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Space Ritual

Hawkwind

1973

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Space Ritual

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2.7

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5

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

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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.

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“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 was not only low quality, the band was outdated.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

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5

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

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5

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

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True Psychedelic Space Rock in a proper way. Also great for a live album.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Absolutely not. Live AND psychedelic 70s crap? Nope.

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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.

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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.

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5

Psychedelic rock. What else needs to be said?

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This is as good as it gets for old music.

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5

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.

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5

First time listening to this band that heavily influenced KGATLW. The album starts off a little slow but builds into an absolutely wonderful experience.

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5

A brilliant eyeopener. I didn't know this one.

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SPACE ROCK

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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.

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5

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.

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5

What a magic journey

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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.

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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

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Space

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Still listening through, but really enjoying it.

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Far out man. Meed to give it more of a listen. A bit long for the time I had for it.

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I really enjoyed this, even though I don't really know anything about this band. It reminded me of more tuneful Krautrock.

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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.

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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

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Hmm ja

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Hawkwind is great but the album is very long-winded

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pretty good pretty spacey

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Cosmic. Blasting awesome prog guitar madness

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Good listen.

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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

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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.

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One of the greatest Hawkwind albums. Therefore, one of the greatest albums ever.

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Wow, methamphetamine and hallucinogens actually get along quite well. A fantastic live show (7/10) FT: Born To Go, The Awakening

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4

Great but super long

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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.

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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

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4

Another classic

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Sound not great but good atmosphere.

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Heavy space, psychedelic rock

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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.

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4.25

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4.5

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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

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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.

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1972 - Space rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, proto-punk, hard rock

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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.

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Great music but too goddamn long.

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3

prog qeyf

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Long and empty sounding at parts but mostly cool

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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.

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3.0

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Ok cool

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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.

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3

Not bad. Some good tunes

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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.

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Just a jam album, not fantastic but not bad, probably shouldn’t be sober to fully enjoy this album.

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I mean it's good, but nothing really sticks. They sound similar but it's space rock.

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Sehr lange gezogen aber gute Riffs

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What a journey! Too long though. But I liked it.

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Looooong

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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

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Lot o’ jamming but I liked the one song with the weird dialogue

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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.

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Prof rock. Interesting and weird. Need to be in the right mood for it

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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.

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3

Really like it but far too long

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Interesting, psychedelic rock. I need a certain mood for it, but it is impressive.

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Probably not a far go because I was away from home. Seemed OK in what I heard.

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pyschodelic guitar experimental rock

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Really wasn’t in the mood.

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Much as I enjoy Hawkwind it does get a bit same after a while. ***

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I quite enjoyed this for a short period but it just goes on a bit. It again makes me thankful that punk happened.

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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.

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3

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.

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3

A decent space-rock live album. 7.9/10

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Love Hawkwind but this isn’t their best.

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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

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Bizarre

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Its like a hard rock space symphony. The motif of space is deeply explored; sonically and philosophically. Still not really my thing.

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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.

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I thought I would really like these guys, but they were okay. Really cool album art though.

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Spacey

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Listen again

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Rating: 5/10

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Spacey live album that has its moments.

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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

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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

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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.

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Alright, but it dragged on way too long. First of time I got bored listening to an album on this site.

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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.

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6/10

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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

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Decent prog rock live album that does lack great songs though and thus remains average

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A pretty alright older album. One recognized song

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Strange.

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i can do hippy, and can do space, but this didn't grab me

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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

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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.

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This left me so cold. I’m already half out with the live album aspect but it’s also sooo long

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Classic. Didn't finish it.

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A little out there for my tastes but great musicianship.

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Les falta capacidad de síntesis, esas idas en la mitad de tiempo sería un discazo.3

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Too long

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Weird. Strange. But not bad. Let it run as background music for most of the day. 3

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Space rock is what space rock does

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De va bra!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Really enjoyed listening to this album, but not quite a 4 for me.

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Better than I thought after reading the wiki.

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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…

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It is a strong 3 though…. It’s fun…..

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1973: Born To Go, Down Through the Night

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This should be my thing but none of these songs really excited me much.

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Interesting but a bit weird

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Definitely some interesting rock sounds, but nothing groundbreaking or particularly creative.

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meh

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This would have been a stoner concert

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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.

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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.

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i actually liked some of the music i just couldn’t listen to it for that long, was like my brain was under attack

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Not really my thing now,but I remember seeing them in 1973 at Dunstable Civic.Far out man!!!

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Toooo long, baby

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Sounded like Spinal Tap. One extra star for some good hooks.

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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.

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Sure if I had listened to this before Spinal Tap I wouldn’t have found it as hilarious.

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Pretentious and kind of boring. I'm sure it was much better seeing it live.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I couldn't even make it through this today. Monotonous. I don't hate it, it just wasn't interesting enough.

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Não funcionou para mim, álbum duplo com faixa ao vivo, doses excessivas de psicodelismo.

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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.

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Just couldn't get into it. Too dense by half

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Not my thing i'm afraid

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Not for me. I don’t care for psychedelic rock.

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Not my thing

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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.

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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!

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Didn't really like this. Pretty boring and it just sounds very similar. Also very long.

