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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Brainstorm (11:33)
2. Space is deep (5:10)
3. One change (0:49)
4. Lord of light (6:59)
5. Down through the night (3:04)
6. Time we left this world today (8:43)
7. The watcher (4:00)

Total Time: 40:18
Bonus track on 1992 release
8. Silver machine
Bonus tracks on 1996 release
8. Urban guerilla
9. Brainbox pollution
10. Lord of light (single edit)
11. Ejection (unreleased)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Baron Brock / vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
- Captain Nik / vocals, sax & flute
- Lemmy the Lurch / vocals, bass, acoustic guitar
- Up Stepped Dik and Mik / generators, electronics
- The Dwarf Leader Del / synthesizers
- The Hound Master Simon / drums

Releases information

Lp. United Artists UAG 29364 / Cd. EMI/Toshiba TOCP 7362 (1992) / Cd. EMI Premier HAWKS 3 (1996)

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3.68
(238 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
24%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
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Good, but non-essential (25%)
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Collectors/fans only (8%)
8%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
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Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Doh a deer, a female deer!

This was Hawkwind's third album, and the follow up to the excellent "In search of space".

"Doremi.." (in case anyone has not spotted it, the title is taken from the Do Re Mi scales) is slightly more mainstream rock, with the jazz influences apparent on the previous album, largely pushed to the background. Those influences are however still around, as evidenced by the CD bonus track "Ejection".

The opening track, "Brainstorm" is 11 minutes of heads down driving rock with an incessant pounding beat. "Space is deep", is lighter with a melodic, acoustic feel. "Lord of light" restores the driving pace, the bonus single edit benefiting from phasing effects.

"Down through the night" reverts to the acoustic Hawkwind, while "Time we left this world today" is a somewhat over long chant. The closing track, "The watcher" is a light throwaway track.

The bonus tracks on the CD remaster are excellent, "Brainbox pollution" is a great piece of pounding jazz rock.

"Doremi.." shows the band moving on well, and developing their own sound which would serve them well in the years to come. Pick up the digi-pack version of the CD if you can, the packaging is superb.

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Posted Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Review by Sean Trane
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3 stars The first of the classic line-up with Lemmy as bassist and Simon King as the drummer. You would think this was a big change but no ! Compared to In Search Of Space , this rythm section does not add anything more than its predecessor and re-listening to this again re-enforces my feeling that Lemmy's rep is slightly overdone as a musician , but certainly not as a party animal. Brainstorm and Lord are the highlights but I do prefer the previous album.

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Posted Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Review by Atkingani
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3 stars According to A.R.I. - Atkingani Research Institute, this was probably (I enjoy the accuracy of this 'Institute') the first Hawkwind release in Brazil but I discovered it only after "Mountain Grill" and "Warrior" meaning that I heard newer material before the older ones what dimmed the impact of "Doremi Fasol Latido".

Also I believe that the LP copy I had in the 70s (really not mine but a borrow from a friend) included the hit 'Silver Machine' that appears as a bonus track for the 1992 CD release. Well, the copy I listened to could have been a bootleg, who knows? Or could have been a product for the Brazilian market where we had a tradition of at least 12 tracks per album?

But I remember vividly seeing in the TV, the clip or demo of 'Silver Machine', with the song and the band being presented by Stacia amid bubbles and lights; it happened more than 25 years ago when MTV didn't exist but we had here many musical programs dispersed thru several channels.

Perhaps, hearing the songs again, if I had initiated with "Doremi." I should be a less devoted Hawk-fan. Perhaps. I remember the tracks didn't affect me the same way "Mountain Grill" did. Turning back to the 70s I also observe that line-up 'ranks' did not help since we hadn't Google or other gear to do a research then - why did we import with a bunch of aliens making a strange sound? It didn't happen because the album copy I listened to was certainly a piracy display or a copy specific to suit our national taste.

About the songs, 'Brainstorm' is a long and dull rock that could have been cut by half; 'Space is deep' is fair, probably the best track; 'Lord of light' is audible and amusing, the second best while 'Down through the night' is soft and neutral, making the middle section of the album, not counting the short 'One change', the peak of this work; 'Time we left this world today' adds few being also boring just like the opening track; 'The watcher' adds even fewer.

It is sad to say that CD bonus tracks (1996 release) are better than the original track list with 4 good songs although one is repeated, 'Lord of light', but with a different approach. 'Urban guerilla' and 'Ejection' are wild rocks well in the hard line very popular around 1972; 'Brainbox pollution' is interesting. Some shall disdain the mix of songs from different times, but without these bonus tracks the album is restricted to 6 songs and 2 or 3 of them could be better fitted with less time.

