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LOVE IN SPACE

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.32 | 46 ratings

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Gary Shaw
4 stars I only came across this album as part of the Atomhenge re-release series and am heartily glad I did, for this is now my second-favourite live Hawkwind album behind Space Ritual.

Ron Tree adds a sense of theatricality not really seen or heard since Calvert left and his light voice (plus well-judged effects) works really well with the material, which mixes the very good stuff from Alien 4 with some great versions of old favourites plus the new-at-the-time and totally majestic Love In Space.

It's hard to believe that there are only three instrumentalists playing here, but the drumming's great, Alan Davey's bass growls away and Mr Brock is in fine form (layers of synths partly live from Brock and Davey and partly pre-programmed fill in to great effect) and the balance between old-style riff-thumpers and ethereal linking instrumentals creates a great atmosphere - I'd have loved to have been there when the band start cranking up into Silver Machine, which doesn't show its age at all.

The Atomhenge release adds the essential Alien (I Am) after Robot on disc one, a rather leaden studio version of Love In Space, a lively Lord Of Light and Sonic Attack at the end of disc two.

Gary Shaw | 4/5 |

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