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SPIRAL REALMS

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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SPIRAL REALMS was a project created in 1993 by keyboardist/violinist Simon House, who is famous for his work with the mid-70's HAWKWIND lineup. House was known for his work with HIGH TIDE and THIRD EAR BAND and is highly revered as an accomplished violinist in the space rock genre. In 1978 he departed from HAWKWIND, then collaborated with a diverse variety of legendary artists such as MIKE OLDFIELD, DAVID BOWIE, and MICHAEL MOORCOCK. During the 80's and 90's he joined forces again with HAWKWIND and HIGH TIDE appearing on some of their albums. In 1993, he worked with NIK TURNER on the "Prophets of Time" album. It is here where he met keyboardist Len Del Rio and together they formed SPIRAL REALMS.

The debut album "Trip to G9" was recorded in London between March and July 1994 on Cleopatra's sub-label Hypnotic. In 1995 the second studio album was released under the title of "Crystal Jungles of Eos" featuring once again the collaboration of Simon House on synthesizers, keyboards, and electric violin, and Len del Rio on synthesizers, and particularly Moog synthesizer. This release was followed up by the Live album in 1996 "Solar Wind" featuring House on synths, Rio on Korg synthesizer, mixing, and ensoniq mirage, and the duo were joined by Del Dettmar on synthesizer and emax.

HAWKWIND fans should enjoy SPIRAL REALMS and will be more familiar with the work of Simon House on the HAWKWIND classics "Hall of the Mountain Grill", "Warrior at the Edge of Time", "Astounding Sounds Amazing Music", "Quark Strangeness and Charm", "Hawklords 25 Years On", "P.X.R.5" and "Levitation".

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Trip to G9Trip to G9
Cleopatra 1994
Audio CD$24.99
$1.10 (used)
Crystal Jungles of EosCrystal Jungles of Eos
Cleopatra 1995
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Solar WindSolar Wind
Cleopatra 1996
Audio CD$31.96
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Trip to G9Trip to G9
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Hawkwind UK 2005
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3.48 | 6 ratings
Trip To G 9
1995
3.21 | 5 ratings
Crystal Jungles Of Eos
1995

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Solar Wind
1996

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 Trip To G 9  by SPIRAL REALMS album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.48 | 6 ratings

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Trip To G 9
Spiral Realms Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Spiral Realms was a project created around 1993 by keyboardist/violinist Simon House, mostly known as a member of classic mid-70's Hawkwind.Earlier he had played with High Tide and Third Ear Band.After he left Hawkwind in 1978, House collaborated with David Bowie, Mike Oldfield and Michael Moorcock among others, while during the late-80's and early-90's he rejoined both Hawkwind and High Tide for a short period.In 1993, while working on Nik Turner's ''Prophets of Time'' album, he met keyboardist Len Del Rio and teamed up with him under the Spiral Realms moniker.They recorded their debut ''Trip to G9'' in London between March and July 94' and the album was released the next year on Cleopatra's sublabel Hypnotic.

The self-titled track and the following short ''Elements II'' shows the love of House for Electro-Ambient textures, quite close to TANGERINE DREAM's ethereal music parts, with long spacey synths and modern Electronics, being both typical products of their time.Things become extremely interesting with the long ''Red giant'', a mix of impressive Electronic Music with somewhat Neo Prog-ish melodic guitar lines, pounding drum programming and a cosmic atmosphere at the end of a pretty atmospheric track.''Tritium'' is another good composition, performed in the vein of SHAMALL's albums, blending Electronic and New Wave with bombastic guitar and violin breaks and offering rich and furious synth-led grooves.''1000 years under solar sails'' shows a return to the opening forms of the work, a long pure Electronic track with lots of sound effects, cosmic synthesizers and a very spacey mood with soaring keyboards, creating imaginative soundscapes.''Solar flares'' is a another beautiful trip into the world of TANGERINE DREAM alikes.Hypnotic electronic loops with melodic and dreamy synth lines and distorted vocals offer relaxed still very deep synth-based music, that would perfectly work as a Science-Fiction soundtrack.

