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  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B0000014JO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. And Otherness
  2. Thither And Yon
  3. Adventure-Equation
  4. Moon Dance
  5. Voice of Space
  6. Cluster Of Galaxies
  7. Ankh
  8. Solar Drums
  9. The Outer Heavens
  10. Infinity Of The Universe
  11. Lights On A Satellite
  12. Kosmos In Blue

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It's not within my modest talents to describe this in the proper jazz terminology, but suffice to say these two albums catch Sun Ra and his Arkestra performing with otherworldly experimental zeal.

There's a discernable difference between the two albums, but essentially they both push the boundaries of music with real exuberence, but tempered with ever-present musical discipline.

The five tracks which make up 'Cosmic Tones...' sound to me like the sound effects track on a 50s sci-fi B-movie, which sounds insulting but it's not intending to be. 'Art Forms...' also features some highly experimental material together with some more conventionally melodic moments, such as with 'Lights on a Satellite' and 'Ankh', but even then it still sounds other-worldly.

At its most extreme, I could completely understand it if someone said when hearing it that it was just random noise, but to me, it's perfectly possible to hear the music within it, and the duelling and interweaving of different instruments, and also the blistering solo passages, are simply accomplished musicians performing at the very edge of creativity and musicality.

At its height, it's so revelatory that sometimes when listening to it i feel I might as well throw away everything else in my collection, because it just makes it all redundant.

All of which sounds very pretentious, i'm sure, but the best thing to do is listen and judge for yourself.
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Two astonishing records brought together on one C.D. to the confusion and delight of this reviewer. Having convinced myself over the years that much of Ra's output fitted more or less into jazz traditions, I am at a loss to fit this into any category or tradition at all. The best way to listen to this music is to forget about antecedents or classifications and just let the music wash over you. The music, whatever its background, is a simple delight.
'Cosmic Tones' takes up the first five tracks and dates from 1963. The band consists of Ra on various organ and percussion instruments but no piano, six reed players, not all of whom play on each track and who spend much of their time on various woodwinds rather than saxophones, the superb Ronnie Boykins on bass, and various assorted percussionists, with no brass at all. So, the sound is light and airy, with carefully controlled percussive effects contributing both rhythm and melody to most tracks. John Gilmore plays no saxophone but solos extensively and successfully on bass clarinet, Marshall Allen plays oboe as well as his usual alto, but Pat Patrick redresses the balance with some muscular baritone sax. This is carefully controlled music and not some form of hippy freakout. It is also attractive music with immediate appeal and despite its sometime complexity not at all forbidding.
'Art Forms' from 1961/2 occupies the final seven tracks. The band consists of Ra, this time playing piano and various percussion, trumpet (on two tracks only), trombone, the three saxophones and bass and drums. The band sound is still stripped down, but thicker than on the 1963 tracks.
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Did anybody at that time ever really heard this? I started loving jazz when I was a teenager late '70 in Italy and I remember the comments on Sun Ra, most of the times he was described as a joker. Compare Cosmic tones with whatever you want recorded in 1965 , including Ayler, Coleman, Coltrane etc.and tell me where this is coming from. Of course, given the in home distribution of the Saturn LPs it is likely that very few persons outside USA were exposed to Sun Ra music. Cosmic tones is remarkably weird music even for the today standards but if you , for example, loved Bennie Maupin's The jewel in the lotus or even Vulcano the Bear's Classic Erasmus fusion and lastly last year Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble Intergalactic Beings, this fits perfectly for you. This is chamber cosmic music. For true lovers of music adventures and if you want to discover the genius of the man from another planet
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One of the strangest things I've heard in a while...and I regularly listen to Coil and Nurse with Wound! Very odd and you might expect from the album's title, perhaps. The liner notes say this was recorded in 1963. It was decades ahead of its time. Superb. And if you happen to know Tom Waits' Such a Scream, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he was influenced a bit by track 4 on this Sun Ra album.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x909178b8) out of 5 stars Nebulous noises from the Omni-verse� 10 April 2002
By Cozmik Source - Published on
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This CD brings together two of Sun Ra's landmark albums from the early 60's. Tracks 1-5 comprise `Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy' (Dated 1963) & tracks 6-12 make up `Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow' (Dated 1961-1962). As with all the Sun Ra reissues on Evidence the `scene setting' sleeve notes are extensive, well researched and really help you to understand how the music was created and what it's all about.
And as you listen to this music it's easy to imagine that the Arkestra are playing along to some surreal sci-fi movie, maybe a film that only existed in Sun Ra's mind? Who knows? What I do know is this album has a timeless quality and I'll never grow tired of listening to it. Tracks 1-3 are all in a similar vein, each with slightly differing arrangements and varying amounts of delay. In fact the use of an echo box throughout the album is awesome. Check out Track 2 (Thither and Yon), Track 5 (Voice of Space) with its haunting sax solos and beautiful bass, and Track 8 (Solar Drums) a complete delay-fest extravaganza! I can't think of another artist who was creating similar `sound-scapes' at the beginning of the sixties, with the exception of early sci-fi films such as `Forbidden Planet'. Sun Ra doesn't make his presence felt (other than as producer, arranger and mixer) until Track 4 (Moon Dance). This is my favourite track, featuring some awesome organ playing from the leader and a bass riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a funk/jazz album released today. Track 6 (Cluster of Galaxies) is another excellent sound experiment, and the louder you have the volume set during Track 10 (Infinity of the Universe) the better! All in all... this is classic Sun Ra. You can even hear a telephone ringing half way through Track 3 (Adventure-Equation) and then again at the end of that track! Perhaps it was the Mother ship calling....
One thing that always strikes me when listening to this CD is how far ahead of its time it was. It anticipates the psychedelic movement of the late 60's and the fusion of the 70's, while simultaneously reaffirming Sun Ra's position as a heavyweight player in the Avant-Garde jazz scene. Trust me... You cannot overlook this album!
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9091790c) out of 5 stars The Rosetta Stone Of Avante Garde Jazz 2 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Why you should buy this album: 1.It sounds like a transmission from the hippest radio station in outer space. 2.It contains fully successful examples of futurist and minimalist compositions, written by a man who most likely had never before encountered either term. 3.It will make you more intelligent and hip. 4.It makes the psychedelic music of the hippie era sound tame. It was also recorded four years before the first acid test. 5.It's damned funky. Find out what you're missing.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90fa1aec) out of 5 stars Beyond Definition 28 Nov. 2002
By nadav haber - Published on
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Sun Ra was in tune with cosmic energies, and was influenced by heliocentric sound waves.
Whether or not this is taken literally, I have no doubt, after listening to this cd, that Sun Ra heard things his own way, and succeeded in transmitting what he heard to his Arkestra.
The music here is simultaneously primitive and ultra modern. John gilmore's solo on the third track, for example, reminds alot of Ethiopian music and even Sudanese music. The liner notes say it is the call of a Muezin. The rhythms move from sounding African to sounding solar, with surprising fluency. Some of the interplay between the horns, on a few tracks, are so creative and effective, that their effect on me is hard to describe.
I see the influence of Ra's music on so many things, such as energy music, the AACM (the way he uses space and silence), and on other styles, outside of jazz. All this while defying commercialism, staying true to his artistic vision, and maintaining wonderful orchestra's for so many years.
It is a rare priviledge for us mere mortals to listen to the music of Sun Ra, enjoy it and even write about it.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x909179e4) out of 5 stars Truth In Advertising 17 May 2006
By Alistair McHarg - Published on
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Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy and Art Forms Of Dimensions Tomorrow by Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra is quite a formidable title by any measure - and yet - when you actually listen to this astonishing piece of work you will find yourself thoroughly convinced - indeed - it is the only possible name for it.

