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Perfect Prescription Live


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  • Audio CD (9 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Fire Records
  • ASIN: B000067A6K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Walkin' With Jesus
3. Ode To Street Hassle
4. Ecstasy Symphony
5. Feel So Good
6. Things'll Never Be The Same
7. Come Down Easy
8. Call The Doctor
9. Soul 4
10. That's Just Fine

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New version with updated packaging / digipack format. Spacemen 3's second album is a remarkable departure from the band's 1986 debut, SOUND OF CONFUSION. Reduced to a trio (guitarists / keyboardists Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember, Jason "Spaceman" Pierce, and bassist Pete Bassman) following the departure of the first album's drummer, Spacemen 3 makes an asset out of the newfound lack of percussion, giving THE PERFECT PRESCRIPTION a considerably less rock-oriented sound with much more open space in its varied, subtle arrangements.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Spacemen 3 never made a album that was less than superb, but this is the best of the lot. A sublime distillation of all their favourite influences - Stooges, Velvet Underground, Dylan, Red Crayola, Nuggets compilations etc, this album veers from thundering guitar frenzies to delicate strung-out drug hymns. This may be the best psychedelic album ever made, and tracks such as "Call the doctor" and "Transparent Radiation" are all-time classics.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The second album from Spacemen 3 was planned to be a concept album based around a drug trip from its inception and via the high and lows to it's conclusion of sorts. The 1987 album could have been a self indulgent disaster ( which might have been apt as drug taking is essentially a selfish exercise forever flirting with the potential for a mishap) but is a remarkably focused affair helped by the strength of the song writing. You can have all the stimulant induced inspiration you want but if the songs are rubbish nothing can save you.
Wikipedia describes The Perfect Prescription as "space rock" which made me chuckle . The music based around guitars, tremolo , organ and farfisa with saxophones , trumpet and violins by guest musicians Alex Green , Mick Manning and Owen John respectively is a beautifully blended mix of drone rock with blurry rudiments of shoe gaze, jazz , gospel and more aptly psychedelia. Calling it space rock underplays it woefully and rather missies the point that the space this music is centred on is the space between the ears not that stuff full of stars, comets and satellites. The lack of percussion ( the drummer departed before the album was recorded left the band a trio ) also gives the music a more nebulous sound less rooted in conventional rock .
To be fair listening to the opening of "Ecstasy Symphony / Transparent Radiation(Flashback)" you may disagree about the space rock thing as it sounds like something you would have heard off "Space 1999" but this wonderfully arranged piece see's whirling slowly dissolving aches of violin merge into the cover of the Red Krayola classic.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 22 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Perfect Prescription (1987) remains for me an absolute joy and one of Spacemen 3's two outstanding albums, alongside 1988's Playing With Fire (Pierce let down the side with his contributions to 1990's Recurring).
The Perfect Prescription initially picks up where debut Sound of Confusion (1986) left off, Take Me to the Other Side a more expansive take on the garage rock associated with bands like The MC5, The Stooges & The Velvets. This and the six-minute pulse of Things'll Never Be the Same represent the conventional rock sound of Spacmen 3- it's significant that the rhythm section would leave to form The Darkside soon after. For the most part The Perfect Prescription has little use for them, exisiting in a world between acoustics, minimal keyboards (think Martin Rev)& drones- with generic allusions not just to rock&roll, but to gospel, to jazz, to blues...
Walkin' With Jesus (murdered by Spiritualized on their Royal Albert Hall live album) sees Pierce in a perfect world, a wonderful mimimal organ and lyrics that juxtapose the holy with the narcotic. Kember (aka Sonic Boom) comes in on the chorus- a good instance of the two working together before their acrimonious split. Ode To Street Hassle is a nice ironic nod to Lou Reed, Sonic Boom drawling another song about Jesus & drugs over more minimal chords.
This paves the way for Ecstasy Symphony/Transparent Radiation (Flashback), which along with Things/Same, a cover of The MC5's Starship and the epic Transparent Radiation, would be released on Glass as the classic Transparent Radiation e.p. The full e.p. does turn up on many of the Spacemen-compilations, notably the Touch&Go singles set.
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By Alec Willetts on 12 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm listening to Led Zep's "Physical Graffiti" (sad git that I am) and - what do you know... listen to "in my time of dying" and then listen to "come down easy"
Sonic Boom and Jason Pearce - you've been sussed
OK it doesn't stop the perfect prescription being brilliant but hey!
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