To Those of Earth... And Other Worlds

To Those of Earth... And Other Worlds

by Sun Ra & His ArkestraSun Ra & His Arkestra


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Following Strut's essential 2014 Sun Ra compendium In the Orbit of Ra, curated by longtime Arkestra leader/musician Marshall Allen, the U.K.-based label tapped influential BBC disc jockey Gilles Peterson to mix a follow-up volume. To Those of Earth... and Other Worlds is a double-CD montage of nearly three-dozen selections from numerous lineups of the Arkestra, including a handful of unreleased live cuts and several more rarities. As with In the Orbit of Ra, this isn't meant as a definitive survey or a greatest-hits anthology (there's no way to boil down the essence of any artist with over a hundred albums to a single release, let alone an artist whose discography is as vast and mythical as Sun Ra's). Instead, it's another dense, thrilling journey into the daunting catalog of the most intergalactic musician of all time. The continuous mix format provides immediacy, sometimes excerpting only a minute or two from much longer pieces, swiftly segueing between active, busy passages of music rather than extended atonal jams or freakouts. (Don't expect anything from, say, Strange Strings or Atlantis on this one.) The emphasis is placed on vocal-driven cuts, so it's an accessible entry point for Sun Ra novices. Even the most out-there selections (such as the echo-drenched "Adventure-Equation") are generally melodic and grounded in rhythm, even if it's loose and abstract. The set ends with a few of the best examples of Sun Ra's cosmic philosophy ("you made a mistake, you did something wrong, now make another mistake, and do something right!"; a stripped-down live version of signature tune "Space Is the Place"), spreading his eternal messages of universal love and harmony.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2015
Label: Strut Records
UPC: 0730003312526
catalogNumber: 125
Rank: 32698

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sun Ra & His Arkestra   Primary Artist
Ahmed Abdullah   Trumpet
John Gilmore   Clarinet,Percussion,Strings,Bass Clarinet,Drums,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Wood Block,Baritone Clarinet
Craig Harris   Trombone
Julian Priester   Chimes
James Spaulding   Flute,Percussion,Alto Saxophone
Stafford James   Electric Bass
Charles Davis   Percussion,Baritone Saxophone
Richard Evans   Bass
Eddie Gale   Trumpet
Alan Silva   Bass,Violin,Cello
Marshall Allen   Flute,Percussion,Strings,Drums,Oboe,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Bells,Kora
Ronnie Boykins   Bass,Gong,Vocals
Clifford Jarvis   Percussion,Drums
Fred Adams   Trumpet
Luqman Ali   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Theda Barbara   Vocals
Robert Barry   Percussion,Drums,Bells
Sylvester Baton   Reeds
Tony Bethel   Trombone
Rhoda Blount   Vocals
Darrell Brown   Dancer
Hayes Burnett   Bass
Samarai Celestial   Drums
Vincent Chancey   French Horn
Phil Cohran   Percussion,Cornet,Vocals
Robert Cummings   Bass Clarinet,Drums
Clifford Davis   Drums
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Ahk Tal Ebah   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Dancer
Wilburn Green   Electric Bass,Tambourine
Kwame Hadi   Percussion,Trumpet
Jon Hardy   Percussion,Drums,Gong
Tyrone Hill   Trombone
Judith Holton   Dancer
Lex Humphries   Percussion,Drums
Nimrod Hunt   Percussion,Hand Drums
Hutch Jones   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Skeeter McFarland   Electric Guitar
Walter Miller   Trumpet
Teddy Nance   Trombone
Larry Northington   Percussion,Conga,Alto Saxophone
Eloe Omoe   Flute,Percussion,Bass Clarinet,Piccolo,Baritone Clarinet
Pat Patrick   Flute,Percussion,Strings,Electric Bass,Bongos,Bass Clarinet,Drums,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals,Bells
Bernard Pettaway   Trombone
Nate Pryor   Trombone
Curt Pulliam   Trumpet
Sun Ra   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Chimes,Gong,Harp,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,ARP,farfisa organ,Rocksichord,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Synthaxe,Mini Moog,Orchestral Bells,Spiral Percussion Gong,Crumar,Electronic Celeste,Hammond B3
Michael Ray   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Harry Richards   Drums
Taylor Richardson   Electric Guitar
Victor Sproles   Bass
C. Scoby Stroman   Drums
Eddie Thomas   Percussion,Drums
June Tyson   Vocals,Dancer
Robert Underwood   Drums
Dale Williams   Electric Guitar
Richard Williams   Bass,Electric Bass
Alzo Wright   Cello
Tommy Hunter   Percussion,Drums,Gong,Alto Saxophone
Bo Bailey   Trombone
Steve Clarke   Electric Bass
Dave Young   Trumpet,Bells
Odun   Percussion
Kenny Williams   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James Jacson   Clarinet,Flute,Percussion,Bassoon,Drums,Oboe,Vocals
Jim Herndon   Percussion,Timbales,Bells
Damon Choice   Vocals,Vibes
Earl "Buster" Smith   Drums
John Goldsmith   Drums
Atakatune   Percussion,Conga
Verta Grosvenor   Vocals,Dancer
Gloristeena Knight   Vocals,Dancer
Absholom Ben Shlomo   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Sam Thomas   Guitar
Hakim Rahim   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Cheryl Banks   Dancer
Harry Wilson   Vibes
Danny Ray Thompson   Flute,Percussion,Bassoon,Bongos,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jimhmi Johnson   Percussion
Michael D. Anderson   Percussion,Drums
William Cochran   Drums
Julian Presley   Baritone Saxophone
Rashid Salim   Drums,Vibes
Danny Davis   Clarinet,Flute,Percussion,Strings,Conga,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Alto Clarinet
Art Hoyle   Percussion,Trumpet,Bells
Noel Scott   Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Greg Pratt   Dancer
David Henderson   Vocals
William Morrow   Vibes
William Felder   Trumpet
Shoo Be Doo   Bass
Samarai Celeste   Drums
Roger Aralamon   Balafon,Dancer
Oscar Fleming Brown   Bass
Mimrod Hunt   Drums
Malik Ramadan   Vocals,Chromatic Tympani
Kevin Massey   Dancer
Kenneth Alexander   Dancer
Istar Sundance   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Tahmahs   Vocals
E.J. Turner   Trumpet
Chris Henderson   Drums
Art Kenkins   Percussion,Vocals
Batin Nur   English Horn

Technical Credits

Alton Abraham   Producer
Hobart Dotson   Composer
Sun Ra   Arranger,Composer,Instrumentation
Tommy Hunter   Tape Effects,Reverb
Gilles Peterson   Liner Notes,Project Compiler
Calvin Barron   Composer
Richard Wilkinson   Show Consultant
Matt Thame   Graphic Design,Cover Typeset
Charles Orio   Composer
Peter Beckmann   Cut
Lewis Heriz   Illustrations
Andre Pitts   Composer
Robert a. Williams   Instrumentation
Terri Sherrell   Composer

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