Hawkwind - Space Ritual

Year of Release: 1996
Label: EMI
Catalog Number: HAWK4
Format: CD
Total Time: 115:32:00

Bobo reviewed several Hawkwind titles in an omnibus review; they are listed separately in the database. This is the fourth of the five reviews.

I do remember very vividly how I armed myself against arriving enemies with the sleeve of Warrior On The Edge Of Time. When folded open the sleeve became a cardboard shield which illustrated perfectly the great creativity of the band. Founded at the end of '69 as Group X, the band evolved, via the name Hawkwind Zoo, to Hawkwind; this band has always had eyes and ears for detail in order to deliver Art with a big A! That art not only was apparent in their music but also in the sleeve designs. The coming of the compact disc made it difficult to continue to deliver that same Art. The tiny booklet in the kitsch-like cold, static, plastic jewel cases no longer has that Hawkwind feel. Fortunately EMI/Premier has seen how serious this was and has re-released the band's first albums in digipack replicas. They did whatever it took to finally release the complete artwork even including various extras such as concert posters, exclusive photographs, extra sleeve notes and the almost obligatory bonus tracks.

Meanwhile, the band outgrew its cult status and a huge excursion is offered to the public by means of the double album Space Ritual, an unreal concept album. There's music and short lectures from Robert Calvert on one side and readings from Michael Moorcock on the other side, recorded live in Liverpool and Brixton. If you want to listen to the complete album in one go without showing any extra symptoms, then I'm afraid you will have to drink quite a lot of that mushroomsoup!

Disc One: Earth Calling (1:46) / Born To Go (9:56) / Down Through The Night (6:16) / The Awakening (1:32) / Lord Of Light (7:21) / Black Corridor (1:51) / Space Is Deep (8:13) / Electronic No. 1 (2:26) / Orgone Accumulator (9:59) / Upside Down (2:43) / 10 Seconds Of Forever (2:05) / Brainstorm (9:20)

Disc Two: 7 By 7 (6:13) / Sonic Attack (2:54) / Time We Left This World Today (5:47) / Master Of The Universe (7:37) / Welcome To The Future (2:03) / You Shouldn't Do That (6:55) / Master Of The Universe (7:26) / Born To Go (13:04)
Album Comes In Foldout Digipack Containing Two Discs And Two Seperate Booklets

Dave Brock - guitar, vocals, synthesizer, organ, 12-string guitar, harmonica, percussion
Nik Turner - sax, flute, vocals, oboe
Lemmy (the Lurch) - bass, vocals
DikMik - audio generator, electronics
Del Dettmaer - synthesizer, keyboards, kalimba
Simon King - drums, percussion
Bob Calvert - poet and swazzle

Hawkwind (1970)
In Search Of Space (1971)
Doremi Fasol Latido (1972)
Space Ritual (1973)
Hall Of The Mountain Grill (1974)
Warrior On The Edge Of Time (1975)
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (1976)
Quark, Strangeness And Charm (1977)
25 Years On (1978)
PXR5 (1978)
Live Seventy-Nine (1980)
Levitation (1980)
The Weird Tapes Volumes 1-8 (1980)
Sonic Attack (1981)
Church Of Hawkwind (1982)
Choose Your Masques (1983)
Text Of Festival (1983)
Zones (1983)
Stonehenge/Do Not Panic (1984)
Chronicle Of The Black Sword (1985)
Hawkwind Anthology (1985)
Live Chronicles (1986)
Out And Intake (1987)
The Xenon Codex (1988)
Space Bandits (1990)
Palace Springs (1991)
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (1991)
Electric Tepee (1992)
The Friday Rock Show Sessions (1992)
Hawklords Live (1992)
California Brainstorm (1992)
It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous (1993)
The Business Trip (1994)
Alien 4 (1995)
Undisclosed Files Addendum (1995)
Love In Space (1996)
The 1999 Party (1997)
Distant Horizons (1997)
In Your Area (1999) (US only)
The Elf And The Hawk
Epoch-Eclipse (?) (1999)
Family Box Set (1999)
Hawkwind 1997 (1999)
Glastonbury 90 (1999)
Choose Your Masques: Collectors Series Volume 2 (1999)
Complete '79: Collectors Series Volume 1 (1999)
Year 2000-Codename Hawkwind (1999)
Atomhenge '76 (2000)
Yule Ritual (2001)
Canterbury Fayre 2001 (2002)
Live 1990 (2002)
Spaced Out In London (2004)
Take Me To Your Leader (2005)
Take Me To Your Future (2006)

Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock

Origin UK

Added: February 19th 2001
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

Artist website: www.hawkwind.com
Hits: 766
Language: english


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