Space Age Album Cover Art

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Welcome to the space age, the age of reliability … strange planets, rockets, robots and martians. We speak about the 1950’s of the past century, when the year 2000 was still a magical number. After the second world war, the race to space had begun. When the Russian Sputnik 2 went off with on board Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, the Americans were already planning their Apollo program to get the first man on the moon.

The future was bright, science fiction novels became very popular at that time and hi-fi stereo was the new standard. The search for strange and unusual sounds was the new hype. Many albums between 1956 and 1966 had a space theme on the sleeve as a novelty thing. Sheldon Allman was into outer space on his album Folk Songs For The 21st Century with a kind of sputnik, The Ames Brothers found themselves back on of the set of the movie The Forbidden Planet, as was the girl on the Esquivel album Other Worlds, Other Sounds. The Les Baxter album Space Escapades became the prototype space sleeve. A strange outer space cocktail party for modern humans and what to think of a man in a cozy suit on a scooter or even Johan Sebastian Bach who was shot into space with a spacesuit and a synthesizer. Everything was possible from that moment on.

Look at this great 1957 Space Age filmclip called Moon Maidens Jungle Trip:

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Sheldon Allman – Folk Songs For The 21st Century (Hifi R-415) 1960

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The Ames Brothers – Destination Moon (RCA Victor LPM-1680) 1958

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Louis & Bebe Barron – O.S.T. Forbidden Planet (MGM / Small Planet PR 001) 1955

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Sid Bass – Music From Another World (VIK LX-1053) 1956

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Les Baxter And His Orchestra – Space Escapade (Capitol T 968) 1958

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Les Baxter And His Orchestra – Lost Episode (Bacchus Archives BA-07 10″LP) 1995, recorded in 1961

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Bob & Betty – Go To The Moon; A Boy And A Girl Take A Recorded Lunar Space Adventure (Happy House C-20) 1966

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Walter Carlos – Switced On Bach II (CBS S-65974) 1973

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Bobby Christian – Strings For A Space Age (Audio Fidelity AFLP 1959) 1962

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Frank Comstock – Music From Outer Space (Warner Bros. WS 1463) 1962

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Bill Dana – José Jimenez In Orbit; Bill Dana On Earth (Kapp KL-1257) 1962

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Claude Denjean – Moog! (Decca PFS 4212) 1971

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Leo Diamond – Subliminal Sounds (ABC-Paramount ABC-303) 1960

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Tim Dinkins – Christmas On The Moon (Cartwheel CW-112-A) 196.

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Thomas Dissevelt – Fantasy In Orbit (Philips PHS 600-189) 1964

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Electro Sonic Orchestra – Presenting A New Concept In Sound (Coral 57381) 1958

Larry Elgart & His Ensemble – Impressions Of Outer Space (Brunswick BL 58054) 1953

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Dean Elliott And His Swinging Big, Big Band – Zounds! What Sounds! (Capitol ST 1818) 1962

Lloyd Ellis – The Fastest Guitar In The World (Carlton Record Co.) 1958

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Don Elliott And His Orchestra – Music For The Sensational Sixties (Design DLP-69) 1957

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Enoch Light – Presents: Spaced Out (Project 3 PR 5043 SD) 1969

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Frank Erhardt & Cast – Adventures In Sound And Space (RCA Victor LPM-1025) 1958

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Esquivel And His Orchestra – Other Worlds, Other Sounds (RCA Victor LSP / LPM-1753) 1958

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Esquivel And His Orchestra – Exploring New Sounds In Hi-Fi (RCA Victor LPM-1978) 1959

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Esquivel And His Orchestra – Exploring New Sounds In Stereo (RCA Victor LSP-1978) 1959

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Ferrante & Teicher – Soundproof!; The Sound Of Tomorrow Today! (Westminster WP 6014) 1956

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Ferrante & Teicher – Soundproof!; The Sound Of Tomorrow Today! (Westminster WST 15011) 1956 (totally different track listing)

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Ferrante & Teicher – Adventure In Carols (Westminster WP-6021) 1956

