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MICHAEL MOORCOCK & THE DEEP FIX

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UK artist Michael MOORCOCK is best known for his long career as an author. One of the driving forces of the British New Wave of Science Fiction, and his interwoven fantasy series of books about The Eternal Champion in general and the fictional character Elric of Melnibone in particular are legendary among fans of fantasy fiction. He was named as one of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945 by UK newspaper The Times in 2008. Throughout his career he has worked with several artists and bands as well, and most of all with space rock band Hawkwind, who recorded a concept album based on his Elric of Melnibone series of books. Moorcock joined the band for the tour following this album, reciting from his novels as part of the stage show.

In the 1970's Moorcock was also given the chance to record an album of his own. Released under the moniker Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix, "The New World's Fair" was a concept album, featuring guest appearences by many fairly well known musicians. Including many of the musicians that were members of Hawkwind at that time. The album have seen a number of reissues over the years, most of them with revised or expanded track lists.

See also: Spirits Burning And Michael Moorcock "An Alien Heat" (2018)

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The New Worlds Fair
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Terminal Cafe
2019

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 Live At The Terminal Cafe by MOORCOCK & THE DEEP FIX, MICHAEL album cover Studio Album, 2019
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Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars I have no idea how many Moorcock books I read when I was a teenager, but it is safe to say it was lots! I was fascinated not only by the tales of Elric, but also Jerry Cornelius, and The Deep Fix was of course the fictional band he fronted. Moorcock released his debut album with Deep Fix as long ago as 1975, but it took until 2019 for the third to appear. His long friendship with Martin Stone (The Action/Mighty Baby, Savoy Brown, Chilli Willie) resulted in their decision to do an album together, based on Moorcock's 'Blood' trilogy. Those books are set in Texas and Louisiana, and the concept with the album is that this was recorded by the band at Terminal Cafe in Biloxi, Mississippi (as opposed to in a studio in Paris where it actually took place). Moorcock describes the album as 'our first psychedelic Country & Cajun record', and that is certainly an apt description. Given that musically he is usually associated with Hawkwind and various offshoots, this is hugely different indeed to anything he has ever done with Mr Brock!

Moorcock is seventy years old now, and that does affect the timbre of his voice at times, but in just in the way it adds additional gravitas. I am somewhat surprised hearing how strong his vocals are that we haven't had more music from him over the years, as when he applies the gravel on 'A Man Like Me' he shows he has far more in common with Dr. John than I would ever have imagined possible. This never sounds like the work of a man feted for his novels, short stories and magazines (it is incredible to think he was editing magazines at the age of 17 and publishing his own works at that time as well, no wonder he has been named as one of the most important English authors since the war), but instead someone who grew up on the bayou. The first time I played this I literally sat there with a smile on my face the whole way through as this is such a delight, and as soon as I finished it, I had to play it again!

Fans of this style of music are going to get a great deal from it, and I do wonder what Hawkwind completists are going to think when they put this on, as it is a long way from his work with that mighty band. It certainly wasn't what I expected to hear, but that surprise turned to pure delight.

 The New Worlds Fair by MOORCOCK & THE DEEP FIX, MICHAEL album cover Studio Album, 1975
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Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars English writer Michael Moorcock have for most of his career had a close relationship with various musicians, especially Hawkwind, and this release is his one and only attempt as a rock musician himself.

It's a concept album, where Moorcock's spoken lyrics and crowd noises is the red thread binding together a story about "Dude" going to the fair. It's a rather unique experience in many ways, the psychedelic tinged tunes with a distinct 60's flavor to them mixed in with dark and eerie lyrics - and a high level of theatrics in songs as well as the passages read out by Moorcock. Not all the tunes work out here, in fact it's a fairly mixed release overall, but this is also very much a one of a kind release; worth checking out for the good bits.

Fans of retro psychedelic rock should find this one interesting, as well as fans of Hawkwind.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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