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Sun Ra October 18, 1970

Main Session Personnel
organ, Farfisa, clavinet, piano, rocksichord, organ, moog, Hohner electra-piano, vocal
trumpet
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
bass clarinet
English Horn
violin, viola, cello, bass
bass
drums
percussion, oboe, flute
hand drums
drums, African
percussion
percussion
# Tracks Playtime Issue Variance from Main Session Personnel
1 Watusa 00:00
2 Enlightenment 00:00
3 We Travel the Spaceways 00:00
3 It's After the End of the World 00:00
4 Unknown Sun Ra Song 00:00
genre: Free jazz, avant garde
Recording Date: 
1970-10-18
Leader(s): 
Sun Ra
Skill/instrument: 
organ, Farfisa
Skill/instrument: 
clavinet
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
rocksichord
Skill/instrument: 
organ
Skill/instrument: 
moog
Skill/instrument: 
Hohner electra-piano
Skill/instrument: 
vocal
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
mellophone, space dimension
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
flute
Skill/instrument: 
oboe
Skill/instrument: 
piccolo
Skill/instrument: 
percussion
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
flute
Skill/instrument: 
alto flute
Skill/instrument: 
tenor saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
percussion
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
flute
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
baritone saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
baritone saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
flute
Skill/instrument: 
Neptunion libflecto
Skill/instrument: 
baritone saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
tenor saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
bass clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
electric bass
Skill/instrument: 
percussion
Skill/instrument: 
oboe
Skill/instrument: 
bassoon
Skill/instrument: 
bass clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
bass clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
English Horn
Skill/instrument: 
violin
Skill/instrument: 
viola
Skill/instrument: 
cello
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Skill/instrument: 
percussion
Skill/instrument: 
oboe
Skill/instrument: 
flute
Skill/instrument: 
hand drums
Skill/instrument: 
drums, African
Skill/instrument: 
percussion
Skill/instrument: 
percussion
Personnel: 
Sun Ra
Personnel: 
Sun Ra
Personnel: 
Sun Ra
Personnel: 
Sun Ra
Personnel: 
Sun Ra
Personnel: 
Sun Ra
Personnel: 
Sun Ra
Personnel: 
Sun Ra
Personnel: 
Kwame Hadi
Personnel: 
Akh Tal Ebah
Personnel: 
Akh Tal Ebah
Personnel: 
Marshall Allen
Personnel: 
Marshall Allen
Personnel: 
Marshall Allen
Personnel: 
Marshall Allen
Personnel: 
Marshall Allen
Personnel: 
Danny Davis
Personnel: 
Danny Davis
Personnel: 
Danny Davis
Personnel: 
John Gilmore
Personnel: 
John Gilmore
Personnel: 
Absholom Ben Shlomo
Personnel: 
Absholom Ben Shlomo
Personnel: 
Absholom Ben Shlomo
Personnel: 
Danny Thompson
Personnel: 
Danny Thompson
Personnel: 
Danny Thompson
Personnel: 
Danny Thompson
Personnel: 
Danny Thompson
Personnel: 
Pat Patrick
Personnel: 
Pat Patrick
Personnel: 
Pat Patrick
Personnel: 
Pat Patrick
Personnel: 
Pat Patrick
Personnel: 
Pat Patrick
Personnel: 
Pat Patrick
Personnel: 
Eloe Omoe
Personnel: 
Eloe Omoe
Personnel: 
Eloe Omoe
Personnel: 
Robert Cummings
Personnel: 
Al Batin Nur
Personnel: 
Alan Silva
Personnel: 
Alan Silva
Personnel: 
Alan Silva
Personnel: 
Alan Silva
Personnel: 
Alejandro Blake Fearon
Personnel: 
Lex Humphries
Personnel: 
James Jacson
Personnel: 
James Jacson
Personnel: 
James Jacson
Personnel: 
Nimrod Hunt
Personnel: 
Roger Aralamon Hazoume
Personnel: 
Math Samba
Personnel: 
Gloristeena Knight
Ensemble Size: 
orchestra
Venue Type: 
session private
Venue Name: 
Paradiso
Venue Location: 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Session Details: 

According to Campbell, this was recorded by an audience member.

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")

 

-JS

Sources: 
"The Earthly Recordings of Sun Ra" a discography by Robert Campbell