Live At Slug's Saloon 1972
Audio CD | Import, Box Set
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(6-CD set) Sun Ra and the Arkestra played every Monday night at Slug's Saloon in the Lower East Side of NYC for over five years, from 1966 thru 1972. This is the first released documentation of this long residency, comprising two complete shows (six hours total) recorded over the summer of 1972. High quality recordings that capture the Arkestra emerging from their psychedelic phase and moving back towards their jazz roots.
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Now, have the bandmembers interspersed amongst the nightclub patrons with their instruments positioned amongst the partiers at their various tables. Soon, the clink and clank of glasses, etherial chatter and general atmosphere mix with vocal space chants, tribal percussions, sax solos, beatnick-type poetry and spacey jazz. Tap that table drum(!), s-p-a-c-e m-e o-u-t b-r-o-t-h-e-r.
It's as if the patrons are clinking their glasses, plates and humming intergalactic exclamations to go along with Sun Ra's heavy vibe. Think: take the essence of the Age of Aquarious, throw in the theatrics of the musical 'Hair' then have a stoned-out Fith Dimension (yes, the soul pop group) singing a capella while a black man dressed as a New Age Pharoh leads 18 musicians through a veritable cornicopia of far out space jazz improvisations!.
Even the intermittant hiss of these imperfect recordings become part of the celebration, giving everything a rich, subversive feel/ Those familiar with live Sun Ra tapes know the feeling...that good quality bootleg high.
Well, that's the ambience of Slugs Saloon circa 1972. Here is 6 cds worth of crazy, cacophanous, "outside-the-box" Sun Ra. Sure, you got your usual source tape imperfections (typical on many archival/historical recordings). You also get some of the most unusual, "out there" tribal space jazz improvisation ever made.
The cd's are #1)72:50, #2)56:56, #3)49:54, #4)71:09, #5)69:04, #6)44:29. Also, each cd has these long jams broken down into track selections so you don't have to hear the whole cd through in 1 sitting (very nice).
Sun Ra at his 'live best' there are subtle reference to Weird Nightmare and Strange Strings but the Arkestra sustains the magic of live performance moving in and out of the push/pull of composition and improvisation. I miss Ra.