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The Perfect Prescription

Spacemen 3Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Taang Records
  • ASIN: B000000EU8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Take Me To The Other Side
2. Walkin' With Jesus
3. Ode To Street Hassle
4. Ecstasy Symphony
5. Transparent Radiation (Flashback)
6. Feel So Good
7. Things'll Never Be The Same
8. Come Down Easy
9. Call The Doctor
10. Soul 1
11. That's Just Fine
12. Starship
13. Ecstasy

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Never shy about letting listeners in on their biggest influences--a later Spacemen disc was titled Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To--this British trio crafted some of the most genuinely psychedelic music of the '80s and '90s before splitting into Spiritualized and Spectrum/EAR. The Perfect Prescription should appeal to fans of the former band, with its dazzlingly layered treatment of songs that, when pinned down for analysis, actually prove to be pop in its most majestic sense. The constantly oscillating guitars of Jason Pierce and Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember, seldom shackled to anything as pedestrian as a standard beat, are unparalleled in their ability to take listeners on a journey to the center of the mind. Devotees of the earlier psychedelic era should note the presence of an extended, demented cover of the Red Krayola's "Transparent Radiation." --David Sprague

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buzzy Buzzy Buzzy and more Buzzy June 26, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Do you like long periods of sustained feedback? Do you like a heady drone? Do you like to enhance your high? Do you like Jesus? Do you want to know what heroin is like without taking it? Yep their that good!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Introduction? June 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Apart from the Revolution 12" this was my real introduction to Spacemen 3. Some of my friends thought it/I was weird - but I didn't care. What a record. The cover of 'Transparent Radiation' must be one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded. 'Take me to the Other Side' is pure rock'n'roll energy and excitement. 'Ode to Street Hassle' (their tribute to Lou Reed) is appealing in its catchiness - but it is no pop tune.
This is a heavily drug influenced record - "In 1986, all I want to do is get stoned. All I want for you to do is get yourself a little higher." What more needs to be said?
Take this gem to the counter of your local record store and say its been prescribed to you - I guarantee you'll enjoy it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect mix of Spacemen 3 material July 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The current version available in the U.S. is the Taang! version with added tracks. I own the earlier Genius version, but then it doesn't really matter. Showers of pure noise (Take Me to the Other Side) hold hands with quiet symphonic masterieces (Walkin With Jesus). Ecstasy Symphony/Transparent Radiation is a dreamy space song in the finest sense. The centerpiece is the 17:00 minute version of Rolercoster which is what the title says it is. From the era when Sonic and Jason still worked together, and what a document it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gee, I wonder what that perfect prescription could be... September 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
That an album could contain both the elegant, droning psychedelia of "Walkin' With Jesus" and the aggressive and vitriolic grind of "Things'll Never Be the Same" is a testament to the force and range of Spacemen 3. Starts out frenetic with "Take Me to the Other Side" (which contains a piece of a riff lifted from AC/DC of all bands!) before settling into an extended hypnotic and dreamy phase propelled by "Transparent Radiation" and the "Jesus" track, as well as a few others. Then the mood is flipped over, going from on-the-back relaxing to on-the-belly punishment as "Things'll Never Be the Same" turns sinister and violent. What once was the sound of acid becomes the noise of heroin (quite literally, as "Things" makes intentionally unsubtle references to spiking).

The whole thing is clearly influenced by 60s pop and the drug culture of the very same era. "Come Down Easy" especially sounds like a cover from the time (if not for the lyrics containing the year of 1987). Most fans consider this their masterpiece (but Playing With Fire, being both artier and heavier, is the superior effort). Although they clearly owe a tremendous debt to Velvet Underground (fans of them should love this), they were already starting to craft their own personal sound. Later reissues would add various singles from the era, which are good, but best separated from the album as only singles.

Best cuts: "Walkin' With Jesus," "Come Down Easy," "Things'll Never Be the Same," "Ecstasy Symphony/Transparent Radiation (Flashback)," "Take Me to the Other Side," "Feel So Good"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A seminal album ruined by poor re-pressing June 16, 2010
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Perfect Prescription was the soundtrack for my late adolescents. My original vinyl copy of the album is well worn and I regularly listen to it on CD too.

