Talk about a vinyl reissue that’s out of this world! 40 years ago, NASA launched the Voyager 1 space probe, which has since become the farthest-traveled object ever sent into outer space by mankind. The spacecraft famously included a gold-plated disc with both audio and visual components in hopes of communicating with an alien life form in need of some playlist ideas. The original album contained a wide range of audio files, which makes sense considering it was meant to represent the entire human race. Now interstellar vinyl fans and collectors will get the chance to own the Voyager Golden Record, as a new label by the name of Ozma Records is reissuing the LP to the public for the first time ever.
As the Washington Post reports, an independent distributor by the name of Light In The Attic is selling the updated version of the record on both CD and vinyl, following a $1.4 million Kickstarter campaign that was launched last fall by Ozama. Both purchase options will come with a 96-page, full-color hardcover book. In addition to the music, the package will include all of the original audio content which has been remastered from its analog tapes. The two CD or three LP package will also include photos captured from the Voyager’s four decade journey in addition to an essay penned by science journalist Timothy Ferris, who produced the actual Voyager Record back in the 1970s.
Some of the artists and recordings which most American audiences will recognize on the album include Chuck Berry’s iconic “Johnny B. Goode,” Louis Armstrong’s “Melancholy Blues” and gospel blues singer Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground,” which can be heard above. Other tracks include musical pieces from a handful of international orchestras, artists and ensembles, in addition to non-music recordings such as “Greetings in 55 languages,” “Whale Songs” and “Sounds of Earth.”
Anyone who purchases the album on vinyl should expect their package to ship out starting February of next year.
“This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings,” then U.S. President Jimmy Carter said about the Voyager’s musical cargo in his original statement. “We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations.”
The original record was made from copper and coated with gold to protect its functioning ability from the radiation found in space. The new reissue will unfortunately not include any gold. Fans and potential buyers can learn more about the reissue by clicking here.
We're honored to be distributing one of the coolest releases of the past century: The Voyager Golden Record. For the first time on Earth! From @ozmarecords. . . In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. Attached to each of these probes is a beautiful golden record containing a message for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter it, perhaps billions of years from now. This enchanting artifact, officially called the Voyager Interstellar Record, may be the last vestige of our civilization after we are gone forever. . . Full details & preorder at 🔗 in bio. 🚨🚨 CLARIFICATION: Hey guys, apologies for the confusion. On pre sale now is the CD/book version. The LP version will be available to order mid-January and out Feb 16th.