Boomkat Product Review:
In the endless ocean of Sun Ra recordings, Space Is The Place ranks among the very best but more importantly stands as the most immediately understandable of his records.
This masterpiece touches flawlessly on elements of many of Ra’s multiple phases and provides both a mission statement for and a gateway to his immaculate body of work.
Back in 1972 Sun Ra organised his Arkestra for a compellingly ambitious score, which has since been referenced by practically anyone with an interest in Afro Futurism. The accompanying film was just as groundbreaking, chronicling the time-travelling astral adventures of Sun Ra , which would turn out to be an allegory for racial power struggles in the US at the time.
The music was all recorded in San Francisco, arranging a truly mind-blowing programme of heavy synthesizer and organ blasts, hypnotic vocal chants, free jazz chaos and deeply funky Afro-Latin percussion influences that's still seen as a well of inspiration today. We're holding back on the hyperbolics but this is just one of those records that every self-respecting music lover should own, so you know what to do... Highly recommended!