Not considering the bonus tracks it should be a 'collectors/fans only' work. With the bonus track, that's the present case, "Doremi Fasol Latido" is good, but non-essential. Total: 3 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Review by Certif1ed
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5 stars To boldly go...

Absolute killer of an album from Hawkwind - the recruitment of Simon King providing a compelling drive without losing the tribal force, and the addition of Ian Kilmister solidfying the Hawkwind sound forever.

Add to that a much improved production, a tighter focus on overall structure without losing any of the improvisation and a noticably expanded arsenal of tone generators, oscillators and general good vibes, and the recipe starts to cook... hash browns, anyone?

The Music

Brainstorm, and particularly this version, makes this album a compulsory purchase all by itself. Straight away, the lyrics grab you; "Standing on the runway, waiting to take off, you gotta help me, help me to shake off... this body and mind...".

Perhaps the execution isn't as precise as it might be, and perhaps the guitar could do with a little more attention in the tuning department, but none of that takes any energy out of the sonic hurricane that follows, blasting the possibilities of psychedelic rock into new dimensions.

The other things that grab you about Brainstorm are the driving runs and power chords emanating from Lemmy's bass, not to mention his distinctive tones appearing in the backing vocals, and just how incredibly well structured the whole edifice is, despite appearing to be an 11-minute jam session; Each section morphs naturally into the next, always threatening, but never quite managing to descend into chaos.

As with "In Search of Space", a coherence is provided across the album, almost second to none; Space is Deep works best of all for me in this acoustic version, the separation between the guitars adding to the cosmic depth of this track. The electronics, of course, are what really make this something special, but nevertheless, despite being "Hurry on Sundown III" in many ways, it contains that earthy "Om" vibe that would make it work perfectly without the effects. When the bass and drums finally make their entrance roughly halfway through, Turner's flute chirps like some kind of mad space-bird, the underlying pulse of the piece makes itself felt, and continues to beat even as the band break it right down.

The heavily effected electric piano of One Change works very well for this very short Satie-esque piece that serves as a little breather before "Lord of Light" positively overwhelms with its rafts of effects, powerful distorted riffs and driving bass lines. The fact that this begins feeling like a kind of "Brainstorm II" adds to the impact when the band modulate into new territory 2 minutes or so in. Lemmy conjours up some magically winding bass lines and whammo! we're back at the verse again.

Down Through the Night may feel like it's regurgitating earlier material somewhat - but that consideration would cause the listener to miss out on the trip - and coherence - of this album, so if you think it's repetitive, you're missing the point and probably hate all forms of Trance and Tangerine Dream too.

The change to Time We Left This World Today is a bit lumpy, but getting over the shock of that gives you no time to prepare for the assault that follows - so possibly it was deliberate. A massive riff descends into almost atonal, discordant tribal chaos with harsh rhythms, angular sax bleeps, wah-wah washes and insistent chanting.

It might be a fair speculation that Hawkwind held shares in an effects unit company - but hey, that's the Hawkwind sound!

We exit the album via The Watcher, an odd acoustic piece featuring the lead vocals of Lemmy for the first time. The major key feel of the guitars feels distinctly and naturally at odds with the minor key of the melody line, and the piece is all the more sinister and bleak for leaving out the drums. As for the electronics, they finally make their appearance towards the end - as announced by Lemmy, and providing a perfect coherence to a near- perfect Space Rock album.

The Watcher was later rejuvenated by Lemmy on the first Motorhead album, "On Parole", if you are left with any doubts that this is a good song.

Then there are The Bonuses.

"Urban Guerilla" is completely out of place stylistically and lyrically - although it's a great song, and the single version of "Lord of Light" is a really bad edit of the version on the album - so both are pointless. Different releases have different bonuses - but program your CD player to stop after "The Watcher", or buy the vinyl to get the authentic experience.

Collector's tip: The original vinyl came with a nifty "Star Rats" poster, and the sleeve was printed with a rather delicate silver ink that had a tendency to flake off with handling - but looked seriously cool.

Summary

Sure it sounds dated now - but who cares? So does Gregorian chant.

In short, one of the greatest Space Rock albums of all time - and most of the rest were also by Hawkwind. All 3 of the "Lemmy-era" studio albums - and the live "Space Ritual" album are fabulous examples of this genre and show a marked progression from here to the mighty "Warrior on the Edge of Time": All are classics (and masterpieces) in their own right - and there's simply no other band like Hawkwind.

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Posted Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars One of Hawkwind's 70s' best albums ! As for the first time Lemmy Kilmister enters the crew, Doremi Fasol Latido is the most agressive, rock-oriented of their albums. More stoner, less jazzy than their former acts, the space band puts adrealin in their music to launch their rocket to space !

