Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy

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Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy
Studio album by Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra
Released 1967 [1]
Recorded 1963, New York [1]
Genre Jazz
Length 31.53
Label Saturn
Producer Alton Abraham
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Professional ratings
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CD Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy is an album by the American Jazz musician Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra. Recorded in 1963, but not released until 1967 on Sun Ra's own Saturn label, the record has become one of the most discussed of Ra's New York recordings.[3] The record was reissued on compact disc by Evidence in 2000.

'Cosmic Tones functions as a kind of blueprint for the sort of large-scale jazz weirdness that would inform much of Sun-Ra's subsequent works, featuring the woozy reeds of And Otherness and the afro-jazz experiments of Thither And Yon. On Adventure Equation a space echo treatment on the recording which is reprised for the sax flurries on Voice Of Space making the whole experience even more disorientating than it already would be.' [4]

Originally released in a sleeve with a Sun Ra doodle, the better known cover, designed by Richard Pedreguera, was in place by 1969.[1] Pedreguera also designed the sleeve for The Nubians of Plutonia at around the same time.

Anticipating psychedelia[edit]

The album has increasingly been discussed within the context of anticipating psychedelia [5][6] or pointing towards the funk of George Clinton;

'Clinton's astral ritual seems as inspired by the Nation of Islam as it is by Sun Ra, and when asked about the Ra in 1979, Clinton said, "This boy was definitely out to lunch - the same place I eat at." [7]

When reissued on CD, Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow was added to the disc.

Track listing[edit]

12" Vinyl[edit]

All songs by Sun Ra
Side A:

  1. "And Otherness" - (5.10)
  2. "Thither and Yon" - (4.01)
  3. "Adventure-Equation" - (8.26)

Side B:

  1. "Moon Dance" - (6.34)
  2. "Voice of Space" - (7.42)

Musicians [1][edit]

First two tracks recorded at the Choreographer's Workshop, New York (the Arkestra's rehearsal space) in 1963.[1] Adventure-Equation, Moon Dance and Voice of Space were recorded at the Tip Top club, Brooklyn, in the same year, at 10 in the morning whilst Tommy Hunter was playing nights there with Sarah McLawler's trio, since the club provided access to a Hammond B-3 organ gratis.[5] Hunter remembers some neighbourhood kids running in during the recording and shouting, "These guys don't know how to play!".[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sun Ra's Discography, R Campbell
  2. ^ CD Allmusic review
  3. ^ All Music Guide
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c Space is the Place, John F Szwed, Mojo, 2000, p200
  6. ^ Rolling Stone Overview
  7. ^ George Clinton quoted in Space is the Place, John F Szwed, Mojo, 2000, p264