I Hear a New World: An Outer Space Music Fantasy

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In 1960, Joe Meek -- already thinking in terms that couldn't be constrained by the limits of the day's technologies and marketing strategies -- devised a "concept LP" of sorts that speculated about the nature of life on the moon this was almost ten years before Apollo 11. Working with a group of musicians he dubbed the Blue Men, this "outer space music fantasy" tried to conjure the mood of the cosmos with the clavioline, a Hawaiian guitar, a rinky-dink piano, and then-futuristic electronic noises and sound effects. Listening today, the largely instrumental work sounds futuristic in a very dated way, especially the Chipmunks-like, electronically sped-up voices that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In 1960, Joe Meek -- already thinking in terms that couldn't be constrained by the limits of the day's technologies and marketing strategies -- devised a "concept LP" of sorts that speculated about the nature of life on the moon this was almost ten years before Apollo 11. Working with a group of musicians he dubbed the Blue Men, this "outer space music fantasy" tried to conjure the mood of the cosmos with the clavioline, a Hawaiian guitar, a rinky-dink piano, and then-futuristic electronic noises and sound effects. Listening today, the largely instrumental work sounds futuristic in a very dated way, especially the Chipmunks-like, electronically sped-up voices that were meant to simulate those little green men. As Monty Python's Flying Circus would say, it all sounds a bit silly, but it's an interesting insight into his unique production techniques -- the sounds he sculpted for "Magnetic Field," for instance, are a clear forerunner of the electronic pulses that open and close "Telstar." Only four tracks from the opus were released at the time, on a super-rare EP; 30 years later, the RPM CD I Hear a New World presented the full work to the public for the first time. The 2001 RPM "Special Edition" release of I Hear a New World adds a 35-minute spoken monologue from 1962 in which Meek talks about his life, career, recording equipment, and production/working methods. The fidelity is hissy and scratchy although quite comprehensible and it gets dull as Meek takes a detailed tour of his studio sans visuals, but if you're enough of a Meek fan to seek out I Hear a New World in the first place, it's likely you'll find this a significant bonus. There's also an enhanced CD track with a three-minute 1964 TV interview clip of Meek, though it's playable only on PCs, not Macs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929550223
  • Catalog Number: 502
  • Sales rank: 61,784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Hear a New World (2:44)
  2. 2 Orbit Around the Moon (2:49)
  3. 3 Entry of the Globbots (3:10)
  4. 4 The Bublight (2:43)
  5. 5 March of the Bribcots (2:07)
  6. 6 Love Dance of the Saroos (2:34)
  7. 7 Glob Waterfall (3:15)
  8. 8 Magnetic Field (3:10)
  9. 9 Valley of the Saroos (2:50)
  10. 10 Dribcots Space Boat (2:16)
  11. 11 Disc Dance of the Globbots (2:15)
  12. 12 Valley of No Return (3:01)
  13. 13 Early History (5:49)
  14. 14 Ibc/Triumph/RGM/Pyr (4:43)
  15. 15 Holloway Raod/Studio Gear (10:08)
  16. 16 A Day in the Life/Making/Records/Production (13:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Meek & the Blue Men Primary Artist
Joe Meek Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Joe Meek Composer
Robert Duke Composer
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