The record opens with the thundering Brainstorm which announces clearly the color. Nearly 12 minutes of mindblowing heavy psychedelia, weird reverberation and sonic destruction anthem. The calm comes back with Space Is Deep, another favorite from the band that projects you in the stratosfear. Lemmy's bass playing is excellent. One Change works good as a short transition ambient track to announce the space metal killer song Lord Of Light. This tune is as essential as Master Of The Universe on In Search Of Space. Now, time for acoustic songs, Down Through The Night and The Watcher very relaxing and inspired. The only flaw here is Time We Left This World Today, a little repetitive and cacophonic by moments, which prevents the record from being a masterpiece.

Concerning the bonus tracks, they are very good and rock ! Urban Guerilla is powerful and Brainbox Pollution has surprising space-jazzy touch that fits perfectly to the song. Ejection has some echoes of Satisfaction by the Stones.

Doremi Fasol Latido is one of the most stoner rock influential record. Very noisy, but very refreshing and powerful. Great moment of space metal ! 4,5 stars !

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Posted Monday, April 09, 2007

Review by micky
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3 stars Welcome aboard Lemmy.. the first studio album with Lemmy on bass. A true original in the crowded field of characters, and scoundrels that rock has no shortage of. This album from 1972 is not often regarded as the definitive album of Hawkwind but it isn't too bad an album. Forget Floyd.. this is the definitive Space Rock/Acid Rock/Qualude Rock/ pick your adjective band. Pick this up and check them out. Hawkwind may not be 'complex' or high browed enough for some.. but Hawkwind is prog enough by 10.

The album begins with the ..errr.. Sonic attack .. ahahaha.. of 'Brainstorm'. A monsterous heavy riff that bludgeons you for 5 or 6 minutes and then in true Hawkwind style takes flight into the atmosphere into a catatony of Dik Mik's electronics, Lemmy's bass, and Nik Turners Sax. Great stuff. After taking a proverbial splash in the ocean and returning to earth. The main riff is picked back up and the song draws to an end with some far out spacey ramblings. Classic Hawkwind. The next song 'Space is Deep' sort of threw me at first. Space Ritual was my entry point into Hawkwind and the live version of Space is Dark was one of my favorites on that. This one has prominent accousic guitar and Lemmy's bass is much more understated on this studio version. Not as brutal as the live version.. yet more sparce.. and maybe even more effective as a vehicle for space travel. Side one closes with 'One Chance' a short (less than a minute) electric piano piece.

Side 2 kicks of with another classic Hawkwind track, 'Lord of Light' Featuring Lemmy's melodic bass playing. A surging driving beat powers the song and brings the song to conclusion after a insturmenal section of rather average quality. The accoustic 'Down through the Night' is next up with swirling winds like synth tones. Pretty much a throw away track on it's own but it works better in conjunction with the next track 'Time We Left This World Today' which it sort of seques into. A nice heavy riff with a call and responce vocal section that takes into a rather odd section led which sounds really disjointed. Being Hawkwind though.. it's no big deal. Thankfully before too long Lemmy's massive bass and Nic's sax bring us back to the main riff. Where of all things.. we get a Lemmy bass solo bit. Chris Squire he is not.. but it is effective. The album closes with 'The Watcher, ' an accoustic piece with Lemmy singing.

Some strong songs.. and some not so strong ones. Pretty much an average prog album in my book

For myself and the site 3 stars. What is good is some killer stuff.

Michael (aka micky)

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Posted Sunday, May 27, 2007

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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5 stars This acid dazed cosmic proto Motörhead album really kicks ass and melts your brain! These marvelous songs were first known to me from their classic "Space Ritual" live album, and I did not emphasize collecting the early studio albums of this group, as I had got an impression from their two first albums that their first studio recordings didn't capture the raw power and collective improvisational playing as well as their live gigs. But this record certainly proved I was wrong. Over ten minutes long opener "Brainstorm" builds up from very aggressive and primitive trance oriented heavy rock riffs colored up with thick wall of electronics, giving birth to really strong sensations. "Space is Deep" is then more thoughtful wondering of the characteristics of the cosmos, continuing the hypnotic style, drums waiting up till the middle of the song until starting to drive the rocket forward. "One Change" is a short intro for "Lord of Light", another anxious cosmic ace rocker with loud bass solo from Lemmy, who also smashes the acoustic guitars in this album. His raw style playing it make that instrument fit better on this manic record, and I found this interesting as this instrument usually associates for me to more tender and sophisticated approaches. "Down Through The Night" continues the minor key trip, being also a really good song. Nearly nine minutes long "Time We Left This World Today" is also minimalistic smasher with repetitive chants hammering the air, and there's lots of free playing here too. The final track "The Watcher" is Lemmy's vocal and guitar dystopia, closing the album in both pessimistic and haunting way. I had the original version of this for listening, so I can't say anything about the CD re-issue bonus tracks.

