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Virtual Insanity: Jamiroquai to Expand First Three Albums

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Jamiroquai threeAnother musical float in the “oh dear, are we all that old?” parade is passing by next month: the first three Jamiroquai albums are being expanded by Sony’s U.K. arm in honor of the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut, Emergency on Planet Earth.

Led by singer Jay Kay, known equally for his high tenor as well as his outré selection of hats, Jamiroquai were one of the most prominent bands emblematic of the acid-jazz movement in early ’90s England, fusing traditional funk and disco styles to modern electronic beats. Early singles like “Too Young to Die,” “Blow Your Mind” and “Space Cowboy” flirted with the upper reaches of the U.K. charts; in the U.S., “Emergency on Planet Earth” and “Space Cowboy” were major dance hits, the latter topping the dance chart.

While Emergency on Planet Earth and The Return of the Space Cowboy were strong sellers in the U.K., both platinum albums at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, it was third LP Travelling Without Moving that became the biggest worldwide smash. Buoyed by the catchy, chilled-out single “Virtual Insanity” and its classic promo video, a staple of mid-’90s MTV, Travelling was the band’s first and only million seller in America, and set the band up for a successful career that continues to this day.

Initially announced for release in Japan last fall, these 20th anniversary reissues feature newly restored artwork in a digipak case, new liner notes by Jay Kay, and bonus discs full of rare vinyl and promo-only remixes, B-sides, international bonus tracks and live material, much of which has either never made it to CD or has never been released before. Double-vinyl editions of these albums, remastered and in gatefold sleeves, are also planned.

All products are available in the U.K. on March 11. Hit the jump for Amazon U.K. links and full track lists!

Emergency on Planet Earth: 20th Anniversary Edition (Sony Music (U.K.), 2013)

(2CD / 2LP)

Disc 1: Remastered LP (released as Sony Soho Square 474069 (U.K.)/Columbia CK 53825 (U.S.), 1993)

  1. When You Gonna Learn (Digeridoo)
  2. Too Young to Die
  3. Hooked Up
  4. If I Like It, I Do It
  5. Music of the Mind
  6. Emergency on Planet Earth
  7. Whatever It Is, I Just Can’t Stop
  8. Blow Your Mind
  9. Revolution 1993
  10. Didgin’ Out

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. When You Gonna Learn (Canté Hondo Mix) (12″ B-side – Acid Jazz JAZID 46T, 1992)
  2. When You Gonna Learn (Live at the Leadmill, Sheffield) (12″ A-side – Sony Soho Square 659695 6, 1993)
  3. Too Young to Die (Extended Mix) (12″ A-side – Sony Soho Square 659011 6, 1993)
  4. If I Like It, I Do It (Extended Mix) (from double-vinyl edition of album)
  5. Emergency on Planet Earth (London-Rican Mix) (12″ promo A-side – Sony Soho Square XPR 2061, 1994)
  6. Revolution 1993 (Demo) (B-side to “Emergency on Planet Earth” CD single – Sony Soho Square 659578 2, 1993)
  7. Didgin’ Out (Live at the Milky Way, Australia) (B-side to “When You Gonna Learn” CD single – Sony Soho Square 659695 2, 1993)
  8. Brothers Like You (Live at Glastonbury – 6/26/1993) *
  9. Music of the Mind (Live at Glastonbury – 6/26/1993) *
  10. God Make Me Funky (Live at Glastonbury – 6/26/1993) *

The Return of the Space Cowboy: Deluxe Edition (Sony Music (U.K.), 2013)

(2CD / 2LP)

Disc 1: Remastered LP (released as Sony Soho Square 477813 (U.K.)/Columbia CK 91025 (U.S.), 1994)

  1. Just Another Story
  2. Stillness in Time
  3. Half the Man
  4. Light Years
  5. Manifest Destiny
  6. The Kids
  7. Mr Moon
  8. Scam
  9. Journey to Arnhemland
  10. Morning Glory
  11. Space Cowboy

