Sun Ra

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Saturn's contribution to jazz, the unpeggably eclectic bandleader advanced the genre into the space age, planting the seeds for Afrofuturism.
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Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Sound of Joy
1957 Sound of Joy Delmark
 
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Jazz by Sun Ra, Vol. 1
1957 Jazz by Sun Ra, Vol. 1 Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Sun Song
1957 Sun Song Delmark
 
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Super-Sonic Jazz
1957 Super-Sonic Jazz Evidence
 
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Jazz in Silhouette
1959 Jazz in Silhouette Evidence
 
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The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra
1962 The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra Savoy Jazz
 
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When Sun Comes Out
1963 When Sun Comes Out Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow
1965 Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1
1965 The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 ESP-Disk
 
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Secrets of the Sun
1965 Secrets of the Sun Atavistic / Touch & Go
 
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Angels and Demons at Play
1965 Angels and Demons at Play Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Fate in a Pleasant Mood
1965 Fate in a Pleasant Mood
 
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The Magic City
1966 The Magic City Evidence
 
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The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 2
1966 The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 2 ESP-Disk
 
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Other Planes of There
1966 Other Planes of There Evidence
 
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The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale: Batman and Robin
1966 The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale: Batman and Robin Universe
 
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Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth
1966 Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth Impulse!
 
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When Angels Speak of Love
1966 When Angels Speak of Love Evidence
 
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The Nubians of Plutonia
1966 The Nubians of Plutonia Cornbread Records / Impulse!
 
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Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy
1967 Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Interstellar Low Ways
1967 Interstellar Low Ways Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Strange Strings
1967 Strange Strings Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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We Travel the Space Ways
1967 We Travel the Space Ways Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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A Black Mass
1968 A Black Mass Gonzo Media Group / Greyscale
 
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Monorails and Satellites
1968 Monorails and Satellites Evidence
 
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Atlantis
1969 Atlantis Evidence
 
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Continuation
1970 Continuation Corbett vs. Dempsey
 
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Black Myth
1970 Black Myth
 
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It's After the End of the World
1970 It's After the End of the World Universe / Universal Distribution
 
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My Brother the Wind, Vol. 1
1970 My Brother the Wind, Vol. 1 Cosmic Myth
 
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The Night of the Purple Moon
1970 The Night of the Purple Moon Atavistic
 
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Nothing Is
1970 Nothing Is ESP-Disk
 
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Holiday for Soul Dance
1970 Holiday for Soul Dance Evidence
 
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Fondation Maeght Nights, Vol. 1
1971 Fondation Maeght Nights, Vol. 1 Jazz View
 
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Outer Spaceways Incorporated
1971 Outer Spaceways Incorporated Black Lion
 
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Fondation Maeght Nights, Vol. 2
1971 Fondation Maeght Nights, Vol. 2 Jazz View
 
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My Brother the Wind, Vol. 2
1971 My Brother the Wind, Vol. 2 Evidence
 
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Pictures of Infinity
1971 Pictures of Infinity Gonzo Distribution Ltd. / Greyscale
 
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Bad and Beautiful
1972 Bad and Beautiful Greyscale
 
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Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold
1972 Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold ESP-Disk
 
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Live in Egypt, Vol. 1
1972 Live in Egypt, Vol. 1 Saturn
 
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Nidhamu
1972 Nidhamu Saturn
 
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The Solar-Myth Approach, Vol. 1
1972 The Solar-Myth Approach, Vol. 1 Sunspots
 
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The Solar-Myth Approach, Vol. 2
1972 The Solar-Myth Approach, Vol. 2 Sunspots
 
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Universe in Blue
1972 Universe in Blue Saturn
 
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Dark Myth Equation Visitation
1973 Dark Myth Equation Visitation Strut
 
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Horizon
1973 Horizon Art Yard
 
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Space Is the Place
1973 Space Is the Place Impulse! / GRP
 
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Astro Black
1973 Astro Black Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Discipline 27-II
1973 Discipline 27-II Corbett vs. Dempsey / El Saturn Research
 
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The Antique Blacks
1974 The Antique Blacks Art Yard
 
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Cosmo-Earth Fantasy
1974 Cosmo-Earth Fantasy Saturn
 
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Monorails and Satellites, Vol. 2
1974 Monorails and Satellites, Vol. 2 Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Space Probe
1974 Space Probe Saturn
 
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Sub-Underground #1
1974 Sub-Underground #1 Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Pathways to Unknown Worlds
1975 Pathways to Unknown Worlds Modern Harmonic
 
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Cosmos
1976 Cosmos P-Vine Records
 
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Solo Piano, Vol. 1
1977 Solo Piano, Vol. 1 IAI / Improvisingartists
 
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My Favorite Things: October 14th 1977
1977 My Favorite Things: October 14th 1977 Urp Music Distribution
 
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The Soul Vibrations of Man
1977 The Soul Vibrations of Man Saturn
 
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Lanquidity
1978 Lanquidity Evidence
 
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Media Dreams
1978 Media Dreams Art Yard
 
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The Sound Mirror
1978 The Sound Mirror Saturn
 
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New Steps
1978 New Steps Horo
 
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Unity
1978 Unity Horo
 
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Media Dream
1978 Media Dream Saturn
 
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Disco 3000
1978 Disco 3000 ReR USA / Art Yard
 
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St. Louis Blues
1978 St. Louis Blues IAI
 
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Other Voices, Other Blues
1978 Other Voices, Other Blues Horo
 
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The Other Side of the Sun
1979 The Other Side of the Sun Universe
 
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Sleeping Beauty
1979 Sleeping Beauty Art Yard / ReR
 
