OK, so let's get to the important stuff...
The two bonus discs for this re-issue of "Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space" are not at all what I expected.
First of all, get out of your head the idea that this is your typical, complete-your-collection-compilation-of-b-sides-and-non-album tracks/mixes-you-couldn't-be-bothered-to buy-when-they-were-released-at-the-time-but-years-later-have-taken-on-a-significance-quite-out-of-proportion-formed-into-a-companion-album release. It is not.
Based on Amazon's tracklisting, my initial expectation (and not a bad idea at that, or so I thought) was that Spiritualized had released all of the alternate versions of the songs, to enable those of us who know this LP note-for-note/word-for-word, to rip it onto our MP3 players and reconstruct alternate sequences of the album, because: surely nobody would want to listen to (for example) 7 variations of the title track in succession, would they?
But in fact, that is EXACTLY the intention. What these bonus discs represent is, effectively, a "directors cut" of the original record. They play like an extended version, a more (no pun intended) spaced out version. It's as though the whole album's been remixed by The Orb. All the original elements are present and correct and yet it's different. It SOUNDS like the same album (better, even?), but as though heard in a dream.
Utter genius (though possibly, if I may be so bold, two versions of "Electricity" too many?)
As for the original (i.e. disc 1) - it's mildly irritating that they've "revised" the title track. But I can live with that, because discs 2 and 3 are good enough to work as a stand alone-release, albeit a pricey one.
If Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
is one of your favourite LPs of all-time then, you need this, it's as simple as that. Although, brilliant as it is, it IS overpriced.
If you're a newcomer, my advice would be buy the original first, get into that and THEN buy this one (it will hopefully have come down in price by then).
But £30 or not, I can't criticize this record any more than I can scratch titanium.