Sound of Joy

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Sound of Joy
Studio album by Sun Ra and the Arkestra
Released 1968
Recorded November 1, 1956 [1]
Genre Jazz
Length 33:07 (LP) 41:16 (CD)
Label Delmark
Producer Tom Wilson
Sun Ra and the Arkestra chronology
Super-Sonic Jazz
Sound of Joy
Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra Visits Planet Earth
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Sound of Joy is an album by Sun Ra and his Arkestra. It features the Arkestral lineup during the last few months of 1956, after trombonist Julian Priester left to join Lionel Hampton, Charles Davis became a regular member of the band, and Victor Sproles took over on bass. It was intended as the follow-up to Jazz By Sun Ra but Transition Records ceased to operate before it could be released.

Four of the tracks were included on Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra Visits Planet Earth, released in 1966. The entire LP was eventually released in 1968 by Delmark Records, who also re-issued Jazz by Sun Ra. Two ballads, written by Sun Ra and sung by Clyde Williams, were left off the original album, however, because the president of Delmark Records, Bob Koester, "felt they didn't fit with the other pieces on the session." [3] The songs were reinstated when the album was re-issued on CD in 1994.

Track listing[edit]

12" Vinyl[edit]

All tracks were written by Sun Ra, except "Two Tones," by Pat Patrick and Charles Davis.
Side A:

  1. "El is a Sound of Joy" - (4.04)
  2. "Overtones of China" - (3.25)
  3. "Two Tones" - (3.41)
  4. "Paradise" - (4.30)
  5. "Planet Earth" - (4.24)

Side B:

  1. "Ankh" - (6.31)
  2. "Saturn" - (4.01)
  3. "Reflections in Blue" - (6.21)
  4. "El Viktor" - (2.33)

Bonus Tracks on the CD[edit]

  1. "As You Once Were"
  2. "Dreams Come True"

Recorded at the Balkan Studios, Chicago, November 1, 1956.


See also[edit]

Sun Ra Discography

External links[edit]


  1. ^ From Sunny Blount to Sun Ra: The Chicago Years, R Campbell
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Space Is The Place, John F Szwed, Mojo Books, 2000, p160