Sun Ra And His Arkestra, Gilles Peterson Presents...To Those Of Earth  
Sun Ra And His Arkestra
Gilles Peterson Presents...To Those Of Earth
GBR 2xLP 
Label: Strut Records
Release Year: 2015
Style: Jazz & Blues
 
  Tracks  
  A1 Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - Love In Outer Space (Vocal)
A2 Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra - On Jupiter
A3 Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Spontaneous Simplicity (Stereo Version)
A4 The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And The Arkestra - Dreaming
A5 Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Black Sky And Blue Moon

B1 Sun Ra - Enlightenment
B2 The Sun Ra Arkestra - The World Of Africa
B3 Sun Ra And His Arkestra - They Plan To Leave
B4 Sun Ra And His Arkestra - Children Of The Sun

C1 Sun Ra And His Blue Universe Arkestra - Blackman
C2 Sun Ra And His Arkestra - India
C3 Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Mystery, Mr. Ra
C4 Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - The All Of Everything

D1 Sun Ra Quartet Featuring John Gilmore - When There Is No Sun
D2 Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra - Sleeping Beauty
D3 Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra - We Travel The Spaceways
 
  Strut follow up their hugely successful Marshall Allen-curated "In The Orbit Of Ra" compilation with a newly curated set from the immense 125 LP back catalogue of jazz maverick, DIY philosopher and self-professed member of an "angel race", Sun Ra. 'To Those Of Earth... And Other Worlds' is a hand- picked selection from BBC 6 Music DJ Gilles Peterson.
“Sun Ra and the Arkestra were the original DIY group. What went on in 1970s punk with self-pressed records and hand-drawn artwork – Ra was
doing that in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The music was phenomenal - Sun Ra was the man, the ultimate artist for any vinyl collector.“ Gilles Peterson Strut follow up their hugely successful Marshall Allen-curated ‘In The Orbit Of Ra’ compilation with a newly curated set from the immense 125 LP back catalogue of jazz maverick, DIY philosopher and self-professed member of an “angel race”, Sun Ra. ‘To Those Of Earth… And Other Worlds’ is a handpicked selection from BBC 6Music DJ Gilles Peterson, long-time champion of Ra’s music and the UK’s leading tastemaker for jazz-based sounds. It serves as perhaps the best introduction yet to the music of Sun Ra for a whole new generation of converts.

Sun Ra was a one-off in the annals of jazz. As author Robert L. Campbell describes, “He claimed to be the last of the swing band leaders, yet dosed classic songs with LSD. He wrote poetry about the “coming space age” and claimed to be a citizen of Saturn. He dressed himself and his band in goldlame and lectured on the Creator’s message to the cruel and deceitful Earthman. He named himself after an Egyptian God. Was this guy for real? Sun Ra was very much for real.”

For the CD version, Peterson picks personal favourites, classics and unreleased tracks and weaves them into a flowing piece across 2CDs, showcasing the incredible variety of Ra’s work. Alongside the familiar tones of ‘Love In Outer Space’, the modal classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and a heavy version of ‘We Travel The Spaceways’, he brings in the off-kilter croon of ‘Dreaming’, a 45 given to him personally by the late John Peel, alongside an unreleased 1987 bossa take on ‘Astro Black’, the experimental dub ambience of ‘Adventure-Equation’ and the defiant anthem, ‘Blackman’.

The 2LP features full length versions of selected tracks from the mix while the digital version features a full unmixed selection with Peterson’s mix available within the album bundle. Sleeve notes on physical formats come from Gilles Peterson with a full Ra career biography by author Robert L. Campbell. The album also features previously unseen photos from the archives of Val Wilmer and Jorg Brecker alongside full musician line-ups and session details.
 
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