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Ferrante & Teicher – Soundblast; The Sound Of Tomorrow Today! (Westminster WP 6041) 1956

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Ferrante & Teicher – Blast Off! (ABC-Paramount ABCS 285) 1958

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Russ Garcia – Fantastica; Music From Outer Space (Liberty LST 7001) 1959

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Marty Gold – Wired For Sound (Vik LX-1054) – 1956

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Benny Goodman Orchestra – A Toast To Benny Goodman (Eros ERLS 50008) 1958

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Ron Goodwin And His Orchestra – Music In Orbit (Capitol T 10188) 1959

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Jay Gordon Concert Orchestra – Music From Another World (Tops L 1552) 1957

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Bernie Green And His Orchestra – Futura (RCA Victor LSa-2376) 1961

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Jimmy Haskell And His Orchestra – Countdown! (Imperial LP 9068) 1959

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Ted Heath And His Music – “Things To Come” (London LL 3047) 1959

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Woody Herman And His Orchestra – Men From Mars (Verve MGV-8216) 1958

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Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo – Moon Gas (MGM SE 4119) 1962

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Dick Hyman – Moog; The Electric Eclectics Of … (Command 938) 1969

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Roland Kovac (Orkester …) – Trip To Mars (Saba SB 15165) 1968

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Willy Ley – A Child’s Introduction To Outer Space (Golden Record GLP 46) 1956

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Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra – Music Out Of Century 21 (Seattle Worlds Fair) 1962

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Harry Lubin And His Orchestra – Music From One Step Beyond (Decca DL-8970) 1960

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Marty Manning And His Orchestra – The Twilight Zone; A Sound Adventure In Space (Columbia CL 1586) 1959

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Richard Marino – Out Of This World (Liberty Premier LMM 1307) 1961

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Sabu Martinez – Sabu In Orbit (Lazarus LP 1084) 1997, recorded in 1969

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Attilio Mineo – Conduct: Man In Space With Sounds (World’s Fair 55555 / Subliminal SUB-081-LP) 1962

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Billy Mure – Supersonic Guitars In Hifi (RCA Victor LPM-1536) 1957

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Billy Mure – Supersonics In Flight (RCA LSp-1869) 1958

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101 Strings – Astro-Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000 (Alshire S-5119) 1968

 

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Lucia Pamela – Into Outer Space (L-Peg Music 8304X59) 1969

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Stuart Philips And His Orchestra – Harry Revel’s Music From Outer Space (MGM E3287) 1955

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Pinky & Perky – In Outer Space (Columbia 7″ EP) 1965

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André Previn And His Orchestra – The Magic Moods Of … (Deacon DEA 1025) 1959

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George Russell And His Orchestra, featuring: Bill Evans – Jazz In The Space Age (Decca Dl 79219) 1960

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Sauter-Finegan Orchestra – Adventure In Time (RCA Victor LPM-1240) 1956

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Raymond Scott – By Rocket To The Moon (7″ single) 1950

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Don Sebesky – The Distant Galaxy (Verve V6-5063) 1968

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Leith Stevens – Destination Moon (Omega OSL 3) 1958

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Paul Tanner – Music From Heavenly Bodies (Omega St-3016) 1958

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The Three Suns – Midnight For Two (RCA Victor LPM-1333) 1957

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The Voices Of Walter Schuman – Exploring The Unknown (RCA Victor LPM-1025) 1957

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The Young Lovers – Barbarella; The Hit Songs Of The Wild Movie & Other Way Out Themes (Design SDLP-301) 1972

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“Out Of This World”; Atmospheric Sounds And Effects From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop (BBC REC 225) 1976

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“Sounds In Space”; An Introduction To Stereophonic Sound (RCA SP-33-13 / SF-5015) 1958

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“The Space Age”; The Age Of Reliability (Raybesto-Manhattan Inc. MT 2426) 1962

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“Trains, Planes And Space Ships” (Columbia-Harmony NL 7110) 1958

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“2001; A Space Odyssey”, The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (MGM 665096) 1968

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Space Is So Startling; A Musical Fantasy (Philips632303BL) 1962

 

 

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