Christopher Eddy from Sun Ra Arkive: From the initial batch of Sun Ra reissues that are available from the iTunes Store, what are the top five that you would suggest to newcomers, or a classic jazz aficionado that hasn’t explored his music yet? On the flip side, what are the five titles you would suggest to a seasoned expert, as far a sound quality improvements, new mixes and rarities?
Irwin Chusid, Administrator for Sun Ra LLC: Bear in mind that we’ve only restored selected albums between 1956 and 1972, so any recommendations from our catalog are older releases.
For jazz buffs, these are essential:
Jazz in Silhouette (with previous unreleased stereo mixes)
For seasoned fans:
Continuation Vol. 2: All tracks had first been released a few years ago on a limited run CD by Corbett vs. Dempsey, but the tracks on the CD contained numerous flaws, which have been fixed on the digital release.
Monorails and Satellites, Vol. 2: Very rare 1966 solo piano LP, which has not been previously reissued in any format.
Secrets of the Sun: Several bonus tracks and a significant sound upgrade from the Atavistic CD. We omitted the 17-minute Atavistic bonus track, “Flight to Mars,” because the tape wavers throughout the entire performance and cannot be repaired. I have no idea why anyone would release this track before a miracle plug-in is introduced which can normalize wavering pitch.
Universe in Blue: Another very rare live LP ca. 1970 which had not previously been reissued in any format.
And though it’s not a Mastered for iTunes reissue, I highly recommend The Other Side of the Sun. Recorded in 1978-79, it reminds me of a slightly higher fidelity Choreographer’s Workshop session. It’s accessible and soulful.
Christopher Eddy from Sun Ra Arkive: On behalf of us Sun Ra fans everywhere, I’d like to thank you and your team again for your excellent and admirable work. We look forward to hearing and enjoying the fruits of your labor in the future, wish you the greatest success, and look forward to talking to you again.
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