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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. Hubbard composed the music for the album.


The album was recorded in Los Angelesmarker in 1982 and released by Applause Records. 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". The album includes performances by Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Nicky Hopkins and Gayle Moran. The album included music from the Fairlight CMI synthesizer; it was one of the first professional uses of this device.

A demonstration of the "computer space jazz" soundtrack was one of the festival displays at the 1982 US Festival rock concert in Californiamarker.

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. 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. "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. 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.

In 1984, the LP was retitled to just Battlefield Earth.

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. In addition to copyright of Space Jazz, other copyrighted music titles by Hubbard included "Tarzan," "The Black Cape," and "Snake Head".

A copy of Space Jazz was given out to the first prize recipient in the 2006 Worst Record competition by the New Jerseymarker newspaper the Hunterdon Democrat.


A 1983 review of the work for Stereo Review commented that the wording used in the jacket copy of the album was "hyperbolic".

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".

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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


  1. 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.

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