Sun Ra - Space Is The Place LP (Verve By Request Series)
“Space Is The Place” is the perfect entry point into Sun Ra’s vast catalogue, and a firm favourite for committed fans too. Its centrepiece is the 21-minute title track: with its chugging sax riff and repeated vocal refrain, it’s both Ra’s signature tune and a manifesto of his space-age escapist philosophy. Across the album, there’s a diverse range of sounds on offer, from the swinging hard bop of “Images” - with John Gilmore blowing a typically muscular tenor solo - to the more abstract shapes of “Discipline” and “Sea Of Sounds,” and the urgent absurdity of “Rocket Number Nine.” It’s vintage Ra.
1. Space Is The Place
2. Discipline 33
3. Sea of Sound
4. Rocket Number Nine
The Verve By Request Series features 180-gram vinyl, pressed at Third Man in Detroit.
- Recorded - October 19 and 20, 1972 at Streeterville Recording Studio, Chicago
- Producers - Alton Abraham and Ed Michel