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Helsinki 1971 - The Complete Concert and Interview [Box set]

Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Solar Research Arkestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • 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: Transparency
  • ASIN: B002E0DSVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Announcer / Discipline #?
2. Theme of the Stargazers
3. Discipline 8
4. Love in Outer Space
5. Watusi
6. Enlightenment
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Calling Planet Earth
2. Unidentified Title
3. Space Is the Place
4. Angels and Demons at Play
5. The Satellites Are Spinning
6. Second Stop Is Jupiter
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Sun Ra Interview for The Finnish Broadcasting Company, 10/14/1971

Editorial Reviews

(2-CD + DVD set) This is the 20th Sun Ra release on Transparency/Cobraside, and is possibly the best. Double CD contains an entire 2 1/2 hour concert showcasing all dimensions of the group: free jazz, psychedelia, the beautiful vocals of June Tyson, and a one-way ticket to space with several astounding Sun Ra synthesizer solos. The performance and recording quality are so great that this could easily pass for a missing studio album. The bonus DVD contains a short TV interview with Sun Ra filmed the same day as the broadcast concert, and was aired only once on Finnish television and was never seen again... until now! All proudly licensed from YLE - The Finnish Broadcasting Company.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2CD plus DVD interview - mana from space! August 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This Transparency Records release contains a complete radio broadcast from Finnish radio (YLE - The Finnish Broadcasting Company) recorded on October 14th, 1971, on two CDs, and a video interview on a separate DVD. The DVD is short and contains a few Ra responses to some questions and some footage of the Intergalactic Solar Research Arkestra setting up in the studio and some cuts of performance. The video does not contain any complete performances. But don't be put off by that. This is an excellent short interview disc.

The audio quality of the broadcast performance is truly stellar by live recording standards, and is nearly as good as some of the Ra studio recordings of the period. There is a slight shallowness to some tracks, and the bass does dominate on two percussion heavy funky tracks, but I really like those tracks. The performances themselves are amazing, of course, and I am very excited by this set. There is quite a lot of variety here to satisfy most types of Ra fan, but there is an emphasis on the extended Disciplines type of performance. But this is not a purely free form outside excursion like some other period recordings. There is a well crafted and managed balance with a few lighter pieces and the solos from John Gilmore and Marshall Allen really blend very well with the arrangements, which give plenty of room for both of them and others to soar as required. The Ra solo does quote from a standard, but I can't quite identify it. It is very beautiful and drifts into space quite freely at times.

The set contains:
Disc 1:
1. announcer/Discipline #?
2. Theme of the stargazers
3. Discipline 8
4. Love in Outer Space
5. Watusi
6. Enlightenment
7. unidentified Ra solo/announcer
Disc 2:
1.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware Vocals & Percussion August 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While the sound quality is above average for a live recording from this era,the performance has too many mediocre vocals and each concert disc features a long percussion interlude which may be exciting if you were there,but goes on too long here.There is much better Ra currently available from this era.
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