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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.20 | 284 ratings

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4 stars Best album from pioneering space rock legend. Long live recording from good place and excellent time. Classic (and possibly the best as well) line-up. Band shows its best: sci-fi electronic effects, psycho-dready tunes and heavy rocky grooves. Lemmy is still there, and if his voice is hardly recognizable, bass line is surprisingly strong!

Band plays long psychedelic rock opera (mostly based on material from Doremi Fasol Latido) with many spoken lyrics, distorted guitar sound, spacey sounds here and there and strong groove. I am not a big fan of space rock, but from what I know excellent combination of spacey and heavy is presented here. It's still not Lemmy's Motorhead, but heavy rock energy gives strong support to long jamming.

Possibly for many listeners this album sounds too long, but it's a genre one of main rules. But even unprepared listener with just interest to heavy prog/ jamming from early 70-s will find many interesting in this work. To be honest, I never found other Hawkwind albums more interesting of different from this legendary live recording, and still believe that if you want to have just one their album - this is the one.

Three and half rounded to 4.

snobb | 4/5 |


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