Nothing Is

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Nothing Is
Nothing Is.jpg
Live album by Sun Ra
Released 1970
Recorded May 1966
Genre Jazz
Length 39:42 (original release)
Label ESP-Disk
Sun Ra chronology
The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume Two
(1965)
Nothing Is
(1966)
Strange Strings
(1966)

Nothing Is is a live album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Sun Ra recorded in 1966 and released on the ESP-Disk label in 1970.[1] In 2010 ESP-Disk released an expanded 2CD edition, restoring the full concert on disc one and adding part of the second set and some tracks from the sound check on disc two.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Lindsay Planer awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "Sun Ra and his Arkestra issued only a handful of titles on the groundbreaking indie ESP-Disk label. Each title respectively contains some of their most expressive musical statements to date".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sun Ra

12" Vinyl[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Dancing Shadows" - 9:50
  2. "Imagination" - 1:53
  3. "Exotic Forest" - 9:50

Side B:

  1. "Sun Ra and His Band from Outer Space" - 1:58
  2. "Shadow World" - 13:48
  3. "Theme of the Stargazers" - 0:40
  4. "Outer Spaceways Incorporated" - 1:42
  5. "Next Stop Mars" - 0:38
  • Track lengths on cover differ significantly from actual playing times given above.
  • This version is also available on CD (without the bonus tracks below) as ZYX-Music / ESP 1045-2.

CD Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Velvet" - 7:20
  2. "Outer Nothingness" - 15:43
  3. "We Travel the Spaceways" - 1:30
  • Recorded live on tour of New York state colleges in March 1966.

2CD Deluxe Edition[edit]

"Disc One" (66/5/18 - first set)

  1. "Sun Ra And HIs Band From Outer Space" - 14:02
  2. "The Shadow World" - 4:40
  3. "Interpolation" - 2:18
  4. "The Satellites Are Spinning" - 1:17
  5. "Advice To Medics" - 2:50
  6. "Velvet" - 8:16
  7. "Space Aura" - 10:26
  8. "The Exotic Forest" - 9:43
  9. "Theme Of The Stargazers" - 1:52
  10. "Outer Spaceways Incorporated" - 2:24
  11. "Dancing Shadows" - 9:45
  12. "Imagination" - 0:40
  13. "The Second Stop Is Jupiter" - 1:12
  14. "Next Stop Mars" - 0:41

"Disc Two" (66/5/18 - partial second set and sound check)

  1. "The Satellites Are Spinning" - 9:08
  2. "Velvet" - 7:10
  3. "Interplanetary Chaos" - 4:35
  4. "Theme Of The Stargazers: - 1:30
  5. "The Second Stop Is Jupiter" - 11:16
  6. "We Travel The Spaceways" - 1:42
  7. "Nothing Is" - 6:13
  8. "It Is Eternal" _- 12:37
  9. "State Street" - 8:21
  10. The Exotic Forest" - 4:32

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sun Ra discography accessed July 20, 2010
  2. ^ a b Planer, L. Allmusic Review accessed July 20, 2010
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 186. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.