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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: ESP Disk, Ltd.
  • ASIN: B003X2O6SY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Heliocentric
2. Outer Nothingness
3. Other Worlds
4. The Cosmos
5. Oh Heavenly Things
6. Nebulae
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Sun Myth
2. A House of Beauty
3. Cosmic Chaos
Disc: 3
1. Intercosmosis
2. Mythology Metamorphosis
3. Heliocentric Worlds
4. World Worlds
5. Interplanetary Travelers

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Product Description

Together for the first time, ESP-Disk is proud to
present all three volumes of The Heliocentric Worlds
of Sun Ra in a gorgeous digipak foldout set. Originally
released as two volumes in 1966, with a third volume
uncovered in 2005, the landmark sessions recorded
by Richard Alderson on April 20 and November 16,
1965 have been hailed as a masterpiece of free jazz.
To further delve into the heliocentric worlds of Sun Ra,
each enhanced disc in the set contains archival photos,
critical writings, and historical videos including the 18-
minute documentary Spaceways.

Review

The Arkestra did use improvisation as their main
compositional tool, but Ra s hand can be glimpsed in
the restrained use of such strange sound combinations.
The Arkestra is certainly exploring, but they are being
guided. And where they end up makes for one of Sun
Ra s best recordings. --All About Jazz

[Sun Ra] wished to re-create the roars and the silences
of the cosmos. And, in Heliocentric Worlds, he forged an
original style intended to do just that. --Slate

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Heavy Theta on January 9, 2011
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For a long stretch these ESP discs (along with Nothing Is) were the only records of Sonny that were available to the avante jazz fan. Even today they transmit an air of mystery through carefully crafted texture that invites the listener to let loose any pre-conceived notions of what music can sound like and where it can take you. Of course we are now inundated with many dozens of Sun Ra releases from his personal Saturn label, and those who care have been able to experience a myriad of styles from neo-bop through various sound experiments. But the Heliocentric Worlds discs still stand out as an apogee of the man's fertile imagination.

What's new here is that the remastering is well crafted and provide a startling clarity that was absent from the original cd releases. It's a little frustrating that recent releases of Mr. Mystery's best works (including Disco 3000, etc.) are priced fairly dear. But this one is worth the price of admission.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Todd M. Steed on May 2, 2011
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Sometimes I like to get out there. This takes me there- but doesn't quite bring me back. A favorite Ra.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Casey Rafter on May 5, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I wanted to enjoy this more than I did. Honestly, I tried. This album starts out sounding a lot like Stravinsky's Rites of Spring, then seems to want to be the score for a stab-happy Hitchcock movie, moving into a piece I SWEAR I heard on the original Planet of the Apes (any or all of the originals, actually). Next we have a set that reminds me of yet another horror master, Dario Argento. This is not your conventional Jazz album, and I gather that's what contributes to Sun Ra's success. Not my cup of tea, but it was certainly interesting
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