Space Jazz

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Space Jazz
Space Jazz L. Ron Hubbard.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedDecember 23, 1982[1]
GenreConcept album
LabelApplause Records
ProducerGolden Era Musicians
L. Ron Hubbard chronology
Space Jazz
The Road to Freedom
Battlefield Earth
Album Cover from 1984 Re-Issue
Album Cover from 1984 Re-Issue

Space Jazz: The soundtrack of the book Battlefield Earth is a music album and soundtrack companion to the novel Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, released in 1982.[1] Hubbard composed the music for the album.[2]


The album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1982 and released by Applause Records.[3] A 1983 press release put out by the Church of Spiritual Technology subsidiary company Author Services Inc. marketed the concept album as "the only original sound track ever produced for a book before it becomes a movie".[4] The album includes performances by prominent musicians Chick Corea (keyboards), Stanley Clarke (bass), Nicky Hopkins (keyboards) and Gayle Moran (keyboards/vocals).[3][5][6] Hopkins was known for his work in rock and roll, the others mainly as jazz musicians; all were, at the time, associated with Scientology. The album features extensive use of the Fairlight CMI synthesizer.[5] A demonstration of the "computer space jazz" soundtrack was one of the festival displays at the 1982 US Festival rock concert in California.[7]

L. Ron Hubbard's son Ronald DeWolf filed a probate case in November 1982, after his father had not made any public appearances since 1980, requesting to be appointed trustee of Hubbard's estate on the grounds that his father was missing or dead.[8] In 1983, attorneys representing Hubbard produced a letter in Hubbard's handwriting and with his fingerprints, in which he wrote that he had not had a leadership role in the Church of Scientology for "nearly 17 years", and mentioned his new novel Battlefield Earth, his recently released album Space Jazz, and 10-volume novel Mission Earth.[9] "I am actively writing, having published Battlefield Earth, and my Space Jazz album; a projected ten-volume work, Mission Earth, is in the pre-publication stage at the moment", said Hubbard's statement.[8] In conjunction with the release of Hubbard's letter, Church of Scientology President Heber Jentzsch told the press that Hubbard had produced Space Jazz around December 1982, and wrote the majority of songs and lyrics for the computer-based music on the album.[10]

In 1984, the LP was retitled to Battlefield Earth.[5] According to a 1987 statement from Norman F. Starkey, the executor of Hubbard's estate, the copyright to Hubbard's works passed to the Church of Scientology after his death.[11] In addition to copyright of Space Jazz, other copyrighted music titles by Hubbard included "Tarzan", "The Black Cape" and "Snake Head".[11]


A 1983 review of the work for Stereo Review commented that the wording used in the jacket copy of the album was "hyperbolic".[12] In a 2003 review for Locus Online, Jeff Berkwits noted: "The eclectic 1982 album is reportedly the first soundtrack ever written for a book, and highlights performances from jazz greats Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke".[5] A copy of Space Jazz was given out to the first prize recipient in the 2006 Worst Record competition by the New Jersey newspaper the Hunterdon Democrat.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Space Jazz

All music composed by Rick Cruzen and Tamia Arbuckle, under the direction of L. Ron Hubbard.

Side 1
1."Golden era of Sci Fi"3:27
2."Funeral for a Planet"3:35
3."March of the Psychlos"3:14
4."Terl, The Security Director"3:20
7."The Mining Song"3:12
Side 2
1."The Drone"3:06
2."Mankind Unites"2:59
3."Alien Visitors Attack"3:38
4."The Banker"3:19
5."Declaration of Peace"4:24
6."Earth, My Beautiful Home"3:17


Production personnel
  • All arrangements and orchestrations by - Rick Cruzen and Tamia Arbuckle
  • Under the direction of - L. Ron Hubbard
  • Recorded and mixed at - Mad Hatter Recording Studios in Los Angeles
  • Produced by - Golden Era Musicians
  • Engineered by - Bernie Kirsk
  • Technician - Gary Lew
  • Assistant Engineer - Eric Westfall
  • Mixed by - Rick Cruzen

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b United States Copyright Office. Type of Work: Visual Material, Registration Number / Date: VA0000332218 / 1988-12-05, Application Title: Space jazz album cover., Title: Space jazz : the soundtrack of the book Battlefield Earth., Description: commercial print : record jacket., Copyright Claimant: Norman F. Starkey, as executor of the Estate of L. Ron Hubbard, Date of Creation: 1972, Date of Publication: 1982-12-23, Authorship on Application: Church of Scientology of California, employer for hire.
  2. ^ a b Garchik, Leah (2006-03-17). "Leah Garchik (Daily Datebook)". San Francisco Chronicle. The Chronicle Publishing Co. p. E16.
  3. ^ a b Lord, Tom (October 1982). The Jazz Discography. Cadence Jazz Books. ISBN 1-881993-02-7. Entry: H82-48 - Space Jazz.
  4. ^ Author Services Inc. (Press release) (1983-01-26). "PR Newswire, January 26, 1983". PR Newswire. PR Newswire Association, Inc.
  5. ^ a b c d Berkwits, Jeff (September 13, 2003). "Singing the Body Electric: Science Fiction Writers and Their Music". Locus Online. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  6. ^ Rusch, Bob (1985). "Battlefield Earth". Cadence Magazine. 11: 23.
  7. ^ Wilson, Jeff (1982-09-04). "You couldn't have put this on in the Sixties...". United Press International.
  8. ^ a b Lamont, Stewart (June 1986). Religion Inc. Harrap. pp. 153–155. ISBN 0-245-54334-1.
  9. ^ Mathews, Jay (1983-03-07). "Sect's Missing Founder Leaves Legal Morass". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. p. A2.
  10. ^ Arnold, Jay (1983-02-10). "Church Repeats Contention That Hubbard Still Alive". Associated Press.
  11. ^ a b Associated Press (1987-04-16). "L. Ron Hubbard Left $26 Million Estate". Daily News of Los Angeles. p. 17.
  12. ^ Stereo Review staff (1983). "Space Jazz". Stereo Review. 48: 76.

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