Sun Ra & Thelonious Monk – Coming in July

For those that missed out on the limited edition color vinyl pressings for Record Store Day, you will soon be able to pick up copies of Sun Ra’s Calling Planet Earth and Thelonious Monk’s London Collection, Volume 2 on black vinyl. Both releases will be widely available starting July 31, and are available for pre-order now.

Calling Planet Earth comes from a concert recorded at Tivoli Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 5, 1971. Sun Ra and his Arkestra are captured in their prime, while exploring some of their most far out material to date. The recording received its first ever vinyl release with for Record Store Day 2015. Now it’s being pressed on 140gram black audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.

London Collection, Volume 2 is the second installment of Thelonious Monk’s final recording session as a band leader. The album features bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Art Blakey backing up Monk as he plays eight original tunes. It was remastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman for the first vinyl pressing in over 27 years. Originally released for Record Store Day 2015 in an exclusive clear vinyl edition, it will now be pressed on 180gram audiophile-grade black vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.