnel credited at playing more than one instrument--without attributing which tracks have which instruments--this session is obviously unique in that multiple personnel gets credit for playing more than four instruments during the session. Campbell's discography doesn't mention if the players switch instruments mid-song or what, so that would be interesting information to have. Of course, for a Sun Ra session this does seem less improbable than, say, a Chet Baker session.
Also, there is a lack of consistency about what constitutes discographical information (similar to the vague listings of 'rehearsals' in the earlier part of Campbell's discography where there were incomplete personnel, and no tracks listed). In this case, Roger Aralamon Hazoume is listed as performing african percussion (we list that as african drums), as well as dancing and fire-eating. Of course, for a session of a radio broadcast, I'm not sure how visual performance plays into the discographic integrity if it's not something we hear and identify as part of the track's musical core. Similarly, "Math Samba" and Gloristeena Knight apparently also dance, and Richard Wilkinson is credited with the light show. But again, these are visual elements that, though relevant to Campbell's completeness, is not relevant to our purposes here.
Campbell gets his personnel info from the album jacket of "It's After the End of the World", where there is confusion about the Neptunian Libflecto and whether or not Danny Thompson actually plays it or not, as well as whether he plays the baritone sax (esp on "Duos")
Also, Campbell lists June Tyson as performing vocals as part of the general ensemble, but then specifically notes in the track listing that she sings only on "It's After the End of the World"; furthermore, on the issued album, IAtEotW is part of a medley. We have listed her as singing on that medley, but it appears she only sings on that section of the medley.