Sun Ra ‎– Astro Black

Impulse! ‎– AS-9255
Vinyl, LP, Album, Quadraphonic


A1 Astro Black 10:59
A2 Discipline "99" 4:47
A3 Hidden Spheres 7:04
The Cosmo-Fire
Ba Part 1 6:59
Bb Part 2 7:04
Bc Part 3 4:25

Companies, etc.



Comes in gatefold sleeve.

Recorded at El Saturn Studio, Chicago, Illinois, May 7, 1972.
Mixed at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, California.

℗1973, ABC Records, Inc.

Sleeve features seven poems taken from the book titled "The Immeasurable Equation" by Sun Ra.

Unlike other Sun Ra releases on Impulse the promotional copies of "Astro Black" don`t have different (white) labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): AS-9255-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): AS-9255-B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): IT AS-9255 A 3 B
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): TI AS-9255 B 3 B6

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MHCD-080 Sun Ra Astro Black(CD, Album, RE, RM) Modern Harmonic MHCD-080 US 2018 Sell This Version
A 8027-9255 Sun Ra Astro Black(8-Trk, Album) Impulse! A 8027-9255 US 1973 Sell This Version
none, SATURN 1001 Sun Ra Astro Black(4xFile, AAC, Album, RE) Enterplanetary Koncepts, Cosmic Myth Music none, SATURN 1001 US 2014
AS-9255 Sun Ra Astro Black(LP, Album) Impulse! AS-9255 France 1973 Sell This Version
MH-8080 Sun Ra Astro Black(LP, Album, RE, Col) Modern Harmonic MH-8080 US 2018 Sell This Version



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March 20, 2015
One of Ra's most progressive albums, this mixes his funk and soul side with his freerer music in one of the most cohesive alloys he achieved. The fantastic double bass riff and vocal of the title track is just getting going when Ra rudely interrupts it with harsh blasts from his organ which he plays for pure texture rather than melody. Sometimes it sounds like a dishwasher or a vacuum cleaner! It sounds like something off Lanquidity has been suddenly crossfaded with a tune off The Heliocentric Worlds.

There is a brief respite with the pretty Discipline 99, the floating electric organ and double bass riffs bring us back to a more conventional jazz tune before Hidden Spheres comes in with a grooving barrage of tribal drums and the mother of all bass riffs. Squeaking sax blasts over the top but this time the madness is not allowed to upset the groove and this tune rocks on until The Cosmo-Fire comes in for Ra's traditional long second side epic.

Bleak organ and roaring horns start the tune and Un Ra starts playing chords that remind me of some of Miles Davis' organ work with his funk bands, basically leaning on the keys! After the wild start Ra thins it out a bit and really gets freaky on his organ over the dancing bass lines. Tribal drums come in as the track coalesces before it drops down to a shimmering outro of electric piano.

One of his most under rated and best albums, on Itunes for £4 so grab it.

WTC Productions