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Sun Ra

Sun Ra - Space Is The Place LP (Verve By Request Series)

Sun Ra

Impulse!, 1973

“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.



Side A

1. Space Is The Place


Side B

1. Images

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