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SPACE RITUAL

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.20 | 284 ratings

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3 stars If you can remember it, you weren't actually there

The remastered and expanded CD version of this album is the one to go for. The sound is so much better, and the bonus tracks are all worthy the inclusion, standing well alongside the original tracks.

As someone who is not generally that keen on live albums, I have to say that I do not share the enthusiasm for this album shown by many Hawkwind aficionados. Yes the tracks are generally good, (the version of "Orgone Accumulator" here is excellent) but almost invariably I find the studio versions to be more accomplished.

Ironically, for a band with such a legendary reputation for their live shows, Hawkwind's attention to detail on their studio albums means that their best performances from an audio only perspective are on those releases. In a live situation, such as that documented here, it is essential that band be both seen and heard. Without the visual extravaganza which accompanied this performance, the impact is significantly diluted, The sound is raw and at times grating, bordering on the musically anarchic.

Great as a memento for those who saw Hawkwind live at the time, (although many of those, for various reasons, will presumably not actually remember it!), but otherwise only marginally above average.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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