Hawkwind   Love in Space
Release Date: 1996

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3.5 greatMoonglum | July 26th 17

Another tour, another live album– rinse and repeat. This set is a nice sounding live representation of their theatric Alien 4 tour. You may miss the dancers and fire breathers, but the music here is almost a complete set-list from the tour (omitting only The Golden Void). It includes most of the best tracks from the Alien4 album (except for Festivals), and in each case the songs are improved in their live incarnation. For example, Sputnik Stan gets an extended instrumental work-out, Blue Skin has a spoken word poem inserted into the groove and Xenomorph has better, more-up front, vocals and harder driving bass. Alien (I Am) also benefits from a clearer vocal mix (whether added in the studio or live, I don’t care). The live version of Love in Space smokes the studio counterpart by including additional guitar. Other highlights include the resurrected Silver Machine and Assassins of Allah / Space Is Their Palestine –a stormer. Robot is also included and is a pretty strong update, though again I prefer Calvert’s original here.

Ron Tree acquits himself well as the new guy and front man. He has the energy in spades and his spoken pieces are reminiscent of Bob Calvert’s tenure, but alas his poetry is not at Calvert’s high quality level. This would be Alan Davey’s last tour with the band for several years. His presence here is strong as usual and it is no wonder he was always Lemmy’s favorite Hawkwind bassist. So an excellent collection here that is highly recommended. In fact, it almost makes Alien 4 a redundant album –except that you still need Festivals from that album. The bonus tracks include the studio Love in Space which is good, but sounds a bit like lounge music from the Starship Enterprise. The live version of Lord of Light helps to round-out the complete ’95 setlist and is actually a pretty good version of this Hawkwind classic. I can’t remember whether I liked this version of Sonic Attack –I don’t recall hating it, so there’s that.

Purchase and listen in confidence.


4.0 excellentLasseg | June 18th 15
3.0 goodlassieboy | March 17th 15
4.0 excellentbzfgt | June 27th 14
4.5 superbkalleru | November 18th 13
3.0 goodSync69 | February 8th 13
4.0 excellentTrevorRubin90210 | January 21st 13

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