Across the history of jazz, there is no wilder, more future-forward composer and performer than Herman Poole Blount, aka Sun Ra. Known as much for his wild on-stage persona as his innovative compositions, Sun Ra was the avant-garde bleeding edge of the jazz genre, introducing modal composition and electronic instrumentation before almost anyone else -- not to mention bringing the space age to life with his obsession with all things extraterrestrial. Across more than 50 LPs released in his lifetime, Sun Ra charted a course to space and far, far beyond.

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Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage Arkestra, The - Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos - CD
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    • GARAGE & SOUL SCREAMER CREATES AN EXOTICA MEETS COCAINE VERSION OF SUN RA MASTERPIECES!• COMPACT DISC INCLUDES TWO NON-LP CUTS!• INCLUDES LINER NOTES FROM IRWIN CHUSID AND BROTHER CLEVE. SCORCHING PROPULSIVE RENDITIONS OF RA!Garage & soul screamer Barrence Whitfield channels the Saturnian ruler of the omniverse with a soul-tripping exploration of Sun Ra favorites—from the explosive “Nuclear War” to the shimmering exotica of “Love In Outer Space” to the Funkadelicized "Everything Is Space."...

    Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage Arkestra, The - Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos - LP
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      • GARAGE & SOUL SCREAMER CREATES AN EXOTICA MEETS COCAINE VERSION OF SUN RA MASTERPIECES!• CUT BY KEVIN GRAY, AND PRESSED ON GOLD VINYL AT THIRD MAN IN DETROIT!• INCLUDES LINER NOTES FROM IRWIN CHUSID AND BROTHER CLEVE. SCORCHING PROPULSIVE RENDITIONS OF RA! Garage & soul screamer Barrence Whitfield channels the Saturnian ruler of the omniverse with a soul-tripping exploration of Sun Ra favorites—from the explosive “Nuclear War” to the shimmering exotica of “Love In Outer Space” to the...

      Cage, John & Sun Ra - John Cage Meets Sun Ra: The Complete Film - DVD + 7" Single
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        The never-before-seen in its entirety, visual documentation proving this avant-garde collaboration of mythic proportions did indeed occur. Recorded at Sideshows by the Seashore along the Coney Island boardwalk on June 8th, 1986 as documented on VHS by John Polizzi under the commission of event producers Rick Russo and Bronwyn Rucker. It was long believed that Cage and Ra never performed together but as you'll see,these two shared the stage the entire time. The VHS footage has been combined...

        Cage, John Meets Sun Ra - The Complete Concert - CD
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          If you were going to envision the ultimate avant-garde meeting-of-the-minds jam session, who would you pick? Even the most hopeful fan of strange and innovative music couldn't have seen this one coming: on one afternoon in 1986, at Coney Island's dilapidated freak show, space-age avant-jazz genius Sun Ra met avant-garde "serious music" composer John Cage in an unforgettable performance. You couldn't imagine two figures more opposite. Cage was known for his unusual approach to composition,...

          Cage, John Meets Sun Ra - The Complete Concert - Clear Vinyl 2-LP
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            Double LP on clear vinyl!!If you were going to envision the ultimate avant-garde meeting-of-the-minds jam session, who would you pick? Even the most hopeful fan of strange and innovative music couldn't have seen this one coming: on one afternoon in 1986, at Coney Island's dilapidated freak show, space-age avant-jazz genius Sun Ra met avant-garde "serious music" composer John Cage in an unforgettable performance. You couldn't imagine two figures more opposite. Cage was known for his unusual...

            June Tyson - Saturnian Queen Of The Sun Ra Arkestra - Product Shot
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              Finally the Princess Leia of avant-garde jazz gets her due!Contains six unissued cuts of June with Sun Ra and the Arkestra!Features a full color booklet with unseen photos from the Tyson family photo album! THE VOICE OF AFROFUTURISTIC SCIENCE NON-FICTION! Undoubtedly the most sublime constellation in the Sun Ra cosmos, June Tyson’s voice is the perfect guide through one of the most challenging and varied musical legacies ever to be encountered. Capable of strong, fierce, and emotive...

              June CD & shirt bundle
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                Finally the Princess Leia of avant-garde jazz gets her due!Contains six unissued cuts of June with Sun Ra and the Arkestra!Features a full color booklet with unseen photos from the Tyson family photo album! THE VOICE OF AFROFUTURISTIC SCIENCE NON-FICTION! Undoubtedly the most sublime constellation in the Sun Ra cosmos, June Tyson’s voice is the perfect guide through one of the most challenging and varied musical legacies ever to be encountered. Capable of strong, fierce, and emotive...

