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Sun Ra
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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2003 Japanese K2 24-bit remastered reissue of 1976 album, that's unavailable domestically, packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. P-Vine Records.


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All Artists: Sun Ra
Title: Cosmos
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: P-Vine Japan
Release Date: 8/5/2003
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


Album Description
2003 Japanese K2 24-bit remastered reissue of 1976 album, that's unavailable domestically, packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. P-Vine Records.

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The Stars Come Out To Swing on COSMOS!
Michael F. Hopkins | Buffalo, NY USA | 12/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"COSMOS is quintessential Sun Ra. Originally issued
around 1976, it has shown up on America's Inner City
label as a badly-pressed LP, and has surfaced with
much better CD remastering through France's Spalax
Music in 1999 and, currently, Japan's P-Vine label.
Any copy of this CD you can find will be more than
worth the effort.

Recorded during some of the Arkestra's most extensive
globetrotting of the mid-1970s, this European recording
is Ra at his msot swingingly robust, and polytonally
visionary. The watchword for this recording is smooth.
Listen to "The Mystery Of Two", its stellar drive
propelling a luxurious ride into deeper plains, or
the renowned "Interstellar Low-Ways" exuding its eternal
charm via its network of multiple flutes sighing a most
winsome song. Trombonist Craig Harris -or is it French
horn man Vincent Chancey?- is a knockout on "Two",
matched only by the blistering alto of Marshall
Allen -or Danny Davis?- to flesh out the
significance of the song's title. Some of tenor
titan John Gilmore's most breathtaking work
begins here.

"Neo-Project#2" is a loping walk through some
aural variations on the old cartoon about WACKYLAND,
hinting all manner of playful mischief at hand. It
can definitely happen here! Listen to trumpeter Ahmed
Abdullah weave his bright lyricism through the song's
many paths. Oh and, as you're listening, check out Ra
on the "rocksichord", putting what could be a clavinet
-or a plain ol' electric piano- through some deliciously
baroque changes!
R. Anthony Bunn struts his electric bass around the
bend and back again on "Cosmos". The title piece is a
quick-stepping, finger-popping romp which showcases
Gilmore at his most equestrian; slapping that diamond-
clean sound into center track without losing a moment's
stride, leaping tall in the saddle at solo's peak. What
a ride!

After the warming chant of the friendly "Moonship Journey",
spin into the astral musings of "Journey Among The Stars",
and don't be surprised if its gentle sweep places you some
galaxies or dreamscapes away. Dig the minuet imagery that
Ra conjures into your inner ear!
If you aren't enchanted by this time, "Jazz From An
Unknown Planet" strolls the spell straight home. One of
the deadliest vamps ever conceived, COSMOS' climax may
stir images of Oliver Nelson's acclaimed "Stolen Moments"
even as the Arkestra makes its own stake on the theme of
cultural reclamation, and aesthetic assertion. Abdullah
paints a beautiful tapestry of color and rhapsody, doing
Woody Shaw proud while forming a deep perspective all
his own. Gilmore soars in and testifies, sound
pronouncements a solid baptismal for all which you
have never been told of.

Anyone who thinks that Ra's tighter orchestrations ended by
1960, when the Arkestra left Chicago, listen to COSMOS and
-once you've picked your jaw up from the floor!- be

Know your myth. Shape your reality.
Looking to the Past for Inspirational Voices
Mr. Richard D. Coreno | Berea, Ohio USA | 08/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Issued on vinyl on the Cobra and Inner City labels, this is an outstanding CD reissue of a frustratingly tough to hard-bop classic.

There are atmospheric soundscapes within the textural framework, but Sun Ra takes a glance at the history of jazz for inspirational voices. The Mystery of Two is the standout, though Jazz From An Unknown Planet and Interstellar Low Ways are close behind.

The nearly 38 minutes of music will not sound much better; this reissue is 24-bit digitally remastered and is a Japanese limited edition that is contained in an LP-style slipcase. Truly, this is the complete package which honors the achievement of a timeless artist.