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  • Vinyl (December 11, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Vinyl Lovers
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(2-LP set) Recorded live in New York in 1973 with a 25 piece Arkestra, 'What Planet Is This?' comes from a time when Sun Ra had just exploded onto the wider music scene, touring all over Europe, and even teaching a class at the University of California called 'The Black Man In The Cosmos'. Although many get caught up in his stage act and claims that he was from another planet, perhaps it can all be read as a simple code message to others to be anyone you want to be, regardless of race, or indeed, planet. Highlights of this recording include the ten-minute full-blown 'Love In Outer Space', featuring unfettered organ, horns and a wall-of-sound approach to percussion, and the wild and whirling 'Shadow World'.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heavy Theta on November 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The band here is bigger than any I ever saw at a number of different venues, but the music is pretty typical of the show that Sun Ra presented over the last two decades of his career. He mixes some wild keyboard improv, powerful pounding on the african drums and a couple of ecstatic outbursts from his fabulous saxes, along with his familiar call and response space themes. In other worlds, unlike the neobop of his early days, or the tight experimentation of the 60's, he has moved into the grand 3-ring showmanship of his later years, with a little bit for everybody.

While nothing close to soft jazz accessible, the show reflects a seasoned leader and his Arkestra who now know how to manipulate an audience with just enough challenge and comfort to send them home with a satisfactory enlightened experience. The groundbreaking stuff was behind them, but the fun had just begun.

This is a pretty good introduction to Mr. Mystery, and well reflects how the man from Saturn built up such a dedicated following prior to his final blast-off. Better yet, there seems to be a couple of recent DVD's being released so that all the marching and tinsel can be witnessed. There's a reason why more material is available for this act than any other in jazz.
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