The Space Ritual Alive in Liverpool and London (commonly known as Space Ritual) is a 1973 live double album recorded in 1972 by UK rock band Hawkwind. It is their fourth album, reached #9 in the UK album charts and briefly dented the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #179.Wikipedia
Bro this shit was out of this world. On another fuckin level when i was high lmao. I can't even explain. Must listen for under the influence hahaah
“Space Ritual” by Hawkwind (1973) On top of all the weaknesses inherent in making live performance into an ‘album’, the flaws here are compounded by an almost complete lack of musical sense. Plus, it’s a dopey pulp sci-fi concept and the band’s name is mawkish (I can’t get the image of raptor flatulence out of my mind). No depth, no soul, no passion (except maybe mindlessly monotonous wonder). The lyrics on the track “Space is Deep” are shallow. I laughed out loud at the faux Shakespearean delivery of the vapid spoken “10 Seconds of Forever”. These guys take themselves way too seriously. Dave Brock’s lead vocals and guitar work are paradigmatically mediocre. No groove, no hook, no order. The engineering and mixing are terrible (Well, it was live). Bass and guitar are frequently and painfully out of tune. The creative concept seems to be “Let’s see how many weird noises we can throw against the wall—maybe some of them will stick.” Del Dettmar fribbles aimlessly away on his synthesizer, and his solos are deplorable. You’ve got to remember that by the time this album was made, Emerson, Lake and Palmer had been producing prog rock and synthesized arrangements for over three years. Hawkwind (that name!) was not only low quality, the band was outdated. This album is contemporaneous with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Compare the two. No, don’t bother. In my imagination, I picture the audience at the live performance all looking at their watches at the same time. I sat through this entire (double!) album so you don’t have to. 1/5
fucking long. managed most of it. I can't decide if it would have been a gig i would have enjoyed. there's some pretty good stoner music behind all the space sounds, the wibbly wobbly noises and the shitty spoken word stuff. i reckon i would have been impressed by this performance but the spoken word shit would have proper cheesed me off. not surprised sir lemmy fucked off to do his own thing, all this talk of space and hippy shit must have done his speed addled head in.
This is a perfect jam album. Just have this on all day. Driving, playing Risk, whatever. Just have it on. 5 stars. 6 stars if you're smokin and jokin
You ever been to space? Like really went to space? This is what it sounds like. The almighty Hawkwind. The basslines are driving on this record. It would be an incredible show to witness. This record has space rock, psych rock, hard rock, blues rock, proto-punk and a whole bunch of stuff. This is one to come back to and always find something new. Favorite track: Orgone Accumulator Least favorite track: honestly can’t choose one
True Psychedelic Space Rock in a proper way. Also great for a live album.
It has some (glaring) flaws, such as songs overstaying their welcome and not translating as well live as they would in the studio. But that combination of proto-punk energy and space rock spookiness is so tasty that I can look past it’s shortcomings. An extra star goes to Lemmy’s energy and skill alone.
Psychedelic rock, not massively my genre but can appreciate it. Prob inspired Black Sabbath to a degree. And bits of Chemical Brothers. Was also surprised to hear that the riff on Down Through The Night was clearly ripped of by the Dead Kennedys for Holiday in Cambodia. The lyrics in The Awakening obv inspired The Matrix films 😂. Orgone Accumulator was used in an Earthed film, decent. So much has been influenced by this, hard to give it a bad rating, even though its not my bag. 4/5.
Things I expected and got: space sounds. Synths, lots of phasers/flangers and delay, sick extended guitar jams. Things I did not expect: space flute! Space sax! Space monologues (maybe should have expected). I hear Pink Floyd, Rush, Jethro Tull in here. Plus Space. Unfortunately the bass lines can get repetitive, and there aren't too many really great melodies to hook into.
Another band I hadn't heard of! I was going to ding this album because of the production value and the fact that, as a 1973 album, it wasn't quite in the first wave of proto-metal bands like Deep Purple, Sabbath, and Iron Butterfly (probably missing a ton of crucial bands with those examples, sorry about that). But then I looked it up and this is actually a live album, which explained the production quality, and being a live album it was a collection of previously recorded songs, meaning that this band was more innovative and "first wave" than I realized. As for my enjoyment, it wasn't my favorite early 70's proto-metal. The songs tended to go on way too long and not go anywhere. The sci-fi spoken word segments between some songs were interesting, but I'd rather just hear those sci-fi references of the lyrics of the songs. My personal enjoyment: 3/5 Did it belong on this list: 4/5
Brilliant, breathtaking, beautiful. A truly life affirming, life changing journey of music. One for the ages. I've just been to get a Hawkwind tattoo on my chest...and neck...and penis. Just incredible.
Worst thing I have ever heard in all my life. Would rather listen to a baby cry for two hours, that would be more tuneful.
Absolutely not. Live AND psychedelic 70s crap? Nope.
