To celebrate Sun Ra's 100th anniversary last May, The Sun Ra Music Archive, maintained by executive director Michael D. Anderson, reissued 21 albums "Mastered for iTunes" on the iTunes store at iTunes.com/sunramusic. These are the official, definitive versions of his albums. They are 24-bit transfers from original master tapes, many of them properly available for the first time in years.
The Sun Ra Mastered for iTunes releases include material culled from session and rehearsal tapes, and production and album masters. The series includes a significant amount of previously unreleased material, some stereo mixes of tracks previously available only in mono, and complete versions of tracks that had been edited for the original LPs.
Each release also comes with its very own shiny PDF booklet, which have all been “researched and written by Irwin Chusid (author of Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music)” and give some background on the story behind each record “without arcane technical details.”