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released prolifically during the 1950s and more sporadically thereafter, primarily on the saturn label, the 45s offer one-off meteorites from ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forward-thinking ‘space-bop’ and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions. the collection is hugely varied, ranging from ra’s spoken word recitations and his early work with chicago vocal groups to the different phases of his arkestra, small group and duet recordings. as with his lps, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. both formats feature fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork, francis gooding’s extensive sleeve notes, an interview with saturn records founder alton abraham by john corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by paul griffiths.