In 1997 Jason Pierce, most known as J. Spaceman, released one of the most acclaimed album of the year (or for some, the decade,) Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space with his band Spiritualized.
In this album, we explore Jason’s world, a world full of addictions including a spectrum of things such as love or drugs. What’s so fantastic about this album is, in my opinion, the presence of the gospel choir, the Balanescu Quartet, in an assortment of songs with numerous influences making it timeless. Although the band is considered space rock or psychedelic rock, this album draws more into African-America gospel, blues, and soul than their other pieces of work.
The album’s opening track, Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, bears two different versions, the original features a sample of Elvis Presley with the song…well, you guessed it, I Can’t Help Falling In Love while the version that ended up on the album does not as they did not receive permission until 2009. (That didn’t stop Jason from singing the original lyrics at his shows though!)
If I had to simply pick one song only, it would of course be Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space without hesitation, but with that being said, my other favorites are Come Together, Electricity, Home of the Brave, (the sadly beautiful) Broken Heart, No God No Religion and Cool Waves (I’m totally aware that this is more than half of the album). This album is without doubt a worth listening and a must have for all vinyl collectors.