                June Tyson - Saturnian Queen Of The Sun Ra Arkestra - Product Shot
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                  Finally the Princess Leia of avant-garde jazz gets her due!Mastered by Joe Lizzi, cut at Cohearent Audio by Kevin Gray and pressed on stocking gold vinyl at Third Man.Contains five unissued cuts from June with Sun Ra & the Arkestra!Features a full color zine style insert with unseen photos from the Tyson family photo album! THE VOICE OF AFROFUTURISTIC SCIENCE NON-FICTION! Undoubtedly the most sublime constellation in the Sun Ra cosmos, June Tyson’s voice is the perfect guide through one of the...

                  Oakland Elementary School Arkestra - The Saga Of Padani - 2-LP
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                    AVANT JAZZ FROM MARSHALL ALLEN, FRED FRITH, TERRY RILEY & SCHOOLKIDS! The Oakland Elementary School Arkestra presents the odyssey of 4th, 5th & 6th grade students from novice musicians into an avant garde ensemble. An ensemble that engenders an array of sonic textures which never remain static or stagnant, but flow in a way that it's always surprising, often startling and astonishing. These schoolkids have traveled the spaceways of Modernism, Minimalism, Impressionism, Exotica, film...

                    Oakland Elementary School Arkestra - The Saga Of Padani - CD
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                      AVANT JAZZ FROM MARSHALL ALLEN, FRED FRITH, TERRY RILEY & SCHOOLKIDS! The Oakland Elementary School Arkestra presents the odyssey of 4th, 5th & 6th grade students from novice musicians into an avant garde ensemble. An ensemble that engenders an array of sonic textures which never remain static or stagnant, but flow in a way that it's always surprising, often startling and astonishing. These schoolkids have traveled the spaceways of Modernism, Minimalism, Impressionism, Exotica, film...

                      Sun Ra - Astro Black - CD
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                        Astro-Black mythology, astro-timeless immortality! Astro Black has long been known as a cornerstone of the Ra catalog. It is well recorded, features a superb Arkestral lineup, and successfully combines several of the styles in which Sun Ra orbited, from Saturnic jazz to astro-funk. And now it’s in the earthly bins on CD for the first time, with new cover art, and liner notes by Robert Campbell (author of The Earthly Recordings of Sun Ra)! Although Astro Black was obviously professionally...

                        Sun Ra - Astro Black - LP
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                          Astro-Black mythology, astro-timeless immortality! Astro Black has long been known as a cornerstone of the Ra catalog. It is well recorded, features a superb Arkestral lineup, and successfully combines several of the styles in which Sun Ra orbited, from Saturnic jazz to astro-funk. And now it’s finally back in the earthly bins! Pressed on colored vinyl, and packaged with new cover art, with liner notes by Robert Campbell (author of The Earthly Recordings of Sun Ra), and includes a poster...

                          Sun Ra - Crystal Spears - CD
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                            SOLAR GUIDED IMPROVISATIONS OF UNBRIDLED CACOPHONY! Recorded in ’73 and rejected by tin-eared major label execs in ’75, Crystal Spears (or “Crystal Clear” as it appears on the tape box) subsumes a cathartic brawl between Minimoog and Yamaha combo organ, with percussionists providing tonal textures, and plaintive oboe colliding with roaring electronic keyboards over waves of rollicking marimba, devilishly chattering below the fray. Crystal Spears is Ra’s once lost aural cinematheque! Crystal...

                            Sun Ra - Crystal Spears - LP
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                              SOLAR GUIDED IMPROVISATIONS OF UNBRIDLED CACOPHONY! Recorded in ’73 and rejected by tin-eared major label execs in ’75, Crystal Spears (or “Crystal Clear” as it appears on the tape box) subsumes a cathartic brawl between Minimoog and Yamaha combo organ, with percussionists providing tonal textures, and plaintive oboe colliding with roaring electronic keyboards over waves of rollicking marimba, devilishly chattering below the fray. Crystal Spears is Ra’s once lost aural cinematheque! Includes a...

