Original Sun Ra and His Myth Science Arkestra unused album art proof sheet for "When Sun Comes Out," designed by Claude Dangerfield, 1963

Chicago: El Saturn Records, 1963. Original unused album art proof sheet for the Sun Ra and His Myth Science Arkestra's 1963 album "When Sun Comes Out," by designer Claude Dangerfield, 1963. Printed in red and blue on goldenrod paper. Scarce.

Dangerfield was one of the few artists, other than Sun Ra himself, who contributed dynamic "space-age" graphics for use by Ra and his Arkestra. A self-taught painter who was a DuSable High School student with Arkestra members John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and manager Alton Abraham, Dangerfield begun designing album covers and promotional artworks for the Arkestra beginning in the late 1950's. Over the next three decades Dangerfield created a plethora of original art for Ra, including album art for several releases. However, much of his work was never used in the final productions and only exists as original sketches or proofs, such as the piece presented here. Dangerfield's work was featured in the exhibition "Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn and Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-1968," at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, April 23-August 2, 2009.

"When Sun Comes Out" is the fifth album by Sun Ra's Arkestra, and the first El Saturn Records release recorded at the Choreographer's Workshop, New York. An integral Sun Ra release, marking a noted shift in Ra's musical approach after relocating to New York City in late 1961.

22.5 x 12.5 inches. Near Fine.


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