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Strut Records to Release “Sun Ra Singles: The Definitive Collection”

Various formats available, including LP and 45-RPM sets

Strut Records' "Sun Ra Singles: The Definitive Collection Volume 1"

Starting Nov. 25, Strut Records kicks off a CD and vinyl release of what they are calling the definitive collection of rare 45-RPM singles from pianist-composer-bandleader Sun Ra.

The singles included in this collection span four decades of Ra’s recording career, from 1952 to 1991. The majority of the music included here was originally released in the 1950s, primarily on Ra’s own Saturn label, and the small pressings most of them received have made them hard-to-find collectors’ items in recent years. The Strut collection includes several tracks that have only been recently rediscovered in physical form; posthumous releases; tracks that were originally released only as promotional items with music magazines; and a few that were planned and scheduled but never actually released.

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