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While I Feel Love is understandably the greatest record ever made, spawning entire careers – The Human League based their whole manifesto on Martyn Ware bringing a copy of that and Trans-Europe Express to Phil Oakey’s house and saying, “this is the future” – Space fell a bit by the wayside. Not so over in their native France, where between 1977 and 1981 they sold several million albums and quietly seeped back into consciousness once the likes of Daft Punk (wearing masks to hide their faces? Wherever did they get that idea from?) and Air (who could owe their career to the luscious tones of their forefathers) came along and made French disco a far more enticing concept than it had been previously.
Space’s albums have been as rare as hen’s teeth for nearly 30 years, but now, thanks to this magnificent compilation, their music can now rightfully be placed up there with the likes of Giorgio Moroder, acknowledging them as disco pioneers. Magic Fly is naturally here, alongside Carry On, Turn Me On, an erotic epic that swings from inventing intergalactic dubstep into a laser-drenched drama fest. Other tracks such as Robbots and Fasten Seat Belts don’t stray that far from Magic Fly’s template.
To the uninitiated, a lot of this sounds like the sort of stuff that would accompany the test card; to others though – those who’ve been wowed by the crate-dug cosmic boogie antics of Horse Meat Disco or the wonders of Lindstrøm’s prog disco or Mogg & Naudascher – this is the Holy Grail. A genuine bit of wonder that has long been out of print, it’s time for Space to finally be recognised as the geniuses they were. --Ian Wade
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Found the albums Magic Fly and Deliverance by accident many years ago. Still sounds great although some may say a bit dated.Published 21 months ago by Mr Steven R Morley
I chose this CD as I saw a clip of one of their songs so I had to buy this release :)Published on 22 April 2013 by Gareth Lankshear
if you can remember the original 'magic fly' track then ,this is a must for your collection.i never thought i would see space on cd.awesomePublished on 13 Dec. 2010 by phillip martin maley