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After a career lasting an era-defying two decades, 30 million albums sales and over 20 hit singles; a shelf-full of awards, including five MTV gongs, an Ivor Novello and a Grammy to name a few, it’s fair to say that Jay Kay, the charismatic quick stepping Londoner professionally known as Jamiroquai, is one of the UK’s greatest musical exports of the last 20 ... Read more in Amazon's Jamiroquai Store

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  • Vinyl (March 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Music on Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Best selling sophomore albums are one of the music industry's rarest gems. One example of such a gem is Jamiroquai's second album Return Of The Space Cowboy. Improving on their infectious blend of funky R&B and Acid Jazz, Jamiroquai delivered Return Of The Space Cowboy in 1994, hitting the charts with a vengeance and amassing global recognition as THE leading Pop Funk band. Incredibly groovy and tight, Jamiroquai expanded their compositions into the realms of Jazz and this was accompanied by a positive but critical message regarding human rights and environmental issues. The hits ''Space Cowboy'' and ''Light Years'' propelled Return Of The Space Cowboy into all-time favourite status among alternative Pop lovers all over the world. Now with enhanced, remastered audio. 180 gram audiophile vinyl Insert Printed inner sleeves Gatefold sleeve Remastered audio Tracklisting: Side A 1. Just Another Story 2. Stillness In Time Side B 1. Half The Man 2. Light Years 3. Manifest Destiny Side C 1. The Kids 2. Mr Moon 3. Scam Side D 1. Journey To Arnhemland 2. Morning Glory 3. Space Cowboy

Customer Reviews

This is the best of Jamiroquai's 5 albums, by far.
This album is more focused on the band behind Jay Kay, with Stuart Zender and Derrick McKenzie as a toally awesome rhythm-section.
If you love a good band sound, this is the group to listen to.
Tasheka Griffin

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Donovan Juan on February 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
While there new work may seem to have more in common with albums like Michael Jackson's Off The Wall, there was a time when Jamiroquai was more closely related to Stevie Wonder and Sly and The Family Stone with their ever-retro funk.
This was Jamiroquai as they were originally concieved as; a band. Today, it would be a fairly reasonable mistake to believe that Jay Kay was Jamiroquai.
This album includes long, funky jams where Jay Kay's Stevie Wonder-ish vocals (though I must admit it is not THAT close to get confused) and socially conscious lyrics bring us back to the glory days of R & B music (circa 1972). The album is a whole lot more raw than, say "Synkronized" and it really shows how crucial Stuart Zender's basslines were to the group's sound. This album features a lot more interplay between the band members than any other album (except perhaps "Emergency On Planet Earth").
What is striking is that the album is so retro that even the sound quality is muddled and flat! This was obviously the vision they had for the group. This album is like early Earth, Wind and Fire and "Funk Odyssey" is like their Disco influenced later 70s work. basically, this is Jamiroquai when funk was still young and raw; before disco smoothed everything out. This album's harder sound is probably less appealing to a mass audience than the highly produced style they have now, but for fans of acid jazz or funk, this is the album for you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By portapeeps on November 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are so many reviews here that I don't feel one can add much more to the opinion of musicality on this project. However, I will say this - every bassist needs this album. It should be one of 10 absolutely necessary albums that every electric bass player should own. Bassist Stuart Zender joined this band as a young teenager, but it's no surprise that he was immediately praised by already famous bassists in the industry through every magazine! The groove, feel, and maturity on this album is really amazing (especially for such a young player) so explore it. Learn from it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Domres on March 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
After 1994, acid jazz started to lose mass popularity and soon sank down like a Titanic to the bottom of the sea. But if there was just one band that made an effort to develop the genre, it was Jamiroquai with their second album Return Of The Space Cowboy. They took the influences from vintage funk, jazz, soul and latin music that made most of their debut, Emergency On Planet Earth, and took them to another level of musical language. Open-minded and passionate musicians, they didn't limit themselves to any boundaries of the genre. Unlike Emergency, this album doesn't sound like anything you've heard before. My personal favourite, "Stilness In Time" is a breezy latin number, with a catchy chorus that you will probably sing all day long after listening to it in the morning. On "Half The Man" the band tried to experiment with unusial sounds, blending weird synthesizer, panoramic Rhodes piano, organ, acoustic guitar, latin percussion and Jay's blues-inflected vocals. Manifest Destiny is a beautiful slow-tempo number with the main melody played on a bass guitar. "The Kids" is a thrash-funk, which features some first-rate turntable workout, while "Morning Glory" is a meditative jazzy number with a long trumpet solo, which reminds of Miles Davis. The infamous didgeridoo turns up on just one track, the dark instrumental "Journey To Arnhemland." The first single and now classic "Space Cowboy" (a song about getting high with the help of marijuana) serves as a perfect conclusion of the album, leaving an unconquerable desire to listen to it one more time.
Long story short, this is a unique album made with a perfect taste and impressive technical performance. The album's only drawback is weak production, but still the music is the best they've ever done. If you think that Jamiroquai are just a disco-funk band, try this and you'll find out they are (or were) much more interesting and innovative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Malinda on October 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
What can I say about this album to make you buy it? This is the best of Jamiroquai's 5 albums, by far. From the ever so cool title track, to the funky Light Years, this album will complete your music collection.
My favorite tunes? Try Stillness in Time, Manifest Destiny or Mr. Moon, but they're all great. To top it all off, this is when Jamiroquai still put messages in their music. Stillness in Time is about being happy and content with your life. Manifest Destiny is about that exactly. Space Cowboy is about their favorite mind altering past-time.
Whenever I have a doubt of what CD to put into my record player, this is my default CD because no matter what mood I am in, or where I am, this CD always seems to ground me and put me in a state of mind that I would always love to be in. This is the ultimate Jamiroquai CD, a good starting point for those who are curious about this revolutionary British band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on November 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is so good!
It's a shame it was virtually slept upon here in the states!
But back in 1994, while over in the U.K., I went to see
the Brand New Heavies featuring N'dea Davenport
(another fave of mine from that era!)and a freind
told me that if I loved them, I was sure to love this almost new group at the time..Jamiroquai.

Well, we went to catch them in concert as well and WOW!
I was hooked by their sound, style and Jay-Kay's vocalizations.
Now I don't agree or understand about the comparisons that
some make between Jay and Stevie Wonder, because they
sound nothing alike, but I guess because the Jamiroquai
sound was so retro with the heavy fender rhodes, clavinet,
arp, moog & oberheim synths, etc. (circa 1970's)
that some had to make the comparison
to categorize what they were hearing!---
This album is the first Jamiroquai album that
I bought and it's great from start to finish!
"Space Cowboy", "Stillness In Time", "Half The Man",
"Manifest Destiny" "Journey To Arnhemland" & "Morning Glory"
all still stand the test of time!
Stuart Zender is an absolutely incredible bassist!
It's like the late Bernard Edwards of CHIC, Verdine White of E,W&F
and Larry Graham of Sly & The Family Stone / Graham Central Station
morphed and merged into the body of a young white kid!
Then, I went back and bought their debut
"Emergency On Planet Earth", which I also love, and then
of course, there is "Traveling Without Moving" which gave
them their crossover hit "Virtual Insanity" and finally got
them love here in the states outside the small but
loyal ultra-hip fan base they have here!
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