17 December 2009

Sun Ra Archestra - Live in Rome '80


Having listened to many Sun Ra concerts during the years
(Arkestra,small combos,solo), i can say that the level/quality
was very inconstant, from very good to tedious : this one is
good (in my opinion).
Taped by "Ilario" during the March 1980 tour.

Thanks to c & nikos for having titled the tracks !

Rec. live at "Teatro Giulio Cesare", Rome, Italy,
on March 29, 1980 (mix recording)

Sun Ra,piano,organ,synth,conductor
Michael Ray,trumpet,flugelhorn
Marshall Allen,alto saxophone,oboe,flute
Noel Scott,alto & baritone saxophone,flute
John Gilmore,tenor saxophone,clarinet,percussions
Danny Ray Thompson,baritone saxophone,flute
Kenny Williams,tenor & baritone saxophone,flute
Eric "Samurai" Walker/Chris Henderson,drums,percussions
June Tyson,vocals

01. Medley : Improv > Pleiades > Improv > Tapestry From An Asteroid > Improv > Astro Black > Strange Worlds > The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise > The Living Myth > Mystery, Mr. Ra > Discipline 27 (36:03)
02. Inside The Blues (02:08)
03. Blues (03:20)
04. Big John's Special (03:00)
05. Yeah Man! (02:30)
06. Springtime Again (06:20)
07. Limehouse Blues (03:46)
08. Watusi (07:44)
09. Lights On A Satellite (05:45)
10. Enlightenment (02:15)
11. Space Is The Place (08:55)
12. They'll Come Back (04:26)
13. Medley : Calling Planet Earth > On Jupiter > Hit That Jive Jack (15:21)
14. [cuts in >] Exotic Forest [incomplete] (01:57)
15. King Porter Stomp (04:03)
16. Sun Ra and His Band From Outer Space (01:02)

Total Time 1:48:41

12 comments:

riccardo said...

Just before posting i've discovered that dustygroove is near (around January 15, 2010) to release, probably, the same concert. In any case, for the moment, this is an "inedited", so here are the links :

mp3 (244 MB) :
http://rapidshare.com/files/321668628/SRA_Rome_80_mp3.part1.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/321684913/SRA_Rome_80_mp3.part2.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/321700746/SRA_Rome_80_mp3.part3.rar

flac (644 MB) :
http://rapidshare.com/files/321726973/SRA_Rome_80_flac.part1.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/321753592/SRA_Rome_80_flac.part2.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/321781361/SRA_Rome_80_flac.part3.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/321799058/SRA_Rome_80_flac.part4.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/321813409/SRA_Rome_80_flac.part5.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/321826103/SRA_Rome_80_flac.part6.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/321833447/SRA_Rome_80_flac.part7.rar

roberto t. said...

Does somebody remember if on the same tour they played also Genova?
I remember that concert but can't remember the year and, strangely, it is not on any Sun Ra sessionography. And many thanks for this, of course!

riccardo said...

@ roberto t.

the same year, on April 1, the
Arkestra played at Teatro Margherita
in Genova.

roberto t. said...

Many thanks, Riccardo, it always a pity when one forgets things.

Ryan said...

enjoying this sun ra set. thanks for sharing.

C said...

This is what I have figured out from a quick listen. Help wanted on the missing titles please.
And thanks for this one.
C


1 Improv > Pleiades > Improv > Tapestry From An Asteroid > Improv > Astro Black > Strange Worlds > The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise > The Living Myth > Mystery, Mr. Ra > Discipline 27
2 ? solo piano ballad
3 Blues
4 Big John's Special
5 ? familiar standard
6 Springtime Again
7 ? familiar standard
8 variant on a familiar Sun Ra tune
9 Lights on a Satellite
10 Enlightenment
11 Space Is the Place
12 They'll Come Back
13 Calling Planet Earth > On Jupiter > Hit That Jive Jack
14 ? fragment
15 ? standard
16 Sun Ra and His Band From Outer Space

trane said...

Thanks Riccardo, a 'good' Sun ra performance is always welcome!

nikos said...

The missing titles in C's setlist:
2. Inside The blues
5. Yeah Man!
7. Limehouse Blues
8. Watusi
14. [cuts in >] Exotic Forest [incomplete]
15. King Porter Stomp
One possible doubt: This JUST might be a pastiche of some bits from the Rome show and some from the Genova show mentioned in the other comments.. Parts of the song-list look suspiciously similar to the Genova set-list as given in R. Campbell's sessionography..
Thanks a LOT for this Riccardo. More Sun Ra would always be welcome. You are right, the shows are uneven (the chants and recitations especially, are of the you-had-to-be-there type I think), but the high pints are high indeed!

C said...

Thanks Nikos for the additions. This setlist is similar to the Milan and Bourg-la-Reine shows, and I do have an audience tape of this Rome show somewhere which I am unable to compare with this at the moment. I don't think I have the Genova to cross-check, but I am sure this will get figured out. Though I don't doubt Riccardo's tapes either, so this might all be Rome?
1980 was a tremendous year for the Arkestra. The set pieces get repetitious, but the improvs are WILD.


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1 Improv > Pleiades > Improv > Tapestry From An Asteroid > Improv > Astro Black > Strange Worlds > The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise > The Living Myth > Mystery, Mr. Ra > Discipline 27
2 Inside the Blues
3 Blues
4 Big John's Special
5 Yeah Man!
6 Springtime Again
7 Limehouse Blues
8 Watusi
9 Lights on a Satellite
10 Enlightenment
11 Space Is the Place
12 They'll Come Back
13 Calling Planet Earth > On Jupiter > Hit That Jive Jack
14 [cuts in >] Exotic Forest [incomplete]
15 King Porter Stomp
16 Sun Ra and His Band From Outer Space

riccardo said...

@ C & nikos

many thanks for the "job"

for clarity : i only have this
concert from the 80 tour (taped by Ilario), as i pointed out above,
this is the Roman concert, personally
i've been at the concert in Milan
(Teatro Orfeo, March 24) but didn't
tape it.

nikos said...

Transparency has now issued this as "LIVE IN ROME". It gives the date as March 28, 1980, not March 29. It has a couple of short chants after "Space Is The Place" that are not on the post, but "Exotic Forest" is unfortunately again cut and incomplete. The sound is marginally better on the Transparency. We did a better job with the song list!

paul w. said...

@ nikos
many thanks for clarification that transparency's live in rome 1980-03-28 and riccardo's/ilario's live in rome 1980-03-29 are one and the same concert. when i got news about new transparency release i had suspicions that they did release different concert. i got also just recently very high opinions about this new transparency 2 cd set. now i know that i do have it for over 4 months.

@ riccardo and illario

many many thanks for this post. it's never too much of good sun ra music.

regards.

paul w.