I was excited, therefore, to see the re-release especially on 180 gram vinyl with the implications being that it would be of great audio quality. Unfortunately the release, or at least my copy of it, is a very poor quality pressing. The pressing mutes the extremes of the original so sounds are murky and congealed. Worse still the drone quality of Spacemen 3 with this production loses its nuances and becomes clumsy and repetitive. Most disappointing. Also little thought has gone into the packaging for the album. The card of the sleeve is great quality but the inner sleeve is generic white. There is a one page insert with some naff hyperbole by R Hunter Gibson on one side and a good shot of the band on the other. Hardly stuff to excite collectors or new explorers.

I strongly recommend the album but not in this format. For those who have not heard it before, it proceeds on the narrative arc of using heroin with songs of bliss and euphoria and others of the grind and grimness of addiction. It has a brutal honesty and a residual menace.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for Everyone July 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I will not go on about how brilliant this album is, or that any one who is into Brit-pop, Indie, shoegaze, what-have-you, ought to get Perfect Perscrition. Truth be told, it is more or less an inaccessible album that neither features noteworthy musicianship nor lyrics. But, that is not to say that it is not good and quite appealing to a minor contingent of people, myself included. Yes, it is drony. Yes, it is repetitive. And yes, the lyrics are a bit hokey, waxing everything from religious fervor to indulgent drug banter. Yet there remains something immensely appealing about Perfect Perscription, hence its near cult status. In some ways Perfect Perscription might even be the quintessential Spacemen Three album.
Featuring everything from blues to gospel, to quiet ruminations about addiction, and to halucinatory space rock (the only description I can conjure to describe what is in all liklihood the best track and worth the money - Ecstacy Symphony), Perfect Perscription runs the gammut of musical styles while staying well within the confines of the more basic genre of go-lightly indie guitar rock and certainly the more specific Spacemen 3 brand of minimalism.
Perfect Perscription is not pop, but nor is it necessarily experimental. The songs range in length from the standard three to four minutes to the ten minute Ecstacy Symphony and even the seventeen (yes, seventeen!) minute Rollercoaster, making it somewhat reminiscent of the early days of ambient techno like the orb for example. And indeed it is easy to treat Perfect Perscription in similar fashion, keeping it as background rather than as something that one intends to carefully decifer or examine. Hence, the persnickety musician will be a bit disheartened to hear simplistic guitar work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
Full spectrum music from the Spacemen, a bit of everything, all well done. Hard and soft rock, pure guitar, and some tracks with accompaniment.
Published 4 months ago by Paul Bates
1.0 out of 5 stars Mostly half-baked covers
I had this on cassette a long time ago and sorta liked it, but Red Krayola did Transparent Radiation first....many moons before Spacemen 3. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kurt C. Piepenburg
2.0 out of 5 stars More of a hip thing to own than to listen to and has a reprehensible...
Pretentious and hip defines Spacemen 3. Very sparse arrangements, and more often than not the riffs or lyrics have been lifted from other artists. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hippie Smell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Prescription - avoid the TAANG version
If you haven't heard this album, then do yourself a favour and track it down as its just brilliant! BUT.... Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by RAD5150
5.0 out of 5 stars conspiracy against me
There must be a conspiracy against me... because I really thought that I missed nothing... yet - there is this really big elephant in the middle of my living room named "Spacemen... Read more
Published on July 7, 2007 by G. B. Ott
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Solid Psych Gem
Amazing. Simply, astoundingly, amazing. Listening to this is an epic, truly awesome adventure in sound. Read more
Published on May 19, 2005 by SystemStructure
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritualized Vs Spacemen 3
This is not a comment about the two bands' vinyl output but a comment on their live performances and thus a comment on the differences betwen the two bands. Read more
Published on March 14, 2005 by Kuddliohm
5.0 out of 5 stars bliss consciousness
Transcendent bliss that takes you way up before you crash hard. . . . Essential.
Published on May 3, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars lost in space, gladly
this was the singular record that flipped my ear over to genuinely druggy noise. the title of their first record (taking drugs to make music to take drugs to) really says it all. Read more
Published on April 10, 2004 by schnoidl
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Spacemen 3 album as a whole
this album is great and includes the rawness of the 1st lp on tracks like TAKE ME TO THE OTHER SIDE, THINGSLL NEVER BE THE SAME and the blusey COME DOWN EASY. Read more
Published on November 30, 2001 by musicburgler
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