Hawkwind
Doremi Fasol Latido


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hoppoman USER (46 Reviews)
April 12th, 2013 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Less space rock, but more spacey in style. Doremi Fasol Latido is the beginning of the classic era for Hawkwind.

Hawkwind – A trip through Space, Part III A Change In Style.


Change is big, but more importantly for Hawkwind was the fact that change was common. And change doesn't get any bigger than this. After 'X' the lineup changed once more, the drummer and bassist both decided that enough was enough and left the band. Dik Mik, always darting back and forth also left for three months, but he returned with something that would change the style and music of the band entirely. A man by the name of Ian Kilmister, or Lemmy.

That's right, before Lemmy became the lead man of Motorhead, he was a simple guitarist doing amphetamines with Dik Mik, who liked him so much that he brought him back to the band. As Hawkwind was in need of a bassist he learnt how to play on the fly, and his chugging bass lines would change the sound of Hawkwind entirely. They also found a new drummer, who would fit perfectly with this sound. On this album Hawkwind is.

Dave Brock – 6 and 12 string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Nik Turner – saxophone, flute, vocals
Lemmy – bass guitar, acoustic guitar and vocals
Dik Mik – Synthesizer
Del Dettmar – Synthesizer
Simon King – drums

The feel to Doremi is much different to Hawkwind's previous outings. 'Brainstorm' starts out with a rumbling bass line that sounds like it could be a distorted guitar. Moments later the drums kick in with a brilliant pace and style that keeps up for the entire opening song.

Hawkwind on this album is far more rockier than on their first two. Lemmy doesn't feel like a bassist instead he feels like the second guitarist the band had been missing. In addition Simon King is more of a rock drummer than the previous ones. This doesn't mean that Del and Dik are left out on this album, the space feel is still very much there, especially during the jam that takes up the middle section of the song.

'Space is Deep' begins differently, more simple than 'Brainstorm' with a single acoustic guitar and whirling electrical noises from the synthesiser department. Finally the rest of the band kick in with a brilliant jam that fills the middle section. The drum and bass whirl and twirl on a dance of death before finally ending up where they began, with a simple, quaint acoustic outro.

The second half of the album begins with a harsh electrical distortion, with both the synthesisers pumping away until that chugging bass comes back in again. 'Lord of Light' contains some of the best lead-bass guitar that you will ever see, Lemmy takes you on a trip that blasts you up and down and throws you side to side. He is the main course on this album, finally pushing away the synthesisers that had dominated their earlier works. He leads, the band follows, the drums making the perfect counterpart to his powerful strumming.

This powerhouse is alternated with the acoustic version of Hawkwind, on songs like 'Down Through the Night' mind you this type of acoustic doesn't mean that it is lacking in the synthesiser department, but one thing that really stands out is the vocals. You can hear the hurt that Dave Brock is feeling in amongst the synthesiers, providing the chilling core to the heart of this part of the album.

'Time We Left' is as diverse as you could imagine, starting off spacey heading then into a guitar with so much effects that it wouldn't sound out of place on a Jimi Hendrix record. But its this distortion that makes the music so unique and brilliant at the same time. It doesn't matter if it is simple acoustic or bass guitars powerful enough to whack weeds all day long. Hawkwind delivers on all fronts.

Doremi Fasol Latido isn't over yet, and it finishes with the first ever Motörhead song. 'The Watcher' would later appear on Motörhead's first album, it is the first song written by Lemmy, and is a simple acoustic track with his grumbling vocals and fuzzy bass line. A good way to end a good album.

Doremi shows the best of Hawkwind up to this point. Each new member brought something with them, in this album Lemmy and Simon brought rock influences and a new style of bass guitar, a style which would change the way the synthesiers came across. Rather than being on the forefront, they are now on the flank supporting the onslaught of the Hawklords as they seek to dominate the space rock world.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Hoppoman
April 12th 2013


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

3rd review in 3 days, maybe I am over doing it?

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2013


4503 Comments


Wow, I'm amazed this didn't have a review. Nice job, keep these Hawkwind write-ups coming, man.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2013


11384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As long as you continue reviewing such material, you can keep overdoing it as far as I'm concerned. pos.

Digging: Whyte Diamond - Scream in the Dark

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2013


8135 Comments


"3rd review in 3 days"

It's fine man, as long as you wait for your previous one to come off the main page before you post the next one.

I'm gonna surf your Hawkwind texts soon.



I have this album, but I haven't spun it in ages *shame on me*

Digging: Insonus - The Will to Nothingness

Hoppoman
April 12th 2013


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well this review was the one that pushed my last review off the list. I just have a whole load of university work, a whole load of peace, and a whole load of Hawkwind.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2013


2576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More good work man. I remember listening to this album on my dad's record player when I was a kid and although I didn't know who it was, I still enjoyed it. 'Lord of light' and 'Brainstorm' are just classic.

Digging: Nyktalgia - Nyktalgia

Jips
April 12th 2013


1146 Comments


hawkwind rules. enjoying your reviews. this one is 2nd best after space ritual.

Mad.
April 12th 2013


4737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"a whole load of peace..."



You mean a whole lack of vagina ;)



Loving that Hawkwind's finally getting the love it deserves. Another band that needs some review-love is Ozric Tentacles. They have some similarities to Hawkwind, dunno if you know them...?

Hoppoman
April 12th 2013


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard of them, but i've heard any of their stuff.

Hoppoman
April 12th 2013


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never heard even

Mad.
April 12th 2013


4737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ozric Tentacles - Become the Other or Jurrasic Shift



I guarantee you'll like them.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2013


11384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What Madcreator said.

Jethro42
April 12th 2013


15578 Comments


I need to approach these guys.

Banquo
January 20th 2015


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe a little late to the party, but I just got into Hawkwind the and I gotta say, The Watcher is a damn cool song.

Hoppoman
January 21st 2015


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can never be too late to the Hawkwind party, Hawkers never die.

Froot
January 29th 2015


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This sounds really ahead of its time. Fantastic stuff.

Froot
December 29th 2015


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Friendly reminder that if you want some goosebumps, listen to this and this. Was giving the album a relisten this morning and can attest to that for sure.



Fucking RIP, man.

wham49
December 29th 2015


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, this was my first Hawkwind vinyl, wow what a find, Who has been in 2 cooler bands than Lemmy

Froot
December 29th 2015


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also, while this is topical, be sure to check out the BBC's retrospective of the band which is surprisingly top-notch



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzAldD6t-ps

wham49
September 27th 2016


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just spun this back to back with Hall of the Mountain Grill, Doremi kicks it's ass, Hall is weak compared



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