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Space Ritual

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The original classic is now digitally remastered with 3 bonus tracks and sounds even better than ever. This is simply one of those classic hard rock albums that can blow your speakers, so be very careful just how far you turn the volume up....

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Earth Calling
  2. Born To Go
  3. Down Through The Night
  4. The Awakening
  5. Lord Of Light
  6. Black Corridor
  7. Space Is Deep
  8. Electronic No.1
  9. Orgone Accumulator
  10. Upside Down
  11. 10 Seconds Of Forever
  12. Brainstorm

Disc: 2

  1. 7 By 7
  2. Sonic Attack
  3. Time We Left This World Today
  4. Master of The Universe
  5. Welcome To The Future
  6. You Shouldn't Do That
  7. Master Of The Universe
  8. Born To Go

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00005MCX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The speil I usually give to people who turn their nose up at me when I announce my rabid Hawkwind fandom (people, by the way, who've usually never even heard any of their music) is that Neil from "The Young Ones" TV show ruined Hawkwind for an entire generation. By lumping them in with lily-livered lightweights like Genesis and by tainting them with strong hippie associations, everyone assumes they're either horrendously indulgent prog-rock, or embarrassingly dated peace-&-love musings. Hawkwind never were either.
Hawkwind, at their peak, as on '73's live "Space Ritual" double LP, were an air-tight rock'n'roll demolition unit who combined the best of trancey psychedelia and buttocks-scorching rock'n'roll. If you have the remotist interest in Krautrock or the pre-Punk school of high-energy rock a la MC5/Stooges/Pink Fairies/Deviants, then you need this in your collection.
From Dik's crazy synth whoops and bleeps thru to the sublime sci-fi spoken-word babble right up to the apocalyptic "Orgone Accumulator" (almost 10 minutes of pure sonic fist-shaking bliss), this is an album for both rock'n'roll purists and avant-prog geeks alike (I fall somewhere between the two).
Whilst nothing can compare to the original vinyl version with its fancy fold-out cover, this CD version is almost as good as it contains bonus tracks and a very well put together booklet with new photos, graphics and liner notes. Unlike many other reissues, it's nice to know that someone at the label actually put some care into it.
If you must know, everyone from Jello Biafra to John Lydon has sung the praises of this set, so do the done thing and get on it.
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In the lead up to Christmas 1972 there was a massive disturbance in the force as the mighty Hawkwind had a freak hit single with their `Silver Machine ` reaching Number three in the singles chart. I am not saying that this exactly made Hawkwind into pop stars, but it certainly gave them access to a far wider audience.

`Silver Machine' was even more of a freak than it appears. For a start it was a live recording, which was almost unheard of in singles land, especially as it was nearly five minutes long (even if it had been heavily edited with Robert Calvert's vocals completely erased and replaced with the far more aggressive growl of Hawkwind's bass player Ian Kiliminster, known to all as Lemmy). The sight of the Hawkwind video being played next to the Nolan Sisters on Top of the Pops did bring a smile to the face, but imagine if they had let Lemmy into the same studio as the Sisters?

It's not as though Hawkwind had not already enjoyed success, as their first three albums had already charted in the U.K. `Hawkwind' (1970), `In Search of Space' (1971) (complete with fabulous foldout cover and Hawklog), and `Doremi Fasol Latido' (1972) which had a vaguely space concept.

But with the money generated by a hit single Hawkwind decided to take their Space Ritual on the road for a massive tour of the United Kingdom and surrounding planets. A road crew was brought in, the most impressive display of lights were acquired under the auspicious eye of Liquid Len accompanied by his crew of Lensmen, costumes were fashioned, famous English D.J.
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I came to this review a bit differently than most of the reviewers: I knew of them from right after the release of their 1st album through their US tours, saw their 1st US concert, etc. I first heard of them via the Melody Maker - "spacerock", etc. I might have even been the first US reviewer to write about them. I thought they'd sound like the Floyd. Their 1st album might lead you to expect that as well.

This album dispels that idea for good. These guys are heavy, heavy metal space travelers on a vastly different mission than Roger Waters and the boys. Just listening to the "get in tune, mates!" countdown in the beginning of "Born To Go" still gives me chills as Simon plays across all the tom tom tops. Lemmy (Rickenbacker stereo bass) and Simon King (a really BIG kit of drums) then lay down the thunder like never before. Lemmy actually more or less plays "lead" on most of this tune, and plays some fine bass solos. This CD (though overpriced - come on, guys!) is probably the most authentic record of what I believe to be the best Hawkwind band.

The reason why there are no breaks between songs is that is how a Hawkwind concert was - a song, some lines from sci-fi writer Michael Moorcock, another song, some synth from Del Dettmar or Dikmik, another was a revelation.

Unfortunately, they didn't fit into anybody's convenient pigeonholes then or now, and in an age of Peter Frampton and disco United Artists US pretty much let them drift away..but you can still have a piece of it, and a ferocious piece at that, on this disc. Listeners who heard the "1999 Party" live set beware: while it is without doubt the cleanest recording, this is the real concert sound.

There are a few problems with the CD version here, please note.
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