Soundtrack to the Film Space Is The Place

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Soundtrack to the Film Space Is The Place 1:15:00 $11.98
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1 It’s After The End Of The World 3:31 $1.49 Buy
2 Under Different Stars 4:01 $1.49 Buy
3 Discipline 33 3:27 $1.49 Buy
4 Watusa 7:16 44.1/16 Album only
5 Calling Planet Earth 3:10 $1.49 Buy
6 I Am The Alter-Destiny 1:15 $1.49 Buy
7 Satellites Are Spinning 2:38 $1.49 Buy
8 Cosmic Forces 3:14 $1.49 Buy
9 Outer Spaceways Incorporated 3:06 $1.49 Buy
10 We Travel The Spaceways 2:34 $1.49 Buy
11 The Overseer 3:11 $1.49 Buy
12 Blackman / Love In Outer Space 16:57 44.1/16 Album only
13 Mysterious Crystal 5:58 $1.49 Buy
14 I Am The Brother Of The Wind 5:59 $1.49 Buy
15 We’ll Wait For You 4:17 $1.49 Buy
16 Space Is The Place 4:26 $1.49 Buy

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Although there was an LP released by Blue Thumb in the 70s called Space Is The Place, this is not it! This is the soundtrack to a full-length Sun Ra film. Recorded in 1972, all of this music is by Ra and his Arkestra.

The challenging, complex SPACE IS THE PLACE (music to the soundtrack of the film of the same name) is definitive early-1970s Sun Ra. Heavily dominated by electronics (Ra plays Mini-Moog synthesizer, clavinet, and a Rocksichord), intense cross-rhythms (the sessions featured 10 percussionists), vocal chanting, and spoken narrative, SPACE IS THE PLACE laid the groundwork for the Arkestra's aesthetic as it would remain for the rest of its career.

While there are traces of Ra's swing and bop roots (the infectious "Discipline 33," for example, or the opening theme to the fiery "Watusa"), the approach here is largely free and expressionistic. Time signatures are broken and restructured, and the Arkestra alternates between ambient textures, choral call-and-response, sonic collage, and aggressive bursts of avant-garde noise. Particularly interesting are June Tyson's vocal contributions, which fall somewhere between Ella Fitzgerald, African folk tradition, and John Cage-like minimalism. Cosmic in scope and genre-bursting in musical ambition, SPACE IS THE PLACE continues, and in many ways defines, Sun Ra's quest to make music unlike any other.

Personnel includes:
Sun Ra (Primary Artist)
Marshall Allen (Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, cowbell, Flute, Kora, Oboe, Percussion)
Cheryl Bank (Vocals)
Russell Branch (Percussion)
Danny Davis (Alto Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Percussion)
Danny Davis (Alto Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Percussion)
Ahk Tal Ebah (Flugelhorn, Trumpet, Vocals)
John Gilmore (Drums, Percussion, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals)
Kwame Hadi (Conga, Trumpet, Vibraphone)
Wayne Harris (Trumpet)
Judith Holton (Vocals)
Lex Humphries (Drums, Percussion)
Lamont McLamb (Percussion, Trumpet)
Stanley Morgan (Percussion)
Ken Moshesh (Conga)
Larry Northington (Alto Saxophone, Conga, Percussion)
Eloe Omoe (Bass Clarinet, Bongos, Percussion)
Pat Patrick (Baritone Saxophone, Bass)
Harry Richards (Percussion)
Danny Ray Thompson (Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Percussion)
June Tyson (Bells, Vocals)
Robert Underwood (Percussion)
Alzo Wright (Drums, Percussion)
Ruth Wright (Vocals)
Jerry Gordon (Producer)
Roger Seibel (Engineer, Pre-mastering Engineer)
John F. Szwed (Liner Notes)
Alan Nahigian (Photography)

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