                              Sun Ra - El Is A Sound Of Joy / Black Sky And Blue Moon - 7" Single
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                                Shining sounds from the dawn of the Sun Ra Arkestra. "El is A Sound of Joy" was recorded in 1956 and appeared the following year on the very first Saturn LP, Super-Sonic Jazz. Incredible is the fact that saxophonist Charles Davis, here providing the soulful baritone anchor line (counterpoint to Ra's formidable left hand), remains in the front-line of today's Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen. Shuffle swing breakdown jets leisurely, casually, masterfully, painting lush, post-modern...

                                Sun Ra - Exotica - 2-CD Set
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                                  Sensuous dreamscapes to transport the listener to the lush tropical environs of the outer reaches of the omniverse. Your choice of three astro black inter-stellar saucers or two compact saucers of "Exotic-Ra" bringing you to a lush cocktail party where space is the place. All packaged in a beautiful Chesley Bonestell adorned gatefold package with two sets of extensive notes! Sun Ra. Exotica. Incongruous? Listening to the 25 tracks herein will showcase that Sun Ra was, indeed, an Exoticat of...

                                  Sun Ra - Exotica - 3-LP Set
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                                    Sensuous dreamscapes to transport the listener to the lush tropical environs of the outer reaches of the omniverse. Your choice of three astro black inter-stellar saucers or two compact saucers of "Exotic-Ra" bringing you to a lush cocktail party where space is the place. All packaged in a beautiful Chesley Bonestell adorned gatefold package with two sets of extensive notes! Sun Ra. Exotica. Incongruous? Listening to the 25 tracks herein will showcase that Sun Ra was, indeed, an Exoticat of...

                                    Sun Ra shirt & June Tyson LP
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                                      Preorder now! This title will be available on or before the street date of 11/29/19Please note that orders containing any items that are on preorder will ship in full when all items are in stock. This is a combination bundle of our Sun Ra Hot Dog Sauce shirt and our June Tyson - Saturnian Queen of the Sun Ra Arkestra LP. What could be more odd than a Sun Ra shirt? ... maybe a Sun Ra Hot Dog Sauce shirt! Believe it or not, this product actually existed! This shirt is an homage to both...

                                      Sun Ra - Hot Dog Sauce - Shirt Mock
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                                        Preorder now! This title will be available on or before the street date of 11/29/19Please note that orders containing any items that are on preorder will ship in full when all items are in stock. What could be more odd than a Sun Ra shirt? ... maybe a Sun Ra Hot Dog Sauce shirt? Believe it or not, this product actually existed! This shirt is an homage to both Sun Ra and an odd 1940s brand of condiment that suspiciously had a similar shape to our Saturnian icon, Sun Ra! Printed on charcoal...

                                        Sun Ra - Lady With The Golden Stockings - 10" EP
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                                          "The Lady With The Golden Stockings" is a propulsive, forthright groove -- a decisive, deep-space, pre-dawn party jam, emitting golden sparks from the black hole center which begat "Africa" and "Watusa." Quantum-elasticity of temporal equations, bubbling bass, trumpet dancing on light waves, tenor sax serenade across the galaxy, signaling yonder... vessels... beings... femaliens... Pure poetry in sublime, delicate, rhythmelodic motion becomes "Spontaneous Simplicity." A centerpiece among the...

                                          Sun Ra - Live At Inter-Media Arts - 2-CD Set
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                                            A TRIPLE LP AND DOUBLE CD OF INTERPLANETARY PERFECTION! A stunning live Sun Ra event, recorded at the Inter-Media Arts Center in New York, April 20, 1991! Modern Harmonic proudly presents this very special Sun Ra recording, issued here for the first time ever! This concert was just two years before Ra's "earthly departure" -- and his keyboard work was amazingly strident and vibrant here. The Arkestra was in perfect form as well; this special night also showcased the Arkestra's vocal...

                                            Sun Ra - Live At Inter-Media Arts - 3-LP Set
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                                              A TRIPLE LP AND DOUBLE CD OF INTERPLANETARY PERFECTION! A stunning live Sun Ra event, recorded at the Inter-Media Arts Center in New York, April 20, 1991! Modern Harmonic proudly presents this very special Sun Ra recording, issued here for the first time ever! This concert was just two years before Ra's "earthly departure" -- and his keyboard work was amazingly strident and vibrant here. The Arkestra was in perfect form as well; this special night also showcased the Arkestra's vocal...

