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Lemmy entertains you !
on 15 July 2010
Yes, many folks will be under the impression that Lemmy's legendary career began in the early '70's with Hawkwind, but here is archeological evidence to the contrary. Here, in this brand new restoration by Esoteric, he appears as vocalist/guitarist accompanying tabla guru Sam Gopal and his merry men in a serious slice of Ladbroke Grove raga-rock. Lemmy is quoted as saying that "I wrote every song on that album in one night on methedrine" although a `night' in Lemmy-land probably lasted anything up to 4 or 5 earth nights.
This is a relatively under-produced and mellow album, and although the instruments are electric the only percussive presence is Gopal himself on tabla. Lemmy himself sings pretty well, and there are many points here that are a precursor of his spot on Hawkwind's `DoReMi' album, `The Watcher', in particular, "You're Alone Now". In fact, there are many hints of Hawkwind to come, although minus the swooping electronics and sax craziness. The tunes are short and sketch like, but are a highly entertaining collection which reflect the hazy days of the London Underground in full bloom.
Apparently Sam Gopal continues to study Tabla to this day, and as for Lemmy...well we all know he ain't stopping any time soon.