In my opinion this album is a big improvement to their two previous albums, which are also interesting and have good songs in them, not forgetting their pioneerish qualities. But here the recording captures their furious live sound in a new marvelous way, and this is a rare psychedelic prog album as you can listen it also with your punk rock sci-fi fans. If I would try to introduce prog music to a Motörhead fan, I would start with this excellent record.

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Posted Friday, July 13, 2007

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I wondered what the title of this album mean't. Then I read Easy Livin's explanation that it's the "Vocal Music Scale". You know "Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do". Should have known it would be something silly. This is the first record with bassist Lemmy on board and not coincidently this is their heaviest release as well. I have to agree with Sean Trane though, I like the previous one ("In Search Of Space") better. The picture of the band inside the liner notes is priceless.

"Brainstorm" is a Nik Turner song. The beat to this of bass and drums is infectious. We also get some spacey winds sweeping across the soundscape. 5 minutes in they just jam for about 5 minutes before the vocals come back to end it. "Space Is Deep" features strummed guitar,vocals and spacey synths. It starts to build to a nice full sound 3 1/2 minutes in before calming back down with that strummed acoustic guitar returning 5 minutes in.

"One Change" is a short piano led tune that echoes. "Lord Of Light" has a spacey intro before it breaks out into heavy riffs. The vocals on this one remind me of Ozzy and the bass is great ! "Down Through The Night" is another good track with strummed guitar and spacey winds. Flute before the vocals arrive 1 1/2 minutes in. "Time We Left This World" is my favourite. I really like the way they do the vocals with one person singing "Time we left" and another responding "This world today". The drumming on this song is well done too. "The Watcher" is the closing track with Lemmy singing on it. Acoustic guitar and bass help out in this laid back tune.

This is a classic Psychedelic album from our friends from outer space known as HAWKWIND.

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Posted Friday, August 17, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The opening track from this album has definitely a special flavour to my (old) ears. Fully psychedelic (although the movement is quite a few years old by the time of this recording). Sounds as "Eloy" who were playing this type of music years after the birth of the great psychedelia.

But since I have always be keen on this type of music, I can only be enthusiast. Spacey but great beat. How is this possible? Just listen to "Hawkwind" to figure out.

"Brainstorm" is a great anthem. Turn down the light, increase the volume as much as you can (just to test your family acceptation to such sounds) and appreciate this great moment of music. Yes, it might sound outdated, but what a great moment for oldies like me. The absolute highlight here.

Not all songs are of this calibre of course. The semi-psyche acoustic "Space Is Deep" can hardly hold the comparison and in the long run sounds too much of the same to be fully interesting.

But the Flodyan "Lord Of Light" is absolutely fantastic. The splendid instrumental intro is gorgeous, another highlight. But to be honest, once the vocal part enters the scene, it catches down the interest. But still, the heavy beat is grandiose, hypnotic. great. This track is bringing us to a great musical trip : au propre comme au figuré (in the literal as well as the metaphorical sense).

Almost the same applies to "Down through the night" : a great instrumental intro (acoustic), and average vocal part. The middle section especially is going nowhere for about a minute, just before recovering. It was about time! Still, a powerful track, but this album is very good so far.

"Time We Left .." is perfectly in the mood as of this album. Heavy, disturbing vocal, and repetitive. Fortunately, the great middle instrumental part is again saving the whole. But the closing track ("The Watcher") from the original album is rather flat and weak. What a poor way of closing a good album!

Fortunately, the remastered edition adds several bonus tracks which are of very good value. "Urban Gorilla" being my fave of them thanks to its wild beat and fully psyche mood (like some other songs here). "Brainbox Pollution" is another great (but more jazzy) tune. But better than some songs from the original album. The same comment is due to be applied to "Ejection".

This work is not inventive as such. By that time, the psychedelic movement was not really the thing, to be honest. But if you like these sounds (as I do), this album is highly recommended. "Eloy" & "Nektar" fans should watch this one out. It is just out the four star limit IMO. Seven out of ten, probably. Under these circumstances, three stars are legitimate, although it is better than their first two albums which I rated with three stars as well.

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Posted Thursday, March 13, 2008

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars This album sounds slightly more professional than the first two. Not that the musicianship suddenly started to exist in this band, far from it! This album is just better recorded than the first two. Brainstorm is still very much in the same territory as the last album, that is monotonous and repetitive and way too long for its own good! Space is Deep is better though, but not good enough to desreve being over six minutes long.

