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Everything Was Beautiful

    During lockdown last year, J Spaceman would walk through an empty “Roman London” where the world was “full of birdsong and strangeness”, trying to make sense of all the music playing in his head at the time. The mixers and mixes of his new record weren’t working out yet. Spaceman plays 16 different instruments on Everything Was Beautiful which was put down at 11 different studios, as well as at his home.

    He also employed more than 30 musicians and singers including his daughter Poppy, long-time collaborator and friend John Coxon, string and brass sections, choirs and finger bells and chimes from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Eventually the mixes got there and Everything Was Beautiful was achieved.

    The result is some of the most “live” sounding recordings that Spiritualized have released since the Live At The Albert Hall record of 1998, around the time of Ladies & Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Always Together With You
    2. Best Thing You Never Had (The D Song)
    3. Let It Bleed (For Iggy)
    4. Crazy
    5. The Mainline Song/The Lockdown Song
    6. The A Song (Laid In Your Arms)
    7. I’m Coming Home Again

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    Let It Come Down - 2021 Reissue

      Spiritualized and Fat Possum Records announce the final instalment of The Spaceman Reissue Program. The album is the fourth in this series of 180g double albums mastered by Alchemy Mastering, presented in a gatefold jacket with reworked artwork by Mark Farrow and available in both a standard black vinyl pressing and limited edition ivory-coloured vinyl.

      Let It Come Down saw Jason Pierce rebuilding Spiritualized after the core line-up dissolved following the intensive touring process of Ladies And Gentlemen... Dion’s Phil Spector-produced ‘Born To Be With You’ was an influence. The initial recordings were made at John Coxon’s studio before some 115 different musicians were brought into Air and Abbey Road Studios to work on these 11 songs. Spiritualized had always made wide-screen music but this time the movie theater was the size of the Coliseum

      TRACK LISTING

      1. On Fire
      2. Do It All Over Again
      3. Don't Just Do Something
      4. Out Of Sight
      5. The Twelve Steps
      6. The Straight And The Narrow
      7. I Didn't Mean To Hurt You
      8. Stop Your Crying
      9. Anything More
      10. Won't Get To Heave (The State I'm In)
      11. Lord Can You Hear Me

      Spiritualized

      Pure Phase - Reissue

        Pure Phase is the second album by Spiritualized, released on 28 March 1995. The album was recorded in the Moles Studio in Bath, England and features contributions from The Balanescu Quartet.

        At the time of release, Pierce had renamed the band as "Spiritualized Electric Mainline", the name that appears on the album cover, before reverting to the Spiritualized name shortly afterwards.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Medication
        2. The Slide Song
        3. Electric Phase
        4. All Of My Tears
        5. These Blues
        6. Let It Flow
        7. Take Good Care Of It
        8. Born, Never Asked
        9. Electric Mainline
        10. Lay Back In The Sun
        11. Good Times
        12. Pure Phase
        13. Spread Your Wings
        14. Feel Like Goin' Home

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        Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space - 2021 Reissue

          Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space is the third studio album by English space rock band Spiritualized, released on 16 June 1997. The album features guest appearances from the Balanescu Quartet, The London Community Gospel Choir and Dr. John.

          Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space has since been acclaimed as one of the best albums of the 1990s on various publications' decade-end lists. Pitchfork ranked it at number 55 on their list of the top 100 albums of the 1990s. In 2010, the album was also named one of the 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years by Spin

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
          2. Come Together
          3. I Think I'm In Love
          4. All Of My Thoughts
          5. Stay With Me
          6. Electricity
          7. Home Of The Brave
          8. The Individual
          9. Broken Heart
          10. No God Only Religion
          11. Cool Waves
          12. Cop Shoot Cop...

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          Lazer Guided Melodies - Reissue

            The first four Spiritualized records are the sound of J Spaceman finding his way through the cosmos; bumping into debris, soaring over stars, crash landing onto bleak, lonely landscapes then taking off again, sometimes spinning around uncontrollably until he finds somewhere sublime that he can rest his head for a while, until the restless soul takes flight again.

            Elevating the gritty, narcotic garage blues of his first band Spacemen 3 into more of a crystalline experimental space rock, pop sound, the Lazer Guided Melodies core line up was Jason (vocals, guitar), Mark Refoy (guitars), Kate Radley (keyboards), Will Carruthers (bass) and Jonny Mattock (drums). Recorded from 1990 to 1991, the 12 songs are divided up into four movements.

            Jason: ‘The last Spacemen 3 record was under-realized to me. When I listen back to that stuff it sounds like somebody finding their way. There was a lot of ideas but no way to put them into a space that would make them all work. So, there was a huge freedom forging over the last Spacemen 3 record and when Spiritualized started it was like, ‘Ok it’s all yours. Go.’

            I was living in Rugby in a flat above a plumber’s merchant at the time. I accidentally kept that flat for eight years when I moved to London and when I returned it was exactly how I left it. There was the Nick Kent book open at the page I left it like it was waiting for my return.

