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Sun Ra

Space Is The Place (Book+DVD+CD)

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Harte Recordings is proud to announce the release of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of SUN RA's Space Is The Place. This limited edition release will include a hardcover book, a DVD of the film with new producer commentary, and a CD of the soundtrack. It was forty years ago when SUN RA's galactic-sploitation epic Space Is The Place was released to theaters around the USA. For the first time, Earthlings were able to look into the reality of SUN RA; jazzman, alien, legend spaceman. Space Is The Place is a movie beyond explanation, and yet it still remains one of the craziest, psychedelic, music-powered head-twisting fest ever to hit the theaters.

 

  • Essays from screenplay writer Seth Hill and director John Coney
  • Forward by Wayne Coyne of THE FLAMING LIPS
  • Interview with Ray Johnson (who played the Overseer in the film)
  • Comments about the film from ARKESTRA members Marshall Allen and Danny Thompson
  • Dozens of never-seen-before photos, taken on and off set during the filming of the movie
  • Over 40 pages of commentary
  • 125 pages

DVD:

  • Restored versions of both the original cut of Space Is The Place and the uncut version
  • New DVD commentary from producer Jim Newman
  • SUN RA & ARKESTRA home movies
  • NTSC all region, 153 minutes

CD:

  • Soundtrack with two additional tracks added that were never present on the soundtrack release, but are in the film
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur

Science fiction, blaxploitation, and musical elements combine in the entertaining and enlightening Space Is the Place. Like the 1972 album of the same name, this film features jazz legend Sun Ra playing around on the space organ along with June Tyson's vocal chants to create the band's unique African percussion-filled jazz improvisations. While the concert performances alone are well-documented, the strange nonlinear story is both compelling and hilarious. It's like a head movie for Black Panther politics, concluding with a live concert finale and somehow incorporating action movie elements. Sun Ra positions himself as something of a freak in '70s urban black culture, in this case as an alien who crash-lands in Oakland, CA. He sits coolly back and watches all the madness around him, playing a Seventh Seal-like game with the pimped-out Overseer (Raymond Johnson) while frantic Jimmy Rey (Christopher Brooks) tries to make sense of it all. The randomness of the narrative gives it an open-ended documentary feel, capturing the normal lives of city dwellers in sharp contrast to the freaked-out optimism of Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra. He communicates his philosophies directly by simply driving around the ghetto in crazy futuristic Egyptian pharaoh-style costumes or literally taking applications at the Outer Spaceways Employment Agency. For jazz fans and/or those looking for a good head trip, Space Is the Place offers an originality that is refreshingly humorous; it's also an added bonus that it contains some of the most vivid and experimental live performances of Sun Ra's career.

Spin Magazine - Will Hermes

A no-budget cross between Super Fly and Star Wars.... This is... art at its most radically trippy. (A)

Details
Cat. number: 9780986115400
Year: 2015

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