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Four Classic Albums [Audio CD] Sun Ra [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Sun Ra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real Gone Jazz
  • ASIN: B007VA1YE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Brainville
2. Call for All Demons
3. Transitions
4. Possession
5. Street Named Hell
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Kingdom of Not
2. Portrait of a Living Sky
3. Blues at Midnight
4. El Is a Sound of Joy
5. Supersonic Jazz
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Bassism
2. Of Sounds and Something Else
3. What's That
4. Where Is Tomorrow?
5. The Beginning
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie
2. A Foggy Day in London Town
3. Dreaming
4. Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie
5. Bye Bye
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

Includes the following albums - Jazz By Sun Ra, Supersonic Jazz, Jazz In Silhouette, The Futuristic Sound Of Sun Ra, Plus 18 Bonus Singles

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Four Classic Albums 4 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In case you were wondering...

This four-CD box-set comes in a plastic double jewel case. The sleeves shown on the booklet front cover are not reproduced within. Also, there is only a very minimal listing of dates and musicians. No real sleevenotes or context information, which is a shame given the historical importance of the records. Overall, the design is poor. The music is, of course, wonderful.

The disc content is as follows:

DISC 1:
Jazz by Sun Ra (1956 album; all 11 tracks)
+
The first six tracks from Supersonic Jazz (another 1956 album)

DISC 2:
The remaining six tracks from Supersonic Jazz
+
Jazz in Silhouette (1959 album; all 8 tracks)

DISC 3:
The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra (1961 album; all 11 tracks)

DISC 4:
"bonus singles" - 18 of them. Not sure how many of these have appeared on other releases (such as The Singles), but maybe a Ra scholar can advise?

On the plus side, there is some amazing music here for a very reasonable price (mine came for £6.70!). But you may find it annoying to have a classic album split across two discs. And there are undoubtedly better reissues on which to enjoy these great LPs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Yes there is very little documentation but, given the plethora of information out there, is that really a problem. Music absolutely superb, and for such a multipack reissue, of excellent fidelity. As with most of my CD purchases, bought this for the dual purpose of playing in the car and ripping to play in (my non wi-fi connected caravan).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Aug 2014
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Simple excellent
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable listening! 26 Feb 2013
By Moser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
...These four albums on 3 CDs ("Jazz By Sun Ra", "Supersonic Jazz", "Jazz In Silhouette", and "The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra") and bonus disk of singles are prime slabs of Sun Ra. Being of late-50s/early-60s vintage, the intricate, yet succinct, tunes mainly focus on acoustic horns/reeds and percussion, with an ethereal Martin Denny or Moondog production vibe. The real gem here for me is the bonus singles disc. It chronologically traces, through complete A and B-side couplets, Ra's evolution from Doo Wop(?!?) to the space-jazz for which he is known. I love hearing classic group harmonies float over an Arkestra-style beat on tracks like "Dreaming" and "Somebody's In Love"! In regards to packaging, the durable 4-CD plastic case is appreciated as it prevents scratching (unlike paper sleeves). The CDs themselves look cool, with vinyl-style groove artwork. Liner notes are indeed basic (no additional Sun Ra photos or art besides the cover image) but are thorough in regards to session information including recording/release dates, studios, and musicians. Only possible downside to the whole collection may be how the album "Supersonic Jazz" is split over disc one and two, but no biggie as the music flows well regardless. In conclusion, I really dig this release!
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price. 18 Jan 2013
By toomanyrecords - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Clunky packaging (old style fat jewel case), unattractive artwork, personnel and dates but no liner notes (the booklet is just ads for other product). On the plus side sound quality is excellent (in Sun Ra reissue terms). I have about a hundred Sun Ra CDs and sound quality is all over the place. For instance I have most of the "Evidence" reissues from a few years ago and this sounds as good as those. This is a good way to check out Sun Ra in the fifties for not too much money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good value 14 Mar 2014
By George Kipp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Can't beat the value of this product. Packaging makes me wonder if it's a cheap bootleg, but the sonds sound good.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Don't Rip-Off The Artist......" 15 Jun 2014
By J. H. Mccarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
All these cheap "Real Gone Jazz/Real Gone Music" IMPORT sets,* and there's a plethora of them, are unlicensed bootlegs made possible by lax, unfair or non-existent European/Asian copyright laws. The artists get diddly-squat. Salve you conscience and avoid them......

*not to be confused with the legitimate (and great) U.S. reissue label unfortunately also named Real Gone Music. They have an easy to figure out website where you can view their wares......
5.0 out of 5 stars Ra Ra Ra! 23 Sep 2014
By Matthew Watters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Can't quibble with four classic early Sun Ra albums at this price. Sound quality is bearable on this "Four Classic Albums" release (and that's not always the case). Or maybe the junkshop quality of some of the original recordings makes the bad
modern remaster less noticeable.
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