Playing With Fire Original recording reissued
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I'm a huge fan of Spiritualized and I am totally enjoying digging into the band's roots. I've also been checking out the other post-Spacemen outfits: Reverberation, Spectrum/E.A.R., Sonic Boom, and have liked all of it so far.
This album is definitely worth buying.
But back to this release. I don't really have too hard of feelings about this 2 disc set--after all, we ARE talking about Spacemen 3 here. But the single disc Taang! version is a much better value & also has a brief quote from Sonic Boom missing here. This disc also may understandably get people thinking, "Why are they releasing a watered-down version of this still available album instead of reissuing 'Recurring'?"
(Note: Disc 2 contains a demo version of "Anyway That You Want Me", a Troggs remake that was Spiritualized's debut single.)
Sonic's songs like HOW DOES IT FEEL and LET ME DOWN GENTLY are droney and heavily distorted minimal tones.
While Jason's are more dreamy pop songs like COME DOWN SOFTLY TO MY SOUL and SO HOT.
Still this is a great album of dreamy minimal space music the only exceptions are the rockin' REVOLUTION and the 11:00 drone noise epic SUICIDE co-written by both Spacemen.
Keep in mind this is 1988 which makes it even that much more revolutionary.
Revolution. To me the only band that had got the same uprising feeling with guitars and percussion is Hawkwind. They rock like Hawkwind and they can be beautiful like Velvet Underground, Love or Jesus And Mary Chain. Rock on, keep on, silence you may rest in peace.
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it's sometimes good to behind the times technologically; like now you can replace all your vinyl for pennies now that MP3s are the dominant mode. Being a Luddite can pay off. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Baranabus
I leave off the 5th star merely because of concerns I had with the packaging. The Spaceage release of Playing With Fire is an excellent 2-Disc filled with bonus material, but the... Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by L. T. Gallagher
Overall, this is a terrific album by one of my all-time favorite bands from the space rock sub-genre of alternative. And thanks to having found this here on amazon. Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by David H. Whitmire
How does a music fan whose favorite groups include Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, and The Jesus and the Mary Chain somehow manage to live forty years and never hear about... Read morePublished on July 20, 2008 by tick tock
The art rock of Spacemen 3 manages to avoid becoming pretentious and boring by serving up the same sort of expressionism and balance that marks the best of their ilk. Read morePublished on September 11, 2007 by Matthew T. Medlock
In my opinion this is not only their masterpiece but it is also a personal top 20 favourite. They never did anything better before or after. Read morePublished on June 26, 2006 by Lovblad