I read someone comparing this album to Black Sabbath but in my opinion Black Sabbath would never have recorded a song with the same beat all the way through; Hawkwind did whole albums without changing the beat! Black Sabbath became famous, not only for their heavy sound, but for their constant tempo changes and having several different riffs in the same song etc. Hawkwind had fewer good riffs in their whole carrier than Sabbath had on one song.

The improved sound on this album made this the best Hawkwind album up to that point but Space is Deep and The Watcher still cannot save this album from the lowest possible rating.

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Posted Sunday, July 20, 2008

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Doremi Fasol Latido is the third album from psychadelic space rockers Hawkwind. Released in 1972 Doremi Fasol Latido featured a new rythm section in Simom King on drums and Lemmy Kilmister ( later of Motörhead fame) on bass. Compared to the previous album In Search of Space this meant that Hawkwind would have a considerably more heavy sound.

The music can be described as pretty guitar, bass and drum heavy while lots of spacy effects are created by keyboards, electronics, flute and sax. Sometimes the songs almost drown in spacy effects, but it´s the Hawkwind trademark and I guess it´s an aquired taste if you like this or not. There are some really great songs here like the opener Brainstorm which is an 11:33 minute long song with lots of psychadelic jamming which is something that can also be said about Time We Left This World Today ( listen to the bass from Lemmy on this track, just great IMO). Songs like Space is Deep, Down Through this Night and the Watcher are more acoustic based but of course also feature strange effects.

The four bonus tracks on my edition, which is the 1996 CD release, are very good and definitely adds to album. I´ll especially mention Brainbox Pollution where you can clearly hear Lemmy´s hoarse background vocals.

The musicianship is good and tight which is a real pleasure for me. David Brock is of course in top form here and it´s a real treat to listen to his vocal delivery at times. He isn´t the worlds best singer technically but he has personality and that´s more important IMO. He has lots of attitude and sometimes I wonder if some of the punk groups from the end of the seventies listened here for inspiration ?

The production is a bit more muddy than it was on the two first albums which kind of put me off on initial listen but after a couple of listens I´ve come to the conclusion that I really like this more dirty sound better.

The cover is nice, allthough nothing special.

The album is varied and has both long jams, rock songs and more subtle songs which means that this is a great album. The inclusion of Lemmy on bass makes a lot of difference for me as his distorted bass attack really enhances many of the songs and makes the music more heavy. This is a 4 star album for me and a really great addition to my collection. Hawkwind isn´t a band I have listened to before I began reviewing here on Prog Archives and I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised by their first three albums and I am looking forward to reviewing more of their albums in the future.

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Posted Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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5 stars Lemmy the Lurch jumped on board the Hawkwind Spaceship and he injected the right amount of bass rythym to this unit. The album as a result works well as a proto Motorhead journey into space. The Hawkwind trademark of weird spacey effects from keyboards saturate each track and its a voyage from beginning to end into another universe. We begin the voyage with the gatecrashing rocker 'Brainstorm'. It is featured on many compilations and in various lengths as well as on the live "Space Ritual" masterpiece. A track to savour, its a highlight of the Hawkwind repertoire.

'Space is deep' is another space effect laden track with some mesmirising guitars and vocals.

'Lord of light' is one of my favourites and it merges seamlessly into the quieter 'Down through the night' where Brock excels on vocals.

'Time We Left This World Today' has terrific bass from Lemmy showing his dexterity as a player like you have never heard.

The bonus tracks are excellent featuring the obligatory classic 'Silver machine' again. Its so great though one can't complain about its insertion. I never tire of it, even on the 100th listen. Brilliant!

'Urban Guerilla', 'Brainbox Pollution' and 'Ejection' are fabulous hard driving tracks with tons of echoing vocals, effects, and crunching fuzz guitar.

Overall this is one of the best albums from Hawkwind. Of course the best was yet to come with the live extravaganza, "Space Ritual".

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Review by Prog Leviathan
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2 stars I don't want to bash a historically important and well-loved group... but for a contemporary listener who didn't have these guys around during their youth, listening to Doremi Fasol Latido is like sitting drugged in the dentist chair. This was a painful one to even finish.

The album starts with the psychedelic Brainstorm, an 11 minute excuse to play pointless loud spacey effects behind bland drumming and terrible vocals. I can't find any hint of musicianship and only the scantest bit of foresight into the song's structure. Scanning through this song will reveal the exact same thing from start to finish, and says to me that one needs plenty of drugs and flashing lights to enjoy.

