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on 3 April 2017
Awesome re-issue, classic Hawkwind, replaces the cd version and its defo better on vinyl.
Superb package done like the original, nice clear re-master and superbly flat vinyl which is a bonus as much of the new vinyl these days is badly warped. I waited till the price dropped as I did not want to pay the 30- 35 quid it was in the big music shops
Definitely recommended, any Hawkwind fan would be delighted with this double LP.
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on 13 May 2017
As a proud owner of the original vinyl album I can whole heartedly recommend this CD of The Space Ritual [Collector's Edition] if for no other reason it has the full 13 minutes and 46 seconds of Brainstorm. It is also fully remastered and gives a clarity to the sound that the greatly loved album doesn't quite have but, still manages to retain the warmth of the original. And if you miss the fold out nature of the original album cover, the CD cover insert is a perfect facsimile of the original! What's not to like!

Space Ritual
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on 26 May 2015
I guess it's all a bit nuts really, but get the headphones on and dive deep into those pounding riffs and astral excesses. I can smell the patchouli oil from here. Give it your full attention, and it'll grab you...
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on 7 August 2017
What can you say about such a classic.
Nice addition to the original, bonus tracks and insert good quality.
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on 22 June 2017
Blast from the past . Enjoyed it all again
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on 22 November 2005
Music has the power, perhaps more than any other experience, to transport you back in time and listening to this album evokes vivid memories of the 1970’s. The production, the early electronica and more than anything the cosmic poetry of Rob Calvert are so reminiscent of the period that it wavers between archetype and parody. Fortunately the main songs still sound strong and relevant, driven along by Lemmy’s bass and Simon King’s drums.
I’d argue that while Brock & Calvert were no Page & Plant nor even a Gillan & Blackmore, with Lemmy on bass and Simon King on drums, Hawkwind had a rhythm section to rival any of the great bands from the 70’s.
They provide a solid foundation that allows the rambling electronics and feedback clouded guitar sounds to weave around the melody in transparently psychedelic ways.
The standout tracks remain Lord of Light, Space is Deep, Orgone Accumulator, Brainstorm and Master of the Universe but Born to Go and Down through the Night are pretty nifty as well.
Fantastic stuff and truly the quintessential ‘70’s Hawkwind album
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on 8 June 2006
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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on 22 March 2005
Absolutely mind blowing when heard on a dodgy bootleg cassette in 1976, as a spotty 15 year old who had hitherto only seen Hawkwind on Top of the Pops with bubble machine & Stacia shaking her considerable booty.
I knew that something had changed & in future I probably wasn't going to be listening to the, shall we say, rather precious stuff a middle class grammar school chap was supposed to like (that would be your Yes/ELP/Genesis)
Anyway back to the matter in hand. It starts with mournful far off howling and a disembodied voice calling across the cosmos - could be any pretentious 70's prog rock band so far. There is a pregnant pause & World War III starts - Oh My God this is THUNDEROUSLY LOUD & FLAT OUT & what are they thinking of & it blurs into the next track & that blurs into a POEM (!)and that blurs into another deafening track & that blurs.....
An hour & a half later you put it on again to see if it really happened....
I dont have any idea if, as certain other reviewers have claimed, that it influenced techno, or anything else. I don't really give a stuff who or what it influenced (except me!)
To summise, I can forgive Hawkwind all the cr*p that they have turned out since then (their quality control aint ISO 9002)just for this one moment of wonderousness....
Enjoy but please make sure it is maximum volume & non-stop or you wont really get that 1972 hit!
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on 20 February 2016
The Space Ritual was my first live concert at the age of 13. 45 years later, I am still transported back to the front row balcony at Portsmouth Guildhall. Lemmy's bass playing is awesome. Shame the album can't bring you Stacia ( a bit of a shock for a naive 13 year old) or Liquid Len.
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