An ethereal and deeply atmospheric work, characterizing Simon House's talent.Armoured basically with various keyboards and a talented collaborator, the ex-Hawkwind mastermind managed to produce well-arranged and cosmic soundscapes, that still retain an inner power.Recommended.

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 Crystal Jungles Of Eos  by SPIRAL REALMS album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.21 | 5 ratings

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Crystal Jungles Of Eos
Spiral Realms Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by davidsporle

3 stars This is the second album i got by spiral realms and is a preety good layed back album with the synths by len del rio and simon house on electric violin and other stuff,the first track cysyrgy is a not to bad track a perfect track to put on with the lights of same goes for every track on this,this album is one of those albums that might be hard to get into but it is a not to bad album plus i got the version which was released in 2004 on hawk records[hawkvp33cd] voiceprint i think,i always enjoy this better at night as its got that feel to it,simon houses violin on this album is ok to which for me is what makes the album and is all over it,i think this would appeal to more on the side of tangerine dream fans more than hawkwind as its more tangerine dream sounding and i think some hawkwind fans would or might be disappointed but i might be wrong,i,m a big hawkwind fan and found myself listening to this all the way through and it actually isnt a bad album attall and the version i got has 2 cds with it wheres the 2nd cd is remixes of the album so to get u into it more theres 2 cds which is an ok idea i think,i give this 3 stars as its an album which is different to hear and simon houses violin sounds ok on this to,this album is worth a listen give it ago,its nice and mellow all the way through kind of relaxing.3 stars.

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 Solar Wind by SPIRAL REALMS album cover Live, 1996
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Solar Wind
Spiral Realms Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by davidsporle

3 stars simon house with spiral realms solar wind is a great album it has a good version of lunar sea which i think is the best track on whole cd,its worth buying if you like hawkwind and simons other albums,ive also got simon houses albums yassasim[which is great to],spiral galaxy revisited[a great one too],house of dreams [this one i dont like the singer on it but its an ok album],anyway solar wind is a great place to start if you want to hear some of simon houses solo stuff or if you want spiral realms,simon house deserves more credit as hes a good violinist,also listen to hawkwind albums called with him on hall of the mountain grill,warrior at the edge of time,quark strangeness and charm,and plus a few other hawkwind albums.i give it 3 stars

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 Trip To G 9  by SPIRAL REALMS album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.48 | 6 ratings

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Trip To G 9
Spiral Realms Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Spiral Realms is the brainchild of legendary violinist Simon House of Third Ear Band, Hawkwind's finest era (In the Hall of the Mountain Grill, Warrior on the Edge of Time, Astounding Sounds, 25 Years On, Quark, Strangeness & Charm and PXR 5) and David Bowie fame. In 1995, he decided to take a brilliant track off Warrior called Spiral Galaxy 28948 (according to legend, his birth date!) and produce two albums of similarly spectacular, spacey, psychedelic and totally original electronic music of the highest caliber. The first one ,"Trip to G9" is a collaboration with American Len Del Rio (keyboardist with Nic Turner's Sphynx as well as Hawkwind side project Anubian Lights) and it is a most rewarding electronic symphony that owes a little to the Tangerine Dream/ Klaus Schulze style but is way more violin driven which gives it a completely different aura. It's as if the USS Enterprise was now commanded by Captain House and that his phasers were string-driven things of sublime power that scoured deep into the farthest corners of space , streaming past "The Red Giant", warp-speeding towards "Tritium" and spending the next "1,000 Years Under Solar Sails". Spiraling, swirling, zooming, gushing waves of sequence-drenched euphoria is well worth the adventure. Unfortunately, this wonderful material has remained unknown and can be found for a song and dance on Amazon-type sites. The follow up "Crystal Jungles of Eos" is as good if not even an asteroid better. Fans of Hawkwind obviously need these but should appeal to instrumental electronic progfans, regardless which planet they may come from. Well worth the trek. 4 sonic meteors

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