Things get incomparably better with successive tracks, with the group actually condescending to play their instruments in a thoughtful and, honestly intricate manner. One Change is a present transition into the good Lord of Light, which has powerful energy and direction. Things go downhill after here into bland, repetitive, very dated sounding drugged-up psychedelia. Expect the same drum beat, bass groove, genuinely bad vocals throughout-- but at least there's some guitar variety. Not especially progressive, nor entertaining.

For fans of the proto sound only, and even then only for those who are fine with a monotonous classic- rock in the background.

Songwriting: 2 Instrumental Performances: 1 Lyrics/Vocals: 1 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

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Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars Despite hunting down any 70's prog-related album that I could take hold off in the 80's, it wasn't till 1993 that I got to know the phenomena called Hawkwind, through an excellent cover of Brainstorm by Monster Magnet. I was sold on the spot and with the patience of a saint I tracked down their albums in the ensuing years.

By the time I found Doremi Fasol Latido, I had come to know all featured songs through their superior live versions on Space Ritual, so it is hard to measure this album's importance and relevance, especially with the terrible production here. It is very badly balanced, it is hard to make out what anybody is playing and for a kind of music that is so much relying on it's hypnotizing effect, the muffled drum and bass sound is largely unsatisfying.

On the other hand, it boasts the original versions of some of Hawkwind's best tunes, be it that only the studio versions of Space Is Deep and Down Through the Night differ enough from their live renditions to justify a purchase. Lemmy's The Watcher is pretty lame, especially compared to its later Motorhead version.

To make my quibbles with the album complete, the re-issue added a number of fun tracks that could have boosted my rating to 4, but for the original CD edition I can't go higher then 3 stars. By compensation I'll be a bit generous with Space Ritual

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Posted Saturday, December 12, 2009

Review by Epignosis
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2 stars The title of this third Hawkwind album appears at first glance to be some mysterious and powerful incantation, but then one realizes it is merely the names of the notes of the major scale. That sums up the nature of this music. The titles of the tracks and the extraterrestrial noises may give the impression of something arcane and profound, but casting the veneer aside, this is a collection of wonky and lumbering rock tunes with repetitive beats and horrible vocals. The only "space rock" aspect of the album are the galactic noises that weave in and out of the music- otherwise, this is very similar to proto-prog and prog-related rock bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s- just not very good.

"Brainstorm" This lengthy opener is a rambunctious song with exaggerated and poorly-recorded vocals. The riffing is repetitive and does not justify the length of the piece at all. The tremolo effects on the guitar goings-on at the end of the track are cool, but not really a part of the composition.

"Space is Deep" Eerie acoustic guitar and queer space noises introduce a pleasantly straightforward chord progression and a gritty lead vocal. The tacky "third-kind" noises continue on throughout the entire track. The music later adopts a two chord rhythmic jam, but the acoustic meandering at the end is the best part.

"One Change" Trembling low tones, accompanied by lighter notes, make up this fifty-second instrumental.

"Lord of Light" After the obligatory galactic sound effects, a grainy rock song ensues. It has a throaty bass, a crispy rhythm electric guitar, energetic drumming, and second-rate vocals. The dizzying bass solo is the highlight.

"Down Through the Night" Airy synthetic sounds dominate the background, as light acoustic guitar and distant flute. This frothy tune has strange vocals and vocalizations that make me think of a marijuana-smoking deadbeat with a dream of becoming a rock star.

"Time We Left This World Today" Over an indolent groove, there's a slothful bunch of call and response vocals and experimental guitar. The piece drones on with a loose bunch of noises, buzzing and squealing like giant insects attacking a nunnery.

"The Watcher" The final track is a lazy acoustic blues number- very boring and uninspired. "This is the end now," the song helpfully informs.

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Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010

Review by seventhsojourn
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3 stars Doremi Fasol Latido (1972) is a slight improvement on the previous Hawkwind album (In Search Of Space). It doesn't represent a major evolution of the band's sound and there's no intricate musicianship on offer, but there is a unique tension between Hawkwind's space- themed visionary tableau and their minimalist, earthbound soundworld. On these early albums Brock et al seem to turn simplicity of melodic expression into an art form but, invigorated by a new taut rhythm section, the lengthy chant-laden jams are performed with a bit more urgency on this album. Brainstorm is a good example with Lemmy and Simon King providing a forceful, if basic, rhythm that underpins the electronics potpourri. Even the ubiquitous folk-ballad Space Is Deep benefits from the addition of a melodic bass line and resolute drums that infuse the song with some much-needed energy.

