Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra 'My Brother The Wind Vol. 1' 2xLP
My Brother The Wind, Vol. 1 captures Afrobeat visionary Sun Ra's initial 1969 encounter with the Moog synthesiser. The album has been meticulously remastered from archival session tapes and includes rare and previously unreleased studio material.
The original 1970 Saturn release featured four tracks, which are included on disc 1 of the two-LP vinyl remastered edition. Disc 2, side A features the complete tracking session of Ra's Moog-centric single "The Perfect Man," with three full takes of the title, including two previously unissued versions. Side B of disc 2 features the monumental 18-minute "Space Probe," an outrageously freewheeling Ra solo work recorded on a Moog (or two) around the same time.
This edition of My Brother the Wind, Vol. 1, was co-produced by Michael D. Anderson of the Sun Ra Music Archive, and Irwin Chusid, for Cosmic Myth Records. CMR releases will primarily use source tapes from Anderson's archive, the world's foremost collection of original Ra session masters.
Sun Ra was not seeking to reproduce existing music with the Moog; he saw the device (and electronic instruments generally) as futuristic, offering ear-opening-and galaxy-traversing-possibilities. In 1969 Apollo 11 had landed on the moon; Sun Ra made alternate travel arrangements. "I wasn't using any gasoline. I'm using sound," he explained (about his mythic Black Space Program). "You haven't reached that stage on this planet yet where you can use sound to run your ships and run your cars and heat your house. Your scientists haven't reached that yet. But it will happen. Where you can take a cassette and put it in your car and it will run it-with the right kind of music, of course. And it won't explode."
The Moog would help Sun Ra achieve lift-off.
Catalogue number: CMR002LP
Label: Cosmic Myth