                                              Sun Ra - Nuclear War - 10" EP
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                                                **PARENTAL ADVISORY -- EXPLICIT LYRICS** "Nuclear War," Sun Ra's groove-infested x-rated warning, was an early 80s underground hit when it appeared on a 12-inch (plus the Saturn album A Fireside Chat With Lucifer). Ra and crew expose the deathly horror with deadly serious call-and-response, leavened with funk and a pinch of humor for better digestion, eyes gleaming in a laid-back, lilting, cosmo-gangster-lean. "Outer Reach Intense Energy" and "Twilight" are originally unreleased works,...

                                                Sun Ra - Pathways To Unknown Worlds - CD
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                                                  Intrinsic energies of mythic worlds! Pathways was originally issued on LP in 1975 as part of Ra’s ill-fated and short-lived ABC/Impulse! partnership. This Modern Harmonic edition has been exquisitely mastered from the four-track session reel. The Impulse! LP was formatted as “Quad Compatible”—short for “quadraphonic”—which you could enjoy if you had four speakers, a custom quad cartridge/stylus, and a quad decoder integrated into your ’70s hi-fi. (None of this technology ever achieved wide...

                                                  Sun Ra - Pathways To Unknown Worlds - LP
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                                                    A STUNNING RECREATION OF THE ORIGINAL GATEFOLD JACKET!LP INCLUDES ARCHIVAL DOCUMENT REPLICA OF HOW RA WANTED TO SPEND HIS MAJOR LABEL ADVANCE!CUT BY KEVIN GRAY, AND PRESSED ON GOLD VINYL AT THIRD MAN FOR OUT OF THIS WORLD SOUND QUALITY! Intrinsic energies of mythic worlds! Pathways was originally issued on LP in 1975 as part of Ra’s ill-fated and short-lived ABC/Impulse! partnership. This Modern Harmonic edition has been exquisitely mastered from the four-track session reel. The Impulse! LP...

                                                    Sun Ra - Plutonian Nights / Reflects Motion Pt. 1 - 7" Single
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                                                      "Plutonian Nights," the opening jam from the 1959 Afrofuturist classic album Nubians of Plutonia, is Sun Ra's quintessential, astro-majestic party joint. Among the top grooves in his immense catalog, Ra reveals his love for R&B is inseparable from his embrace of Jazz. (He once told bassist Richard Evans, "We don't play Jazz, we play Dazz.") Pat Patrick's bari sax morphs into a Fender bass, while the swinging flow of John Gilmore & Co. gives new meaning to the notion of 'Blowing' (Out From...

                                                      Sun Ra - Rocket Number Nine - 10" EP
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                                                        Among Sun Ra's most famous and jet-propelled anthems, "Rocket Number Nine" is heard here in one of the earliest renditions from a marathon June 1960 session, with a staggering, swaggering, hip-bop beat. Ignition. Liftoff. "Rocket Number Nine Take Off for the Planet Venus, Zoom Zoom! Up in the air! Zoom! Up!" Paired with originally unknown recordings, including the driving, bossa nova-infused "Ankhnation" from 1959 and "Project Black Mass" from 1962. More energized and driving in contrast with...

                                                        Sun Ra - Saturn / Mystery Mr. Ra - 7" Single
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                                                          Sun Ra's angular yet strident and soulful "Saturn," recorded in 1958, displays bluesy cubist bop in perfect alter-dimensional extension of Fletcher Henderson. It's also a showcase for John Gilmore's sax acrobatics and supersonic swing. Gilmore dove deep into the Ra Omniverse; "got the concept" - as Coltrane described the tenor giant - hooked by this composition, and never left. Dual baritones of Pat Patrick and Charles Davis (who continues in the front line of the living, glowing Arkestra of...

                                                          Sun Ra - The Cymbals/Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 - 2-CD
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                                                            Cymbals has finally landed… and brought a 2nd saucer with it! Originally recorded for the Impulse! jazz label in ’73, Cymbals is paired with a 2nd disc of unheard material from the same sessions. Hear Ra’s Baroque soundscapes, electrolytic clusters and dithering Moogs catalyze images of monoliths, space stations, computers malfunctioning and galaxies imploding on two compact saucers, with liner notes by known Ra-fficianado Brother Cleve! Making its debut here, the 2nd disc is culled from a...

