Space Ritual

Space Ritual

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Recorded live in December 1972 and released the following year, Space Ritual is an excellent document of Hawkwind's classic lineup, underscoring the group's status as space rock pioneers. As the quintessential "people's band," Hawkwind carried '60s countercultural idealism into the '70s, gigging constantly, playing wherever there was an audience, and even playing for free on five consecutive days outside the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The band's multimedia performances were the perfect accompaniment for exploring inner space and imagining outer space. While not concerned with rock's material trappings, Hawkwind were, ironically, among the hardest-working groups in Britain, averaging one show every three days during the year preceding these recordings. Given all that practice, it's not surprising that the performances collected here are incredibly tight (although, reportedly, a couple of tracks were edited). Incorporating most of Doremi Fasol Latido, the show for the Space Ritual tour was conceived as a space rock opera, its blend of sci-fi electronics, mesmerizing psy-fi grooves, and heavy, earthbound jamming punctuated with spoken word interludes from astral poet Bob Calvert. Although his intergalactic musings date the album, coming across now as camp futurism, they still provide fitting atmospheric preambles to Hawkwind's astounding, mind-warping sounds. Calvert's manic recital of Michael Moorcock's "Sonic Attack," for instance, is an exercise in tension that subsequently explodes on the stomping "Time We Left This World Today"; with Nik Turner's otherworldly sax, Dave Brock's guitar distortion, and the earth-moving rhythm section of Simon King and Lemmy, this track offers a blueprint for the album's most potent material. Another standout is "Orgone Accumulator," ten minutes of hypnotic (Wilhelm) Reich & roll that could be the missing link between Booker T. and Stereolab. A 1973 advertisement described Space Ritual as "88 minutes of brain damage"; that characterization still holds true.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2013
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 5099943333721
catalogNumber: 4333372
Rank: 25539

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hawkwind   Primary Artist
Dave Brock   Guitar,Vocals
Del Dettmar   Synthesizer
Dik Mik   electronics
Simon King   Drums
Nik Turner   Flute,Saxophone,Vocals
Lemmy Kilmister   Bass,Vocals
Stacia   Dancer
Bob Calvert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Hawkwind   Producer
Dave Brock   Composer
Del Dettmar   Composer
Dik Mik   Audio Generator
Vic Maile   Engineer
Nik Turner   Composer
Gerry Fitzgerald   Recording Equipment
Barney Bubbles   Packaging
Moorcock   Composer
Bob Calvert   Composer,Poetry

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