Space Age Recordings
£23.99Now presented in a shrink-wrapped 6 panel fold out card wallet on CD, on heavyweight double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Digitally re-mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Studios, November 2017 August 1988, Spacemen 3 embark on one of the strangest events in the band's already strange history.Visit product page →
Billed as "An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music" (although consciously omitting the sitar), the group would play in the foyer of Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford, Middlesex to a largely unsuspecting and unsympathetic audience waiting to take their seats for Wim Wenders' film ‘Wings of Desire’. Spacemen 3's proceeding set, forty-five minutes of repetitive drone-like guitar riffs, could be seen as the "Sweet Sister Ray" of '80s Britain.
Their signature sound is at once recognizable and disorienting – pointing as much to the hypnotic minimalism of La Monte Young as to a future shoegaze constituency.
On this double LP reissue, Dreamweapon is augmented by studio sessions and rehearsal tapes from 1987 that would lead up to the recording of Spacemen 3's classic ‘Playing With Fire’ album. ‘Spacemen Jam,’ featuring Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce on dual guitar, is a side-long mediation on delicate textures and psychedelic effects.
1. An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music (44.20)
2. Ecstasy Live Intro Theme (9.00)
3. Ecstasy In Slow Motion (9.23)
4. Spacemen Jam (15.42)
1. An Evening Of contemporary Sitar Music (22.00)
2. An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music (22.05)
3. Ecstasy Live Intro Theme (9.00)
4. Ecstasy In Slow Motion (9.23)
5. Spacemen Jam (15.42)
Release Date: 23/02/2018
£10.99Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce the first official limited edition vinyl release of the album "For All The Fucked Children Of This World We Give You Spacemen 3” (Sonic Boom a.ka. Peter Kember (Spectrum / E.A.R.) and Jason Pierce (Spiritualized).Visit product page →
“For All the Fucked Up Children” from the neo-psychedelic trio Spacemen 3 was first released as a bootleg record in 1995. The record consists of Spacemen 3's first ever recording session from 1984. The music itself sounds like a primitive version of what the group were to become; the dominating sound of the record is a slow, droning psychedelic blues performed with sparse instrumentation. A drum set is matched with a pair of distorted electric guitars, all of which provide a swirling foundation for Jason Pierce's vocals.
The album's liner notes replicated here are actually an early review of the band by Gary Boldie, where he contemplates the city of Rugby and finds it an odd source for this new sound, and he declares Spacemen 3 as the "all singing, all dancing answer to the problems of a grey 1985."
Presented in a shrink-wrapped limited edition (1,000 copies only) on heavyweight (180 gram) transparent milky white coloured vinyl with printed card inner sleeve exclusively released for Record Store Day 2017.
1. Things'll Never Be The Same
3. Walkin' With Jesus
4. Fixin'To Die
5. T.V. Catastrophe
6. Things'll Never Be The Same (alternate mix)
7. Walkin' With Jesus (alternate mix)
£4.99Cult band Spacemen 3 recorded four studio and one live album before their demise in 1990, the main song writers going on to form Spiritualized (Jason Pierce) and Spectrum (Pete Kember) this live album was recorded in germany during the bands european tour of 1989, which was sadly to be one of their last live performances.Visit product page →
Starting with their regular opening song 'rollercoaster' a building, pulsing track that works up the emotions ready for the rest of the set, including; '2:35' a Spacemen 3 classic and regular since 1984, 'Things'll Never Be the Same', 'Revolution' a song once requested by MTV for use as a theme tune for a new show and their usual last song 'Suicide' also included are tracks that didn't regularly make the shows, such as; 'Bo Diddley Jam' an instrumental show of Spacemen 3's trademark drones and feedback, 'Lord Can You Hear Me' and 'I Believe It', both emotionally moving pieces from 'Playing With Fire' (also on Space Age Recordings) but very rarely played live.
2. Mary Anne
3. Bo Diddley Jam
5. Walkin' With Jesus
6. I Believe It
7. Lord Can You Hear Me?
8. Things 'll Never Be The Same
12. Take Me To The Other Side
13. Suicide (Version 2)
£19.99Following the quickly sold out limited edition transparent orange coloured vinyl that was exclusively released for Record Store Day 2017 Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce a new vinyl pressing of Spacemen 3’s seminal album "Playing With Fire”. This album is again pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl with printed card inner sleeve but this version is the standard black vinyl version.Visit product page →
Originally released in February 1989 and after having been out of print on vinyl for nearly 20 years Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce an official limited edition vinyl release of the third and penultimate studio album "Playing with Fire" by Spacemen 3 (Sonic Boom a.ka. Peter Kember (Spectrum / E.A.R.) and Jason Pierce (Spiritualized).