                                                            Sun Ra - The Cymbals/Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 - 2-LP
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                                                              Cymbals has finally landed… and brought a 2nd saucer with it! Originally recorded for the Impulse! jazz label in ’73, Cymbals makes its first legitimate release on vinyl, paired with a second LP of unheard material from the same sessions. Hear Ra’s Baroque soundscapes, electrolytic clusters and dithering Moogs catalyze images of monoliths, space stations, computers malfunctioning and galaxies imploding on pristine red and green vinyl with liner notes by known Ra-fficianado Brother Cleve!...

                                                              Sun Ra - The Space Age Is Here To Stay - CD
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                                                                The first-ever collection of Arkestra vocal tracks! Over 75 minutes of vocal performances - audible perfection! Featuring album art interpreted from the work of "the father of modern space art," Chesley Bonestell, plus extensive liner notes. Across the history of jazz, there is no wilder, more future-forward composer and performer than Herman Poole Blount, aka Sun Ra. Known as much for his wild on-stage persona as his innovative compositions, Sun Ra was the avant-garde bleeding edge of the...

                                                                Sun Ra - Thunder Of The Gods - CD
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                                                                  A new Sun Ra album touches ground in the earthly bins, 50 years after its creation! Sun Ra is still trying to get our attention 50 years after dispatching this transmission. Humanity?s path since then makes his message even more urgent today. Years after Herman Poole "LeSony'r Ra" Blount "left the planet" he's still trying to reach us, to wake us up and to change our destiny. Sun Ra and the Arkestra weren't a traditional studio band, and every star in the vast galaxy of their discography...

                                                                  Sun Ra - Thunder Of The Gods - LP
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                                                                    A new Sun Ra LP touches ground in the earthly bins, 50 years after its creation! Sun Ra is still trying to get our attention 50 years after dispatching this transmission. Humanity's path since then makes his message even more urgent today. Years after Herman Poole "LeSony'r Ra" Blount "left the planet" he's still trying to reach us, to wake us up and to change our destiny. Sun Ra and the Arkestra weren't a traditional studio band, and every star in the vast galaxy of their discography reflects...

                                                                    Sun Ra 10" Bundle
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                                                                      **PARENTAL ADVISORY -- EXPLICIT LYRICS** Get all three Sun Ra 10" EPs for a special price! Sun Ra - Rocket Number Nine:Among Sun Ra's most famous and jet-propelled anthems, "Rocket Number Nine" is heard here in one of the earliest renditions from a marathon June 1960 session, with a staggering, swaggering, hip-bop beat. Ignition. Paired with originally unknown recordings, including the driving, bossa nova-infused "Ankhnation" from 1959 and "Project Black Mass" from 1962. Romping, rumbling low...

                                                                      Sun Ra 10" Bundle + NRBQ 10"
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                                                                        **PARENTAL ADVISORY -- EXPLICIT LYRICS**Get all three Sun Ra 10" EPs plus NRBQ's Interstellar 10" for a special price! Sun Ra - Rocket Number Nine:Among Sun Ra's most famous and jet-propelled anthems, "Rocket Number Nine" is heard here in one of the earliest renditions from a marathon June 1960 session, with a staggering, swaggering, hip-bop beat. Ignition. Paired with originally unknown recordings, including the driving, bossa nova-infused "Ankhnation" from 1959 and "Project Black Mass" from...

                                                                        Sun Ra 7" Bundle!
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                                                                          Get all three Sun Ra 7" singles together! MH-101 - Saturn / Mystery Mr. Ra: Sun Ra's angular yet strident and soulful "Saturn,� recorded in 1958, displays bluesy cubist bop in perfect alter-dimensional extension of Fletcher Henderson. It's also a showcase for John Gilmore's sax acrobatics and supersonic swing. "Mystery, Mr. Ra," recorded live in 1984 and originally unissued, is just on the friendly side of ominous. Its deep funk, delivered by James Jacson on the Ancient Egyptian Astro Infinity...

                                                                          Sun Ra - The Space Age Is Here To Stay - 2-LP
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                                                                            Across the history of jazz, there is no wilder, more future-forward composer and performer than Herman Poole Blount, aka Sun Ra. Known as much for his wild on-stage persona as his innovative compositions, Sun Ra was the avant-garde bleeding edge of the jazz genre, introducing modal composition and electronic instrumentation before almost anyone else -- not to mention bringing the space age to life with his obsession with all things extraterrestrial. Across more than 100 LPs released in his...