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5.0 out of 5 stars From now on everything changes, 13 Dec 2000
This review is from: Space Is The Place (Audio CD)
One cannot for one second imagine what it must have been like to have been Sun Ra - so called man of Saturn. Writer, musician of well over 100 albums, mostly obscure, all good he stood out like a shaft of gold when all around was dark. His fascination with Egyptology and space started a long time before this superb album, but it is the culmination of fantastic writing, superlative playing by a band of whom most members stayed for incredibly long periods to produce a totally other-worldly album. Just great - A huge infuence on Captain Beefheart and all left field musicians, I should fancy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but not as good as the other Space Is The Pace, 12 Dec 2006
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bventure (Shropshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Not going to repeat what the other reviewres have said - this is of course a great album, Sun Ra never made anything else. I would just like to point out though that there is another Sun Ra album called Space Is The Place which is ostensibly the soundtrack for the film of the same name, and it is far superior to this one. You should get both of course (they have little in common apart from the name), but if you're getting only one, get the film soundtrack, it's far superior.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a hard-core, tongue-in-cheek wall of sound from space!, 20 Oct 2002
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Ben WK (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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If you enjoy the blistering pace and highly inventive, raucously melodious sounds of the likes of Charles Mingus, Roland Kirk and Yusef Lateef, chances are you'll get a kick out of Sun Ra and his Kosmik Arkestra. Sun Ra takes bebop and blows it into a whacked-out, tongue-in-cheek fusion of pulp science-fiction and egyptology, in the process cocking a snook at the pretentious cool of his self-consciously hip musical contemporaries. This is jazz like you've never heard it before.
I didn't really *get* Sun Ra until seeing him and his Arkestra playing live in Dublin in 2001 (yes, he's still going strong). I laughed with pleasure to see the pure, joyful irreverence which he and his band exhibit, dressed in glittering robes and colourful headpieces, blasting out their massive, cohesive, gorgeous sound which veers from straight-down-the-line hard bop to a cacophonous wall of sound and back, all in the space of one tune!
This album captures that spirit superbly - if you like intelligent jazz with a pinch of salt, then this is a superb choice. However, it's not one to listen to in traffic, during an argument, or while doing your yogic asanas. Space is the place, but you've got to be in the right place for this one.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beenykleesox - somewhat misleading, 9 May 2004
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It's great that reviewer "beenykleesox" likes Ra's album, although he must be mistaken about seeing Sun Ra himself in 2001. Sun Ra "went back to Saturn" (died) in 1993! Maybe it was the band under the direction of Marshall Allen . . . .?
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