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Light Years (4 to Da Floor Mix) (12″ B-side – Work XSS-7652, 1994)
  2. Space Cowboy (David Morales Classic Club Remix) (12″ B-side – Work 42-77827 (U.S.), 1994
  3. Space Cowboy (Demo) (CD single B-side – Sony Soho Square 660851 2, 1994)
  4. Morning Glory (Instrumental) (promo CD single A-side – Work OSK 7064 (U.S.), 1995)
  5. Stillness in Time (Extended Mix) (from double-vinyl edition of album)
  6. Space Clav (B-side to “Half the Man” – Sony Soho Square 661003 1, 1994)
  7. Light Years (Live @ Theatre du Moulin, Marseille – December 1994) (bonus track on second U.S. pressing – Work OK 66982 (U.S.), 1997)
  8. Scam (Live @ The Paradiso, Amsterdam – December 1994) (B-side to “Light Years” CD single – Sony Soho Square 661256 2, 1995)
  9. Journey to Arnhemland (Live @ The Paradiso, Amsterdam – December 1994) (B-side to “Light Years” CD single – Sony Soho Square 661256 2, 1995)
  10. We Gettin’ Down (Live @ The Paradiso, Amsterdam – December 1994) (B-side to “Light Years” CD single – Sony Soho Square 661256 2, 1995)

Travelling Without Moving: Deluxe Edition (Sony Music (U.K.), 2013)

(2CD / 2LP)

Disc 1: Remastered LP (released as Sony Soho Square 483999 (U.K.)/Columbia CK 91109 (U.S.), 1996)

  1. Virtual Insanity
  2. Cosmic Girl
  3. Use the Force
  4. Everyday
  5. Alright
  6. High Times
  7. Drifting Along
  8. Didjerama
  9. Didjital Vibrations
  10. Travelling Without Moving
  11. You Are My Love
  12. Spend a Lifetime
  13. Funktion (Ruff Mix)

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Virtual Insanity (Salaam Remi Peace of Mind Mix) (12″ promo A-side – Sony Soho Square XPR 3077, 1996)
  2. Cosmic Girl (Quasar Mix) (CD single B-side – Sony Soho Square 663829 5, 1996)
  3. Alright (Fred Falke & Alan Braxe Remix) (12″ A-side – Columbia 88697 07947-1, 2007)
  4. High Times (Sanchez Radio Edit) (CD single B-side – Sony Soho Square 665370 5, 1997)
  5. Do You Know Where You’re Coming From? (Extended Mix) – M Beat featuring Jamiroquai (12″ A-side – Sony Soho Square 663378 6, 1996)
  6. Bullet (B-side to “Virtual Insanity” – Sony Soho Square 663613, 1996)
  7. Slipin’ N’ Slidin’ (B-side to “Cosmic Girl” – Sony Soho Square 663829, 1996)
  8. Hollywood Swinging (Live @ the Riviera, Chicago – 1997) (from U.S. promo videocassette – previously unreleased on CD)
  9. Virtual Insanity (Live @ Verona Amphitheater) (from Live in Verona – Sony Music 20177, 2002 – previously unreleased on CD)
  10. High Times (Live @ Verona Amphitheater) (from Live in Verona – Sony Music 20177, 2002 – previously unreleased on CD)

Written by Mike Duquette

February 25, 2013 at 17:47

Posted in Jamiroquai, News, Reissues

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  1. YESSSSSSSS!!!

    Those first two albums DESPERATELY need remastering prowess applied. They sound so dry and dull as they are. Hopefully they don’t goose them too much. But much needed!

    RoyalScam

    February 25, 2013 at 17:54

  2. IF ONLY we could get the exact same treatment for SADE and PRINCE and MICHAEL JACKSON I would be a happy man.

    Donald Cleveland

    February 25, 2013 at 17:55

    • Is “Emergency on Planet Earth” going to contain the full length tracks that were only available on the Vinyl edition?

      Alex Stassi

      February 25, 2013 at 19:25

  3. Great news, though Travelling Without Moving could have added another disc with all the mixes and more live tracks.

    Tom

    February 25, 2013 at 20:32

  4. Attention Joe and Mike!!!

    Looks like they messed up on the bonus disc of “Return of the Space Cowboy”. Track 5 should be the Extended Mix of “Stillness In TIme” which should be 6:13. It seems as they simply repeated the same 4:15 LP version here instead. Apparently a botched mastering. I wonder if you could bug them to issue a replacement???

    RoyalScam

    March 28, 2013 at 19:00


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