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Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel

  • 1. Saturn
    2. Kingdom of Not
    3. Medicine for a Nightmare
    4. Enlightenment
    5. 'Round Midnight
    6. Velvet
    7. Rocket Number Nine
    8. I Loves You, Porgy
    9. We Travel the Spaceways
    10. When Angels Speak of Love
    11. Thither and Yon
    12. Pleasure
    13. Alter Destiny, The
    14. Yucatan
    15. Otherness Blue
    16. We'll Wait for You
    17. Order of the Pharaonic Jesters, The
    18. Perfect Man, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22219

  • Credits
    ProducerJerry Gordon (Compilation)

    Recorded between 1956 & 1973. Includes liner notes by Jerry Gordon.
    Liner Note Author: Jerry Gordon .
    Recording information: 1956-1973.
    Sun Ra never had any actual hits, but this compilation affords the unfamiliar with an easy and wondrous way into his dauntingly vast output. The dozen-and-a-half selections are drawn from what is considered to be his peak period, 1956-1973. It was certainly his most prolific time. The set touches on 15 different albums, a couple singles, and one number from the soundtrack to SPACE IS THE PLACE. The collection is accurately subtitled "Easy Listening For Intergalactic Travel."
    Sun Ra's music can indeed be otherworldly, and these particular selections are among his most friendly (though it could be argued his music was never unfriendly; it just made serious demands on listeners--in exchange for hefty sonic rewards). This set is ideal for those already familiar with Sun Ra, as it contains favorites of many fans. From post-bop rollicks to stomping, swinging forays that make connections to his early work with Fletcher Henderson, to group chants, ballads, and ethereal landscapes, this is an essential collection.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (12/21/00, pp.174-5) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...A fine neophyte's intro to Ra's self-made world of cosmological metaphor and audacious swing..."
    Alternative Press (3/01, pp.92-4) - 4 out of 5 - "...User-friendly...containing sterling Ra performances..."
    JazzTimes (12/00, pp.99-100) - "...A solid, representative collection..."
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