In Phil Cope’s recent review of the ATP Festival we attended, he expressed an aversion to the modern trend of artists performing a seminal album in its entirety at a gig. Phil’s objection was prompted by Spiritualized performing their 1997 album Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space at the festival. I would like to defend this increasingly popular phenomenon.
J Spaceman at the ATP Festival: "which song shall we do next, band?"
I look back on (or listen back to?) 1997 rather fondly.Â In no particular order, the following artists released memorable albums in 1997: Elliott Smith, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Blur, Mogwai, Radiohead, Tindersticks, Super Furry Animals, Robert Wyatt, Cornershop, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, The Verve and Spiritualized. Â Top of my list though is Spiritualized‘sÂ Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. Â Now, 12 years on, the album has been remastered and expanded. Â This is the first occasion I can think of where an album has been given a makeover when I already thought it sounded as good as an album ever could. Â So, unlike this year’s Big Star, The Stone Â Roses, Neil Young and The Beatles remasters, the appeal here wasn’t for a better sound, but the inclusion of the rare original version of the title track, and a host of studio outtakes (on the two new expanded versions of the album)â€¦.and of course, an excuse to write about the album!