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on 21 December 2000
A typical existential story from Moorcock set in a fair ground in the embers of a dying world & decadent society. The story of a young niaive mans (mis)adventures set to a gothic backdrop. Backed by members of Hawkwind, Moorcock has produced an album of classic seventies folk-rock, interspersed with dialogue to help move the story along and tie it all together. It's re-release has been long overdue!
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on 20 September 2001
I've seen Moorcock read (Waterstones), I've seen him act (Asylum) and now I've heard him sing! He has a great Irish-sounding voice that can do folk-rock, rock and roll, psychedelic and blues, and this album is really a mix of them all -- to make something as original as Moorcock's fiction or comic books. Yet the best track is the last, originally a single done some time after this album. The Brothel In Rosenstrasse is minimalist and far more in keeping with the progressive rock elements also detected in this album. It's a superb song performed by Moorcock and his long-time writing partner Pete Pavli (High Tide, Third Ear Band, Deep Fix) with a subtler, simpler production and the sardonic quality New Romantics aimed for and didn't often get. Worth it for that track alone. There's also a couple of great belters that demonstrate Moorcock's blues rock roots Sixteen Year Old Doom and Last Merry Go Round. Almost a Bowie feel to some of the tracks, which might not be surprising since both came out of South London around the same time, knew Lindsay Kemp & Co, and did similar apprenticeships. For all Moorcock's close association with Hawkwind and Blue Oyster Cult, there is very little evidence here. The roots of the music are firmly in the work of Moorcock's original idols, Guthrie and Leadbelly, but being Moorcock they can't help sound just that little bit strange...
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on 5 January 2013
Pretty good album in its own right, an interesting concept (a sinister fun fair with parallels to a failing society, I think?) nicely carried by Moorcock's remarkable voice. Of interest to Hawkwind fans due to Moorcock's involvement with the band, and to the input of several Hawkwind members on several tracks. However, this does not turn it into a hawks side project, the Deep Fix sound is entirely different, kind of 70's folk rock, fairly light, sometimes almost Lennon-ish in places. Overall it's a reasonable album, but I feel it's not as strong as it could be
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on 22 November 2014
Seventies soft rock with a psychedelic edge and, obviously, enjoyably opaque lyrics. It would probably enhance the listening experience to be rolling a joint of red leb on the gatefold cover of In Search of Space, smelling of patchouli oil and reading a copy of a Jerry Cornelius novel, but the album still stands up well with a cup of tea and a biscuit in the dystopian 21st century. Always a pleasure too to hear anything with Simon House and the great drummer Simon King on.
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on 13 September 2013
An album of variable quality

Three featured composers but it's Michael Moorcock himself who shines

His songs are all memorable, full of striking lyrical imagery with some decemt melodies to accompany them

The others fluctuate wildly with some hits and misses
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on 17 April 2013
Surely one of the most overlooked 'best' pop songs of the 70s. Two minutes and forty-seven seconds of pop perfection. It should be the national anthem for all dodgem rides across the length and breadth of the land!
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on 10 October 2014
Another favourite album from a bygone age - as wacky as the day it was recorded
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on 16 December 2009
Perhaps more interesting (at least to an old fan of Michael Moorcock) than extremely good? But still, it has it's moments of genius.
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on 17 February 2008
'New World's Fair' was originally released in 1975, a time when Moorcock had become an of-again and on-again member / recitalist for Hawkwind. As most of you probably already know, Moorcock is a reknown and well respected science fiction writer and an occasional musician. From various bootleg CD / cassette list(s), I've seen before it would indicate that the Deep Fix had played very few, maybe twenty-minute sets at a couple of sci-fi and comic book conventions. Some of the better tracks off this CD reissue are "16 Year Old Doom", the well played "Starcruiser", "Last Merry Go Round" and "Brothel In Rosenstrasse". Certainly no classic, music on this here disc is best described as 'mediocre progressive'. Not bad, just not great either.
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