- sun ra & his intergalactic arkestra: at the ann arbor blues & jazz festival in exile 1974 - it is forbidden
(2001, cd, usa, alive / total energy)
We're talking 1974, and when the city council decided that the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival could not be happening ("It Is Forbidden"), the organisers fled to the other side of the border, into Canada.
Dispite a lot of problems (especially with Canadian customs and police, resulting in much smaller crowd than anticipated), the festival went ahead and Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Arkestra played an astonishing set.
(Free) jazz improvisations are mixed with some of the Arkestra's best-known tunes: 'Space Is The Place', 'What Planet Is This', 'Watusi', and many more.
The only disapointment is that the recording hasn't been divided into seperate tracks. It's one, big 64-minute track.
Excellent liner notes by (festival promoter at the time) John Sinclair.