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Space oddity: song rejected by Kubrick for 2001 released after 52 years

Stanley Kubrick asked a young publicist to write a track for his movie, but didn’t use it. Now we can all hear it

Stanley Kubrick’s enigmatic film 2001: A Space Odyssey has posed a puzzle from the first. The unsettling story of a manned space journey to Jupiter, it continues to intrigue audiences 50 years after its release.

But now, thanks to a small British record label, a “lost” original song, commissioned especially for the film but never used, is winning admiration from fans for the way it catches the flavour of a cinematic one-off.

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