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PALACE SPRINGS

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.75 | 60 ratings

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Warthur
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4 stars Palace Springs is a Hawkwind live album taken from a 1989 performance at LA's Palace Theatre, preceded by two studio tracks recorded in a mobile studio at around the same time. In terms of its musical style, the studio material seems to be a continuation of the sound found on The Xenon Codex as well as showcasing the talents of new vocalist Bridgett Wishart; the same is true of the live set, which finds the band giving refreshing updates to a chunk of their old repertoire.

Disappointingly, Bridgett only really gets to lend vocals to the newer songs in the set, with old standards being given a tired-sounding runthrough by Dave Brock. This is a real shame, and to be honest kind of a waste - Wishart's vocals, when they're present, are pretty interesting and would certainly add a new dimension to hoary old classics like The Golden Void. Between this and the somewhat sluggish and lethargic pace of the second half of the album, I wouldn't call this essential live Hawkwind, but it's a good pick if you're a fan. (The slow pace isn't necessarily a problem, but it is something to get used to.) Recent expanded editions not only tack on bonus tracks but also provide an entire bonus disc of a later live performance from 1990 - a set which had previously been released under the title "California Brainstorm" - and thus provide substantially better value than earlier releases.

Warthur | 4/5 |

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