Jam & Spoon ‎– Tales From A Danceographic Ocean

R & S Records ‎– RS 9203, R & S Records ‎– RS9203
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


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Original pressing with "Order To Dance" around edge of centre labels (the horses tail does NOT touch the green triangle, centre strip fades to grey etc.)
Later repressings include a barcode (on back top right of sleeve).
Second cat no is from the rear of the cover.

Track durations not stated on release.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RS 9203 Jam & Spoon Tales From A Danceographic Ocean(12", RP) R & S Records RS 9203 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
OTB 1051-6 Jam & Spoon Tales From Danceographic Ocean(12") On The Beat OTB 1051-6 France 1992 Sell This Version
RSUK 14C Jam & Spoon Tales From A Danceographic Ocean(Cass, Single) R & S Records, Outer Rhythm RSUK 14C UK 1992 Sell This Version
RS 9203 Jam & Spoon Tales From A Danceographic Ocean(12", Promo) R & S Records RS 9203 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
657931 2, DAN 657931 2 Jam & Spoon Tales From A Danceographic Ocean(CD, Maxi) Dance Pool, Dance Pool 657931 2, DAN 657931 2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version


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March 11, 2017
Forget about Stella. If you're interested in Trance crowd pleasers then sure, but for me it was always the much tougher dancefloor devastation of Keep Moving. That track doesn't get the love it deserves :)


October 25, 2015
'Stella' is a wonderful, wonderful track and will be timeless - no question. I'm not sure which came first in 1992 but Mendel's Discoveries ‎- 'Landscapes' release http://www.discogs.com/Mendels-Discoveries-Landscapes/release/156136 uses the same effective chord sequence with a bit of a deeper techno twist and is also worth a listen. Nowhere near as good but an interesting curio !


March 10, 2015
i may suggest that "stella" is a reference from the movie "Eis am Stiel" (the nymphomanic stella)


February 12, 2015
The piano track in the song Stella was obviously a strong inspiration for Moby in his 1995 song God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters.


January 5, 2015
a truly stand out iconic track , file next to "unity 3 suite" and "age of love stella mix" . when trance was cool . still so well produced these sounds just work . awesome . rip marc spoon


March 13, 2009

If you wanna speak about the roots of Trance music, then this track has to be mensioned. For the first time electronic music was smooth, soft to hear, basic and complex at the same time. Altough Fantastic FF uses the wellknown TwinPeaks time, it still stands as an original track. And ofcourse Stella is the masterpeace here.
But... the one who is most forgotten on this record is Keep On Moving. Yes indead, not realy tranzy, rather breakbeat house. But brilliant it is. And because it is unknown, it is still like a fresh floorfiller. I am very attrackted to the sawbass in this track. Wonderfull line to get the people start to dance. Check out!


August 19, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
Luckily, I had the chance to find out about one of the tunes that influenced me on the early nineties - "Stella" (whose name I promised myself I would give my daughter one day, but unfortunately its author Rolf Ellmer A.K.A. Jam El Mar stole my idea and did it first, he has a daugher named Stella). This classic from 1992 was conceived back when the word Trance had a completely different meaning - something to do with a hypnotic environment, a warm atmosphere, regardless the 'label' the music in question would get from the specialized media or the DJs.

The German producer responsible for it mentionned above which was by the way part of Jam & Spoon, Mr. Jam 'El Mar' (born Rolf Ellmer) shared with us his thoughts about "Stella": "Well, how did it happen? It was just a lucky moment. At that time, I was a newbie to this, like a virgin (he laughs). I just did what I liked. You need the blessing of the moment.

Jam El Mar used a Oberheim X-pander (The reso-sound), a Wavestation (for the Pad), Procussion-EMU, an old Akai S-1000 Acoustic Guitar sample, very common those days (to simulate the Guitar sound), and Moby´s legendary "Go" beat loop. "I had this samples of the vocalist Tayah still around - "Hold me... Love-me(...)" - and a Proteus to make the Piano line, that´s it..."

According to Jam El Mar, when Mark Spoon (Markus Löffel R.I.P. 1966-2006) came in that afternoon in the studio, "Stella" was halfway finished - so they did the final things together. Then, Renaat got the playback from the Jam & Spoon duo, this is how everything started.


September 6, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
On 'Stella', Jam & Spoon sample the beats of Moby's 'Go'. They also did remixes of 'Go', and Moby did remixes of 'Stella'.

The EP title 'Tales From A Danceographic Ocean' is a reference to the progressive rock album 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' by Yes (1974).


April 21, 2004

Unimportant trivia to those who don't know: in "My First Fantastic F.F.", the last two letters actually means "Fist F**k". What a beautiful name for a track. ;)

"Stella" is very different from the two other tracks. "Keep On Movin'" and "My First Fantastic F.F." are trippy and dark tracks with excellent atmosphere. If "Stella" is "like a breeze on a hot summer night", the other two are "like a rave in thunderstorm".


July 17, 2003

Stella was one of the first trance tracks I heard and helped get me interested in R&S. Years later, Robert Miles stole the sound and commercialised it when doing "Children".