Five stars is a grossly underrated score for this, perhaps the supremely supremest Hawkwind album of all time. 50 stars would be perhaps nearer the mark. From the blindingly blistering opener 'Brainstorm' ( did Nik Turner ever surpass this?) to the creepy and sinister closer 'The Watcher' there is no let up. 'Space Is Deep', 'Lord of Light', 'Down Through the Night' and the mind-boggling 'Time We Left This World Today' (all Dave Brock classics from what I call his most creative period) leave you feeling as though you've been through a shredding machine. Listening to it again after some 15-20 years has left me wondering "How did they do it"? The production is inspirational and leaves nothing to the imagination. This album summed up the counter-culture and left nothing unsaid.
And now with the extra tracks - the difficult to locate 'Urban Guerilla', 'Brainbox Pollution' and 'Ejection' (strictly a Robert Calvert track) this CD is required listening material.
All my reviews are intensely personal and so may not be to everyone's liking but this album, as originally released, was building towards the Space Ritual tour of 1972. What better recommendation could there be?
Personally I believe that, after this album (apart from the Space Ritual live double which was really only a longer reworking) there was nowhere for Hawkwind to go. They said it all in this one statement.
For the newcomer to Hawkwind this obviously comes highly recommended - to those who are familiar with their material - enough said!!