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3.0 out of 5 stars Four Classic Albums, 4 Oct 2012
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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)
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The first six tracks from Supersonic Jazz (another 1956 album)

DISC 2:
The remaining six tracks from Supersonic Jazz
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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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Initial post: 23 Nov 2012 23:37:13 GMT
marshall says:
All the singles are on The Singles double on Evidence except 'Urnack' - whatever that is!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2013 17:58:22 BDT
'Urnack' features on Angels And Demons At Play

Posted on 22 Oct 2013 17:15:49 BDT
M. A. Cook says:
I totally agree with your comments regarding the packaging/ sleeve notes etc... this is a wonderful collection and should be accompanied by relevant details and not sales blurb.
The fact that the albums have been split is also a bit of a nuisance. If a little more care and attention had been taken this would have been a supersonic re-issue - but that probably needed a specialist label and a price to reflect the research.
Great price - great music - poor presentation

Posted on 20 Mar 2014 20:00:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Mar 2014 20:02:10 GMT
Jazz wallah says:
It's cheap because it's out of copyright. Essentially these labels burn from previously released cds or in some cases, vinyl. They don't have to pay anyone for copyright on the master recordings, only on the publishing. It's a relatively cheap way to make some money with minimal investment - hence the 'artwork'. They appeal because usually, the cds are out of print and often command mad prices for 'official' releases - or they are only available on 2nd hand vinyl, and similarly expensive. If you just want the music, then they're fine, a 'bargain'. If your a pensioner playing in the Arkestra, like say Marshall Allen then you may pick up a few pennies down the line on the publishing side...but that's the music 'business'

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2014 08:47:36 GMT
M. A. Cook says:
yeah - fair comment
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