For the first time ever, jazz’s favourite cosmonaut, the enigmatic SUN RA (1914-1993), has all of his singles brought together in a must-have compendium from the UK’s Strut label. Titled ‘The Definitive 45s Collection,’ the set spans the years 1952-1991 and includes many rare sides that were issued in small quantities on the small, independent Chicago-based El Saturn label.
The music is available in four formats – as a download only; a 3xLP set in gatefold packaging with a download code included; a 3-CD digipak set; and best and most luxurious of all, a flip-top box set housing ten 7-inch singles that features original sleeve art, which is limited to 500 copies (it also includes a download code). Accompanying the music are detailed sleeve notes and track-by-track commentary from Ra experts, Francis Gooding and Paul Griffiths, which includes an interview with Alton Abraham, the founder of Saturn Records. All the music is remastered from the best possible audio sources
The releases date is November 25th.
Read an interview with the Sun Ra Arkestra’s Knoel Scott:
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