Doremi Fasol Latido is one of the earlier Hawkwind albums. It came out just before the mindblowing Space Ritual and shows the band in very fine form on most of the tracks. Unlike the brilliant Mountain Grill, the sci-fi theme is more protrusive (and intrusive) here. The opener, Brainstorm, is very propulsive. The distorted guitar work highlights the corporeal release of the lyrics. The logical successor, Space Is Deep, is as good as any rock song gets. It begins accoustically (with the obligatory synthesizers effects in the background) and then takes off like the spaceship song it wanted to be. The subtle shift from accoustic to electric is breathtaking. One Change and the intro to Lord of Light reflect very strong Sun-Ra influences with the dissonant piano and spacy bass and cymbal sounds. Lord of Light is another fine rocker with a freak-out guitar solo in the middle-lot's of instrumental phazing on this song. Down Through The Night is an evokative, accoustic, come-down piece along the lines of Jimi Hendrix's 1983 . . . (from Electric Ladyland)with the gentle guitar/synthesizer wails in the background. Once again, the sci-fi is there whether you want it to be or not--this one is about a deep space slumber until a certain time when the sleeper will awaken in the future.
Just when you are about to enter your own slumber, Hawkwind socks it to you with their heaviest and most experimental number, Time We Left This World Today. If there are comparisons to Amon Duul to be made, it would be made on this song. It alternates between emulating a machine-like rhythm and free-form jamming. It's a very unusual song. The last song is the bummer of the album. It consists of Dave Brock and his accoustic guitar singing in that cockney accent of his. If it serves a purpose, it is to cement the theme of fatalism that is woven throughout. It's a song about betrayal and failure and a heck of a way to close an album. As for the bonus tracks, I loved them. They definitely improved on the original release. Urban Guerilla wouldn't have been out of place on the second MC5 album. Brainbox Pollution features a sax player. There is also an edited version of Lord of Light here. The last song, Ejection, is refreshing for the different vocals and the addition of the saxophone. Will Doremi Fasol Latido blow you away? Eventually it probably will, but this is an album that must grown on you from at least two or three listenings, otherwise you won't get everything that's going on in the songs.