"Waterfalls In Space '79"


1979 first issue

Cassette-only release
Total time: 59:49

Side 1: (29:54)

1) Lighthouse - New Jerusalem
2) New Jerusalem - Crystal Island
3) unknown

Side 2: (29:55)

1) Indian Tracks
2) Improvisation
3) Lighthouse

Credits on cassette:



Tim Blake Studio Sessions
8. Waterfalls

Notes & details:

Tracks are not listed on cover (unlisted on 1982 reissue as well).

- Lighthouse - New Jerusalem: "Lighthouse" into "New Jerusalem" seamlessly.
Jerusalem - Crystal Island: "New Jerusalem" into "Crystal Island" seamlessly; "Eat That Phonebook" quote.
- unknown:
blues harmonica & vocal impro. Longer on this 1st issue (3 min.), cut to 1 m. on Ottersongs reissue.
- Indian Tracks: quotes from Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Lotus Feet" (confirmed by Tim) and S. Hillage's "Aftaglid".

- There is a bit sounding like a quote from Frank Zappa's "New Brown Clouds" (a theme from "Greggary Peccary").
- Lighthouse: reprise. Slightly longer than on the Ottersongs reissue. Ends abruptly as tape runs out.


Tim Blake
Jean Philippe Rykiel

Note: Recorded in 1978. Rehearsals for Japanese tour.

Waterfalls In Space was originally released by GAS in 1979 appearing for sale on Essential Gas 1979 list.
It was issued without Tim Blake's approval ("Waterfalls was a Pirate, I stopped it , but will probably bring out a Cd from the Digital version J-P has..." Tim Blake - from a personal email - dec. 2005).

This first issue - as other early GAS tapes - had no card cover, the cassette was housed in a plastic box which carried a handwritten sticker on the spine reading "Tim Blake Studi sessions - 8. Waterfalls".
Early GAS cassettes had blue or purple (as in this case) labels with bubbles, moon and planets and handwritten titles and catalogue number. Above are scans of my copy.

Waterfalls In Space was reissued in 1982 by Ottersongs.
These recordings are not available on any other official release.

This 1979 first issue actually sounds better than Ottersongs reissue, maybe the later one was sourced from a cassette tape rather than from a master ?!?

From the Planet Gong Forum:

The first g.a.s releases of waterfalls have a purple & white label with bubbles and moons and stuff and the inscription "tim blake & jean phillipe - Waterfalls in space '79" written on it. i remember buying my copy from the g.a.s stall at the glastonbury festival in 1979 and still have it in my collection. Starcruiser (steve)

Calyx website has this info:

A fellow keyboardist, Rykiel also accompanied Blake for some of the continental performances that did eventually occur in Japan, France and Spain. This particular project, though, seems to have found Blake feeling himself and his style of music to be more and more at odds with the music business. Rykiel also recorded the album Waterfalls In Space with Blake, which has appeared only through the GAS network, and which was probably put together before the tours of Japan and Spain. It is described as a 'studio jam'.

Hawk Hawkwind site:

Following the recordings, Tim Blake, Jean Philippe Rykiel and Patrice Warener began rehearsals for the forthcoming tours. It was during these rehearsals that another set of recordings known as "Waterfalls In Space" were recorded.

You can download "Waterfalls In Space" from Tim Blake's official website.

Waterfalls in Space '78

"At Last the First extract ( 20 minutes) from the Legendary 'pirate' K7 tape , Waterfalls in Space.
The tape features Tim & Jean-Phillipe improvising madly, during rehersals for the Japan New Jerusalem Tour."

Cassette sticker on spine of tape box




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