Losing Touch With Your Mind

Front, inside and back of the gatefold CD, and all sides of the CD insert

Personnel
Pete Kember – Jason Pierce – Pete Bain – Natty Brooker – Sterling Roswell – Will Carruthers – Johnny Mattock (and possibly others, there are no credits given)

Releases and Tracklistings
Released on Munster Records, 1991. LP (MR011), CD (MRCD011). First 2000 on each format numbered. Some LPs on marbled or grey vinyl, although these may be later represses.

  1. Honey (Alternate Mix) Summer 1988 (Kember)
  2. Walkin’ With Jesus (Alternate Mix) Spring 1987 (Kember/Pierce)
  3. Repeater (Alternate Mix) Summer 1988 (Kember)
  4. X-Tacy Symphony (Alternate Mix) Spring 1987 (Kember)
  5. Transparent Radiation (Alternate Mix) Spring 1987 (Thompson/Cunningham/Barthelm)
  6. Losing Touch With My Mind (Northampton Demo) Spring 1986 (Kember/Pierce)
  7. Suicide (Heavy Drum Mix) Summer 1988 (Kember/Pierce)
  8. Things’ll Never Be The Same (Drum Mix) Spring 1987 (Kember/Pierce)
  9. Why Couldn’t I See (Alternate Mix) Summer 1989 (Kember)

Other Information
An unofficial release, but one that managed to find its way into many high street record shops in the UK. Many of the alternate versions are sufficiently similar to the released ones that this functions very well as a Spacemen 3 “Best Of”, and it would not be a bad way to introduce newcomers to the band. Unlike other bootleg or semi-legitimate releases, this has not been picked up and officially reissued by Space Age Recordings.

The fantastic version of ‘Walkin’ With Jesus’ is from a 1987 rehearsal.

Reviews

Reviews from Abus Dangereux October/November 1991 (France) and Hyacinth 6, September 1991
Text of Abus Dangereux review

Les collaborations actives du mentor des Spacemen 3 aux productions de l’un des meilleurs groupes de cette année, La Secta, ne sont certainement pas étrangères à la parution plutôt inattendue de cette compilation. Une compilation qui se regarde d’abord : la pochette, double, est un patchwork couleurs de toutes les pochettes des divers disques des Sonic men. A l’intérieur, Greg Shaw, dans un long texte, disserte longuement sur les tenants et les aboutissants de la musique extraterrestre d’un des groupes majeurs de la seconde moitié des eighties. A côté, la discographie complète (45 tours, participations diverses et disques promos compris) montre le chemin parcouru depuis les premiers balbutiements en 86. Sept photos noir et blanc forment un livret glissé à l’intérieur. Enfin, dix titres sont là pour illustrer l’album photo du mythe. Hélas, trois fois hélas, pas d’inédit à se mettre sous la dent. Chacun des morceaux est une version démo ou remixée d’un titre déjà paru sur album ou maxi. Ainsi retrouve-t-on “Honey”, “Suicide” et “Repeater”, tout trois sur l’album “Playing With Fire” (le troisième en live sur le CD), “Walkin’ With Jésus”, “X-Tacy Symphony”, “Transparant Radiation” et “Things’ll Never Be The Same” extraits de “Perfect Prescription”, “Loosing Touch With My Mind” paru sur le premier album “Sound Of Confusion” et “Why Could’nt I See” initialement sur “Recurring”. Comme on s’en doute, chaque version est épurée : moins de guitares ou moins de synthés par rapport aux versions “officielles” mais certainement plus de “noise” et de spontanéité. “Walkin’…” est ici bien plus rapide et laisse de côté l’aspect acoustique qu’on lui connaissait. “X-Tacy Symphony” est bien plus long que les 54 secondes de l’original, plus épuré et plus brut aussi, comme chacun des titres d’ailleurs. La formule juste serait : “For Fans Only” encore qu’elle soit bien restrictive, eut égard à la superbe pochette, sa discographie complète et son livret. Losing Touch With My Mind possède également l’avantage de ne pas faire référence au dernier désastreux maxi. chiant au possible (“Big City”). Enfin, signalons que la version CD est la reproduction, en plus petit de la version vinyl, pochette et livret compris. Un bel .objet qui ravira les fans comme ceux qui ont toujours voulu connaître les Spacemen 3 sans avoir jamais osé se plonger dans leurs sphères inter galactiques.

Translation of Abus Dangereux review

The active collaborations of Spacemen 3’s mentor on productions of one of this year’s best bands, La Secta, aren’t certainly unfamiliar with the unexpected release of this compilation. A compilation that you can look at first: the cover, double, is a colors’ patchwork of all the covers of the various Sonic men’s records. Inside, Greg Shaw, in a long text, discusses at length the ins and outs of the alien music of one of the major bands of the second half of the 80s. Besides, the full discography (45 rpm, various participations and promotional records included) shows the path tha traveled since the first stammerings in 86. Seven black & white pitctures form a booklet slipped inside. Finally, ten songs are there to illustrate the myth’s photo album. Unfortunately, three times unfortunately, there was nothing new to get your teeth into. Each track is a demo or a remixed version of a track that already released on a LP or a 12″ maxi-single. So we find “Honey”, “Suicide” and “Repeater”, all three on the LP “Playing With Fire” (the third one live on the CD), “Walkin’ With Jesus”, “X-Tacy Symphony”, “Transparant Radiation” and “Things’ll Never Be The Same” from “Perfect Prescription”, “Loosing Touch With My Mind” appeared on the debut album “Sound Of Confusion” and “Why Could’nt I See” initially on “Recurring”. As you would expect, each version is refined: less guitars or less synths compared to the “official” versions but certainly more “noise” and spontaneity. “Walkin’…” is here much faster and leaves aside the acoustic aspect that we knew it. “X-Tacy Symphony” is much longer than the original’s 54 seconds, more refined and more raw too, like each of the tracks elsewhere. The correct formula would be: “For Fans Only” although it is quite restrictive, with regard to the superb cover, its complete discography and its booklet. Losing Touch With My Mind has also the advantage of not referring to the last disastrous maxi-single, boring as possible (“Big City”). Finally, note that the CD version is the reproduction, in smaller of the vinyl version, cover and booklet included. A beautiful object that will delight fans and those who have always wanted to know the Spacemen without ever having dared to immerse themselves in their inter-galactic spheres.

Text of Hyacinth review

Edité sur un petit label espagnole – pour ne pas dire ‘pirate par…’ – ce “Losing touch with your mind” (tiens, tiens…) es tune compilation regroupant des inédits de ce fameux groupe de Rugby. Cinquante cinq minutes de demos et diverses sessions de studio (chutes?) garnissent ce CD au magnifique emballage, La pochette nous présente toutes les couvertures de la discographie des spationautes. Un petit livret comportant de belles photos en noir et blanc est également inclus. Cette compilation (ne possédant aucun titre inconnu) fait de SPACEMEN 3 un des groups ‘culte’ de la deuxième moitié des eighties. Indispensable pour les fans. Vous pouvez (peut-etra encore?) le trouver chez Danceteria.

Translation of Hyacinth review

Published on a small Spanish label – not to say “pirate by …” – this “Losing Touch With Your Mind” (hey, hey …) is a compilation of unreleased material from this famous Rugby group. Fifty five minutes of demos and various studio sessions (falls?) garnish this CD with its magnificent packaging. The cover presents all the covers of the astronaut discography. A small booklet with beautiful black and white photos is also included. This compilation (with no unknown title) makes SPACEMEN 3 one of the “cult” groups of the second half of the eighties. Indispensable for fans. You can (maybe still?) find it at Danceteria.

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