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  • Audio CD (July 9, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline Distribution
  • ASIN: B000000IAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flameout
2. Re-Entry To Mog
3. Space Obyssey
4. Astral Freakout
5. Orbit Fantasy
6. Barrier X-69
7. A Dissapointed Love With A Desensitized Robot
8. Where Were You In 1982?
9. Trippin' On Lunar 07
10. A Bad Trip Back To '69
11. Karma Sitar (Bonus Track)
12. Whiplash (Bonus Track)
13. Instant Nirvana (Bonus Track)

Customer Reviews

It's fun to pop in while in the shower, or to fall asleep to, or for a very groovy party I'd imagine!
Clint Greer
Note: Moog was just coming out when this album was produced...if this release or the original album is not a collector's item now, they should be...
"rmalmeida"
It might seem hard to believe now, Apollo astronauts were more well known than the 1969 Woodstock stars at the time.
Jim McDade

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jim McDade on July 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In 1968-69 this LP appeared on local discount store record racks. This was during the time that astronauts were flying, for the first time, to the moon on the Apollo spacecraft. Millions of people gathered near Cape Kennedy to watch the moon shots go up. Millions more lined streets to watch the lunar astronauts feted in parades in major cities all around the world. The stunning Stanley Kubrick feature film, 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in the Spring of 1968. Space offered new hope and opportunity for all--- or so we thought at that time.

The future never seem brighter as it did when viewed from an otherwise dismal 1960s decade of assassinations, social unrest, and war. Growing up in the backwards, poor state of Alabama was especially miserable for me. Poverty and racial hatred were all around those of us who were stuck in Alabama in those days. The world around me was uncompromising. The future seemed like the only way out for a poor kid with no hope for a college education or other good opportunities. I knew that I was facing a future filled with dismal opportunities in either plant, or warehouse work. The product of a broken home, I was not one of Alabama's fortunate sons. Music was a pleasant escape from the misery of those days.

It might seem hard to believe now, Apollo astronauts were more well known than the 1969 Woodstock stars at the time. Some of us looked to space exploration and new, improved technology as the best pathways for making a better life for all. Overall, it seemed like the space program was carrying us into a better, brighter future.

"Astro-Sounds From Beyond the Year 2000" was the perfect soundtrack to accompany the optimism offered by the Final Frontier of space. I was only 14-15 years old in 1968-69.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Danny Elfman, Joe Meek and AIR should check this one out. Space Muzak with vintage synth sounds and fuzz guitars! One of those kitschy albums only the 60's could have produced, and only contemporary ears can fully appreciate its weirdness and (probably accidental) inventiveness.
Look at the price of this CD compared to the rest of the 101 strings catalog. Doesn't it tell you something? For a delicious bonus, three tracks have been added, with "Whiplash" being the obvious highlight: a woman moans and screams to the sound of whips! It'll make even Serge Gainsbourg blush.
This is one cool album, get it and tell all your friends about it! Build the cult.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on February 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to imagine how the moribund stylings of the 101 Strings could mate with by-the-numbers psychedelic sounds (phase shifters, oscillators, etc.) and space themes to produce something as compelling as this 1969 release. But brilliantly compelling it is. Though certain to have confounded 101 Strings fans of its day, and failed in any appeal to the contemporary rock or jazz crowds, its reappearance as part of the lounge revival is a blessing.
There's a nearly unexplainable alchemy that makes this so hypnotically listenable. Once past the kitsch factor, listeners will find themselves enveloped in superb bubblegum melodies, rendered with orchestrated strings and guitars that range from crystalline to exotically fuzzed. The drumming would fill any discotheque dance floor, and the organs hum with the power of the Spencer Davis Group (whose "Gimme Some Lovin'" riff is borrowed for "A Disappointed Love With a Desensitized Robot").
Three bonus tracks from the 101 Strings erotic period (strings + moaning woman = wow!) fill out this reissue. "Karma Sitar" is a flavorful faux-Indian raga, while "Whiplash" adds daring (for a mainstream 1969 release) whip cracks to the erotic equation.
Unlike the hucksters who predict the future and then disappear when their prophesies fail to materialize, the 101 Strings laid theirs to tape, for all the world to revisit "beyond the year 2000." With Scamp's digital reissue (which, unfortunately, contains no production, playing or songwriting credits), one realizes that these Astro Sounds are still reaching into the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "rmalmeida" on June 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
My father purchased this record for me in 1970. I can still remember the feeling that it gave me back then. And listening to these cuts brings me back to the heyday years that followed - Streaking, Free Jam Concerts (In a world where NOTHING seems FREE anymore), Free Love and the Space Race. I highly recommend this 101 Strings Collection to anyone who wasn't a mote in Daddy's eye and those who can appreciate the growing pains of music in those days.
Note: Moog was just coming out when this album was produced...if this release or the original album is not a collector's item now, they should be...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on June 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
101 Strings were know for their "elevator music" style instrumental albums. This album is something else entirely. The strings are still there, but they are pushed into the background. Instead, most of these tracks have rock guitars (heavy on the fuzztone) as the lead instruments. Lord knows what the little old ladies who were fans of 101 Strings thought when they heard this album. To my ears, it sounds like music from the soundtrack of an exploitation movie about hippies. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. The CD adds three bonus tracks from another offbeat album by 101 Strings, which featured "erotic" music. The most interesting of these tracks features the sound of a woman moaning while being whipped. This is a fun album that will appeal to people who like "offbeat" music.
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