SUN RA - Inside The Light World: Sun Ra Meets The OVC - 2 LP - Black Vinyl  [RSD 2024]

SUN RA - Inside The Light World: Sun Ra Meets The OVC - 2 LP - Black Vinyl [RSD 2024]

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This product is a Record Store Day title and not available to pre-order.
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Introducing a musical treasure from the enigmatic Sun Ra's expansive discography, Strut Records proudly presents ""Inside The Light World: Sun Ra Meets The OVC”.

This extraordinary album unveils previously unreleased recordings from the year 1986 for the very first time, showcasing a unique chapter in the Sun Ra catalogue, officially released for Record Store Day 2024.

Crafted by the forward-thinking technological innovator and rocket scientist, Bill Sebastian, during the mid-1970s, the Outer Space Visual Communicator (OVC) stood as a groundbreaking invention. Instead of producing traditional sound, this keyboard-triggered ""instrument"" harnessed the power of light, casting mesmerising kaleidoscopic, multicoloured patterns onto a screen suspended above performers on stage. Ra first performed with the idiosyncratic fractal light projector in the late ‘70s and, in 1986, two grainy VHS tapes surfaced featuring Ra performing ‘Calling Planet Earth’ and ‘Sunset On The Nile’, both accompanied by the OVC’s radiant light painting.

“I was curious about the performances,” explains Irwin Chusid, administrator of the Sun Ra catalogue. “I couldn't locate these terrific versions and wondered from where they originated. I discovered that not only was Bill Sebastian alive but he was still in Boston developing advanced iterations of the OVC, which by then incorporated Virtual Reality (VR) technology.” Sebastian and Chusid embarked on the intricate task of assembling the session tapes sourced from Sebastian's archives. These recordings, which took place on August 25, 1986, at Mission Control studios in Westford, Massachusetts, were originally spontaneous and never intended for a formal album release. Although the tape transfers yielded remarkable material, the recordings remained in an unmixed state, prompting Chusid to collaborate with engineer Joe Lizzi. Together, they embarked on the journey of reconstructing each track with painstaking precision.

The end result is nothing short of a revelation, featuring exceptional performances by the Arkestra. This release unveils previously unheard renditions of Sun Ra classics such as 'Love In Outer Space,' 'El Is A Sound Of Joy,' and 'Calling lanet Earth.' Additionally, it offers a complete performance of 'Discipline 27-II,' making it a musical gem for fans and collectors alike.

Sun Ra ‘Inside The Light World’ is released as a double LP housed in a deluxe sleeve. The package features stills from the original OVC videos, extensive liner notes and a full interview with Bill Sebastian. The album is fully remastered from the original reel to reel tapes by Joe Lizzi and Peter Beckmann.

Introducing the inaugural release of ""lost"" sessions from 1986, where Sun Ra encountered the OVC. These remarkable recordings were, until now, confined to two tracks exclusively available on VHS videos.

These recordings have undergone a meticulous process of full remastering, executed by Joe Lizzi and Peter Beckmann, directly from the original reel-to-reel tapes.

Features remarkable, previously unheard versions of Ra classics ‘Calling Planet Earth’, ‘Sunset On The Nile’ and ‘Theme From The Stargazers’.

Featuring captivating images sourced from Sun Ra and Bill Sebastian's videos. Additionally, the RSD release includes comprehensive sleeve notes and an in-depth interview with Bill Sebastian, providing valuable insights into this extraordinary moment in time.

Track List::
A1. Calling Planet Earth
A2. Theme Of The Stargazers
A3. Love In Outer Space (DX7 Interlude)

B1. Love In Outer Space
B2. Stardust From Tomorrow
B3. El Is A Sound Of Joy
B4. Sunset On The Nile (DX7 Interlude)

C1. Sunset On The Nile
C2. East Of The Sun
C3. Saturn Rings
C4. Calling Planet Earth (Piano Interlude)

D1. Discipline 27-II