Space (3) ‎– Space

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.

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".

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 (10)

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 CD 1 Space (3) Space(CDr, Mixed, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2) SPACE CD 1 Russia 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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December 29, 2020
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, Unofficial, SPACE LP 1
Probably have one copy but it says on the cover Made in UK Distributed by the Cartel


November 10, 2020
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, Unofficial, SPACE LP 1
This version is many bootlegs on the market.
How to identify this version.
First of all, the label photo is out of focus.
And the letters of SPACE on the back cover are not smooth and are a little square.


March 28, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Space, CD, Album, SPACE CD 1
This was originally going to be the first Orb lp. The trio of Alex Patterson, Martin Glover aka Youth and Jimi Cauty worked together on previous outings in early house and trance music styles. This recording was originally Alex and Jimi until Alex decided to go a different direction with the first Orb lp and thus to get a true perspective try mixing these two together.
For myself I find it a mixed bag. Side 1 very ambient, side 2 more dance orientated. I have the original faxed KLF communications press release if anyone's interested.


April 15, 2019
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1

Nevermind that you can't buy the unofficial releases here via Discogs. They're garbage pressings. You want the o.g.
Easily one of my favorite ambient albums ever. (And the competition is fierce in this category, especially for the early 90s.) Made back when Cauty had a strong Orb connection, and you can hear that more in this album than any other KLF release.
How do you not own this already? It's bliss on a black disc.


October 20, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Space, LP, Mixed, SPACE LP 1, SPACE LP1
Also contains samples from Leo Muller ‎– Bobby And Betty Go To The Moon
Plus Snap - The Power!
Also, there seems to be an influence from Frankie Knuckles- Your Love, as the keys are fairly similar?
And there is an interpretation (the bell sounds) of Fini Tribe*- De Testimony (Collapsing Edit)

So a little true story from the vaults of my wonky mind.
A mate (the name isn't supplied so as to protect the innocent?) and me.
We had just dropped a little something that would make your eyes and ears see and hear a little differently.
This album was on the turntable.
The lights were switched off and a couple of candles were lit.
We were sitting on the edge of my mattress which was on the floor (we weren't hippies honest mannn!).
Over our heads, we had a double duvet so we felt like we were inside some kind of space pod.
As the ingested substance started to climb up inturn the music started to bob and weave through our brains.
It even got to a point where we were part of the music traveling inside this pod to places never heard of and never seen before.
What an amazing trip!
That was until my dad burst in shouting "Will you turn that fucking racket off! And why have you two got a duvet on your heads? And WHY is there a cigarette nearly about to burn through that tape cassette case!"
It was only until then that we realized we hadn't really traveled very far physically (but mentally we had) and the earth suddenly became more real!
It turns out I had (in my utter enthusiasm) turned the music up so loud that the neighbors had complained!
F**king reality always gets in the way of a sorted trip.
Oh well, it was worth it for experiencing such beautifully powerful music!...

I've so far worn out two copies of this LP. The original press from 1990 (which I bought from Bluebird Records SoHo) and then the later press (Bought it from HMV in the early 2000's) And now I am onto my third copy!
Stunning LP which every time I hear, I hear new sounds within the music.
Coupled with KLF- Chillout (that had only come out a couple of months before this release) it sure was exciting times for that acid house ambient experience!
Could I go on?
But sod that!
Let the music and mind speak to each other eh.

P.s. Oh and just in case you were thinking what a couple of loose nuts.
You are correct! But the cigarette incident isn't as pyromaniac as you think.
Just a little oversight maybe whoops!

Peace out to the other reviewers as reading your own experiences is as spaced out too ;)


July 15, 2018
edited over 3 years 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!)


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


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


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 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.


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?