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  • Audio CD (June 22, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ESP Disk, Ltd.
  • ASIN: B003INBO7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Burton Greene Introduction
2. Sun Ra and His Band From Outer Space
3. The Shadow World
4. Interpolation
5. The Satellites Are Spinning
6. Advice to Medics
7. Velvet
8. Space Aura
9. The Exotic Forest
10. Theme of the Stargazers
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Disc: 2
1. The Satellites Are Spinning
2. Velvet
3. Interplanetary Chaos
4. Theme of the Stargazers #2
5. The Second Stop is Jupiter #2
6. We Travel the Spaceways
7. Nothing Is
8. Is is Eternal
9. State Street
10. The Exotic Forest #2

Editorial Reviews

In 1966 Bernard Stollman sent Sun Ra and his Arkestra,
along with audio engineer David B. Jones, on a tour of
five New York colleges. When they returned, just 39
minutes of music were chosen to be released as the
original ESP album titled, Nothing Is... Forty-four years
later, after extensive research, producer and Sun Ra
archivist Michael D. Anderson has pieced together the
missing parts of the infamous New York College Tour.
Recorded on May 18, 1966 at St. Lawrence University,
this illuminating document represents the full 70-minute
set including an introduction by ESP alum Burton
Greene. In addition, Anderson has uncovered a partial
second set from the same evening and some rare
rehearsal footage recorded during a sound check before
the concert. With over 90 minutes of additional material,
this two-disc set allows a close-up look at the band s
repertoire and sound over an entire evening, including
the rarely performed State Street and alternate
versions of Theme of The Stargazers and The Second
Stop Is Jupiter. Remasted from the original tapes and
presented in superb quality, College Tour Vol. 1 is a vivid
snapshot of the mid-sixties Ra and his intergalactic band.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 2, 2010
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Two discs-70,67 minutes each approximately. The sound is very good-digitally remastered from the original tapes-especially considering the live venue and the date-1966, when this was recorded at St. Lawrence University in Potsdam, New York. In a nutshell, this is one of the best recorded Sun Ra albums in his live discography. There are only a few spots that have sonic anomalies and they are very short in duration. The discs are snapped inside a tri-fold holder, which also contains the liner notes about this recording. The band consists of: Ra-piano/electric clavioline,John Gilmore-tenor sax, Marshall Allen-alto sax, Pat Patrick-baritone sax, Robert Cummings-baritone sax, Teddy Nance and Ali Hassan-trombones, Ronnie Boykins-bass/tuba, James Jackson-log drum/flute, and Carl Nimrod-sun horn/gong.

Some random impressions. After an introduction, the band begins with a wonderful, eclectic song titled "Sun Ra And His Band From Outer Space". This is prime Ra from this era-organic, free flowing jazz slipping into John Gilmore's likewise warm yet visceral sax solo, with the band filling in all the spaces. The various horn players give this music depth, either playing solo or massed in a group, Ra's music is sharp and intelligent sounding. Special mention should go to Clifford Jarvis on drums, who holds everything together throughout this concert, and is the backbone of this music.

The tracks range from short (2+ minutes), to longer compositions (11+ minutes) which show the band in excellent playing form. The shorter tracks are just right-tight little gems, while the longer tunes give the band a chance to stretch out and really play.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on October 1, 2010
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This is one real golden nugget that is an absolute must for collectors and an outstanding place to start for casual fans searching for a "new" release from Sun Ra before diving into the vast - and often confusing - catalog.

A concise and very informative essay by Russ Musto highlights the major points that found Sun Ra embarking on a 1966 tour of New York colleges, the initial recording and album release, the recent work by Michael D. Anderson to recover the 70-minute first set from the May 18 performance at St. Lawrence University and his discovery of a partial recording of the second set and sound check from the tour stop.

Anderson brings incredible sonic life to the material - which only has a couple brief rough patches - and may have a listener forgetting that the concert took place 44 years ago. Sun Ra's vast artistic vision on the first number ("Sun Ra and His Band From Outer Space") quickly erases the stumbling introduction by Burton Greene. Moving smoothly from swing, avant-garde, "world music" and his special brew of "fusion," Sun Ra provides space for band members to stretch out on solos, with drummer Clifford Jarvis providing a special highlight to the set. The second disc includes the partial second set and sound check, which stands on its own as a quality release.

While one album cannot provide the historical perspective of Sun Ra's genius as musician and philosopher, the fresh sound courtesy of Anderson comes very close to accomplishing this tough task.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heavy Theta on December 24, 2012
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(Unless you consider all the Saturn "studio" recordings live without an audience.) This, of course, is an expansion of the classic Nothing Is, that along with Heliocentric World, was the only Sun Ra recording widely available for many years. This university gig catches the interplanetary outfit at their creative and performance peak. Ra had not yet reached his transcendent synth stage, but even that formidable set-up was hard pressed to ever match the intensity here. This package adds more of the original set, along with a second. All of which is great to have, though does not significantly improve on the original cut. But it's nicely remastered. And if your are into Sun Ra, this is seriously requisite stuff.
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