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SPACE FUSION ODYSSEY

Nik Turner

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.06 | 41 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Nik Turner - Space Fusion Odyssey (2015)

I really liked the Space Gypsy (2013) album because of it's Hawkwind style and catchy tunes. On the Space Fusion Odyssey album another brand of spacerock is played, more in the tradion of Fusion styled Gong. Nik Turner, the ex windinstrumentalist from Hawkwind, has invited an interesting list of musicans; Robby Krieger (The Doors), Steve Hilliage (Gong, solo), Gilly Smith (Gong) and Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra, solo).. that's impressive.

The two opening tracks are my favorites of the spacerock genre. With a sublime recording bass and drums just fire through you're living room! Though the music is jam-based and therefor a bit repetitive, there's a sheer excitement in the performance. The main themes are strong and the different top layers of solo's and spacey sounds add to an atmosphere of real bombastic bliss. On side two we get to hear a more 'traditional' fusion pieces, alle executed well - but less exciting. Some musical passages digress to spaced-up elevator music, whereas on other moments the band really rocks out in sophisticated way. The vinyl has less tracks then the cd version, which is perhaps for the best. The vinyl does have a six piece foldout cover that is simply amazing, among my favorite artworks in my collection (among the likes of Alphataurus, Comus, Tommy, Tudor Lodge, Wolf City).

friso | 4/5 |

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