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:
Jazz by Sun Ra (1956 album; all 11 tracks)
The first six tracks from Supersonic Jazz (another 1956 album)
The remaining six tracks from Supersonic Jazz
Jazz in Silhouette (1959 album; all 8 tracks)
The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra (1961 album; all 11 tracks)
"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.