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PALACE SPRINGS

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.65 | 57 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Hawkwind - Palace Springs (1991)

Among the long list of mediocre Hawkwind recordings, both live and studio, there are some bright spots that should interest listeners of space rock and progressive rock in general. This is one of them. A part live part studio album, it features both older songs 'The Golden Void' (differenty titled) and songs from the eighties era of the band. The first string of songs is particularly interesting, the opening song with Bridgett Wishart (I like her vocals, wish she sung more on this record) is a bit of a mixed bag, but Treadmill and the Warrior on the Edge of Time section is beautiful and exciting. The recordings sounds good, though not perfect - yet is has some live-feel to it that I like.

Hawkwind having a good go at their kind of music means simple metalriffs, perhaps a catchy lead, drowsy vocals and loads of electronical effects swirling all over the place. I guess it is about the feel. The adventure of spacerock pioneering. The abstract rock fantasy. On these recorings, made in 1989, the band has combined it's seventies sound with good sounding keyboards making it a good summary of their career. I like some other late recordings of them, like the great Love in Space live record (perhaps their best), but that one almost leaves out the seventies favorites completely.

A big three and a halve for this one.

friso | 4/5 |

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