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Hawkwind are an English rock band, one of the earliest space rock groups. Their lyrics favour urban and science fiction themes. They are also a noted precursor to punk rock and now are considered a link between the hippie and punk cultures.

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  • Audio CD (11 Sep 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • ASIN: B000002RA9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Dent on 29 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that defines space-rock. Never mind all the electronic tweaks & twiddles of Tangerine Dream et al. Hawkwind had those, too, but they also had unrestrained power. Before you buy this CD, be warned that it is LOUD. I don't mean loud: I mean LOUD. The version of Brainstorm here is probably the loudest and fastest piece of rock music you will hear, and several other tracks on the album come close to it.
The atmosphere is eerie and echoing, with even moments of relative peace such as Robert Calvert's The Awakening (actually the first stanza of his poem, "The First Landing on Medusa") and Calvert's recital of Michael Moorcock's The Black Corridor possessing a definite feeling of menace; some quieter songs, such as Down Through The Night and Seven By Seven shiver with an eerieness that was not so apparent in their original studio-recorded incarnations on the Doremi Fasol Latido album and the B-side of Silver Machine, respectively.
But when the peace is broken: boy, is it shattered. Calvert's Ten Seconds of Forever quivers into a stunning collision with Brainstorm, while his astounding performance of Moorcock's Sonic Attack (itself an unsubtle but potent rip-off of Peter Porter's famous poem, "Your Attention, Please") segués into a storming rendition of the Doremi-chant, Time We Left This World Today.
From the opening bars of Born To Go to the collapse of Master Of The Universe the band plays furiously but flawlessly. The CD bonus tracks include a frantic medley of You Shouldn't Do That and Seeing It As You Really Are that was a highlight of the mid-seventies collection, Roadhawks. This is definitely a CD to own, if you can stand the headaches.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By S. Durrant on 8 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
Probably the most significant live album of all time. An absolute masterpiece. No other band has ever been as simultaneously chaotic and tight as Hawkwind are in this, their supreme offering. A piece of uncontrollable Godness come down to earth.

I still regularly (at least once a week - often more) listen to this album, despite first hearing it 30 years ago. I never tire of it, I never get bored. It still sends the same shivers down my back as it has done from day one.

Buy it. Play it. Revel in it. Faultless.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Griffin on 27 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to this album for 35 years. It is one of my favourite albums and I am probably as familiar as you could possibly be with a record. I bought this, not because I expected video of the concert, (I knew that it doesn't exist), but because of the possibility of a DVD-Audio surround sound remix. Well I have not been disappointed. I now own no less than four copies of Space Ritual on CD. Up until now the 2001 remastering (which included the Greasy Truckers session) was by far the best yet available, but I think this easily surpasses that version. I listened to the DVD-Audio disc (which has PAL video effects that play on your TV) on a 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound system. I chose the Dolby 5.1 audio choice because I couldn't get the DTS version to work on my system (which may have more to do with my system than the disc). The master tapes have been transferred at a DVD quality bitrate and then "upscaled" or "converted" to surround sound. I compared the DVD-A to the two CDs also included in this set and the DVD-A stood out as far superior. One concern I had was that this might be a completely new mix (something that happens a lot with DVD-A) but thankfully it isn't. (God forbid that someone had buried Brock or Lemmy in favour of Turner's noodlings). The surround sound is rendered with subtlety and often is only apparent during quiet moments or occasionally catching just the harmonics. Brock is very clearly placed on the right channel and Lemmy and King are planted firmly in the centre. Very subtle elements like Calvert's tambourine are now apparent drifting in and out of the left channel alongside Dettmar and Dikmik.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Gornall on 10 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
Space Ritual - to buy the CD is now getting quite confusing. If you are going to buy the CD make absolutely sure that you are buying the 2007 Remaster, released recently in 2013 (not sure how a 2007 remaster comes out for the first time (?) in 2013) and not earlier versions. Sure you get a great album with any version but this CD really takes the quality to another level. This CD is catalogued HAWKSS 4. I don't usually bother buying an album again just for a remaster, we all know record companies rip us off with reissues, but there are loads of reasons why you should buy this, whether you have previous versions or not. I'll be brief: (1) First of all the sound has so much more clarity and power. (2) Brainstorm is no longer edited, this full version comes in at 13:46 with some 4 minutes of jamming restored. (3) An extended Welcome To The Future (with additional audience input) is crowned off with a brilliant You Shouldn't Do That (not the poorer version that was a bonus track on the previous CD). (4) You still get the previous bonus track of You Shouldn't Do That but two bonus tracks change with alternate night's performance of; Orgone Accumulator (with Turner's sax more prominent) and a storming 13 minute, Time We Left This World Today. (5) The packaging - this now mirrors the original vinyl album, the sleeve folds out into a poster with the same images as the original, the inner space behind the CD's features the same pattern that was on the inner vinyl sleeves and the rear image is much more in line with the rest of the design, unlike the last CD release. The print clarity is much better than the previous CD too. You do lose some images and lyrics from the previous CD booklet but who looks at lyrics when Space Ritual is on?Read more ›
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