Boomkat Product Review:
A stellar collection of Sun Ra classics, rarities and exclusives selected and mixed by avowed Ra acolyte Gilles Peterson and drawn from his inestimable personal collection. Running to 34 tracks segued and split over two discs, it opens a glowing portal into the parallel world of Saturn's own Sun Ra and his Arkestra - here variously mantled as Myth-Science Arkestra, Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra, Blue Universe Arkestra, or Solar Arkestra.
It features no less than four previously unreleased pieces, all recorded live in France and Zurich, and including a killer Moog solo and amazing rendition of 'Astro Black' elided in a considered sequence with rare elements such as 'Spontaneous Simplicity' and universal classics like 'Love In Outer Space' or 'Space Is The Place'.
If you're intrigued but never knew where to start digging with Sun Ra's 124 x LP catalogue, you can rest assured that you're in safe hands with Peterson's cherry-picked selection and extensive liner notes providing a firm foundation to start your own obsession with one of the 20th century's most important musical and artistic minds.