As I said above, don't expect any virtuoso performances but the band's playing has developed on Doremi. Dave Brock's heavily treated guitarwork at the beginning of Lord Of Light sounds like the snarling of Morbius's monster from the id. The guitar otherwise provides an effects- laden bedrock for Lemmy's bass, which infuses the song with much of its melodic interest. The hypnotic Time We Left This World Today wanders a bit in the middle, but is nonetheless a highlight with squawking sax and wah wah guitar. Del Dettmar's One Change is an interesting little interlude that might have been developed beyond its 50 seconds. There are a couple of less than memorable acoustic pieces (Lemmy's bluesy The Watcher, and Down Through The Night) to round things off. Overall though, Doremi is not a chore to listen to and I'm always happy to press the repeat button. 3 stars for this one.

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Posted Saturday, April 10, 2010

Review by Sinusoid
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4 stars Welcome to the pressure chamber.

Hawkwind's third album is heavy, raucous and annoyingly repetitive, yet that annoying repetitiveness is what makes Hawkwind good. The vocals here are pretty lame and terrible sounding (except ''Lord of Light'' which has good vocals), yet give the album a certain charm. I enjoy listening to this album as much as I enjoy watching old Jonny Quest episodes; I know many aspects of both are going to be terrible, overdone and campy, yet I enjoy both for those reasons.

''Brainstorm'' represents this effort in every sense. The main riff is loud, yet so much fun, and is complemented by swarms of space noises and bad vocals. If you like that riff, get used to it because this is an eleven minute non-stop riff-fest. There's a sound variety here with softer tracks like ''The Watcher'', ''Space Is Deep'' and ''Down Through the Night''. ''One Change'' is a great piano-led transition that serves as a highlight. ''Time We Left This World Today'' has some awful vocals, but the bass performance (from Lemmy) saves the song as it does ''Lord of Light''.

This is music not to be taken seriously. If you can laugh along with the songs, then the enjoyment of DOREMI FASOL LATIDO is enhanced. Sure it's noisy, corny and not well-played compared to other class prog acts, but there is enough here that you'll put on repeat, even if nothing sounds repeatable at first.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Hawkwind's third album sees the group struggling against difficult circumstances and turning these problems into opportunities. For starters, it's the first album with Lemmy on bass - an instrument he wasn't used to, having learned to play lead guitar, with the result that his playing is somewhat unorthodox on here - and it was recorded in Rockfield Studios at a point when the studios were just a barn with mattresses on the walls.

As a result, the mix of the album is murky, but in a stroke of genius which laid the groundwork for the sound of Hawkwind's classic period, the band decided to make that very murk a defining feature of their sound. On the best songs, such as the opening Brainstorm, the thunderous basslines, mysterious synthesiser tweets, and portentious vocals emerge from out of the fog and merge to create a strange, hypnotic melange. Whilst material like the closing The Watcher is a bit weak, the bulk of the album follows the lead of Brainstorm and the end result is a fascinating slice of space rock, with the lo-fi production values and Lemmy's bass technique giving it an almost proto-punk edge that sets this incarnation of Hawkwind apart from gentler, smoother, less abrasive space rock groups.

Still, I have to admit that Space Ritual just plain sounds better, and I tend to prefer the versions of this album's songs to be found on there. So four stars.

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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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4 stars I hadn't really planned on reviewing this album, and only took it off the shelf because a friend called me from the local music store saying `They've discounted this Hawkwind album to $5 for the remastered CD, should I grab it?" Of course I told him to snap it up! So I figured now was a good as time as any to give the album another few spins of my exact same remastered copy to refresh my memory. Thanks to Harry for ringing and making me dig out this overlooked album by me!

I've always considered the early era of Hawkwind to be full of plodding, monotonous, repetitive, crushing and inane punky spacerock, but don't think for a second that I mean that as a criticism! Those are all classic Hawkwind trademarks that we love, and they set the standard for so many bands to come.

This original version of `Brainstorm' is not a favourite of mine, as I find Nik Turner's vocals really cartoonish and hideously dated, but the lengthy instrumental passages full of pummeling bass and distorted chugging guitars, the mindless filtered saxophone and warped electronic effects are really exhilarating and frequently overwhelming. Much of this track really sets in stone a sound that most people identify this band with.

Although `Space Is Deep' is driven by a very folky and acoustic guitar backing, it's swamped in swirling electronic effects and before long it's deeply lost in space. The first half has very acid- drenched imagery in the lyrics, while the second half when the bass and drums kicks in has a really confident stomp to it.

`One Change' is (surprisingly for Hawkwind!) a very low-key, subtle beautiful piano and bass piece! Shame it only lasts for less than a minute!

Monstrous punishing bass, rattling drums and an unhinged vocal from Dave Brock barking out rambling lines means `Lord Of Lights' destroys all in it's path. Lemmy powers through this track, very loose and groove-filled. Another long and trippy track, full of typical Hawkwind characteristics.

