Front, inlay, back and tray from the Fierce CD
Inlays and tray from the Bomp! CD
Front, inlay, back and tray from the Space Age CD

Sonic Boom: Vox Starstream, Vox Conqueror
Jason: Fender Telecaster
Will Carruthers: Bass Vibrations
Steve Evans: Guitar
Pat Fish: Joint Rolling

Releases and Tracklistings
Released on Fierce, June 1990. CD (fright 040) has no tracklisting, but contains:

  1. An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music

The LP (fright 042), released simultaneously, adds:

  1. Ecstasy In Slow Motion

This is a version of Ecstasy Symphony, cut so that it plays from the label outwards. The main track on the LP runs for just under half an hour, compared to the CD where it runs for just under three quarters of an hour.

Reissued on Sympathy For The Record Industry, November 1993, on CD only (SFRTI 211).

  1. An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music
  2. Ecstasy In Slow Motion
  3. Spacemen Jam

‘Spacemen Jam’ is, at its name suggests, a rough jam. Contrary to the credits that indicate that it is a Kember/Pierce jam, the participants are Pete Kember and Steve Evans.

Reissued on Space Age Recordings, November 1995. 2xLP (ORBIT 001), CD (ORBIT 001CD)

  1. An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music
  2. Ecstasy Live Intro Theme
  3. Ecstasy In Slow Motion
  4. Spacemen Jam

Remastered and reissued again on Space Age, February 2018. 2xLP (ORBIT058LP), CD (ORBIT058CD).

Reissued on Superior Viaduct, March 2018. 2xLP (SV153), with the same tracklisting as the Space Age version. Includes sleeve notes by Will Carruthers and a download code.


Reviews from Through The Looking Glass insert to the fanzine Freakbeat, November 1990, the 3 February 1996 NME, and Select

Other Information
Recorded at Waterman’s Art Centre, Hammersmith, London, 19.8.1988.

As Will Carruthers recounts in his book Playing The Bass With Three Left Hands, he only realised at the end of the night that his amp wasn’t switched on.

The original Fierce issue followed the release of a part of the Watermans performance on a flexi on the Cheree label. The legality of the Fierce version was debated at the time (see below) – “semi-legitimate” is probably the best description. With the Space Age reissue, it became part of the official canon.

Other Pictures

Pieces debating the status of the Fierce edition, from 6 and 27 October 1990 issues of the NME

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