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Sun Ra: Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel

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Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel performs the much-needed service of providing a one-disc summary of Ra’s musical odyssey. The first half of the collection is comprised of Chicago-era chestnuts like “Enlightenment” that showcase Ra’s swank big band charts. The second half of the program is split between tracks recorded during the Arkestra’s New York and Philadelphia residencies, and accurately reflects how Ra veered between relatively straight-up cookers like “Otherness Blue” and sonic eruptions like “We’ll Wait for You.”

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