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JamiroquaiThe Return Of The Space Cowboy

Tracklist

Just Another Story8:48
Stillness In Time4:15
Half The Man4:48
Light Years5:53
Manifest Destiny6:19
The Kids5:08
Mr Moon5:28
Scam7:00
Journey To Arnhemland5:19
Morning Glory6:21
Space Cowboy6:25

Credits (24)

Notes

The Return of the Space Cowboy is the second album by British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai. The album was released on 17 October 1994 in the United Kingdom under Sony Soho Square and on 9 May 1995 under Work Group in the United States.

Later releases of the album have the first letter of the word "Cowboy" on the front cover incorrectly printed in lower case. The original UK release from 1994 has it printed correctly. Additionally, the first release has a different inlay booklet- - featuring individual photos of Stuart, Wallis, Toby and Derrick. There are no "thank you's" from Derrick in this version. Later releases include a group photo and "thank you's" from Derrick.

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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 2UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Columbia – CK 91025US1994US1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Epic – 789.033/2-477813Brazil1994Brazil1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – SSQ 477813 4UK1994UK1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994-10-17, VinylThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 1, Sony Soho Square – 01-477813-20UK1994UK1994
    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, MinidiscThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 8UK1994UK1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Columbia – CK 91025, Orenda (2) – CK 91025Canada1994Canada1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 2Australia1994Australia1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994-11-03, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Epic – ESCA 6066Japan1994Japan1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    MJM Music PL – MJM366MPoland1994Poland1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 2, Sony Soho Square – 477813 9France1994France1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 2UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 4Malaysia1994Malaysia1994
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    The Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Columbia – CT 91025Canada1994Canada1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – SSQ 477813 4, Sony Soho Square – 477813 4, Orenda (2) – 01-477813-30Europe1994Europe1994
    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – CDEPC 3926 KSouth Africa1994South Africa1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 4, Sony Soho Square – SSQ 477813 4, Orenda (2) – 01-477813-30Indonesia1994Indonesia1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994-11-03, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Epic – ESCA 6066Japan1994Japan1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 2, Orenda (2) – 477813 2UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, MinidiscThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Epic – ESYA1034Japan1994Japan1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 2Thailand1994Thailand1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
    Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release
    Sony Music (2) – nonePoland1994Poland1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Columbia – 170-240, Sony Music – 4-477813Argentina1994Argentina1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 4 477813Singapore1994Singapore1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – SSQ 477813 4Turkey1994Turkey1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, VinylThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony / Epic – 238.009/1-477813 2Brazil1994Brazil1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Epic – MCEPC 3926South Africa1994South Africa1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Music – SMC1168, Sony Soho Square – 477813.4Taiwan1994Taiwan1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Chaos (3) – OT 66982, Columbia – OT 66982US1994US1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    MJM Music PL – MJM 366 MPoland1994Poland1994
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    Cover of Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteReturn Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Music Australia – 477813 4Australia1994Australia1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1994, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square – 477813 4Israel1994Israel1994
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1995, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Work – OK 66982, Orenda (2) – OK 66982, Work – 66982, Orenda (2) – 66982US1995US1995
    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1995, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Work – OT 66982US1995US1995
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1995-05-09, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Work – OK 66982US1995US1995
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1995, CassetteThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Work – AOC 66982US1995US1995
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1995-05-09, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Work – OK 66982, Orenda (2) – noneUS1995US1995
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1996, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Columbia – CDMI 477813Mexico1996Mexico1996
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 1997, CDThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Sony Soho Square (2) – 477813 2, CD Media Records – 446797Russia1997Russia1997
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    Cover of The Return Of The Space Cowboy, 2002-07-01, VinylThe Return Of The Space Cowboy
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    Simply Vinyl – SVLP 365UK2002UK2002
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    • Lyo7's avatar
      Lyo7
      One of the best sounding records I have ever heard. This even bests the first pressing of their debut "Emergency On Planet Earth" which already is a beast sonically.

      Listen to "Morning Glory" on this pressing sitting in the sweet spot with your eyes closed and you will get what I'm saying.

      The 45RPM cutting really makes this an audiophile treat and again shows imho the love of the band for the vinyl format. Similar to EOPE (which had 3) there is extended material here exclusive to only the first pressings, namely "Stillness In Time".

      Contrary to EOPE, this release is more spiritual and soulful. While the first pressing of EOPE impresses with its great attack and vivid jams, OG Return of the Space Cowboy puts more emphasis on harmony and timbre, balancing the rhythmic and melodic aspects perfectly. They really were on another level in 1993/1994.