Featuring the single "Revolution" first released in November 1988:
“one of the best records released by an independent band this year. Adjectives that come to mind are unrelenting, punishing, psychedelic. The razor-blade riffs lead you into a sonic underworld of alienation, desolation and raw power...the band are one of the most interesting around. — Ron Rom, NME.
“a powerful, anthemic "mind-melting crunch" (Ned Raggett, AllMusic).
Presented in a shrink-wrapped limited edition (1,000 copies only) on heavyweight (180 gram) transparent orange coloured vinyl with printed card inner sleeve exclusively released for Record Store Day 2017.
2. Come Down Softly to My Soul
3. How Does It Feel?
4. I Believe It
6. Let Me Down Gently
7. So Hot (Wash Away All of My Tears)
9. Lord Can You Hear Me?
£19.99Following the quickly sold out limited edition red coloured vinyl that was exclusively released for Record Store Day 2017 Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce a new vinyl pressing of Spacemen 3’s fourth and final studio album "Recurring”. This album is again pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl with printed card inner sleeve but this version is the standard black vinyl version.Visit product page →
By the time the album was recorded, relations between the band had soured to the extent that the record is essentially in two parts; the first five tracks on side ‘A’ written and performed by Sonic Boom a.ka. Peter Kember (Spectrum / E.A.R.), and the last five tracks on side ‘B’ written and performed by Jason Pierce (Spiritualized).
The lead track from the album “Big City" recently featured on the season 27 premiere of ‘The Simpsons’ being the sound track to Homer Simpson’s wild night out on the town, mixing alcohol with prescription drugs.
Presented in a shrink-wrapped limited edition (1,000 copies only) on heavyweight (180 gram) solid red coloured vinyl with printed card inner sleeve exclusively released for Record Store Day 2017.
1. Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here) (edited version)
2. Just To See You Smile (Orchestral Mix)
3. I Love You
4. Set Me Free / I've Got the Key
5. Set Me Free (Reprise)
6. Feel So Sad (Reprise)
9. Feelin' Just Fine (Head Full of Shit)
10. Billy Whizz / Blue 1 (edited version)
Space Age Recordings
£12.99Re-release of "Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To” now digitally re-mastered featuring Sonic Boom a.k.a. Peter Kember (Spectrum / E.A.R.) and Jason Pierce (Spiritualized). Never has a record been so aptly titled, or so perfectly descriptive of a band's particular vision of the universe.Visit product page →
For all that, the original appearance of Taking Drugs was in fact a bootleg on the semi-legendary/semi-notorious Father Yod imprint in 1990, later supplemented with contemporary outtakes and cuts for the Bomp reissue in 1994 and one further song for the Space Age version in 2000.
The original seven tracks, dated January 1986 and the first recordings to feature Pete Bain on bass, are collectively known as the Northampton Demos, understandably named for the recording location in a studio outside said English city.
Both Sonic and Pierce have been on record as long preferring these takes to the eventual versions that surfaced for the most part on Sound of Confusion. Certainly it's a fine set of performances, showing a definite step toward the more familiar sound of the group and away from the rougher takes on For All the Fucked Up Children of the World.
"The Sound of Confusion," aka "Walkin' With Jesus," rips along with fierce energy, Pierce's singing and the rampaging, primitive wail and rumble of the band just wonderful. "Losing Touch With My Mind" takes things to an even higher level, a huge wallop of feedback and beat (Natty Brooker's drumming in particular delivers just what the doctor ordered), Pierce delivering the lines with a flat, cutting drawl.
On the slightly lighter tip, "Come Down Easy" is more or less fully in place (aside from singing about it being 1986!), possessing a more upfront but less vocally distinct feel than the Perfect Prescription take.
The tracks that surfaced on the later reissues come from a variety of different sessions, including the original take on "Feel So Good" and a good live version of "Things'll Never Be the Same," one of several cuts featuring Brooker's drumming replacement Rosco.
1. The Sound Of Confusion
2. 2.35 (Version 1)
3. Losing Touch With My Mind
5. That's Just Fine (Vocal Version)
6. Come Down Easy
7. Mary Anne
8. Feel So Good
9. 2.35 (Feedback Version)
10. Hey Man
11. It's Allright
12. 2.35 (Version 2)
13. Things'll Never Be The Same
14. Transparent Radiation (Organ Version)