The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA


Space Rit­ual EMI From the hip­pie squats of Lon­don’s Lad­broke Grove to the outer reaches of your mind, th­ese 1970s space­rock­ers pi­o­neered the weld­ing of sci-fi themes with proto-punk. This col­lec­tor’s edi­tion of Hawk­wind’s fourth al­bum (recorded live in Liver­pool and Lon­don in 1972) is am­bi­tious in the ex­treme, rep­re­sent­ing as it does a sto­ry­line (in­flu­enced in part by sci-fi writer Michael Moor­cock and psy­cho­an­a­lyst Wil­helm Re­ich) about space trav­ellers sus­pended in time. It’s ac­tu­ally ter­rific stuff; Hawk­wind lay down a gran­ite-tough and mar­ble-smooth sonic as­sault that em­braces stone-cold stoner clas­sics (Brain­storm, Master of the Uni­verse, Or­gone Ac­cu­mu­la­tor). Fac­tor in thes­pian-style spo­ken word in­serts from Robert Calvert, and you have a wholly in­flu­en­tial yet cu­ri­ously lit­tle heard out-there stoner/space rock clas­sic. hawk­

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