They say that for an alcoholic, one drink is too many and one thousand aren't enough. I have discovered the same to be true of Sun Ra CDs, which seem to be breeding on my wall. Hearing one is too much because once you've listened it's too late to pretend you haven't heard what you've heard. One thousand aren't enough because each is different, the product of a man who explored constantly, driven by an inspired and fearless abandon.

Sun Ra CDs seem to break down into two categories, the really sharp old school jazz CDs and the intergalactic travel CDs. While I have praised Heliocentric Worlds Volume 1 in the past, I now think this is the indispensable Sun Ra CD - the one you simply MUST own. More than any other I've heard it bridges the gap between the two worlds of Sun Ra, in fact, listening to this CD it's difficult to tell which world you're in. At times it might be Morocco, other times it might be a spaceship rounding Venus, then again, some moments feel like a Cuban nightclub in the 1950's.

Maybe that's the real poetry of Sun Ra, you can never be really sure of anything. I may be back soon to revise my opinion again, after probing deeper into the enchanted world of Sun Ra. I wouldn't be at all surprised if I were again surprised.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90917aa4) out of 5 stars Don't start here to get acquainted with Sun Ra 12 Aug. 2005
By TimothyFarrell22 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is great Sun Ra, but by all means don't start here. Its crazy, surreal, and inaccesible, more so than "Space Is the Place" or "Easy Listening for Intergalatic Travel". However, if you are familiar with Sun Ra, but considor yourself a casual fan than this is an album to buy. It will help you delve into the world of the greatest Jazz artist who ever lived. Back in 8th grade I took a general music class, which was all about learning the history of jazz to attempt to make all the kid's taste in music better (it, for the most part, alienated them ever further). One of the albums our teacher played was this one, and the reaction of the class was pretty much the same. "Is this music?" As my tastes have matured, I grew to appreciate avant-garde music, the deconstruction and often times lack of a central rhythm. The music here isn't catchy, and it may appear to many as unlistenable. However, if you have a taste for weird and unusual music, you will fall in love with this album. This is more for fans of The Shaggs and Captain Beefheart than it is for fans of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Don't get the impression that Sun Ra and his band is merely jamming here however - its all part of a great artistic vision.
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