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Space Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nang
  • ASIN: B002M9FZ8Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Back in the mists of time (circa 1977), when space travel seemed fairly inevitable and electronic music was still in a relative infancy, there was a strange and enchanting tune called Magic Fly in the UK top five, performed by a band in spacesuits. That band was Space, about whom very little was known other than they were French and seemed slightly creepy. Magic Fly became, over here at least, a one-hit wonder and was pretty much unavailable subsequently. But for some people, that tune, along with the same year’s I Feel Love, was the dawn of a whole new era of cosmicness.

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Lets get the complaints out the way first, the inserts only record the names of the 14 tracks and nothing else!
No dates of release or any information at all, do this company want to promote this CD ?
I do remember Space from 1977 with their deput album and single Magic Fly, which was released at about the same time as Oxygene album and single Oxygene Part IV by Jean Michel Jarre.
I understand they released 4 - 5 albums to 1981.
Like Jarre they are French and their electronic disco type music has some similarities with Donner Summer, Geogio Morroder and maybe David Bowie.
Magic Fly itself is the standout track for me, it is instrumental and while some other tracks can appear almost hynotic, they are at the same time mostly melodic.
Several are vocal tracks including Carry On Turn Me On and Save Your Love For Me.
Deliverence is my preferred vocal song.
So if you can get over the poor packaging and uninspiring cover, this has some real treasures to enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Space more like! 22 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
Any collection of Space Tunes has got to be good. The music is so uplifting and yet still so soulfull. I remember when I heard "Magic Fly" on the radio as kid when it first came out. It was the sound of the future then and it still doesn't date. Like the universe itself Space's music is timeless. Madeleine Bell's vocals on "Save your love for me" and "Prison" are so sensual. From singing with Blue Mink and telling the world is a great big onion in "Melting Pot" she certainly was hand in hand with Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer at the time that made heaven on the dancefloors of the late 70's. Great days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Retro electro pop supreme.... 15 Mar 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Space - and Magic Fly came by me via one of those cheap vinyl compilations that came out in the early '80s. Having not heard or bought anything by them since, I took the plunge for this Best Of. I have to say that in this current CD form, it is quite pricey and Amazon, at least at time of reviewing have the downloaded MP3 at a very good price in comparison. I always prefer CDs as I often play on my hifi separates system, as well as for ripping for Ipod use.

I actually prefer second track to Magic Fly, "Running In the City" is one of those synth anthemed loop instrumentals that has vague similarities with Kraftwerk. Carry On Turn Me On is very much a Donna Summer type of funky number that's hot on the percussion and steamy, soaring vocals (by who?, it doesn't say). Instrumental 'Tango In Space' uses many of the chords and synth bits already found in Magic Fly but is more vague and without the hook, whilst Air Force has a Jans Hammer sort of rift floating adrift on a soaring synth disco beat.

Prison is another soulful vocal number that starts off with plinky-plonky piano and then moves up to a full-tempo'd funky disco number. It's strong on melody and pretty catchy too. 'Deliverance' is a male voice choir starting piece with snippets of earthy, Chaka Kahn type vocals interjecting with the men, whilst a full-force funky backing track brings it all to a climax. It's one of the strongest songs on the CD.

Fasten Seat Belts is dreamy piano intro that then leads into another spacey thud-thud beat with a chirruping synth solo on top. Symphony has a vocoder-ed vocal anthem, pulsating drums, big synth chords and crescendos and fast-moving synth flurries that builds and builds. 'Robbots' (yes, spelt with two "b's"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds great 2 Dec 2013
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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.
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