We Travel the Spaceways/Bad and Beautiful

We Travel the Spaceways/Bad and Beautiful

by Sun Ra


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Much like Evidence's Fate in a Pleasant Mood/When Sun Comes Out two-fer, We Travel the Spaceways/Bad and Beautiful also features one album from the Chicago period and one from the New York period. The difference is that this New York session (Bad and Beautiful) is probably the first recording made in New York, and the overall sound is more closely tied to the Chicago sound than the later New York material, where rhythm and percussion dominated any melodic elements. The late Chicago period had the Arkestra still swinging, but moving beyond their swing and bop origins into more uncharted territory. We Travel the Spaceways marks the first appearance of the Space Chant, songs that would practically define the Arkestra in later decades. The pairing of We Travel the Spaceways and Bad and Beautiful captures an important transitional phase for the Arkestra, and makes a good starting point for the novice interested in Sun Ra.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/1992
Label: Evidence
UPC: 0730182203820
catalogNumber: 22038

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sun Ra   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Track Performer
John Gilmore   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone,Bells
Julian Priester   Trombone
James Spaulding   Alto Saxophone
Marshall Allen   Flute,Percussion,Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Boykins   Bass
Robert Barry   Percussion,Drums
Phil Cohran   Percussion,Trumpet,Harp
Wilburn Green   Electric Bass
Arthur Hoyle   Trumpet
Thomas "Bugs" Hunter   Drums
Pat Patrick   Percussion,Baritone Saxophone
Nate Pryor   Trombone
James Scales   Alto Saxophone
Edward Skinner   Percussion
Walter Strickland   Trumpet
Tommy Hunter   Drums

Technical Credits

Alton Abraham   Producer
Jerry Gordon   Producer,Reissue Producer
Thomas Vilot   Art Direction
Juli Hittner Vitello   Art Direction
Robert Wright   Composer

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