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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.73 | 61 ratings

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4 stars Palace Springs is an album of live tracks that are mixed down without applause so that it sounds like a studio album. Luckily it has the quality of their live work.

Back In the Box is an ok song delivered by the female singer from Space Bandits, probably a left-over from those sessions. Treadmill is downright brilliant. Dave Brock is one of those vocalists that have the talent to sound completely off-hand and still be very emotive at the same time. Much like David Gilmour actually. With Treadmill he has an excellent song to carry his voice off into deep space.

Void of Golden Light/Lives of Great Man is a superb live rendition of Assault & Battery/Golden Void from Warrior At The Edge of Time. You don't want to miss this one with its firm performance and excellent moog solo. Also Time We Left is here in a live version that surpasses both the original album and the droning Space Ritual. It is merged into Heads, a big improvement of the only song from Xenon Coded that was worth listening to.

Acid Test is something entirely different and I assume not appreciated by everybody. It's a clear-cut house track that runs on a good sequence and has some repeated phrases in the background to give it some kind of Hawkwind feel. Well done dance experiment as far as I'm concerned. Acid Test is mixed into Damnation Alley. I've always found this a rather bland rock song. Here it has a little reggae interlude that would evolve into The Camera That Could Lie, a few albums ahead.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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