This is what the algorithm offered up on Thanksgiving. It compelled me to search out Black Friday deals (my favorites are a Google Chromecast stick for $19.99 and a subscription to The Athletic for $1 a month for a year). I'll probably jump on both offers just to spite this album. A freaking DOUBLE ALBUM no less. Look, I can appreciate the album cover as much as the next guy. I also understand one's appreciation of this improves based on the copious amounts of medicinal hallucinogens at one's dispensal. But whatever your mileage, this is on the shortlist of albums that absolutely need to come off the list. No one needs to hear this album.
“A live double album recorded in 1972” is probably all you need to know about this one. I skimmed through this and whatever they were taking clearly took it’s toll on their creative faculties. Repetitive and indulgent.
Why are the worst albums always so long? This sounds like a garage band that formed hell-bent on becoming the next Black Sabbath but then just got way more in to the drugs part than the rock and roll.
The fuck was that?
The only comparison that springs easily to mind is Sun Ra. There are important differences, of course. Sun Ra has both better instrumentation, more varied rhythm, and a mythology that seems less hokey. But this is a great, sprawling project, clearly inspired by space, and with at least two levels of a heartbeat. There's the rock-and-roll pulse of course, but that's shared by even bad doom or stoner metal. There's a second rise and fall happening underneath, within and between the songs, of words, textures, electronics. The wind instruments greatly contribute to creating the sense of anticipation which is so needed to sit through a couple hours of largely similar music.
Psychedelic rock. What else needs to be said?
This is as good as it gets for old music.
A little strange, noisy at times. Would have been fun to be there - probably a party! Lots of great ideas heard throughout. Amazing how tight they groove for a love album. Tremendous musicianship - can see predictors for hard prog-rock groups. Drugs. Lots and lots of drugs.
First time listening to this band that heavily influenced KGATLW. The album starts off a little slow but builds into an absolutely wonderful experience.
A brilliant eyeopener. I didn't know this one.
For me this was first time hearing this artist and what a absolutely fantastic trip this album is. Especially love the long and spacey guitar plays. Psychedelic rock might be something I want to listen more.
my kind of album. psychedelia of the jazz rock type. intense yet meditative. definitely hear the influence on bands like the black keys and black rebel motorcycle club. i like this album, a lot.
What a magic journey
Fkn hell yeah this is what I'm talking about. A 2hr space prog odyssey with fat riffs and spoken word always has the potential to go very bad but this is perfect. Love the whovian drama in Sonic Attack that flows into the big foot-on-fold-back Time We Left This World Today. Excellent live recording too. Will need to spenore time with this, might put it on my ski trip playlist.
I needed this today. This was fantastic. Fully titled "The Space Ritual Alive in London and Liverpool" is a double live and the fourth album from Hawkwind recorded on the studio album "Doremi Fasol Latido" tour. The album intersperses the core songs with electronic and spoken word pieces to create essentially one continuous piece. The concert was meant to be an audio-visual experience including naked dancers and "entwinning the fantasy of seafarers in suspended animation traveling through time and space with the concept of music of the spheres (movement of celestial bodies as a form of music)." You betcha, I'm on board. And, the music and band are/were classified as "Space Rock." OK. All I know is that this fuckin' rocked. It sounded like punk met heavy metal met jam band (and other stuff). I heard so many future influences - Monster Magnet, Sleep, Mastodon. The band was killer too with none other than Lemmy on bass. The are a lot of songs worth highlighting. It seemed that each of the band members stepped up at different times throughout the album. Most the big songs are between 7 to 13 minutes long. The first song with lyrics "Born to Go" sets the pace with driving music. Drummer Simon King shines and there is a killer guitar solo by Dave Brock. This song has aspects of both punk and heavy metal. "Lord of Light" continues the driving music with Lemmy standing out and interesting sax towards the middle to end which gives it almost a Roxy Music feel. And how can you not mention "Brainstorm" which is just a jam. I'd classified it as like Stoner punk. It defintely starts out like a Motörhead song and continues on for over 13 minutes. Epic! I had listen to Hawkwind before and was expecting a lot having not listened specifically to this album. I got a lot. It is a lot. A big enthusiastic recommendation for anyone who likes Rock.
WOW! Amazing! Like Black Sabbath but heavier and more tripped out! And they were around during Sabbaths early years! How have I never heard this before!
If you had a drink every time someone says the word "space" on this album, you'd basically end up evaporating. It's great, though, surely an inspiration on Star Wars and Flash Gordon and other sci-fi of the era.
What a cool and weird album, a whole experience. I'm very into psychedelic rock at the moment and I think I just discovered a new band to listen to all of the albums!! Fav tracks: Brainstorm, Lord of Light, Down Through the Night
I've been always obsessed with all things related to space. Space travel? Cool. Space operas? Awesome. Space ROCK??? Hell yeah!!! I actually started getting into this weird, almost forgotten subgenre shortly before discovering this page, and I listened to Doremi Fasol Latido (many of the songs of that album are also present here). So I was really excited when another Hawkwind album popped up here! Now, Space Ritual is definitely not an album for anyone. A lot of people are going to hate it, and that's fair. It's basically a bizarre voyage on drugs across the black corridor of space. It is crude, it is trippy and it's long... Really long. But if you make it to the end, you'll be rewarded with a weird sense of catharsis. At least that's what I felt when listening to the final track. 5/5, I would listen to it again.
