SPACE RECORDS GALLERY
S p a c e, they say, is big... REALLY big... etc,
but for this, my second album gallery, I have
dug up a small selection of records with a bit
of a far out space theme. Some feature the
original TV and radio speeches from the time
while others are related by the fact that they
were possibly recorded in zero gravity.
COLONEL GLENN IN ORBIT
Daily Express Records : 1962
This is the earliest album I could find which
featured man going into space and is so
old it was around before I was even born!
As the first American in orbit around the earth
Colonel John H.Glenn circled the planet 3 times
in the Friendship VII Space Capsule, and this LP
has all the build up and excitement caused by the event all those moons ago.
The record also features President JFK having
a VERY long distance telephone conversation
with the astronaut as he spins around the planet.
THE FLIGHT OF FRIENDSHIP VII ~Wing Records : 1964
Two years later Wing Records released a budget
priced album titled 'The Flight Of Friendship VII
The Astronaut'. This recording had a less dramatic
cover but to keep up the public interest in the space
race, it featured shots on the rear of the sleeve of
Colonel John H.Glenn stepping out of his craft.
Maybe he was just seeing if the planet earth was
blue, even tho there was nothing he could do.
JOURNEY TO THE MOON Pickwick Records : 1969
Five years later and the great achievements of
John H. Glenn are still being celebrated on vinyl.
Budget priced label Pickwick Records have the
fiendish plot of cashing in on the actual moon
landing by enlisting Ed Moreno to narrate the
story of how man finally made it to the moon.
It also features the story of the early Mercury
& Gemini missions as well as the legendary
Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th.
APOLLO 11 :
WE HAVE LANDED ON THE MOON
Capitol Records : 1969
This is one of the finest recordings of the Apollo 11
mission, in all it's glory, released in the USA in '69.
Featuring the sounds of the Lunar Expedition with
the voices of astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Michael
Collins and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin.
The record itself comes in a fine gatefold sleeve
with diagrams and this montage below on the rear.
FIRST MAN ON THE MOON
MGM Records : 1969
Not to be outdone by the Americans, UK newspaper
The Observer made this 7" single available as an
exclusive commemorative record for it's readers.
Narrated by Hugh Downs, who holds the Guinness
Book Of Records title for more hours on TV than
any other person in U.S. TV history!
The rear of the sleeve proclaims to have "The First
Words Spoken By Man on the Moon" and the front
confusingly has 3 lunar modules on the lunar surface.
2001 / THE GREEN HILLS OF EARTH
Caedmon Records : 1970's
Caedmon Records is the American equivalent of
our own Argo Records, releasing hundreds of fine
and unusual spoken word albums throughout the
60's and 70's. These are 2 examples of their space
related releases, one from '72 with Arthur C. Clarke
reading his own 2001: A Space Odyssey, the other
Leonard Nimoy aka Mr. Spock reading a few chapters
from books by Sci-Fi writer Robert A. Heinlein.
TOM DISSEVELT / KID BALTAN
'SONG OF THE SECOND MOON'
Limelight Records : 1970's
This incredibly scarce album features music with
a groovy space theme which the cover proclaims
"will delight the ears of all who hear". It may have
escaped my Electronica Sleeve Gallery along with
the Silver Apples album but it's more at home here
with track titles like 'Twilight Ozone', 'Moon Maid',
'Orbit Aurora', and 'The Visitor From Inner Space'.
MORTON SUBOTNICK'SILVER APPLES OF THE MOON'
Nonesuch Records : 1968
This early example of modern electronic music
was created at New York University in '67 using
a Buchla modular synthesizer. The title is a line
from a poem by Yeats and was chosen because
it aptly reflects the unifying idea of the composition.
So, nothing to do with space but a lovely far out
sleeve and a small moon reference, cheers!
BLACK HOLE : ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Disneyland Records : 1979
This unwieldy sci-fi epic was not one of Disney's best
movies but I include it here as it has a fine cheesey
sleeve. The story is of a disturbed scientist who boldly
wants to go where no man has gone before... into a...
yes, you've guessed it, a Black Hole! The films tagline
is "A journey that begins where everything ends" but
apart from the pretty pictures in the enclosed booklet
I don't know why they even bothered to begin to make
the movie in the first place.