            We recorded the tracks in the studio near my flat which was a place where they predominantly recorded advertising jingles and it’s where we made all the Spacemen 3 records, but then the recordings were taken to Battery Studios in London, to explore a more professional way of making music, the world outside.

            We got it down onto a Fostex E16; like a half inch of tape and we squeezed 16 tracks onto it. It was almost like recording on a cassette tape but then we introduced those multi tracks to a new kind of mix scenario, new to me anyway.

            Once I approached that way of doing things I opened up a whole world and I was astounded that somebody could take those tracks and turn it into the record it became. Barry Clempson mixed it and his references were completely outside my world. He was playing stuff like Massive Attack, the Horace Andy track with that beautiful tremolo voice, and Rain Tree Crow, very precise and clear productions. But he brought this clarity and definition to it that I could not have done in Rugby. I didn’t know how to make records that sounded like that. It turned out absolutely beautiful.”


            TRACK LISTING

            1. You Know It's True
            2. If I Were With Her Now
            3. I Want You
            4. Run
            5. Smiles
            6. Step Into The Breeze
            7. Symphony Space
            8. Take Your Time
            9. Shine A Light
            10. Angel Sigh
            11. Sway
            12. Bars

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            Fucked Up Inside

              Following the quickly sold out limited edition milky clear coloured vinyl that was exclusively released for Record Store Day 2018 Glass Redux are pleased to announce a new vinyl pressing of Spiritualized’s “Fucked Up Inside”. This LP is pressed on heavyweight 180 gram audiophile black vinyl. Re-mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Studios especially for vinyl release. Heavyweight 180 gram vinyl LP in an embossed and hot foil finished sleeve.

              ‘Fucked Up Inside’ consists of live recordings made by Spiritualized at the Crest Theatre in San Diego and the Hollywood Palladium in L.A. on the nights of 19th and 21st November 1992 on the North American ‘Rollercoaster’ tour with the Jesus and Mary Chain and Curve. Released as a live album in 1993; the title is taken from a lyric on one of the songs featured on the album; ‘Medication’. Originally only available via mail order the Glass Redux LP faithfully re-creates the original sleeve design; the guitar effects pedals embossed and foil blocked. Recorded live in California, November 1992

              The sleeve tells you so much about the process. It’s a picture of a lone figure. Suited up and immersed in interplanetary protective gear, he walks out across unmapped terrain. In the distance, a mountain range towers over the roughly gridded sand he’s striding. This is very much a solo mission – giant steps into the unknown. Inside the helmet, there’s all the uncertainty and madness that such a pursuit brings.

              That sleeve (designed, as ever, with Mark Farrow), comes wrapped around And Nothing Hurt - Spiritualized’s eighth album, the follow up to 2012’s Sweet Heart, Sweet Light. From the opening lullaby of A Perfect Miracle through to the fading Morse Code at the close of Sail on Through, it painstakingly wraps layer upon layer of gloriously transcendent sound together to create a mesmerizing and cinematic collection of songs.

              There are points – the thunderous climax of On the Sunshine; the spectral waltz of The Prize; the towering guitar solo on I’m Your Man – where the waves of blissful noise are almost overwhelming, where one can imagine the studio’s speakers vibrating themselves off of the walls. Which is an incredible feat when you discover that the album was conceived and recorded almost entirely by one man – Jason Pierce, AKA J.Spaceman - in an upstairs room in his east London home. Sat in an edit suite in Whitechapel a month or so after finishing recording, Jason talks honestly about the painstaking, frustrating process of creating And Nothing Hurt.

              “Making this record on my own sent me more mad than anything I’ve done before. We’d been playing these big shows and I really wanted to capture that sound we were making but, without the funds to do, I had to find a way to work within the constraints of what money I had. So I bought a laptop and made it all in a little room in my house.”

              Whereas bedroom recording is commonplace for a generation of musicians who’ve grown up with horizon-expanding tech, Spiritualized have long used the studio as they would an extra member of the band – as a vital building block in the construction of some of the most cherished records of the modern era. This time would be very different. With no grounding in digital recording, Jason had to learn everything from scratch.

              “The biggest thing for me was to try to make it sound like a studio session. There are bits that I went to a studio to record – mainly drums and percussion. I mean, there’s no way I’m going to get timpani up my stairs. When I came to terms with how I was going to make the record, I assumed it was going to sound like Lee Perry - all flying in from different angles; all extraordinary and not hi-tech in construction. But I was new to it all, I didn’t have all the short cuts people use when they’re making records – I just sat there for weeks… for months… moving every level up bit by bit just to try to get the sounds right.”

              For the listener, the nine tracks on And Nothing Hurt effortlessly replicate the scale and power of Spiritualized’s previous releases, whether it’s the sonic blowback of On the Sunshine, the last dime in the jukebox love letter of Let’s Dance or the swell of an imaginary orchestra that seems to lift Damaged towards the heavens as it plays out.

