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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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3 stars One for the birds

"Space bandits" is one of those rare Hawkwind albums with a female vocalist, in the form of Bridgett Wishart.

The album starts with the best track, "Images". Wishart's vocals are superb on this long, driving slice of Hawkwind rock co-written by her with Dave Brock and Alan Davey. The track is a typical Hawkwind album opener, along the lines of "Back in the box" or "Motorway city".

Things inevitably have to go down hill after such a great track, but unfortunately, none of the following tracks even comes close. The songs thereafter all much of a muchness in terms of quality.

"Realms" is a soft, atmospheric piece featuring the "Duke Lysergic Orchestra", while the Wishart led "Wings" is also slower, and in truth, something of a plodder. Alan Davey generously gave 10% of the royalties from this track to the RSPB (UK bird protection charity). Worth buying for "Images" alone, but don't expect too much from the rest.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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