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Marshall Allen compiles Sun Ra material for Strut

Following the recent glut of 100th anniversary items including coffee and perfume, Strut has announced a new Sun Ra compilation, put together by Arkestra bandleader Marshall Allen. The 20 track set includes a cross section of recordings by Sun Ra from the 1960s up to the 80s, plus key Arkestra members. In The Orbit Of Ra also includes unreleased tracks: "Trying To Put The Blame On Me", an acoustic track recorded live in Rome in 1977; an extended version of "Island In The Sun", and an unheard part of "Reflects Motion" (originally on Secrets Of The Sun).

In The Orbit Of Ra is released on double CD and vinyl on 22 September, and sleevenotes include an interview with Marshall Allen and previously unpublished photos by Val Wilmer. A full tracklisting for the compilation is online here.