From the late 1940s through the early '60s, the space race spawned a short-lived genre of "outer space exotica". Although the music on these records was often considerably less adventurous than the album covers promised, it's an fascinating mix of instrumental pop, electronic gadgetry, big band swing, movie music and garden variety elevator music. Here's a sampling of some memorable "space" records.

Adventures in Time and Space

 

Blast Off!

 

Music for Heavenly Bodies

 


Music Out of Century 21

 

Child's Intro to Outer Space

 

Music from Outer Space

 

Destination Moon

 

Impressions of Outer Space


Space Escapade

 


Exploring the Unknown

 

Fantastica

 

From Another World

 


Music from Another World

 

The Outer Space Suite

 

Music Out of the Moon

 


Music in Orbit

 

Trip to Mars

 

Randy Rayder

 


Music from Out of Space

 

Soundblast

 

Soundproof

 


Space Songs

 

Day the Earth Stood Still

Strings for a Space Age

 


Twilight Zone

 

Count Down

 

Things to Come

 


Exploring the Future

 

Trip to the Mars

 

 

Man in Space with Sounds

 


Other Worlds, Other Sounds

 

Forbidden Planet

 

Moon Gas

 


Music from Out of Space

 

Sounds in Space

 

By Rocket to the Moon

 


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