Best of Creed
Wind-Up ASIN: B00065DH0O

Grand finale for the mega-rock band that is no more. Over the last few years they spawned several hits that crossed over the boundaries from hard rock stations to pop stations with titles like “Arms Wide Open” which is one of cuts you’ll find on this dandy offering.

Many hard-core rockers look down their noses at this band, largely because of either the “corporate” nature of their music (which purist often term contrived and orchestrated) or because of the "religious" aspects (and those Christian music listeners I talked to don’t consider Creed a Christian band, even though the name Creed is a religious term).

Mainstreamers, however, ate them up just like Eminem, Usher, Britney Spears, U2, Ashanti, Nora Jones, N’Sync, the Backstreet Boys, Dave Matthews or the many other “hit” artists who have dominated the charts for months and months over the last decade of modern music.

This album is totally enjoyable so long as you like a voice with some throat to it and deep fuzz guitar.

Both the players in the band and the lead singer are working on their own separate projects, but it’s going to be hard to either of them to dominate the airwaves over a multi-year period of time like their premier effort Creed has done...

Space Music

2001: A Space Odyssey
Various Classical Artists
Rhino Records - B0000033WB

My personal all-time favorite. The version of the Blue Danube, a Straus Waltz, is the best I’ve ever heard. The haunting Gayane Ballet Suite is such an effective tool that it was used again in “Aliens” for the ending theme and in the Harrison Ford spy thriller “Clear and Present Danger” when he was researching the missile attack on the drug lords and program hosts in Los Angeles on the “alternative” stations played this cut just before the Rolling Stones at midnight.

Of course the main theme, Thus Spake Zarathustra (Zarathustra, by the way, was a religious and spiritual leader) has become ICOnic over the decades in other movies, commercials and TV shows, plus jazz artist Deodato (Sony Records B0000026TP) did a hit cover of the song back in the 1970s which was re-released on a live concert album.

A Russian composer sued and won damages for “mutilation” of his composition as a result of his chorale pieces being used in the movie and on this soundtrack record. These chorale pieces are so “alternative” that even alternative mega artists like Beck or Laurie Anderson can’t come close to matching their weirdness and effectiveness.

Forbidden Planet
Louis and Bebe Baron
Gnp Crescendo - B0000059UG

A husband and wife team of audio oscillator (the earliest use of synthesizer type technology in the mid-1950’s – which may have even inspired Mr. Moog to create the first keyboard synthesizer later in the 60’s) musicians who created errie music and sound effects for this classic movie.

The story goes that they learned the head of M-G-M was attending a benefit put on by his wife for a local art house. They crashed the party, looked for the most natty man who seemed bored out of his mind and managed to get a pitch session with the head of M-G-M studios to use their concepts in his new sci-fi movie. He gave them a shot. Their contract called for 5 minutes of music, the studio ended up using almost an hour of their “tonalities” which is how the credits read because they weren’t members of the AFM (the Musician’s Union).

All the “sounds and music” in the movie Forbidden planet were done at the Baron studio in New York with film equipment shipped in. They turned knobs, patched in wires, joined audio oscillators together and created a lasting mood effect for a very classic sci-fi film.

Once again, Beck, Frank Zappa, Laurie Anderson and all the other way-out there avant-garde people, watch out of this one! It’s so far out in deep space you need a major appreciation for the bizarre and unusual.

Mr. Spock’s Space Music
Leonard Nimoy and others
Varese Records - ASIN: B0000014WR

There is a version of the original Star Trek television theme song. It was said that Alex Courage got the job writing the Star Trek theme because he was the first composer who would give Producer Gene Roddenberry 50% (the lyric writer’s half) of the BMI royalties if Roddenberry wrote lyrics to the melody, which Roddenberry did. This explains why this theme is heard in every Star Trek show, movie and even the sequel STNG, because a theme song cue can be worth over $500 each airing on a TV network, which translates in to a lot of money over the course of a year! Roddenberry and Courage split the “writers” fees and Paramount gets the "publishers” fee.

This record did so well that a sequel was made: Mr. Spock’s Space Music II, which was even campier!. Leonard Nimoy does “Gentle on My Mind” and even one of his own songs, an ode to the Tolkein saga with “Bilbo Baggins” and it’s a real hoot! You can even find it on-line at those illegal underground peer to peer sources!<

This album is real “Austin Powers” type camp!

William Shatner also released an album "because he could!" as he told Howard Stern (Stern gets off on Shatner's version of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds").

Get the "Best" of both worlds with the Nimoy/Shatner collection (Universal Int'l Catalog: #19361 ASIN: B0000089JE)!

Star Trek 20th Anniverssary
Jerry Goldsmith and others
Sony - ASIN: B00000FC5P

I’ve harped on Jerry Goldsmith in the past for what I deem “selling out” to the John Williams re-write the classics and use lots of orchestra concepts for space music, but this is still a dandy theme song.

Goldsmith, at one time (Man From Uncle, Our Man Flint, Satan Bug) was once very avant-garde and innovative in creating thematic music with effect. Right up there with Mark Snow(The X Files, La Femme Nikita the TV Show and others), John Barry (the James Bond franchise) and Quincy Jones. A master of TV music. Then he went too orchestral for me. But this is still a good theme, although personally I like the original theme for “Deep Space Nine” by Dennis McCarthy, the best out of all the Star Trek sequels. It was rich with cellos, errie percussion and a very haunting sound...

Star Wars Trilogy
John Williams
Varese Records - ASIN: B00000153G

This is one of the Williams works I actually do like a little.

On this album all three of the original movies are covered in song.

Space Oddity
David Bowie
Virgin Records - ASIN: B00001OH7M

His first album and still a classic cut. “Here, I am sitting in a tin can. Far-far away. The Earth is very Blue and there’s nothing I can do...”

Major Thom was on every station for ages.

The Ventures - Capitol Records

Also from the 1960’s, a friend of mine with a fantastic vinyl record collection has the album this came out on in pristine condition! We used to be next door to the Venture's office in California and knew the wife of their late drummer. He died while on tour in Japan with the band. She still distributes their self-produced and released albums and stores their band equipment.

This, by the way, is a great, classic album that features all of the Ventures greatest hits, of which "Walk, Don't Run" is probably the best known ditty of this guitar-based instrumental band.

One Hit Wonders

Maybe you can find them on-line or in a K-Tel or Rhino Records reissue...

The Martian Hop

From the 1960’s.

Five Foot Two
Allan Sherman
Warner Records

Also from the 1960’s, a comedy release that was a second, but more minor hit, for the man who gave us “Hello Mudder, Hello Fadder, Here I am At Camp Granada....”

This one is about a Martian. “Five Foot Two, Solid Blue....”

Our Outer Space Special Continues With The Following From 2005...

Space Special | Rocketing Into Space | India In Space | Europeans In Space
Women Among The Stars | Cosmology and Astronomy | Reaching For The Stars
Antigravity (Fiction) | Not To Go Into Space (Opinion) | Telescopes
Night Skies January-February 2005 | Space in Film, TV, VHS and DVD
Astrology January-February | Cartoons Part 5 (Marvin The Martian) | Books (Space in Print) | Music (Space in Melody)


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