Greg Wilson - Credit To The Edit Vol.3 (Tirk - 2018)
Available here: https://fanlink.to/CTTE3
From the compilation's previous track ‘Spacer’ to Space, we stay in France, Marseilles this time, where ‘Magic Fly’ was recorded 2 years earlier in 1977. One of the pioneering electronic dance records, it would just miss the top spot of the UK chart.
The 4-piece group was formed by Didier Marouani (aka Ecama), who would write their material, arranging the tracks with fellow member Roland Romanelli, whilst working with producer Jean-Philippe Illesco. Dressing as spacemen, looking like a prototype Daft Punk, 3 of Space played synthesiser keyboards, the 4th behind a set of drums.
‘Magic Fly’ would also find favour in the Chinese speaking world when it was used as the main theme of the original 1978 Hong Kong version of Jackie Chan's breakthrough movie, ‘Snake in the Eagle's Shadow’. Marouani would take Space to the USSR in 1983 for a series of performances including a free concert in Red Square, and his connections with Russia and the former Soviet Union have continued since.
Although Space’s original version didn’t show on the US Disco chart, a cover of ‘Magic Fly’ by the Canadian group Kebekelektrik, featuring Gino Soccio, who’d go on to build his own Disco legacy, was a top 10 club hit stateside in ’77. Space would enjoy top 5 Disco success with ‘Carry On, Turn Me On’ / ‘Tango In Space’, both tracks taken from the ‘Magic Fly’ album.
Nang records (sister of the Tirk label), also looks after the back catalogue for Space, so when we were getting the tracklisting together for this album, the possibility of doing something with ‘Magic Fly’ occurred. The upshot was that Nang were able to provide the original stems, so I brought in Peza (aka Wolverhampton’s very own Lee Perry), who I’ve worked with on various remixes, and whose love of ‘70s / ‘80s Synth Pop made him the perfect collaborator for this new version.
Written by Ecama (Didier Marouani)
Produced by Jean-Philippe Illesco
Arranged by Didier Marouani & Roland Romanelli
Mixed by Greg Wilson & Peza
Published by Bastien Music
Nang Records 2009 (originally released 1977)
Licensed courtesy of Nang Records