Fantastic, ahead of its time Space Rock album. Phenomenal
I’ve found my go-to album for my ‘70s drug montages. Perfect for fast zoom-in/zoom-outs, blurry close-ups of go-go dancing and multicolored double exposure lights circling over fast cuts of smiling and screaming faces. This album overflows with psychedelic energy. Today I was not tripping and feared this might be tedious. I needn’t have worried - it was quite the opposite! The housecleaning I did as I listened became wildly more interesting. I lost track of how long I had been listening or whether the song had ever changed. The 2+ hour run time flew by. Several songs into a second listen of disc one I realized I had repeat turned on and the music had started over. My cats went wild and started running all over like crazy midway through the album. I’m pretty sure this has psychoactive effects. I love how seriously Space Ritual takes itself. I love the weird cats on the cover. I love the use of flute and sax. I love the analog synthesizers. I love the serious spoken word parts (“vermilion deserts of Mars, the jeweled forests of Venus”, and instructions provided in case of Sonic Attack). I love the noodly bass lines. I love gyrating wildly to Lord of the Light. I love the cosmic grandeur. “In the fourth second of forever I could remember nothing that I did not love.” Totally groovy!
Absolutely phenomenal record - grandiose, theatrical, absurd but propelled by a commitment to the music and the concept which makes for an incredible sounding experience. The whole thing teeters on the edge of absurdity but manages to pull through. The highlight is a perfectly delivered, Michael Moorcock authored Sonic Attack, a spoken word piece that sums up this sci fi fantasy rock opera.
I really liked the Earth Calling intro. Born To Go was a little boring to me. The Awakening- 10 seconds of forever was amazing. That's for the first half listed on Spotify. Second half or whatever is also pretty amazing. Seven by Seven words are really thought provoking. Sonic Attack hit me hard and I can bravely say it's the highlight of the record for me. I am definitely not the biggest fan of this kind of music, so I tried to be very objective. It is pretty damn great, different, unique and thought provoking. However, some tracks were not able to have my attention for too long. 4/5 stars for me.
I'm a sucker for media about space and how it makes us think about our place in the universe, so this album works for me, despite the layers and layers of pompousness and corniness (and spoken word bullshit). If Space Oddity and Rocket Man are about astronomy, then Space Ritual is about astrology or maybe astral projection. I have a lot of room in my heart for psychedelic space rock, so while I acknowledge this isn't for everybody, I dug it. Best track: Brainstorm
Still listening through, but really enjoying it.
Far out man. Meed to give it more of a listen. A bit long for the time I had for it.
I really enjoyed this, even though I don't really know anything about this band. It reminded me of more tuneful Krautrock.
Can't believe I've never heard any Hawkwind before. I Enjoyed it quite a bit. It was long, but I think that's one of the things about space rock that I actually enjoy, long jam sessions.
Pura drogaaa... Pues me gustó, tiene sus momentos pesadones, me gustó sobre todo seven by seven y Brainstorm, están remolinescas, mareadoras. Mood: dando vueltas descalzo en un campo de flores
Hawkwind is great but the album is very long-winded
pretty good pretty spacey
Cosmic. Blasting awesome prog guitar madness
Vraiment weird, mais quand même un show qui a pas de sens. J'aime moins les albums live. Un écouter un show quand tu n'es pas dans le moment, sans image etc. c'est plus difficile d'apprécier toutes les nuances. Cependant l'album est vraiment éclater et certaines tounes sonnent vraiment comme un tonne de brique et j'adore ca. Quelque moments explosif entouré de plein de trucs bizarre. La réécoute est peu probable mais j'ai bien apprécié. 4
There were moments when my ears perked up and I was like 'damn this is some fun music' and then other times where it just felt weird. Solid and fun listen from a way out there band/album.
One of the greatest Hawkwind albums. Therefore, one of the greatest albums ever.
Wow, methamphetamine and hallucinogens actually get along quite well. A fantastic live show (7/10) FT: Born To Go, The Awakening
Great but super long
It's a lot of album, but damn is it a good live album. I couldn't imagine seeing Hawkwind in their hey day. Would be mind blowing, for sure. Hawkwind's catalog is so huge, that I've never really took a deep dive. Just seems so daunting a task, but I'm familiar enough with what they do to know what to expect from them. Everything is so seemless on this album and just keeps flowing with interesting interludes and all. And those Lemmy baselines drive their music so incredibly well. What a ride.
Another of those bands that I am aware of but haven't really listened to. With its sludgy cosmic soundscapes I have definitely become a new fan. That said, the album is a bit hit and miss, going a bit too hippy and a bit too jam band for my tastes at times. Maybe I was on the wrong acid or it was a case of you had to be there and that whole era
Sound not great but good atmosphere.
Heavy space, psychedelic rock
Simultaneously avant- grade yet accessible. This album sounds both old and new with its driving repetitive rhythms and virtuosity. This album runs a bit long, but it is interesting enough to be worth sitting through. I can hear the influence of this band in other artists that followed up through the present day.
