Customer Reviews


7 Reviews
5 star:
 (6)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic music gets no better., 8 Jan. 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Perfect Prescription (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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spacemen 3 album i would prescribe., 25 Mar. 2009
By 
russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Perfect Prescription (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. The crashing exultant chords of opening track "Take Me To The Other Side" and the fuzzed up "Things, ll Never Be The Same" ( which sounds like it could be off Loops Heavens End ) are set against the delicate ruminative "Feel So Good" and the drawling blues of "Come Down Easy". "Ode To Street Hassle " gives a salient nod to Lou Reed with Sonic Boom drawling about drugs and religion over a catchy guitar motif and undulating organ. "Walkin With Jesus" meanwhile gives a now obvious signifier to Jason Peirce's next band Spiritualized with it's two note keyboard , bubbling bass and thrumming acoustic guitars. "Call The Doctor" is a woozy slightly off kilter come down lament which ends the album - prior to a number of re-issues which tacked on extra tracks rather spoiling the intended concept.
I'm far too dull and square to ever partake of drugs but possibly the best thing about The Perfect Prescription is that it makes taking drugs sound like a positively wonderful way to pass the time .Or maybe that's not such a good thing. Anyway judging it in purely musical terms this is a fantastically rich album and one which takes the slightly pyscheldic by rote sound of their debut album Sound of Confusion and gives it an invocating unsullied patina of their own. I lovePlaying with Fire as well but if you are to own one Spacemen 3 album this is the one I would prescribe.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the two masterpieces from Spacemen 3..., 22 Jan. 2004
By 
Jason Parkes (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
(No. 1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Perfect Prescription (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. Ecstasy Symphony will be familiar to anyone who has heard Symphony Space on Spiritualized's debut album Lazer Guided Melodies, which just demonstrates the lack of progression in Mr Pierce's sound world. It seagues into their brilliant cover of the Red Krayola track, one of the great cover versions- though the full-length version tops this by close to ten minutes...
The rest of the album is good- Take Me to the Other Side b-sides Soul 1 and That's Just Fine are great, the latter displaying a jazz-influence which fits with Feel So Good. Come Down Easy is an acoustic waltz, quoting the same lines Led Zeppelin use on In My Time of Dying & predicting the ecstasy-revolution to come with the line "1987- all I wanna do is get stoned". This would most definitely lead to 1988's Playing With Fire, which is as important an 'E'-record as Voodoo Ray or WFL. Call the Doctor is the closing track, a junky-lament and a different approach to the themes of 1986's O.D. Catastrophe...
The Perfect Prescription remains a classic album and in many ways is the definitive Spacemen 3 release...
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars trainspotting, 12 April 2009
By 
Alec Willetts (Tours, France) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Perfect Prescription (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!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Sept. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very good thanks
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars YES YES, 3 Sept. 2014
By 
T. RUNDALL "slim tim slide" (brighton uk) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Perfect Prescription (Audio CD)
YES YES
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Public school boys go to the bad shocker !, 30 Sept. 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Perfect Prescription (Audio CD)
I thought it was just luverly when it came out - there are few things teenagers like better than a group of drug-addled public school-boys blissing out and doing their best Lou Reed impressions. Still sounds surprisingly good today - certainly better than anything the vastly over-rated Spritualised (Jason Pierce's new band) or the frankly awful EAR (Sonic Boom's new band)have ever released.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Perfect Prescription
Perfect Prescription by Spacemen 3 (Audio CD - 2006)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews