Sun Ra and his Arkestra were the blueprint of a do-it-yourself band. What the punk bands did in the 70s - record, illustrate, sell records himself - the philosophizing jazz musician and band leader did in the 1950s and 60s.
The result was a whopping 125 albums, from which the British jazz and soul DJ Gilles Peterson selected his favorite tracks for “To Those Of Earth ... And Other Worlds”. The album follows the collection "In The Orbit Of Ra" curated by Marshall Allen and offers an excellent introduction to the work of the great artist. In addition to well-known tracks like “Love In Outer Space”, the modal classic “Sleeping Beauty” and a heavy version of “We Travel The Spaceways”, Ra can also be heard as crooner on “Dreaming”, a single that Peterson once wrote by John Peel had received. The vinyl version contains full versions of some tracks in the mix. The liner notes were written by Gilles Peterson, a biography by Robert L. Campbell, plus exclusive photos.
Comes in gatefold sleeve and with 2CD version of the album that has extra tracks and a different running order, which plays as a continuous mix.
1 SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – LOVE IN OUTER SPACE (Vocal)
2 SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – ON JUPITER
3 SUN RA AND HIS MYTH-SCIENCE ARKESTRA – SPONTANEOUS SIMPLICITY (Stereo version)
4 THE COSMIC RAYS WITH SUN RA AND THE ARKESTRA – DREAMING
5 SUN RA AND HIS MYTH-SCIENCE ARKESTRA – BLACK SKY AND BLUE MOON
6 SUN RA – ENLIGHTENMENT
7 THE SUN RA ARKESTRA – THE WORLD OF AFRICA
8 SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – THEY PLAN TO LEAVE
9 SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – CHILDREN OF THE SUN
1 SUN RA AND HIS BLUE UNIVERSE ARKESTRA – BLACKMAN
2 SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – INDIA
3 SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – MYSTERY, MR. RA
4 SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – THE ALL OF EVERYTHING
5 SUN RA QUARTET FEATURING JOHN GILMORE – WHEN THERE IS NO SUN
6 SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC MYTH SCIENCE SOLAR ARKESTRA – SLEEPING BEAUTY
7 SUN RA AND HIS MYTH-SCIENCE ARKESTRA – WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS
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