Whilst a certain Parisian electronic duo were still (probably impossibly chic) toddlers, French duo /production Space had worked out that making lots of hooky synth disco and wearing Space suits in public at all times were a potent pop combination, one that enabled them to sell 12 million records across 4 albums from 1977-81, before imploding in the time honoured fashion of lawsuits and bittter recrimination all round.
Fast forward nearly 3 decades and following on from the recently released Carry On Turn Me On remix package on our sister label Tirk, we here at Nang now give our valiant attempt at capturing the essence of those 4 albums, and the breadth and diversity of their sound in one 14 track extravaganza.
'Magic Fly' sounds as fresh and other-worldly now as it did then with it's irresistible hookline, whilst at another end of the spectrum, 'Carry on Turn me On' remains Space's most genuine contribution to the disco pantheon, with it's orgasmic vocals and floor destroying, organic groove.
'Running In the City'is the sound of forgotten futures past, 'Flying Nightmare' a cosmic funk odyssey. Deliverance remains one of the few Disco tracks to feature a full male voice choir and tracks such as 'Robbots' and 'Inner Voices' usher in the sound of the 80's
Things draw to an appropriate close with perhaps the bands greatest conventional pop moment, 'Save you Love for Me' , an epic, over blown euro-synth pad belter, full of genuinely synthetic emotion and perfectly plastic soul. A fitting end to one of Europe's great forgotten innovators.
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All tracks composed by Didier Marouani. Except 12) & 13) composed by Jannick Top & Roland Romanelli. Arranged by Didier Marouani, Roland Romanelli, Jean-Philippe Illiesco. Lyrics on 7) & 9) by Didier Marouani & Paul Greedus. Lyrics on 4) by Didier Marouani. Lyrics on 14) by Avril Giacobbi. Vocals by Madeline Bell. Percussion on 7) by Ray Cooper. Tracks 1) and 4) Re-mastered by Gábor Deutsch / Anorganik. Produced by Jean-Philippe Illiesco. Published by Bastien Music
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