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WARRIOR ON THE EDGE OF TIME

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.10 | 429 ratings

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The Owl
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5 stars Climb aboard folks, the good ship Hawkwind blasts off on yet it's most overtly proggy voyage, continuing the direction it started on the previous "Hall of the Mountain Grill".

All the things that have made Hawkwind so endearing are contained here, the echo-laden over-the-top sci-fi poetry, disembodied flutes and saxes, slashing rhythm guitar, fuzzy insistent bass, chattering electronics, sweeping synths and swirling mellotron with a touch of violin.

The Highpoints: The killer opening cut "Assault and Battery/Golden Void with its insistent double drumming, fuzzy bass and swirling maelstrom of mellotrons and synths, organized chaos at its finest! "The Demented King" is a fine change of pace, similar in tone to Hawkwind's first more acoustic-folky album. The over-the-top sci-fi poetry of "The Wizard Blew His Horn" and "Warriors" complete with pounding kettle drums, cymbals and more of those "chattering electronics". "Spiral Galaxy NGC-28948" is a cool little instrumental romp in 6/8, very untypical of Hawkwind. There is also a very entertaining rocker "Kings of Speed", peppered with, of all things, Simon House doing some mean COUNTRY FIDDLING!!!?????

The Space Debris: "Opa-Loca" is a jam that really doesn't go anywhere. My only other pet peeves come on the production and mixing end. A little less echo would've been good on the poems, too much echo makes words unintelligible. The other thing being that Baron Brock got buried in the mix, that metallic slashing rhythm guitar, so much a part of the Hawk's sound is only sporadically audible in spots.

But pet peeves aside, I found this to be one very fun ride through space with our veteran Hawksters! This would also be the last album for bassist Lemmy (busted at the Canadian border for drugs and then fired from the band to boot). To this day, some folks blast Hawkwind albums when crossing the Canadian border in honor of the Lemster!

Climb aboard folks, space is the place!!!!

The Owl | 5/5 |

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