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    Sun Ra: Space is the Place - Any good live versions?

    I was binging out on the early, classic-era Saturday Night Live seasons and came across Sun Ra's phenomenal performances of "Space-Loneliness" and "Space is the Place."

    So, I bought the album Space is the Place, and was somewhat disappointed. The live version had many more horn players, percussionists and singers than the rather scrawny forces represented on the studio recording.

    I would love to have a CD (or even better yet, DVD if one exists) of Sun Ra playing "Space is the Place" and other similar material, with a fuller band like in the SNL clip.

    Can anyone recommend any live versions on CD or DVD?
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    Two favorite versions are on Live at Slug's Saloon and Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival 1972, both concerts at which I was in attendance; the latter is the "Space Is the Place Suite"
    Hell, they ain't even old-timey ! - Homer Stokes

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogrooves View Post
    Two favorite versions are on Live at Slug's Saloon and Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival 1972, both concerts at which I was in attendance; the latter is the "Space Is the Place Suite"
    Excellent, thanks mogrooves!
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    Mo- I was at the 72 A Squared B and J Festival as well. Ra was great, but the Art Ensemble was greater yet. Remember them doing Odwalla? Remember how fine the CJQ was? Seeing Sippie Wallace? New Dalta Akhra? What a show!



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    Quote Originally Posted by mogrooves View Post
    Two favorite versions are on Live at Slug's Saloon and Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival 1972, both concerts at which I was in attendance; the latter is the "Space Is the Place Suite"
    You bast@#%!



    Quote Originally Posted by Dana5140 View Post
    Mo- I was at the 72 A Squared B and J Festival as well. Ra was great, but the Art Ensemble was greater yet. Remember them doing Odwalla? Remember how fine the CJQ was? Seeing Sippie Wallace? New Dalta Akhra? What a show!
    You 2!

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    I guess you had to be there! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana5140 View Post
    Remember how fine the CJQ was?
    From Denmark, right? I went the following year as well. Good times!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana5140 View Post
    Remember how fine the CJQ was? ]

    Contempoary Jazz Quintet with Kenny Cox?.Lucky you.
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    Yes, Contemproary Jazz Quintet- they had a great sort of fusion record out back then, though they could play in and out and all around. Mostly Detroit musicians, like Charles Moore and Leon Henderson, along with Cox. mogrooves, no not from Denmark; that's a different and more modern band.

    This is from 1968, a bit earlier than the disc I am discussing:
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