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Not my cup of tea. These albums, while more psychedelic, simply give prog rock a bad name. Way too long, far too little interesting.

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Long, sprawling psychedelic rock with some Joy Division vocals. Dated and uncreative overall

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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.

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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

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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.

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Very psychedelic.. some I enjoyed but most were confusing? Also a bit spooky.

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maluco

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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

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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.

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Zzzz. I'm a fan of some of the early-70s Gong material and there's definitely a parallel here at least in terms of the long-form space rock...hanging on to one chord seemingly forever through an extended trippy section...sax solos...heavy heavy reverb... A big difference to me is complexity and interest... both of which are considerably lower here (again comparing to Gong). I'm not sure the musicians ...vocals...guitar...bass (sorry Lemmy)...drums... are any good at all, nor am I sold on any of the songwriting - "Time We Left This World Today" is akin to a slightly sped-up terrible Black Sabbath jam. I do respect that this is supposed to be more of a "feel" or a jam and given that this is a live recording I would accept that maybe [under the influence of something] this would have been super-trippy to experience in person. There's just nothing worth mentioning that's anywhere near adventurous or dammit just *interesting* on the instrumental side. Take "Orgone Accumulator" for a 10-minute example. It goes nowhere. Which...ok. But how is it any different than any other "song" on this album. Positives? I enjoy the effects; i.e. the synths are quite good and might be the only thing in this band/performance outside the occasional flight on the sax that elevates what would otherwise be completely base 2-3 chord songs into something slightly edgier or different. It's tough - I really wanted to like this; I like the idea of it - this weird fake mysticism, spacey/trippy rock that's not adhering to standard 4-5 minute songs but .... not even halfway through I wanted to hear just one standard 4-5 minute song. "10 Seconds of Forever" - I couldn't come up with a more appropriate song describing the album. It's disappointingly bad. 3/10 2 stars.

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the first few songs were like okay yas! but then i was like uhhh… 13 minute songs that sound exactly the same… for two hours…? not okay yas! it got very boring very fast. the space talking and stuff was cool at first but then i was like omg just stop. if it was shortened by 70 percent it’d be a lot better.

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One of the most boring psychedelic rock I've ever heard

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Thank goodness for punk.

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"The Space Ritual Alive in Liverpool and London" is a mix of two live performances by Hawkind, recorded eight days apart in England. It's an somewhat interesting record of space rock in his development, but not a particular good one. For a band focused in adding psychedelic and progressive references to their music, they're too focused on Dave Brock's guitar riffs (and maybe that's the reason why he is the sole continous member of the band after all those decades).

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För långt... stenar ibland men det här ljudet kan inte bära 2h av musik för mig.

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Oh no. I’m not that kind of girl.

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2 stars. The tracks that were actual songs were like 3-4 stars, but so much nonsense in between. Why?

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Nope. Too long and meandering, lyrics are goofy, and the chord progressions are by-the-book. Nothing special here.

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Thanks to this album leart about Space rock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_rock good sounds but a little boring.

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Space, psychedelic, whatever. 0% my thing. Sorry Hawkwind.

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Nothing standing out for me here. Only really like live albums if I know the band and their songs.

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No thanks

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Odd

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Naff!

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I imagine this is some people's idea of an amazing, legendary album. I get that, but it's not mine.

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Two strikes before I even started listening to this albums: 1) it's two hours long and 2) it's a live album. Uh oh. The best part was when it was over.

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Had to turn it off 2 songs in, yikes. Really not my thing - a super jammy Phish like band but more metal sounding

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Ugh.

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What a load of rubbish!

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I expected to at least like this, but it's more jazz with metal.

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Crummy hippie space junk. It fucking sucks and I hate everything about it.

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Tried getting into this but could not.

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I imagine everyone at this concert was high as a kite. Just typical bad sounding 70s metal. 3/10.

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Terrible. I'm not listening to this. First 4 tracks were more than enough.

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Not my thing

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not enjoyable in the slightest

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I'm 2 songs in, and if this doesn't get better, not sure I can make it through the remaining 19 songs... I think I need more LSD for this album. Now 5 songs in - I just can't. The looping effects and screeching make this album un-listenable for me. I shudder to think what the remaining 16 songs have to hold.

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2nd March 2022 Listened in the day in the office and on the way to book club at Elliott’s. I don’t. Like. Prog. Rock. Don’t get it.

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Hawkward.

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a concert album? no

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I tried it twice but the quality was bad and also I am not a big fan of live albums. And then the music was too weird for me..

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Way too long for some unremarkable 70s stoner rock

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Yesterday's album was a boring and repetitive effort. So I gave it one star and was looking forward to today's effort. When I saw what it was I had low expectations. They weren't met. I kept falling asleep but it sounded like the same song. 21 times! 1001 Alvin's has thrown up some wonderful surprises - PJ Harvey, 1 Eno album, Keith Jarrett, among others. But it has also introduced me to acts that were so unlistenable it defies logic that they made money.

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Life's too short to listen to this. I did however skip to Orgone Accumulator out of curiosity. The Pop Will Eat Itself cover pisses all over this.

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“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.

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not my vibe :/

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