Greatest Hits from Outer Space

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A concept so clever it's rather stunning it's never been used before, Ace's 2013 compilation Greatest Hits from Outer Space features 24 songs about the great starry sky. The bulk of these songs were cut between 1953 and 1970, a period that was the peak of pop culture Sci-Fi (the ringer is I-Roy's "Space Flight," from the late date of 1972), and there are certainly some shared images and sounds here. Flying saucers buzz by rockets to the moon, astronauts stare down little green men, Theremins vie with analog synthesizers on this spacious soundscape -- there are enough similarities to make this seem samey on paper, but this is hardly just dedicated to futuristic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A concept so clever it's rather stunning it's never been used before, Ace's 2013 compilation Greatest Hits from Outer Space features 24 songs about the great starry sky. The bulk of these songs were cut between 1953 and 1970, a period that was the peak of pop culture Sci-Fi (the ringer is I-Roy's "Space Flight," from the late date of 1972), and there are certainly some shared images and sounds here. Flying saucers buzz by rockets to the moon, astronauts stare down little green men, Theremins vie with analog synthesizers on this spacious soundscape -- there are enough similarities to make this seem samey on paper, but this is hardly just dedicated to futuristic pop. Rockabilly wildman Billy Riley sings his frenzied ode to "Flying Saucers Rock & Roll," Lightnin' Hopkins salutes one of the first men in space with "Happy Blues for John Glenn," Moon Mullican lays down boogie woogie, and Vernon Green & the Medallions sing street corner harmonies about rocket ships, while the Ames Brothers cheerfully sing about the moon. As this suggests, part of the appeal of Greatest Hits from Outer Space is how it's not confined to any category: the disc flips between easy listening, soul, and rock & roll, spending as much time with Hollywood pizzaz as it does with backwoods fantasy. Some of the usual suspects are here -- it opens up with the theme from 2001; David Bowie's "Space Oddity," and the Byrds' "Mr. Spaceman" are both heard, as is the theme to Dr Who -- and sometimes there are fun spins on the familiar, as when Leonard Nimoy's "Theme from Star Trek" is substituted for the original, but the fun of this collection is hearing all the weird, buried rock & roll and soul that may not sound spacy but certainly are about the great unknown. It's a terrific pop cultural artifact.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2013
  • Label: Ace Records Import
  • UPC: 029667054720
  • Catalog Number: 6705472
  • Sales rank: 56,325

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2 Destination Moon - The Ames Brothers
  3. 3 Lunar Rhapsody - Les Baxter Orchestra
  4. 4 Rocket To the Moon - Moon Mullican
  5. 5 Forbidden Planet - David Rose & His Orchestra
  6. 6 Flying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll - Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men
  7. 7 Maid of the Moon - Mary Mayo
  8. 8 Two Little Men In a Flying Saucer - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra
  9. 9 Rockin' In the Orbit (Space Satellite) - Jimmie Haskell
  10. 10 Rocket Ship - Vernon Green & the Medallions
  11. 11 Telstar - The Tornados
  12. 12 Happy Blues For John Glenn - Lightnin' Hopkins
  13. 13 Spaceship To Mars - Gene Vincent
  14. 14 Doctor Who - BBC Radiophonic Workshop
  15. 15 The Twilight Zone - The Ventures
  16. 16 Everyone's Gone To the Moon - Bobby Womack
  17. 17 Theme From Star Trek - Leonard Nimoy
  18. 18 Mr. Spaceman - The Byrds
  19. 19 Visa To the Stars - Jean-Jacques Perrey
  20. 20 Space Oddity - David Bowie
  21. 21 Everybody Gets To Go To the Moon - Thelma Houston
  22. 22 Footprints On the Moon - Johnny Harris
  23. 23 Space Flight - Lee "Scratch" Perry
  24. 24 Armstrong - John Stewart
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karl Bohm Conductor
Samuel J. Hoffman Theremin
Technical Credits
Richard Strauss Composer
John Stewart Composer
Les Baxter Arranger
David Bowie Composer, Producer
Bobby Womack Producer
Dick Hyman Arranger
Sy Oliver Arranger
Andy Badale Composer
Joe Meek Composer, Producer
Johnny Harris Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jimmy Webb Arranger, Composer, Producer
Norrie Paramor Composer, Producer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Ron Grainer Composer
Gershon Kingsley Arranger, Producer
Roger Armstrong Memorabilia
Dave Burke Memorabilia
Alexander Courage Composer
Delia Derbyshire Producer
Milt Gabler Producer
Henry Glover Composer
Kenneth S. Goldstein Producer
Charles Randolph Grean Producer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jonathan King Composer
Mike Leech Producer
Marty Manning Composer
Mack McCormick Producer
Roger McGuinn Composer
Chips Moman Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
Bob Reisdorff Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Gene Roddenberry Composer
David Rose Composer
Daniel Secunda Producer
Glen Spreen String Arrangements
Allen Stanton Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Jean-Jacques Perrey Composer, Producer
Lee Gillette Producer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Sam Phillips Producer
Syd Nathan Producer
Ray Scott Composer
Milton Subotsky Composer
Dootsie Williams Composer, Producer
Harry Revel Composer
Marvin Fisher Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Roy Alfred Composer
Steve Venet Producer
Michael DeKoningh Memorabilia
Arthur Pitt Composer
Wolfgang Lohse Producer
Rainford Perry Composer
Richard Hyman Composer
Nicholas Nayfack Producer
Cheryl Palweski Memorabilia
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