I love how the folky elements on the intro to tracks like `Down Through The Night' still sound very alien and other-wordly. The phasing effects behind the guitar just enhances this feeling. Strong vocals from Brock again, his voice is especially confident on the acoustic tracks on this album.

More dirty stomping bass fades in for `Time We Left...', with waffling treated sax flying in and around Brock's inane lyrics. The guitar playing about 1:40 seems really off and unpleasant, before deteriorating into a seriously loopy and maddening chanted mess, reminds me a little bit of Gong! Unpleasantly groovy, Lemmy's bass near in the final few minutes is really bent! Very addictive track, more please!

`The Watcher' is an unsettling acoustic come-down from the twisted previous track. It's severely wasted and features a suitably stoned lead vocal from Lemmy. No drums or percussion at all, and only a few spacey effects near the very end. Somehow reminds me a little of early Black Sabbath and Ozzy! "This is the end now..." is suitably apocalyptic to wrap the album up on.....and if he hadn't ending up playing on their next album, I'm pretty sure I'd have been convinced that Lemmy really did keel over after that long drawn out final note on the lyric!

`Doremi' is a knockout spacerock album, powerful and noisy, with a great variety between longer menacing spacey rockers andpsychedelic folky ballads. Improved and tighter production still highlights their improvisational trademarks while keeping things relatively lo-fi. The acoustic guitar playing is powerful and confident, played with real belief and purpose. The band also make even the most incoherent lyrics sound grand and filled with purpose. The blur of electronics, warped sax playing, crumbling bass and fuzzed out guitars make for a truly disorientating and fascinating experience.

Into the blackness we drown!

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5 stars Heavy space psychedelic music ! 6 great tracks (Yes, 7 in fact, but One Change last less than one minute) here. I especially love Lord Of Light (what a bass line ! Lemmy is a god), Down Through The Night, The Watcher and Brainstorm. Curiously, I don't like Time We Left This World Today as I love ... (read more)

Report this review (#164001) | Posted by Zardoz | Saturday, March 15, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This was my second Hawkwind album the first was In search of space and to be honest i was and still is a bit let down by that albums i had heard it was suposed to be one of thiere best i think the singing and song writing on it was a bit poor but thne bought this one and Woooooooow! what a chang ... (read more)

Report this review (#135532) | Posted by Zargus | Thursday, August 30, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Lemmy on the bord! Well, is it just my imagination that this album has a heavy metal sound? But, apart from that it's a great piece of work. Heavy, long tracks such as Brainstorm, Time We Left This World Today and Lord Of Light are the highlight of this lp. And we have also two ballads (Hawkwind ... (read more)

Report this review (#108060) | Posted by Deepslumber | Friday, January 19, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars To me this album was trodden on by Space Ritual. With Space Ritual you get the whole shebang. The poetry, the uptempo amphetamine rock, the works. This album sound a bit like demos or rehearsal tapes for the tour. The bonus track Brainbox polution doesn't help much either, as it sounds like th ... (read more)

Report this review (#102059) | Posted by hawkbrock | Thursday, December 07, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Another great Hawkwind album. The first with Lemmy. Could hardly be construed even remotely as Prog rock. This is blazing space-metal. Try and avoid the US CD on One-Way records. It's mastered from vinyl. ... (read more)

Report this review (#96006) | Posted by Goodgulf | Friday, October 27, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is Rock and Roll. What would a spaceship sound like if it was driven by Rock and Roll? When it was starting engines it would sound like Lord of Light, that's what. It was always the wild, right out there imagination that went into the Hawkwind project that meant that you had to have imag ... (read more)

Report this review (#46643) | Posted by | Wednesday, September 14, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Thank god that Motorhead became famous, because without that band I never would have heard of Hawkwind. This is their first album with Lemmy and is a masterpiece when it comes to space rock. Brainstorm is a marvelous song that I wouldl ove to hear live. The bonus tracks are a welcom additon as ... (read more)

Report this review (#36761) | Posted by | Friday, June 17, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This was Hawkwinds 3rd album and paved the way for the Space Ritual alive. Brainstorm is a driving acid garage chant of 11 minutes with one of teh best fade outs in musical history.Space is Deep takes us to accoustic territory before a droning heavy break before returning to cerebral synth noi ... (read more)

Report this review (#25238) | Posted by | Tuesday, April 05, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I was a kid when I first heard this, I didn't know anything about Hawkwind or space rock or liquid lightshows or hallucinogens. I had no idea where this band came from, I had even less idea where these sounds came from - what was it that made these noises like machines inside my head ? Who wer ... (read more)

Report this review (#25237) | Posted by | Thursday, February 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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