The song, recorded in 1996, was originally released in 1999 by Sundazed Records as a 7 inch vinyl single, along with another rare Spence recording from 1972, "All My Life (I Love You)".
The song is notable as an example of Spence's efforts in the latter part of his life to overcome his severe challenges. The song was commissioned for inclusion in the spinoff soundtrack to the X-Files, Songs in the Key of X, but was not used.
The song is included as a hidden track on More Oar: A Tribute to the Skip Spence Album, being a tribute album by Beck, Tom Waits, Mudhoney and others to Spence's only solo album, Oar, released in 1969. As described by Raoul Hernandez, "(i)t's Spence himself, who died at the age of 52...who saves the back end of More Oar with the mumbled, spacey, bongo madness of "Land of the Sun." A hidden bonus track deemed unworthy of 1996's X-Files spinoff, Songs in the Key of X, "Land of the Sun" brings More Oar full circle...(to) bookend an obscure chapter of rock & roll history that is finally becoming public record."
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