Hawkwind   Yule Ritual
Release Date: 2001

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3.5 greatMoonglum | July 26th 17

This is a well recorded, guest-filled live affair from the New Years-Eve 2000 London Astoria show. Alan Davey is back on bass which did not bode well for Jerry Richards staying in the band. This recording is the last official release to feature Jerry and Ron Tree. Dave’s method of terminating Jerry and Ron was to not invite them to future gigs and recordings –this obviously did not go over well with Jerry and Ron.

The set list is a big departure from their recent tour material, with only Spacebrock and Damage Of Life being recently recorded songs (Damage of Life had been included on some early releases of Spacebrock, but it dates back to the early 90s). Tim Blake and Simon House are great to have back on stage with Hawkwind –Simon in particular adds quite a nice electric violin to the arrangements. A lot of Bob Calvert songs are in this set (5!) and this gives Ron Tree a chance to shine as a Calvert interpreter. Michael Moorcock literally phones-in his contribution over a telephone line from Texas.

The highlights for me are Spacebrock and Damage of Life as these are the only professional live recordings of these songs and they are well played this night. I like most of the reinterpreted Calvert songs with Spirit of the Age getting the most radical rearrangement. Sonic Attack is a bit of a dud here, but other than that, I can say I enjoy all of these songs as presented by this line-up. Buy / listen with confidence to this well-recorded, well played, live set. Unfortunately this one is getting hard to find cheap so you may need to access YouTube to hear it.


4.5 superbleycec | August 22nd 12

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