      I highly doubt there will ever be a repress that exceeds the quality of this version. Get this while you can, because like EOPE this is unlikely to be repressed with the care that went into this first pressing.
      • GOODGROOVECIRCLE's avatar
        I bought the repress from 2017. There’s no lyrics to Scam I noticed!
        • GOODGROOVECIRCLE's avatar
          This is the difficult second album and this is probably the last Jamiroquai album to feature long instrumental jams inside the longer songs that take the listener on a trip. Opening with Just Another Story we’re certainly in a New York ghetto in danger of being shot or mugged. It’s pretty convincing stuff all the same. Kay’s black soul ramblings and Smith’s stellar keyboard work makes the cuts here very interesting indeed, along with Zender’s fluid and virtuoso bass playing. The drums are even better than on the debut because of new stick man Derrick McKenzie’s slick jazzy chops. Stillness in Time gives us more Stevie Wonder this time fused with Sergio Mendes Brazil 70. All good musical stuff.
          Half The Man finds JK down in the dumps, a place he was rumoured to be while recording the album. With Light Years we’re back on the street, but the sunny side this time while Manifest Destiny one of the highlights of the album with driving piano and restrained Earth, Wind & Fire horns, tells a tale of the Native American Indians. The opening bassline on this track is tantalising and shows exactly how much of a loss to the band Zender was after album number three.
          The band catch fire on The Kids with its shuddering, stuttering drum beat (courtesy of the bands first drummer, Nick Van Gelder) and hard wah saw-like clav. This is a full blow James Brown funk out with killer horns. Mr. Moon licks of with tasty congas, solid four to the floor and tight slap bass. It’s a complex track which showcases the band’s incredible chops while Scam, not the most exciting track here, could be from 1979 but the band have certainly done their homework on the genre they love.
          It’s instrumental time complete with Digeridoo on Journey To Arnhemland but it’s a little uninspired and overstays it’s welcome by a minute or two. Morning Glory is a deep, slow meandering, Latin tinged gentle piece reminiscent of Brazilian trio Azmuth then we come to the closing track Space Cowboy another fine slice of jazz/funk/soul or whatever you want to call it.
          Overall it’s an ambitious album that most bands could only dream of making and while it marks the end of the long form instrumental workouts from the band, the plan was to streamline and create more commercial, short songs. They did with album three two years later and the sky was the limit.
          This 2017 We Are Vinyl pressing sounds very warm and musical. All the instruments are well balanced and it’s a joy to listen to.
          Original LP is 67:42 and CD is 65:44!
          This pressing is the CD length!
          • GOODGROOVECIRCLE's avatar
            Original LP is 67:42 and CD was 65:44!
            Like the debut most repress are CD length! Folks are being diddled!😂🤣😅😂🤣
            • evowhite777's avatar
              evowhite777
              Edited one year ago
              The bands 2nd album & one their best for music and sound quality it`s acid jazz funky,soulful,vibrant,airy,detailed & very dynamic.My copy is flawless,well centered hole on both discs,flat & noise free pressed on 180g black vinyl.
              This reissue beats my sought after 2000 version of "Emergency On Planet Earth" (https://www.discogs.com/release/588776-Jamiroquai-Emergency-On-Planet-Earth) for sound quality & is NOT far behind on musical compositions,some may even prefer "Space Cowboy"!
              If you can find a brand new sealed or N/M copy pick one up as you won`t regret it - this is a Fantastic purchase in these conditions.

              Music:5.0
              Mastering/pressing:5.0
              Cover/s:4.5 Gatefold of decent quality,printed inner sleeves replaced by mofi anti-static sleeves.

              Turntable used for this review:
              Rega P3:RB880 tonearm,Denon DL110 HOMC,Delrin Platter, Rega Neo, Isoacoustic Orea bronze feet(x3).
              Phono Stage:
              Whest Audio TWO.2 class a dual mono fully balanced phono stage, 50db/47k ohms,HOMC setting.
              • jeroenkeip's avatar
                jeroenkeip
                Great version of a classic album

                This is the album on which Jamiroquai struck the perfect balance between its influences, and creativity was in full flow. Jay Kay was never better as a composer, or as a singer. It is effortlessly essential.

                It is important to note that this is the only version of the album on 45-RPM vinyl, and the only one to contain an extended jam at the end of track 2, Stillness in Time.
                • freddiegeorge9's avatar
                  Sounds absolutely incredible, have not compared with a reissue but this first pressing is a beast.
                  • the_best_of_fools's avatar
                    Edited one year ago
                    If you're an old geezer like me, do realize you'll have to get up 3 times to turn the record over. Although this pressing sounds very good, it might not be for you.

                    Dead silent pressing. Medium soundstage but with lots of detail.
                    • JohnC1979's avatar
                      JohnC1979
                      No siblance if you spend a little on your set up. Sucks when folks slander good pressings because they didn't invest in something that can track a record.
                      • JohnC1979's avatar
                        JohnC1979
                        Edited 2 years ago
                        Sounds phenomenal with a good tracker. No siblance and pretty phenomenal soundstage with a Microline. No We Are Vinyl hype sticker included.
                        The reports of it being from cd are false. Clearly extends above 25khz in spectral. No cuts. So it is at the very least sourced from a 24/96 HD source.

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