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Artist: Various Artists
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Various Artists Jazzactuel Boxset 3CD
An acclaimed 3CD compilation of music released on the legendary French label, BYG Actuel. 
 
Collecting recordings from 1969-1971 and comprising the best of its improv jazz, avant garde and psychedelic output, the set features Don Cherry, Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, Gong, Sunny Murray, Art Ensemble of Chicago and more. 
 
Absent from the reissue racks for the best part of a decade, the set was originally compiled and annotated by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, together with US music journalist Byron Coley. 
 
First released in 2000, this new edition includes a 48-page booklet featuring newly sourced photographs and memorabilia all housed in an attractive box. 
 
"The release of 'Jazzactuel' reclaims from obscurity a remarkable period of avant-garde music. These oddball tracks reveal the period from 1969-1971 as a true renaissance of 'out' music, to which 'Jazzactuel' serves as a wonderful introduction." allmusic.com 
 
Disc One:
 
1. Sunny Murray - Red Cross    
2. Archi Shepp - Blase    
3. Steve Lacy - Note    
4. Daevid Allen - Memories    
5. Sonny Sharrock - Soon    
6. Grachan Moncur III - Exploration    
7. Clifford Thorton - Pan-African Festival    
8. Jaques Coursil - Black Suite - Part 2 - Excerpt    
9. Dave Burrell - Echo  
 
Disc Two:
 
1. Sun Ra And His Solar-Myth Arkestra - The Utter Nots    
2. Arthur Jones - Brother B   
3. The Burton Greene Ensemble From 'Out Of Bartok'
4. Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Get In Line   
5. Andrew Cyrille - Pioneering   
6. Paul Bley - Ramblin'   
7. Frank Wright - One For John   
8. Acting Trio Cello - Discordato Number Nine    
9. Dewey Redman - Tarik        
 
Disc Three:
 
1. Don Cherry - Teo-Teo-Can   
2. Anthony Braxton - B-Xo NOI47a - Excerpt   
3. Jimmy Lyons - Premonitions   
4. Claude Delcloo And Arthur Jones - Africanasia - Part 1 - Excerpt   
5. Musica Elettronica Viva The Sound Pool - Part 2 - Excerpt   
6. Kenneth Terroade Blessing   
7. Gong - Squeezing Sponges Over Policemen's Heads / Fohat Digs Holes In Space   
8. Alan Silva The Celestial Communication Orchestra - Seasons - Part 6