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Space is a 1990 ambient house concept album by Jimmy Cauty under the alias Space. Originally intended to be The Orb's debut album, Space was refactored for release as a solo album following Cauty's departure from that group. Space was independently released on KLF Communications, the record label formed to distribute the work of Cauty's other project, The KLF.

Origins:
Space began as a collaboration between Dr. Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty, the original line-up of The Orb. It was, according to Cauty's record label KLF Communications, to be The Orb's debut album, but when Cauty left The Orb in early 1990 to concentrate on producing music as The KLF with Bill Drummond, he took the recordings with him. Reworked to remove Paterson's contributions, the album was released on the KLF Communications label, with Cauty alone receiving credit.

According to Cauty, "It was a jam, all done on Oberheim keyboards. Loads of samples... were chucked in there as well. I started on Monday morning and by Friday it was all done".

Composition:
Space takes the listener on a voyage through the solar system from Mercury outwards, with vast distances of empty space between worlds represented by periods of minimalist ambience and near-silence. Synthesisers, excerpts from classical compositions and nursery rhymes (including Twinkle Twinkle Little Star), sinusoidal loops, and communications from space flight controllers are among the sounds used to describe the voyage. This musical interpretation of a physical journey is also a characteristic of the early ambient house recordings The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld and The KLF's Chill Out.

Cauty has called Space "a record for 14-year-old space cadets to go and take acid [to] for the first time".

Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1 Space (3) Space(LP, Mixed) KLF Communications, KLF Communications SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SPACE CD 1 Space (3) Space(CD, Album) KLF Communications SPACE CD 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SPACE CD 1 Space (3) Space(CD, Album, Mixed, Red) KLF Communications SPACE CD 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SPACE LP 1 Space (3) Space(LP, Mixed, Promo, W/Lbl) KLF Communications SPACE LP 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SPACE CD 1 Space (3) Space(CD, Mixed, Unofficial) Not On Label (Space (3)) SPACE CD 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
SPACE LP 1 Space (3) Space(LP, Mixed, Unofficial) Not On Label (Space (3)) SPACE LP 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SPACE CD1 Space (3) Space(CD, Mixed, Unofficial) Not On Label (Space (3)) SPACE CD1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SPACE LP 1 Space (3) Space(LP, Mixed, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2) SPACE LP 1 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
KLF SPACE Space (3) Space(LP, Mixed, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Space (3)) KLF SPACE UK Unknown Sell This Version

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yanmac

yanmac

July 15, 2018
edited 2 months ago
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1
So this album is basically a modern interpretation of Holst's 'The Planets', surely? It even samples it on Uranus (I think!) https://www.discogs.com/Holst-London-Symphony-Orchestra-The-Planets/release/8765095
Karan

Karan

June 6, 2018
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, Unofficial, SPACE LP 1
so where was this reissue actually made available for sale?
MasAmazonas

MasAmazonas

January 22, 2017
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, Unofficial, SPACE LP 1
How does the sound quality compare to the original LP?
bell-end

bell-end

December 18, 2016
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1
Nearly 27 years on this album is still a staggering achievement! Though I must admit that when it was released I was only 11 so it's not like I can do a retrospective review of any kind.i discovered it in the mid 90's and the vinyl copy I had was a actually a w/l promo with a press release sheet.said press releases said it all and I was overcome with a sadness that I had not been around to appreciate it fully at time of release.the journalist talked about being away at an all night rave and coming back to find this on her 'to be listened to/reviewed' pile of records.my jealousy from not being in that privileged situation aside,i have to say,she nailed it!!!
If you ever get the chance to read it I highly recommend it,you'll be transported back to those idle and optimistic times.
That said,musically,it's up there with AFX's SAW or FSOL's Accelerator for the time,except that it probably exceeds them.
Ricky_Fitts

Ricky_Fitts

October 30, 2016
referencing Space, CD, Mixed, Unofficial, SPACE CD1
Any info on the sound quality of this bootleg CDs? Do they compete with the originals?
mjb

mjb

September 24, 2016
referencing Space, CD, Mixed, Unofficial, SPACE CD 1

My CD has some noise, mostly in the left channel, at 0:25 to 0:29. Is this present on all copies?
hickimau

hickimau

October 26, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1
check pink floyd's - on the run for samples. very good music definitely.
SPACE is the place :)
simonhowat

simonhowat

September 15, 2014
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1
Cauty and Alex Paterson had been working together, as an early version of The Orb.....

"In 1990, Alex Paterson and Cauty held several recording sessions at Cauty's studio, Trancentral. When offered an album deal by Big Life, the Orb found itself at a crossroads: Cauty preferred that the Orb release its music through his KLF Communications label, whereas Paterson wanted to ensure that the group did not become a side-project of The KLF. Because of these issues, Cauty and Paterson split in April 1990, with Paterson keeping the name the Orb. As a result of the break-up, Cauty removed Paterson's contributions from the in-progress recordings and released the album as "Space" on KLF Communications"
AUTOMATIXROMANTIX

AUTOMATIXROMANTIX

September 13, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1
KLF experimenting with ambient, very successfully. I had this on cassette only in 1990, and got my first vinyl copy of it in1993, strange how record collecting nerd people can remember such minutia, needless to say I dont remember what I had for dinner last night. Somehow amidst the rumblings of rave, industrial, stadium rock, vouge-ing, still-very-relevant non-ironic synth pop, and new jack swing that permeated the airwaves in 1990; the KLF dropped an album of rather shamanic tendencies and preoccupations ( in contrast to most others' output). An album you do have to actually listen to it and let your mind roam within it. Space does take you on an audio journey that is well worth taking, alone if necessary. In some tracks the journey has touches of house music slash acid house, and in others it veers into dark industrial illbience- with subtle drones,synth notes, and sampled voices of the astronauts; cool stuff.
obionekenjobi

obionekenjobi

June 8, 2014
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1
This is an ambient masterpiece, I never get bored of this album. It sounds like a soundtrack for a flim that never got released. If you go on Soundcloud someone has put the original version with DR Alex Patterson's input, it's starts the oposite way round and it's about 7 minutes shorter. Check it out, you'll notice the difference.