O takie picki listowe nic nie robilem, nowosc zarowno jako banda, brzmieniowo taka progresja, ze ciezko stawiac ja wokol innych rokujacych zespolow lat 70, a przede wszystkim orginalnosc brzmienia, bo to najbardziej urzeklo mnie na Space Ritual od Hawkwinda z 73, ktory jest poteznym livowym podwojnym albumem, nagrywanym w 72 w londynie i liverpoolu, stad az tyle materialu zeby zrobic dwie epickie strony, ktore objetosciowo to w orginalne 86 minut, a rozszerzona wersja z 2k07 to az dwie godziny dwanascie minut, wiec jest czego posluchac, 21 mocno psychodelicznych kompozycji z motywem przewodnim przestrzeni, wiec space rock z definicji, pomimo tego, ze jest to nagranie koncertowe, to jednak calosc jest tak spojna, wiec banda w calej swojej dyskografii musi kierowac sie tym motywem, bo gdyby nie typowe koncertowe brzmienie tego albumu, to moglbym zakceptowac taka trakliste jako zwykly album, co do samego brzmienia livowego, to jest ono najbardziej zblizone do tego co slyszalem na deep purplowym made in japan, czy budokanowym albumie od cheap tricks, wiec potezny koncert na ktorym scena jest odpowiednio wielka dla szerokiej publicznosci, przez co wokale lubia sie czasami gubic gdzies z tylu, zwlaszcza ze czesto pojawia sie chorkowanie, gdzie ciezko zrozumiec chorek lub glowny wokal, co do samego zespolu to jak na rokowy sklad jest dosc spory, bo az siedmiu czlonkow, a wsrod reszty nazwisk znajomo pojawia sie pan Lemmy, dla ktorego hawkwind byl pierwszym zespolem przed motorowyheadem, podczas odsluchu wlasnie bas wydawal sie wyjatkowo hardy, ale nie sadzilem, ze az taka persona za nim stoi, kolejnym wartym uwagi instrumentem sa drumy grane przez Simona Kinga, nie bede zaglebial sie w kto byl wokalem lirykiem danych trakow, bo sluchalo sie tego dobrze, ale jest to livowy album, wiec tez mialo to cos do rzeczy, zostawie to sobie do zglebienia podczas odsluchu studyjnej dyskografii bandy, bo ten epicko kosmiczny material zachecia do dania mu szansy, bo az dziwne, ze nie slyszalem wczesniej o hawkach biorac pod uwage, ze to przeciez wyspiarski prog z lat 70, no chociaz strasznie mocno zestakowana scena w tamtym okresie byla, wiec nawet cos co brzmi tak dobrze bylo gdzies na drugim planie i nie przebilo sie do mainstreamu, nie dodaje livowych utworow na plejke, ale plyte wrzuce do biblioteczki spotifajowej, zeby nie zpomniec o sprawdzeniu jak wypadaja przy nim studyjne krazki
Jesse play "the 2 hour long psychedelic space rock album about accumulators and simultaneous orgasms, featuring Lemmy from Motörhead on bass with the naked woman on the cover" even if we scare the hoes. Yo Mr White that's a great idea. I love that album. My favorite song is "Brainstorm", which goes on for 14 minutes and roughly 12 minutes of that is a guitar solo.
1972 - Space rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, proto-punk, hard rock
Pretty good listen, very obscure psychedelic rock. Only annoying part was the weird prophetic ramblings. Made me hallucinate and wield a turnip hacksaw, running around the house.
psychadelic space rock with a sprinkling of jazz, very nice. some dutty dutty riffs would’ve been great if it was shorter might listen to some more of their stuff, as long as it won’t take up half of my day. cool album cover 8.8/10
Very interesting music genre. Great musicians and love the weirdness.
I could've done with less of the narration or whatever but mostly I really dug this.
Right, this is fantastic. I don’t have two and a quarter hours to listen to it in one sitting.I did this in three goes, and I loved it. I’m a huge fan of the Amorphous Androgynous psych compilations and this sounds like the first 3 volumes. I’ll add most of this to my psych playlist but probably not listen to it as an album from start to finish.
Vaikka kuuntelin tämän lähinnä taustamusiikkina, enkä niinkään ajatuksella, niin nautin tästä silti. Luultavasti palaan tähän vielä myöhemmin vähän lyhyemmissä pätkissä, koska kokonaisen albumin kuunteleminen oli aika työn takana.
I only ever knew Hawkwind as the band Lemmy was in before Motorhead, forgetting they were an influential Space Rock group in their own right! || Cool riffs and sounds at times, and I'm very glad to have listened and for it's influence on later bands like The Sword, but it's not groundbreaking for me and as expected a little indulgent at times. Very solid four, but I could be persuaded to add or take away half a star depending on the argument.
Good album that I haven’t listened to for a few years. Certainly see the influence on stoner/slidge rock. I was thinking this deserved a five because Lemmy is I. The mix, but the awkward space talk brings it down to a more earthly four stars.