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Visions
1979 Visions SteepleChase
 
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I, Pharaoh
1979 I, Pharaoh El Saturn
 
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Omniverse
1979 Omniverse Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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On Jupiter
1979 On Jupiter Art Yard / ReR
 
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The Rose Hue Mansions of the Sun
1980 The Rose Hue Mansions of the Sun El Saturn
 
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Voice of the Eternal Tomorrow
1980 Voice of the Eternal Tomorrow Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Of Mythic Worlds
1980 Of Mythic Worlds Philly Jazz
 
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Strange Celestial Road
1980 Strange Celestial Road Rounder Select / Rounder
 
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Aurora Borealis
1981 Aurora Borealis Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Beyond the Purple Star Zone
1981 Beyond the Purple Star Zone Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Dance of Innocent Passion
1981 Dance of Innocent Passion Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Oblique Parallax
1981 Oblique Parallax Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Sunrise in Different Dimensions
1981 Sunrise in Different Dimensions Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Ra to the Rescue
1983 Ra to the Rescue Saturn
 
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Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt
1983 Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt Golden Years Of New Jazz
 
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A Fireside Chat With Lucifer
1983 A Fireside Chat With Lucifer Modern Harmonic / Sundazed
 
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Live at Praxis '84
1984 Live at Praxis '84 Golden Years of New
 
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Celestial Love
1984 Celestial Love Modern Harmonic
 
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Nuclear War
1984 Nuclear War Atavistic
 
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We Are in the Future
1984 We Are in the Future Savoy
 
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Cosmo Sun Connection
1985 Cosmo Sun Connection ReR USA / Recommended / RēR Megacorp
 
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Hours After
1986 Hours After Black Saint
 
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Reflections in Blue
1986 Reflections in Blue Black Saint
 
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John Cage Meets Sun Ra (June 8, 1986 at "Sideshows by the Seashore, Coney Island, NY)
1987 John Cage Meets Sun Ra (June 8, 1986 at "Sideshows by the Seashore, Coney Island, NY) Meltdown Records
 
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Blue Delight
1988 Blue Delight A&M
 
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Love in Outer Space: Live in Utrecht
1988 Love in Outer Space: Live in Utrecht Leo Records
 
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Second Star to the Right: Salute to Walt Disney
1989 Second Star to the Right: Salute to Walt Disney Leo
 
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Purple Night
1989 Purple Night A&M
 
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Mayan Temples
1990 Mayan Temples Black Saint
 
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Sun Ra and His Year 2000 Myth Science Arkestra
1990 Sun Ra and His Year 2000 Myth Science Arkestra Blast First
 
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Live London 1990
1990 Live London 1990 Mute
 
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Destination Unknown
1992 Destination Unknown Enja
 
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Tribute to Stuff Smith
1992 Tribute to Stuff Smith Soul Note / Soul Note (Italy)
 
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Concert for the Comet Kohoutek
1993 Concert for the Comet Kohoutek Get Back Records
 
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Somewhere Else
1993 Somewhere Else Rounder Select / Rounder
 
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Space Is the Place [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
1993 Space Is the Place [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Evidence
 
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Live from Soundscape
1994 Live from Soundscape DIW (Japan)
 
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A Quiet Place in the Universe
1994 A Quiet Place in the Universe Leo Records / Leo
 
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Calling Planet Earth
1998 Calling Planet Earth Org Music
 
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Outer Space Employment Agency
1999 Outer Space Employment Agency Total Energy
 
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At the Village Vanguard
1999 At the Village Vanguard Rounder
 
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Life Is Splendid
1999 Life Is Splendid Total Energy
 
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Song for the Sun
1999 Song for the Sun Elra
 
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Stardust from Tomorrow
2000 Stardust from Tomorrow Leo
 
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Friendly Galaxy
2000 Friendly Galaxy Leo Records / Leo
 
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It Is Forbidden
2001 It Is Forbidden Total Energy
 
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Live at Montreux
2003 Live at Montreux Universe
 
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Live in Paris at the Gibus
2003 Live in Paris at the Gibus Universe
 
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Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol. 1
2003 Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol. 1 Universe
 
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Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol. 2
2003 Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol. 2 Universe
 
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Piano Recital (Teatro La Fenice in Venice)
2003 Piano Recital (Teatro La Fenice in Venice) Leo
 
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Spaceship Lullaby (1954-60)
2003 Spaceship Lullaby (1954-60) Atavistic
 
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Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 3
2005 Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 3 ESP-Disk
 
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Live at Myron's Ballroom
2006 Live at Myron's Ballroom Transparency
 
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Dance of the Living Image
2007 Dance of the Living Image Transparency
 
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Some Blues But Not the Kind That's Blue
2008 Some Blues But Not the Kind That's Blue Unheard Music Series / Atavistic
 
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Space Aura
2013 Space Aura Art Yard
 
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My Way Is the Spaceways
2013 My Way Is the Spaceways Norton
 
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Continuation, Vol. 2
2014 Continuation, Vol. 2 Enterplanetary Koncepts
 
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Duke Ellington's Sound of Space
2015 Duke Ellington's Sound of Space Squatty Roo Records
 
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Strange City
2016 Strange City Cold Spring Records
 
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Crystal Spears
2018 Crystal Spears Modern Harmonic
 
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Planets of Life Or Death: Amiens '73
Planets of Life Or Death: Amiens '73 Strut
 
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A Night in East Berlin
A Night in East Berlin
 
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Out in Space
Out in Space Motor Music GmbH
 
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Beets: A Collection of Jazz Songs
Beets: A Collection of Jazz Songs T.E.C. Tones / Elemental Music
 
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