Interstellar Low Ways is an album recorded by the American Jazz musician Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra, mostly recorded in Chicago, 1960, and probably released in 1966 on his own Saturn label. Originally titled Rocket Number Nine, the album had acquired its present name, and the red-on-white sleeve by Claude Dangerfield, by 1969.The album is known particularly for the two songs featuring space chants – Interplanetary Music and Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus – that would stay in the Arkestra’s repertoire for many years.
Most of the tracks were recorded at a marathon session of between 30 and 40 songs, either at the RCA Studios, or possibly The Hall Recording Company (both in Chicago), around 17 June 1960.Other albums to include tracks from the session include Fate In A Pleasant Mood, Holiday for Soul Dance, Angels and Demons at Play and We Travel the Space Ways.
A single, Space Loneliness b/w State Street, was released shortly after the recording sessions. Whilst State Streetwas never released on an album by Ra, it was copyrighted as part of the Space Loneliness suite (Space Loneliness: A Sound Concerto) along with Fate In A Pleasant Mood & Lights on a Satellite, July 8, 1960. This single was followed up by another 7″ from the session, The Blue Set b/w Big City Blues, which wasn’t included on any of the Saturn Chicago albums.
2/Somewhere In Space
4/Interstellar Low Ways
7/Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus