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Sun Ra & His Arkestra: To Those of Earth... And Other Worlds [Digipak]

Track List

>Calling Planet Earth
>Sun Song
>Dreaming
>India
>Space Loneliness
>Love in Outer Space
>Adventure-Equation
>Spontaneous Simplicity [Stereo Version] - (previously unreleased)
>Brazilian Sun
>When There Is No Sun
>My Brother the Wind
>Mystery, Mr. Ra - (previously unreleased)
>Black Sky and Blue Moon
>Watusa
>World of Africa, The
>Cluster of Galaxies
>Strange Worlds [Live in France] - (previously unreleased)
>Blackman
>Twilight
>Sleeping Beauty
>Moog Solo [Live in France] - (previously unreleased)
>They Plan to Leave
>Reflects Motion, Pt. 1
>Children of the Sun
>We Travel the Spaceways
>Astro Black [Live in Zurich] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
>Somebody Else's Idea [Live in Paris]
>I Roam the Cosmos [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
>On Jupiter
>There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)
>All of Everything, The
>Enlightenment
>Make Another Mistake
>Space is the Place [Live in France] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)

Album Reviews:

Clash (magazine) - "'India' is a hypnotic slice of interwoven cymbal motifs and horn mantras. 'Space Loneliness' is a very palatable dollop of trad piano with sultry Pink Panther brass."

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Gilles Peterson.

Recording information: Blank Tapes Studio, New York (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Chicago (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Choregraphers' Workshop, New York (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Elks Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence, France (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); France (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); New York (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); RCA Victor Studio, Chicago (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Rome (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Slug's Saloon, New York (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Squat Theatre, New York, Circa (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Tip Top Club, Brooklyn (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Universal Recording Studio, Chicago (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Variety Recording Studio, New York (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Zurich (01/02/1978/01/07/1978); Blank Tapes Studio, New York (03/06/1959); Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana (03/06/1959); Chicago (03/06/1959); Choregraphers' Workshop, New York (03/06/1959); Elks Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (03/06/1959); Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence, France (03/06/1959); France (03/06/1959); New York (03/06/1959); RCA Victor Studio, Chicago (03/06/1959); Rome (03/06/1959); Slug's Saloon, New York (03/06/1959); Squat Theatre, New York, Circa (03/06/1959); Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (03/06/1959); Tip Top Club, Brooklyn (03/06/1959); Universal Recording Studio, Chicago (03/06/1959); Variety Recording Studio, New York (03/06/1959); Zurich (03/06/1959); Blank Tapes Studio, New York (03/1963); Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana (03/1963); Chicago (03/1963); Choregraphers' Workshop, New York (03/1963); Elks Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (03/1963); Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence, France (03/1963); France (03/1963); New York (03/1963); RCA Victor Studio, Chicago (03/1963); Rome (03/1963); Slug's Saloon, New York (03/1963); Squat Theatre, New York, Circa (03/1963); Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (03/1963); Tip Top Club, Brooklyn (03/1963); Universal Recording Studio, Chicago (03/1963); Variety Recording Studio, New York (03/1963); Zurich (03/1963); Blank Tapes Studio, New York (05/23/1905); Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana (05/23/1905); Chicago (05/23/1905); Choregraphers' Workshop, New York (05/23/1905); Elks Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (05/23/1905); Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence, France (05/23/1905); France (05/23/1905); New York (05/23/1905); RCA Victor Studio, Chicago (05/23/1905); Rome (05/23/1905); Slug's Saloon, New York (05/23/1905); Squat Theatre, New York, Circa (05/23/1905); Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (05/23/1905); Tip Top Club, Brooklyn (05/23/1905); Universal Recording Studio, Chicago (05/23/1905); Variety Recording Studio, New York (05/23/1905); Zurich (05/23/1905); Blank Tapes Studio, New York (06/14/1960); Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana (06/14/1960); Chicago (06/14/1960); Choregraphers' Workshop, New York (06/14/1960); Elks Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (06/14/1960); Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence, France (06/14/1960); France (06/14/1960); New York (06/14/1960); RCA Victor Studio, Chicago (06/14/1960); Rome (06/14/1960); Slug's Saloon, New York (06/14/1960); Squat Theatre, New York, Circa (06/14/1960); Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (06/14/1960); Tip Top Club, Brooklyn (06/14/1960); Universal Recording Studio, Chicago (06/14/1960); Variety Recording Studio, New York (06/14/1960); Zurich (06/14/1960); Blank Tapes Studio, New York (06/1979); Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana (06/1979); Chicago (06/1979); Choregraphers' Workshop, New York (06/1979); Elks Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (06/1979); Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence, France (06/1979); France (06/1979); New York (06/1979); RCA Victor Studio, Chicago (06/1979); Rome (06/1979); Slug's Saloon, New York (06/1979); Squat Theatre, New York, Circa (06/1979); Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (06/1979); Tip Top Club, Brooklyn (06/1979).

Illustrator: Lewis Heriz.

Photographers: James Jacson; Gilles Peterson; John Gilmore .

Following Strut's essential 2014 Sun Ra compendium In the Orbit of Ra, curated by longtime Arkestra leader/musician Marshall Allen, the U.K.-based label tapped influential BBC disc jockey Gilles Peterson to mix a follow-up volume. To Those of Earth... and Other Worlds is a double-CD montage of nearly three-dozen selections from numerous lineups of the Arkestra, including a handful of unreleased live cuts and several more rarities. As with In the Orbit of Ra, this isn't meant as a definitive survey or a greatest-hits anthology (there's no way to boil down the essence of any artist with over a hundred albums to a single release, let alone an artist whose discography is as vast and mythical as Sun Ra's). Instead, it's another dense, thrilling journey into the daunting catalog of the most intergalactic musician of all time. The continuous mix format provides immediacy, sometimes excerpting only a minute or two from much longer pieces, swiftly segueing between active, busy passages of music rather than extended atonal jams or freakouts. (Don't expect anything from, say, Strange Strings or Atlantis on this one.) The emphasis is placed on vocal-driven cuts, so it's an accessible entry point for Sun Ra novices. Even the most out-there selections (such as the echo-drenched "Adventure-Equation") are generally melodic and grounded in rhythm, even if it's loose and abstract. The set ends with a few of the best examples of Sun Ra's cosmic philosophy ("you made a mistake, you did something wrong, now make another mistake, and do something right!"; a stripped-down live version of signature tune "Space Is the Place"), spreading his eternal messages of universal love and harmony. ~ Paul Simpson



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