Moon Safari

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This article is about the Air album. For the band of the same name, see Moon Safari (band).
Moon Safari
Moonsafari.air.albumcover.jpg
Studio album by Air
Released 16 January 1998 (1998-01-16)
Recorded April – June 1997
Studio Around the Golf and Studio Gang in Paris; strings recorded at
Abbey Road in London; mixed at
Studio Plus XXX in Paris; mastered at the Exchange in Camden
Genre Downtempo[1]
Length 43:35
Label Virgin, Caroline, Parlophone, Astralwerks
Producer Air
Air chronology
Premiers Symptômes
(1997)
Moon Safari
(1998)
The Virgin Suicides
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
NME 8/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[9]
Spin 7/10[10]
The Village Voice A−[11]

Moon Safari is the debut studio album by French electronic music duo Air, released on 16 January 1998. On 14 April 2008, Virgin Records re-released Moon Safari to mark the album's tenth anniversary. The limited edition album came with a bound book, a DVD documentary about the duo, and an extra CD with live performances and remixes. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #93 on their Best Album of the Nineties list,[12] while the French edition named this album #65 on their list of the 100 Greatest French rock albums.[13] Moon Safari set the stage for the budding downtempo music style and, according to Nielsen SoundScan, had sold 364,000 copies by 2009.

Legacy[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs written and composed by Air, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) English translation Length
1. "La femme d'argent"     The Silver Woman/The Money Girl 7:10
2. "Sexy Boy"       4:57
3. "All I Need"   lyrics by Beth Hirsch   4:28
4. "Kelly, Watch the Stars"       3:44
5. "Talisman"       4:16
6. "Remember"   co-written with Jean-Jacques Perrey   2:34
7. "You Make It Easy"   lyrics by Hirsch   4:00
8. "Ce matin là"   co-written with Patrick Woodcock That Morning 3:38
9. "New Star in the Sky (Chanson pour Solal)"     Song for Solal 5:38
10. "Le voyage de Pénélope"     Penelope's Voyage 3:10
Notes

10th anniversary rerelease (2008)[edit]

Bonus Disc[15]
No. Title English translation Length
1. "Remember" (David Whitaker Version)   2:25
2. "Kelly Watch the Stars" (Live on the BBC, 1998)   2:44
3. "J'ai dormi sous l'eau" (Live on the BBC, 1998) I Slept Under Water 4:10
4. "Sexy Boy" (Live on the BBC, 1998)   3:10
5. "Kelly, Watch the Stars" (The Moog Cookbook Remix)   5:40
6. "Trente millions d'amis" (Live on KCRW radio, 1998) Thirty Million Friends 4:34
7. "You Make It Easy" (Live on KCRW, 1998)   4:45
8. "Bossa 96" (Demo)   4:44
9. "Kelly, Watch the Stars" (Demo)   3:46
10. "Sexy Boy" (Beck "Sex Kino Mix")   6:36
DVD
  • "Eating Sleeping Waiting & Playing" by Mike Mills.
  • Music videos for "Sexy Boy", "Kelly Watch the Stars", "All I Need", and "Le soleil est près de moi" (from the Premiers Symptômes EP).
  • Graphics and storyboards.

Personnel[edit]

  • Jean-Benoît Dunckel – keyboards, synths, organ, vocals, piano, pan pipes, hand claps, glockenspiel
  • Nicolas Godin – bass, synths, percussion, vocals, guitar, hand claps, harmonica, glockenspiel, piano, organ, pan pipes, drums
  • Beth Hirsch – vocals
  • Enfants square Burcq – vocals
  • Alf (a.k.a. Stephane Briat) – hand claps
  • Caroline L. – hand claps
  • Marlon – drums
  • Eric Regert – organ
  • David Whitaker – string arrangement, conducting
  • P. Woodcock – guitar, trombone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bush, John. "Moon Safari – Air". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Smith, Ethan (6 February 1998). "Moon Safari". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Air: Moon Safari". NME (IPC Media): 38. 17 January 1998. ...neo-symphonic bliss-outs for the next Generation Next. For the Jazz Club in space...a floaty, widescreen and spiritual music that updates The Beach Boys' instrumental odysseys... 
  6. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent. "Air: Moon Safari". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 20 November 2002. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Sheffield, Rob (7 January 1998). "Air: Moon Safari". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  9. ^ Schrodt, Paul (14 April 2008). "Air: Moon Safari". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Salamon, Jeff (February 1998). "Bugs: Infinite Syndrome / Air: Moon Safari". Spin 14 (2): 108. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (23 February 1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Air, 'Moon Safari' - 100 Best Albums of the Nineties". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  13. ^ Magazine Rolling Stone, n°18 of February 2010, ISSN 1764-1071
  14. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
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