Great music but too goddamn long.
Long and empty sounding at parts but mostly cool
I have never been high enough to appreciate this album. Even so, it was almost good until the pseudo-intellectual nonsense monologues started. Kind of a mood killer.
Great live rock album. I think one would have to take this in the moment to get the full experience (the out-there interludes don't make for easy listening), but even as a recorded experience the energy and life behind each track is apparent. Reminds me of a prog King Gizzard.
Not bad. Some good tunes
So everyone always says, "yeah, I wish I was high as a kite while listening to this", but I feel like that detracts from the media you are enjoying. If something (music/movie/food/etc) is good, you shouldn't have to be in an altered state to find it enjoyable, or even incredible. And that's where I find myself disagreeing with myself as I listened to Space Ritual. This album is so damn long that you absolutely need some kind of substance that speeds up time in order to find it thoroughly enjoyable. Each song? Cool. The whole thing? A crawl to the end. Only HyperLSD will work here.
Just a jam album, not fantastic but not bad, probably shouldn’t be sober to fully enjoy this album.
I mean it's good, but nothing really sticks. They sound similar but it's space rock.
Sehr lange gezogen aber gute Riffs
What a journey! Too long though. But I liked it.
Mucho rock, casi que puro instrumento y pues se oye bien, sin duda, pero no regresaré al disco. No es lo mío, vaya, y de repente son canciones larguitas. Eso sí, están chistosas esas canciones en donde hay más voz, como manifiestos, proclamas, por ejemplo "Space Is Deep", "Sonic Attack" o "Welcome to the Future", ya se nota cierto patrón con los títulos... Igual, seguro alguien más versado podrá decir qué instrumentos o qué arreglos suenan mucho mejor, pero para mí en algún momento fue repetitivo. 7/10
Lot o’ jamming but I liked the one song with the weird dialogue
Scorching driving guitars and wicked bass from Lemmy. I think to appreciate this you'd need to be banging your head in a room smoking some weed, the folks talking between the song are certainly high on something. Can hear the early origins of prog metal here. The first half dozen songs were great, but after that it got very repetitive.
Prof rock. Interesting and weird. Need to be in the right mood for it
I think if you drill down through the muddy production, the song-writing is actually pretty good. The riffs are solid, the music is driving and relentless, and while there’s very little variation in the 8, or 9, or 10-minute pieces, save for a sax solo, they don’t seem too long. The poetry and outer space build ups are amusing. It’s easy to see why these guys have garnered such a cult following.
Really like it but far too long
Interesting, psychedelic rock. I need a certain mood for it, but it is impressive.
Probably not a far go because I was away from home. Seemed OK in what I heard.
pyschodelic guitar experimental rock
Really wasn’t in the mood.
Much as I enjoy Hawkwind it does get a bit same after a while. ***
I quite enjoyed this for a short period but it just goes on a bit. It again makes me thankful that punk happened.
It was OK but the repetitive and long songs get pretty boring quickly in my opinon. I don't mind listening to it once, but I don't think I'll come back to it.
This is the band that had hosted musicians such as Ginger Baker and Lemmy, but this live concert drips with the excesses of Prog Rock & Psych Rock. While bloated in areas, it is still an impressive effort.
A decent space-rock live album. 7.9/10
Love Hawkwind but this isn’t their best.
sometimes overdoes it but maybe that's OK I was listening to a live performance recording and the real deal is probably better but I am rating the recording anyways
Its like a hard rock space symphony. The motif of space is deeply explored; sonically and philosophically. Still not really my thing.
I sort of feel like the best I can say about this is that it definitely inspired more interesting things. A lot of this feels like it could use more focus and editing. The bass is pretty great though. Given what I know about Motörhead, it’s pretty interesting that Lemmy was in a band like this.
I thought I would really like these guys, but they were okay. Really cool album art though.
Spacey live album that has its moments.
I quite enjoyed the first half of this album. It seems like it would have been a really cool concert to go to. After a while this album gets to be a bit much, though. Some of the lyrics/voice overs are really cheesey, which is expected for this era and this type of music, but it doesn't age well. I often find double albums frustrating to rate because they could often be reduced to a single album that is good, but as a double album they are often not worth the time commitment. I understand it more for a live album like this, but I also don't have all day to listen to Hawkwind talk about space 3/5
Oooh, spacey. I was not pleased to see a 2 hour live space rock album waiting for me this morning, but I actually enjoyed it. As live albums go, this one's pretty solid. It rocks much harder than I expected and it was just fun to listen to. The album suffers from some of the sound quality issues that a lot of live albums do, but the actual performances are absolutely on point. I will add that this album is very, very jammy. Some will absolutely not have the patience for it. Some people here are dogging on the spoken word parts, but I'm cool with them. They're never overly long (which is key to making it work), and admit it, Robert Calvert has a perfect voice for spoken word. Lemmy and Simon King make for one hell of a kickin' rhythm section and Dave Brock's guitar is splendid. Fave Songs: Master of the Universe, Time We Left This World Today, Down Through the Night, Space is Deep, Brainstorm
Rockigt och spaceat livealbum. Långa hårdrockslåtar varvat med lugnare låtar där dikter framförs, de flesta med temat rymden och dystopisk världsundergång. Låtarna flyter ihop i varandra, vilket ger känslan av en två timmar lång kontinuerlig ljudupplevelse, som är svår att greppa efter en lyssning (men jag orkar inte lyssna en gång till, sry). Även om det är ett livealbum så hörs det inte, inspelningarna låter väldigt kontrollerade, och hade lika gärna kunnat gjorts i en studio, vilket är tråkigt. Har annars inga egentliga invändningar. Bra sång, tunga gitarrer, fet rymdrock helt enkelt! Bästa låt: Seven by Seven.
