Travelling Without Moving

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Travelling Without Moving
Studio album by Jamiroquai
Released 9 September 1996 (1996-09-09) (UK)
19 November 1996 (1996-11-19) (Canada)
14 January 1997 (1997-01-14) (US)
Recorded February–September 1996
Genre Funk, acid jazz, R&B, pop, rock, dance, electronic, disco, reggae, jungle
Length 67:22
Label Sony Soho Square (UK)
Columbia (Canada)
Work (US)
Producer Jason Kay, Al Stone
Jamiroquai chronology
Jay's Selection
(1996)
Travelling Without Moving
(1996)
In Store Jam
(1997)
Singles from Travelling Without Moving
  1. "Do You Know Where You're Coming From?"
    Released: 14 February 1996
  2. "Virtual Insanity"
    Released: 19 August 1996
  3. "Cosmic Girl"
    Released: 25 November 1996
  4. "Alright"
    Released: 28 April 1997
  5. "High Times"
    Released: 1 December 1997

Travelling Without Moving is the third studio album released by British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai, released on 9 September 1996 on Sony Soho Square in the United Kingdom, 19 November 1996 on Columbia Records in Canada and 14 January 1997 on Work Group in the United States. The album features the international hit single "Virtual Insanity". The album has a more diverse sound than previous albums, with more instrumental tracks, a greater influence and evident in songs, such as "Alright", which mixed new synthetic sounds with shades of jazz-funk. It also entered the Guinness World Records as the best-selling funk album of all time.

Background[edit]

Just before the release of the album, many newspapers had reported that Jay Kay's love of sportscars had reached a peak, as and such was reflected by the Ferrari-esque logo adorning the album cover and engine noises on the title track. This led some to accuse him of selling out on the environmentalist message of his previous albums. The title track, "Travelling Without Moving" appropriately introduces a new high-octane sound which features strongly in later albums. This is also the last album with bassist Stuart Zender. The RIAA certified Travelling Without Moving Platinum on 3 November 1997, denoting 1 million shipments in the United States - this is the only RIAA certification the band has ever obtained. The name of the album seems to be a reference to the film Dune, which includes the line "Travelling without moving" in its intro sequence.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+ [2]
Q 4/5 stars

Q magazine gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, claiming, "Tighter and more compact in its production that the epic funk arrangements of...The Return of the Space Cowboy....no-one with ears can deny Jason Kay's musicality--he's an extraordinary singer, and proves it here." The Source also gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, claiming, "Travelling is essentially about the metaphysics of having a good time....Jamiroquai have a thousand musical tricks up their sleeves; edgy horns laced with jazz intricacies, energetic bass lines and disco rhythms." The sales of Travelling Without Moving are estimated to about 11.5 million units sold worldwide. The large number of copies sold was helped by the success of "Virtual Insanity", which won a Grammy Award and 4 MTV Awards. The album went 3× Platinum album in the United Kingdom, and was certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States. With the success of Travelling Without Moving, Jamiroquai's popularity had increased considerably and influenced fans to listen to past releases. "Virtual Insanity" became one of the first songs by Jamiroquai to reach America, and subsequently made Jamiroquai a household name there.

Song information[edit]

"Virtual Insanity" is a playable song on the karaoke game for Xbox 360, "Lips". "Cosmic Girl" appears in the European version of the GameCube game Donkey Konga, as well as the Wii game Just Dance 2 (video game). "Cosmic Girl" was also used in the 2000 film Center Stage. "Use The Force" was used in the 1998 film Sliding Doors. "Travelling Without Moving" is used in the introduction video to the PlayStation game Speed Freaks. References to popular science fiction and space travel concepts are found in the album's title and several songs, e.g. in the film Dune, the technique used by the Guild Navigators to fold space is referred to as "Travelling Without Moving". "Cosmic Girl" contains references to Star Trek, Barbarella, hyperspace, transporters, and "close encounters". "Alright" contains references to Islands in the Sky and "Use The Force" contains references to Star Wars.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Virtual Insanity"   Jay Kay, Toby Smith 5:40
2. "Cosmic Girl"   Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie 4:03
3. "Use the Force"   Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Derrick McKenzie, Sola Akingbola 4:00
4. "Everyday"   Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Stuart Zender 4:28
5. "Alright"   Jay Kay, Toby Smith 4:25
6. "High Times"   Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Stuart Zender, Derrick McKenzie 5:58
7. "Drifting Along"   Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie, Simon Katz, Stuart Zender 4:06
8. "Didjerama"   Jay Kay, Wallis Buchanan, Derrick McKenzie 3:50
9. "Didjital Vibrations"   Jay Kay, Wallis Buchanan, Stuart Zender 5:49
10. "Travelling Without Moving"   Jay Kay 3:40
11. "You Are My Love"   Jay Kay 3:55
12. "Spend a Lifetime"   Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Stuart Zender 4:14
13. "Do You Know Where You're Coming From?" (featuring M-Beat, Bonus Track) Jay Kay, Toby Smith, M-Beat 4:56
14. "Funktion" (Hidden Track) Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Stuart Zender 8:27
Total length:
1:07:07
Australian Bonus Disc: "Alright" Remixes EP[3]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Alright" (Radio Mix) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
2. "Alright" (Tee's Radio Jay) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
3. "Alright" (Tee's In House Mix) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
4. "Alright" (DJ Version Excursion) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
5. "Alright" (Tee's Digital Club) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
6. "Alright" (D&C Human Mix) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
7. "Alright" (D&C Electro Groove Mix) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
Australian Bonus Remix Disc[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Virtual Insanity" (Single Edit) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
2. "Virtual Insanity" (Unreality Mix) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
3. "High Times" (Sanchez Radio Edit) Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Stuart Zender, Derrick McKenzie  
4. "Space Cowboy" (Classic Club) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
5. "Alright" (Tee's In House Mix) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
6. "Cosmic Girl" (Classic Mix) Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie  
American Edition Bonus Disc: "Cosmic Girl" Remixes EP
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Cosmic Girl" (US Radio Mix) Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie  
2. "Cosmic Girl" (Quasar Mix) Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie  
3. "Cosmic Girl" (Classic Mix) Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie  
4. "Cosmic Girl" (Cosmic Dub) Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie  
Japanese 20th Anniversary Reissue Bonus Disc[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Virtual Insanity" (Salaam Remi Remix) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
2. "Cosmic Girl" (Quasar Mix) Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie  
3. "Alright" (Alan Braxe and Fred Falke Remix) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
4. "High Times" (Sanchez Radio Edit) Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Stuart Zender, Derrick McKenzie  
5. "Do You Know Where You're Coming From?" (Extended Mix) Jay Kay, Toby Smith, M-Beat  
6. "Bullet"   Jay Kay, Wallis Buchanan  
7. "Slipin' N' Slidin'"   Jay Kay, Wallis Buchanan  
8. "Hollywood Swinging" (Live on the Chicago Riviera) Robert Bell  
9. "Virtual Insanity" (Live at the Verona Amphitheatre) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  
10. "Alright" (Live at the Verona Amphitheatre) Jay Kay, Toby Smith  

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[6] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[7] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[8] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[9] 2× Platinum 619,100[10]
Germany (BVMI)[11] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[12] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[13] 3× Platinum 600,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[14] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[15] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[16] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[19] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

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