              “With a bit of trial and lot of error, I found ways of doing something that’s quite simple, if you’ve got the resources. I spent two weeks listening to classical records and strumming the chord that I wanted on my guitar. When I found something to match what I wanted, I’d sample that bit and go for the next chord and try to match that. It took weeks, trying to put together and layer convincing string sounds. But, if I’m honest, all I wanted was for someone to come and play the part and bring their own thing to the record.”

              One of the biggest influences on the final sound of the record was a series of shows played in 2016 celebrating the (near) 20th anniversary of the band’s peerless 1997 release Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. Those shows, played with a fifteen-piece orchestra and a gospel choir, forced Jason to revisit songs that he’d already been working on for years.

              “Part of the reason for doing those gigs was to inform the songs I’d been working on. Trying to sing convincingly in a little room at home was really difficult. The big shows helped remind myself what it’s like to sing with that kind of backing. I can’t really describe it… when you’re singing with a choir behind you and there’s all this noise coming off the stage, you sing things very differently to how you would A) in a studio or B) sitting on your bed at home recording into a laptop.”

              Lyrically, And Nothing Hurt touches on thoughts of passing time and acceptance of one’s age – never more beautifully than on Let’s Dance (‘The hour is getting late, they’re putting all the chairs away / they’ve got Big Star on the radio, they’ll let us stay’).

              “I didn’t want to be fighting against my age; it’s very much about acceptance. And not with any dissatisfaction either – I’m not raging against the inevitable. I spent a lot of time thinking about the way that the songs should hold together, trying to make the narratives make sense rather than just throwing together a couple of lines that rhymed. Let’s Dance was very much a ‘last orders’ kind of song, about grasping at the finality of that moment.”

              During the making of And Nothing Hurt, Jason kept returning to the thought that this would be the last Spiritualized record – interviews over the last couple of years made it clear that the frustration of trying to replicate the sounds in his head whilst sat on his bed were proving too much. With the record finally finished and a new UK label (Bella Union – Fat Possum continue to release Spiritualized records in the States), does he feel the same way now?

              “I was quite sincere about that and I still feel like it might be the case. It was such hard work. I found myself going crazy for so long. It’s not like there’s no coming back, I’m fine now… it’s just such a hard thing to do, to make a record like this on your own. It’s almost as if, if I’m not pushing myself to point of madness, it’s not going to be right. And I know it’s going to be like that every time. What’s the definition of madness? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I kind of do that. I think the biggest goal is to make something that’s worthy of all that time and effort. And the more time and effort, the bigger the goal. I knew I had to make something that was good enough that it should be made. And a massive positive about making the record is that we get to play it live. That’s always the most joyous thing; everyone gets to contribute to the sound, this amazing thing that seems to come right through the roof.”

              If the last set of Spiritualized gigs helped set the course for how And Nothing Hurt now sounds – alternately intimate, hypnotic, cyclonic and downright spiritual - maybe… just maybe… this next set will encourage Jason to flip open the laptop to press record again. Here’s hoping.

              TRACK LISTING

              1 A Perfect Miracle
              2 I'm Your Man
              3 Here It Comes (The Road) Let's Go
              4 Let's Dance
              5 On The Sunshine
              6 Damaged
              7 The Morning After
              8 The Prize
              9 Sail On Through

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              Sweet Heart Sweet Light

                “When you make a record, it has to be the single most important thing in your world. This time around, I wanted to do something that encompassed all I love in rock ‘n roll music. It’s got everything from Brotzmann and Berry right through to Dennis and Brian Wilson. I’m obsessed with music and the way you put it together and I don’t believe there are any rules.” - J. Spaceman.

                Recorded during the past two years, in Wales, LA and Reykjavik, and mixed in his own home, 'Sweet Heart Sweet Light' will be Spiritualized’s seventh studio album. The last was a concert album recorded at Radio City Music Hall, where Spiritualized rendered the ’97 game changer 'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space' in full.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: If you were feeling as weary as Jason Pierce occasionally sounds, on what is basically his seventh solo LP, then you may be forgiven for thinking... oh here we go again: death, drugs, destruction and Jesus!? That is, if his usual lyrical world wasn't married to his best collection of songs since the almighty "Ladies and Gentleman" LP of 1997. Apparently it was the revisiting and touring of that record, in 2009, coupled with a serious liver ailment that made Jason decide that anything he now put out would have to reach those standards. Yes he's wracked with pain (and this is genuine; his voice is now so cracked, weak even, soulful!) but there's glory and majesty in the music. "Little Girl" and "Too Late" would be massive radio hits in an alternative universe, whilst "So Long You Pretty Things" is , for me, the greatest thing he's ever done.

                TRACK LISTING

                01. Huh? (Intro)
                02. Hey Jane
                03. Little Girl
                04. Get What You Deserve
                05. Too Late
                06. Headin' For The Top Now
                07. Freedom
                08. I Am What I Am
                09. Mary
                10. Life Is A Problem
                11. So Long You Pretty Things


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