Alright, but it dragged on way too long. First of time I got bored listening to an album on this site.
Not what I was expecting. So long and so Spinal Tap. Didn't know Lemmy from Motorhead was in this band. Some weird stuff, some pedestrian. Glad I listened to it once but don't imagine going back to it.
Boy, it's a good thing that the actual performances on this thing are so good because the length and the spoken word bits really kill any other enjoyment I might have here
Decent prog rock live album that does lack great songs though and thus remains average
A pretty alright older album. One recognized song
i can do hippy, and can do space, but this didn't grab me
I don't have enough time. But what a good jam for what I've heard. A little boring psychadelic in the short while I listened. Think this is a 3
Throughout this bloated record, I had moments of "oh yeah, I'm digging this guitar, I can totally headbang", but for the most part I felt like the only thing this album did was make my dishwashing slightly less dull. Pleasant enough of a listen (minus the spoken word...I personally wasn't into that) and at times unique. I might re-visit some songs or try this again at another time in my life.
This left me so cold. I’m already half out with the live album aspect but it’s also sooo long
Classic. Didn't finish it.
A little out there for my tastes but great musicianship.
Les falta capacidad de síntesis, esas idas en la mitad de tiempo sería un discazo.3
Weird. Strange. But not bad. Let it run as background music for most of the day. 3
Space rock is what space rock does
De va bra!
Je partais avec un préjugé défavorable puisque c’est un live. Et bien peut-être à cause de la forme du spectacle, on oublie que c’est un live. On y découvre du rock psychédélique où on entend les fondements du stoner rock. Je vais sûrement revenir à cet album et explorer d’autres albums du groupe.
I'm a sober man now a days. So this maybe didn't hit like it should have. However, if I ever decide to smoke again and have the time, I'm gonna slap this one on in the background.
I've been recommended Hawkwind for over a year now, and I'm glad to finally get around to them. Most cosmic rock I've heard is more on prog rock side, with some on the more krautrock end. But this is heavy, a derivative of the acid metal of the late 60s and early 70s. It's a very atmospheric work. Guitar solo isn't what I think of when it comes to this album. There's the wobbly synth effects that give off the cosmic feel extraordinarily well, always the focus but never too reliant on its effect. You have to be really careful when your album and each piece goes on for so long, and they pull it off well. Brock on the vocals and guitar feels more like a compliment, as if he displays himself as the star to the audience, but the atmosphere just overtakes and shrouds him in a cloak. Such characteristics make the album perfect for listening to while high. Nik Turner on the sax and flute are more familiar noises to us, complimenting the synths to add to the surreal nature, while still accessible to audiences. But by far Lemmy takes it away on bass. I can't believe his creepy voice is the same raspy cowboy voice he has on Motorhead. The major downside is its length. By the time you're half way through, there aren't any highlights to look forward to. It's still cool, but after listening to this album twice, I sighed both times by the time I got to the 14-minute "Brainstorm." If the album were cut in half, I would appreciate each track much more and award it a 4. But with an atmospheric album like this, especially considering the time era and the fact it was live, there are limitations on what can be done.
Really enjoyed listening to this album, but not quite a 4 for me.
Better than I thought after reading the wiki.
Man I got no clue on this one but I still don’t like the inclusion of live albums in the book… The set starts with earth cooling a perfect intro for a gig… Then rip roaring guitars come crashing in to announce the entry of born to go. The songs nearly 10 mins long which I think would be good if it held more lyrical ground other than just being 95% cool guitar solo, also the vocals aren’t even that great, but I’ll give that a pass as it’s a live album, so therefore it’s much harder to enjoy as the listener isn’t where the band originally intended to hear it. Then is down through the night it’s more compact than the last one which makes it better only at a fairly average 6 minutes. Again the guitars are by far the stars but as it’s shorter the vocals aren’t just a super super minor part. The awakening is just a small spoken part just to add “ atmosphere” to the set. Rolling out of that bolts in lord of light, it’s more vocally driven than the others but still holds awesome punching instrumental work,nice song! Out of the rubble ascends the black corridor just the same as the awakening to be fair. Space is deep really mixes choppy guitars with the background noise. I’am not sure if the vocals work too well with it but it’s still a good enough song. At 8 minutes the song does drag but what one on here doesn’t? Then is electronic No 1 it’s just a passable instrumental to be fair. Orgone accumulator is a 10 minute epic, this one’s really rocking probably a favourite of mine ( even if the instrumental is too long)! Upside down has such a cool guitar riff it’s short and sweet very enjoyable. 10 seconds of forever is just another spoken bit. It’s alright. Brainstorm is 13 f-ing minutes long and it’s an alright sonic just these longer songs don’t tend to strike the right chord with me especially on this generator. Still good enough though. Seven by seven is a slightly slower track at 6 minutes it’s certainly very enjoyable still just hard not having herd the original versions before. Sonic attack is the best spoken track it’s still odd as fuck but it’s cool. While it has repetitive lyrics, time we left this world today is a decent tune not too special but not shit. The penultimate track on the tracklist I’am going by master of the universe it’s cool very heavy it’s only 7 minutes, which isn’t bad for this album, so yeah cool song! It ends with welcome to the future it’s like most of the spoken tracks but with nice guitars. So a pretty druggy track. And a very druggy album, also not an album i’am a huge fan of. There’s bits I like and I won’t call it bad but without the knowledge of studio releases I have to give it a…
It is a strong 3 though…. It’s fun…..
