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Fun in Space [Original recording remastered, Import]

Roger TaylorAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B0000074DD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Violins
2. Laugh Or Cry
3. Future Management
4. Let's Get Crazy
5. My Country I & II
6. Good Times Are Now
7. Magic Is Loose
8. Interlude In Constantinople
9. Airheads
10. Fun In Space

Editorial Reviews

1996 reissue on Parlophone, the CD debut of the Queendrummer's 1981 solo album originally released on Raincloud.10 tracks, including 'No Violins', 'Laugh Or Cry' & 'FutureManagement'.

Customer Reviews

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magis IS Loose, but words aren't enough! August 15, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I became a Queen fan in 1983. At the same
time I was introduced to their music, I also
got to hear Fun in Space, which blew my mind
more than anything. The copy I listened to
for years was one I had made -open air!- from
one cassette recorder to another. The music
was so good I didn't care. There is a HIGH
nostalgia factor here, which biases my review, but
which you 'might' understand if you remember and
enjoyed the music of the early 1980s.
This album just seemed like a miracle then, and it
still does now. Ironically, it has largely
gone unnoticed by the masses. I believe that
this indicates the novelty of the music as
opposed to its lacking in anything. It's a one
of a kind piece of music - one I'll always
keep close to the vest.
Roger does most or all the music himself, and
provides us with poignant even haunting melodies
at times. All the tracks are good - not one
could have been omitted. The album is full of
catchy guitar hooks and keyboard melodies,
but does not sound derivative (to my ears).
Comparable at times to The Game, this is
Roger's game, and its `epic' in its own personal way.
A special piece of art not to be missed, esp. by fans
of Queen. If I could give it an extra star, I would
without reservation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very creative album April 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have enjoyed this album for 20+ years - I used to have the LP. It is a great album to just sit and listen to all the way through. This current CD copy is very high quality - very true to the original sound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good times are now. October 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's impossible to not love Roger Taylor. The blond haired, blue-eyed drummer with the impossible screams puts his Rod Stewart-like rasp to use on his debut solo album, Fun In Space. From the in-your-face My Country I & II to the fast paced Let's Get Crazy, Fun In Space showcases Taylor's talent, which wasn't always highlighted in Queen's extensive career. With brilliant percussion, lyrics and vocals, not to mention the futuristic use of synthesizers, this album is great from start to finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Solo Album By Any Queen Member On His Own March 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
An unrecognised masterpiece. The only album that captures the mood, atmosphere and sounds of that period in Cinema that was all 'Star Wars' and Spielberg productions. Focused, homogeneous but varied and each track is an absolute winner. I love it and I know that my childhood memories are safe and secure with this fantastic 'back to the future-ignitor'.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better then Brian not as good as Freddie December 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
All the Queen members had thier eccentricties, Brian had long hair through all the albums, John never sang lead vocals on his songs, Freddie grew a mustache and ultimatly a beard and Roger had blue eyes and blond hair and often songwritingwise went against the grain of the other Queen members compositions. It was because of this that most of his songs were not featured on Queens live albums, they were too distinctive and wierd. How else to explain songs like Drowse, Fight From The Inside and Calling all Girls. However while he wrote few songs with the group he wrote some of Queens best songs, Loser In The End, Im In Love With My Car, Radio GaGa, Modern Times Rock And Roll and Tenement Funster to name only a few. He was also the second best singer in the group next to Freddie a great drummer and the most talented musician in the band and he kept it up in his solo career making him a better artist then Brian May though not as good as the bands leader Freddie Mercury as Fun In Space cleverly showed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great days! September 9, 2010
By Mack
Format:Audio CD
I still remember the first time I heard this album...I was getting a lift into work (my first proper job) the week after it's release and my boss has the tape playing in the car. We were late because we had to detour so I could hear it all! Next payday I bought the LP. Years later I purchased the CD. It's still one of my fave albums. Not everyone will love it but it allowed Rog to free himself from the restrictions/feedback of contribution to the group. That is both it's strength and weakness. I absolutely loved it then and still do now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first solo effort by Roger Taylor May 22, 2010
By krm222
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For some reason, I put off purchasing this album for a while even though I've owned and enjoyed Roger's three other solo albums (Strange Frontier, Electric Fire, and Happiness?). I'm glad I finally went ahead and ordered it because this album is amazing!

Roger's songwriting tends to ebb and flow. He'll write something amazing like Pressure On (from Electric Fire) and then follow it up with something truly ridiculous (i.e. The Whisperers off the same album). Electric Fire, his most recent effort from 1998, is considered by many to be his strongest solo album as a whole, but I have to say I think Fun in Space is definitely a strong contender for the honor. The album includes some solid rock and roll tracks that we all expect from Roger, but also includes some real experimental stuff, showcasing his interest in branching out as a songwriter. Standout tracks include No Violins, Good Times Are Now, My Country I & II, and Future Management. The album contains several other strong tracks and no real duds (which is a huge accomplishment for Roger!)

Roger's always been the most eclectic of the songwriters in Queen so don't mistakenly think that this album (or any of his solo albums) are going to sound like Queen - they absolutely don't. However, Roger's got a great songwriting style (when he's on) and a voice strong enough that in any other band, he would have been the lead singer. If you're interested in his solo work, check out this album or Electric Fire first and you won't be disappointed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Taylor's 1st Solo Album
I purchased the LP when it came out in the 80's and have enjoyed it so much that I decided to get the CD when I was going through all my albums. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Drummer Solo Effort
I bought this album many years ago upon its release & enjoyed it tremendously. I just had to have it again for nostalgic reasons. Read more
Published 11 months ago by thehimiler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great days!
I still remember the first time I heard this album...I was getting a lift into work (my first proper job) the week after it's release and my boss has the tape playing in the car. Read more
Published on September 9, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I remember the first time I heard this album in the 80's and I was blown away with its creativity. Being an enormous Queen fan, I was happy to see Roger "Spread His Wings" a little... Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by J. Catena
3.0 out of 5 stars Roger's 1st solo album
Roger Taylor was the first member of Queen that worked on a solo project. The eighties marked the change on Queen musical style and this album is more oriented to the use of... Read more
Published on September 13, 2005 by Mack Mantilla
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album, but not a typical "Roger album"
I just got "Fun In Space" in the mail today. Roger's my favorite member of Queen, and to be honest, I was expecting a rock n' roll Roger type album, filled with multiple heavy hits... Read more
Published on January 18, 2005 by Ryan Coke
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: this isn't the solo debut of the OTHER Roger Taylor
As it turns out, it's the solo album by Queen's (not DuranDuran's) Roger Taylor. This alone is enough to give it one star. Read more
Published on December 15, 2004 by The Baddest Critic
2.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Dust Pile
As an avid Queen fan, I bought this album brand-spanking new when it came out. Even then I think I WANTED to like this album more than I actually did. Read more
Published on December 2, 2004 by Jeffrey Baker
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