News is reaching us here at LTW, the definitive Sun Ra collection is to be released this summer. The box set entitled ”ËThe Eternal Myth Revealed Vol.1′ (which suggests there is more on the way”Â¦) covers the period 1924-1956 and is spread across 20 CD’s with an accompanying book.
The entire collection was compiled by the Director of the Sun Ra Music Archive, Michael D Anderson and contains music, interviews and audio excerpts, plus rare recordings by bands that are said to have influenced Sun Ra.
Anderson has chronologically compiled all 435 tracks, a total of 13hrs of material with extensive accompanying liner notes; Anderson himself describes the release as “a detailed music chronology of every known recording to include Sun Ra as a piano sideman, composer, arranger, vocal coach and his own recordings as a band leader”Â.
”ËThe Eternal Myth Revealed Vol.1′ (Transparency) is currently available to pre-order at approx ÃÂ£110 – Release date 18th July 2011
Information on further volumes is not currently available but considering that the leader of the “Arkestra” was musically active up until his death in 1993, we wouldn’t be surprised to see further additions to the series…