Space rockpsychedelic rockprogressive rockproto-punkhard rock. Un poco rollo.
Rock psicodélico setentero. Ni fu ni fa.
I didn't know this band. Not bad.
Lots of incredible parts, but too long and filled with a quite a bit of fluff.
I get there was a whole art scene thing behind this, and this space theme I guess would have come out more strongly if I’d paid better attention to the lyrics? But as a purely sonic entertainment I’m not sure it’s distinguished much from any regular old hippie jam-a-roo, and one (at double length) I found increasingly tedious. Scrapes the barest three stars with me for style and the in-your-face artiness.
Fun album - but up to a point. Space rock at its best, allegedly, is very entertaining in small doses. Listening to a song or two was a great experience, sound of guitars really could take light years away from Earth. But the whole album was almost 2 hours, and trying to listen to those 'sounds of future' quickly became unbearable. I won't recommend this album to anyone, but I would gladly put a random song from this album on a party, as a 'something different and weird'. But that has to be reflected in the rating as well.
Hard to know if they take themselves too seriously or not seriously at all. Better than I expected.
I haven’t been attracted by it.
Een trip, door het universum
3.5 some song feel like they don't belong, the album absolutely over stays it's welcome. But they do a great job of giving the feeling of being in space for most of it. If I was on shrooms this would probably be 5 stars.
The album starts very well; the songs are likable, even psychedelic rock not being my favorite thing. After 1st hour, the songs start to lose any sense...why I'm still listening to it? After 2nd hour: Is this real life? The album's end is in a melting brain by psychedelia, "space rock" (whatever that means), and poetry(?). I got why this album is on the list, but more than 2 hours (only 2 hours?) of anything is enough to enjoy and hate that thing. Watching the live presentation looks like an authentic experience, but listening to it is just part of it and, at the most, is enjoyable. At its worst is annoying. A perfect 3-stars
not bad but live and 2 discs... kinda annoying
crazy lunatic stuff
“In case of sonic attack on your district, follow these rules: if you are making love it is imperative to bring all bodies to orgasm simultaneously.” Spacey. Some of that guitar was surprisingly grungy.
Interesting acid rock album
Lemmy and Ginger Baker were both in this band and that's great. Even from track 2 (which is really the first track as track 1 is an intro) you can hear the big time bass driven sound. Solid rock album. I like the weird in between songs too, like "The Awakening" which is very different than the tracks around it. There's definitely some thematic space / cult stuff going on that is very interesting. This is an album I'll have to hear again to pick up all the details.
Never heard of this band before but they’re totally the kind of group I like. This album can be a bit much (lots of long, dense, sludgy jams) but I’d be curious to hear a more streamlined batch of studio-recorded songs from them. The opening number “Born to Go” has a big thunderous energy! And “Down Through the Night” keeps the momentum chugging along. Their rhythm section in general really keeps things moving on these long songs. “Lord of Light” has some ripping saxophone in it! 🎷🕺🏼 There’s a fair amount of druggy instrumentals and spoken word nonsense that I could do without. But this was a live show so I understand the theatricality of that. “Master of the Universe” is a heavy, hard-rocker. 😎👍 Sometimes the live recording makes the songs feel a bit distant when I wanted a louder, more immediate sound. I felt like I was in the third mezzanine wishing I was upfront next to the stage.
Well that was weird! Psychedelic rock is my jam but most of this album is too far out even for me.
Hawkins, what a name for a band.
Psychedelic space rock. Not bad but not great. I only made it partway through, it’s a veeeery long album.
1973: Born To Go, Down Through the Night
This should be my thing but none of these songs really excited me much.
Interesting but a bit weird
Definitely some interesting rock sounds, but nothing groundbreaking or particularly creative.
This would have been a stoner concert
Marijuana helped greatly with the enjoyment of this album, probably helped with the recording of it as well. If you like this, I recommend giving King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard a listen.
