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Boomkat Product Review:
So you fancy yourself as a fan of experimental music huh? Fancy yourself a collector of the weird and wonderful? Well you must already own a copy of this then, because rarely do you come across a more important collection of intrinsically odd music, music that has truly been beamed from another planet. You can say what you like about Sun Ra and his beliefs, but the fact is he's presented us with some of the most important pieces of truly outward facing avant garde music the world has ever been fortunate enough to have, and his work rarely gets more 'out' than the seminal 'Disco 3000'. For this release Art Yard has been kind enough to put together a lavishly packaged 2CD set including the entire Milan concert which the original Disco 3000 record was taken from. So we get to hear everything, as it was back in 1978, and for Sun Ra fans and newcomers alike this should already be just about essential. The main instrument, at least on the twenty-six minute title track, is a prototype made by Crumar called the 'Crumar Mainman' which Sun Ra described as 'like a piano, organ, clavichord, cello, violin and brass instruments', quite a stunning piece of gear then. The most interesting thing for me as a listener is the way Ra uses pre-programmed percussion, underpinning the track and allowing him to make in-roads into the murky world of electronic music, with one foot in disco, one foot in free jazz and two hands stretched out into space. Elsewhere we drop into safer territory (just) with Sun Ra allowing his fellow players John Gilmore, Luqman Ali, Michael Ray and June Tyson a chance to shine, but this is peculiar music from start to finish and I wouldn't have it any other way. Amazing and transcendent music - essential purchase!