Bastante coñazo. Psicodélico. Tiene algunas cosas que podrían ser interesantes, pero siempre usan sonidos de fondo en plan espacial... Se hace pesado. Muchas partes habladas.
i actually liked some of the music i just couldn’t listen to it for that long, was like my brain was under attack
Not really my thing now,but I remember seeing them in 1973 at Dunstable Civic.Far out man!!!
Toooo long, baby
Sounded like Spinal Tap. One extra star for some good hooks.
Joo-o… Ei nyt oikein puhutellut tämä pläjäys. Soundit olivat aika nuhaisen kuuloiset ja tuntui että basso oli miksattu aika kovalle. Wikipedia paljasti että bassoa soitti kukapa muu kuin Lemmy. Olisin pärjännyt oikein hyvin ilmankin tätä pitkää live-levyä, mutta annetaan nyt kuitenkin kakkonen.
Sure if I had listened to this before Spinal Tap I wouldn’t have found it as hilarious.
Pretentious and kind of boring. I'm sure it was much better seeing it live.
Good music that is sorely held back by artists that are too full of themselves to realize that maybe they should cap it out at one hour so that it's a more concise and focused album. I understand this is peak space rock but man is it a slog to get through. Going to use this opportunity to say now that a long album does not make it a bad one. There are great double albums and longer albums! The issue I tend to have is that if you are going to structure a record to be longer that 40-50 minutes, you need to have a good reason. Do all the songs make it so that the album is greater than the sum of it's parts? Does it lend itself to an overall experience rather than just a collection of songs? How does that experience fare in the end? These are the questions that put longer albums like Space Ritual on trial, because the artists behind the album are ultimately asking me to invest more time and attention than I would a regular album, so they need to make it worth my while. Ultimately they nail certain thematic ideas (the length of the album could be equated to the vastness of space), but when I'm in the thick of it I find I'm not so impressed. The smaller moments that I enjoy don't make up for the fact that the whole piece, front to back, is not as incredible as it would lead me to believe. And no, I'm not going to listen to it while high.
This is another one I couldn’t get into when I first gave it a spin. I decided to give it 24 hrs and try again. It was a little better but still not really rocking my boat. Is Dino Rock a genre? They sound like a dinosaurs band before being old enough to be called such. Some was OK but it lacked consistency.
I mean...it's a long-winded prog-rock album. I don't really understand it, because for "space sounding" it just sounds...like a LOT of progressive rock. and it's wayyyy too long.
I couldn't even make it through this today. Monotonous. I don't hate it, it just wasn't interesting enough.
Não funcionou para mim, álbum duplo com faixa ao vivo, doses excessivas de psicodelismo.
This is my first dalliance in space rock. I didn't expect it to be quite so literal. Their interpretation of space is quite sci-fi, robotic, and distopian except for on "Electronic No 1" where they even seem to have gone to the moon and recorded Clangers. I guess a lot of the tracks get into nice chugging grooves, but there is little to distinguish them from one-another. Overall it's all just a bit weird and impenetrable.
Just couldn't get into it. Too dense by half
Not my thing i'm afraid
Not for me. I don’t care for psychedelic rock.
Not my thing
Har lite svårt att köpa live-album grejen. Om man ska se det som vilket album som helst så är det för det första alldeles för långt och sen är det för tjatigt. Men rätt gött sound.
Hawkwind's fourth album is a live recorded double album of psychedelic/space rock and/or hard/progressive rock, released in 1973. The album comprised most of the set list played during their tour of 1972 and was intended to be one continuous, intertwining melody. I loved how every song faded into the next and I can just imagine myself spending an afternoon, getting lost in their music as the record played. There are a few spoken word songs which took away from the musical immersion and was probably better received when watching the performance live. Overall, this album was a serious trip and I'm glad it found its way to my ears!
Didn't really like this. Pretty boring and it just sounds very similar. Also very long.
Not my cup of tea. These albums, while more psychedelic, simply give prog rock a bad name. Way too long, far too little interesting.
Long, sprawling psychedelic rock with some Joy Division vocals. Dated and uncreative overall
Wow this is a loooong album. I didn't hate it, but it's not really ticking my boxes. I like my prog a bit more melodic and less droney.
I didn’t finish this album not because it was bad but because I just got tired of it. Each song sounded like the same type of space rock with ambient noises and some good guitars/drums
First of all, the typeface (or font, which is a subset of typeface) they used for the album cover teleported me right back to childhood when most space-related stuff used it. Love it. Musically, this is certainly some interesting stuff to my ears. It quickly gets spacey and trippy at most points, and I do understand that's what they are going for. They can play and orchestrate superbly; mostly, however, the songs are not all that enjoyable for me. It can get really jarring to my ear.
Very psychedelic.. some I enjoyed but most were confusing? Also a bit spooky.
Listened before? N Meh. It was okay. I’m sure it’s considered a prog rock classic but it’s a very tough intro to a band. Very long and difficult to understand lyrics. Maybe younger stoner me would have loved it? Added to library? N
Me parece que more jam band than psychedelic or prof. An impressive feat of recording technique and player’s endurance but everything goes on way too long.