Zeta Reticuli Spaceseed with Harvey Bainbridge : The Empire of Night (US,2006)**°
Hawkwind’s related repertoire is so big, it seems they made a repertoire of spacerock with no frontiers. Spaceseed from their debut were connected with the, in that time, already long time running (since 1969!) spacerock pioneers Hawkwind. Spaceed was founded in 1988 in Atlanta Georgia by guitarist John Pack, but it was especially since 2003 when Hawkwind member Nik Turner joined them, also on their debut CD, that their success grew. After a while, in 2005, another Hawkwind member joined in, Harvey Bainbridge. They released a few albums on the Zeta Reticuli label. Their latest album still has keyboard player Harvey Bainbridge.
While I was a fan of Hawkwind in the late ‘80’s, especially for their early work, and until Ian Killmister aka Lemmy established Motörhead, (which I followed until the late 80's), and the few years after that (see gradings of both groups below).
While Hawkwind works especially from 1971 until 1975 showed much inspiration, conceptual visions and all that, since the mid ‘80s or later, I think Hawkwind seemed to have established much more directly a “style” which became its own source of inspiration, and which they tend to keep on following. This style had certain elements that made variations from softer more keyboard passages, showing an alienation taking distance from what is happening on earth, and more heavy rocking elements with certain psychedelic effects, the spacerock jams. It is exactly the style reference which new spacerock related groups tend to follow, not coincidentally but deliberately. Spaceseed almost seem to be expressing more a kind of live energy playing which this style example can bring, but it is also an imprisonment where they can hardly find different variations or more real, and more deeply rooted concepts. It is like an addiction, which fans tend to prefer to be repeated, where they can count on, as much as a steady radio broadcast, a newspaper with similar messages, a wife who is at home at steady hours, and bread with cheese and a cup of coffee, and their beer in the weekend. It lost its progression on earth…
The music on this album starts in a late night vision, calmly growing, with some spoken word, until it builds up the spacerock energy in some variations, stylistic and with no surprises, like a prisoner in time and space. It is especially on the last few tracks that the band show more successfully an extra energy with spacerock.
Spaceed is John Pack : Guitars, vocals, theremin, synths ; Brian Fowler : bass, theremin, vocals ; John Stanton : bass, vocals ; Mitch Cherry : Synths, percussions ; Emmye Cherry : Synths, percussions ; Crawford Lane : Drums ; Andy Gayle : drums ; Harvey Bainbridge : synths, vocals ; Ken : Synths ; Lora Bloom : vocals ; Rick Atkinson : guitar, synth, vocals. Additional personnel : Michael Thomas Roe, Cyndee Lee Rule and Danny Simmons.
Gradings and some short opinions on Hawkwind & Motörhead related albums I have :
One Way Rec. Hawkwind : Hawkwind (UK,1970)****°
first, more acoustic, very psychedelic album
EMIHawkwind : In Search of Space (UK,1971)***** one of the first spacerock albums perhaps ? A great masterpiece.
One Way Rec. Hawkwind : Doremi fasol latido (UK,1972)****°
with Lemmy (Motörhead). The influence of Lemmy is noticeable. EMIHawkwind : Hall of the Mountain Grill (UK,1974)****°
with Lemmy (Motörhead). Great musical concept.
One Way Rec. Hawkwind : Space Ritual, vol 2 (UK,1974)****
with Lemmy (Motörhead). There are two volumes. Vol 1 is most known but is a rather fucked up recording. Luckily vol 2 is recorded better, but is strangely enough negclected too often, or not even known. This was the most heavy work sounding closer to Motörhead, but with a spacerock effect and great sax/flute. I don't think it was ever reissued on CD.
Hawkdiscs Hawkwind : Warrior on the Edge of Time (UK,1975)****° With use of some bautiful high note contrasts in some tracks. Still highly apreciated. Receiver Rec. Hawkwind : Acid Daze, The history of Hawkwind (UK,1986)***°
compilation of outtakes
Cleopatra RecNik Turner : Sphynx (+bonus track) (UK,1993)**'/****
dark concept. I especially like this album for the flute improvisation bonus track, played in the great Pyramid in the '70s. Even when it is rather long it sounds too short., and originally was much much longer. I hope they release the complete flute improvisation one day.
EMI Motörhead : On Parole (UK,1976)***** Bronze Rec.Motörhead : Bomber (UK,1979)****° Bronze Rec.Motörhead : No Sleep 'till Hammersmith (UK,1980)****' Bronze Rec.Motörhead : Ace of Spades (UK,1980)****° Bronze Rec.Motörhead : No Remorse (UK,1984)****° Castle Com.Motorhead : Overkill (UK,1986)*****
While the music of Motörhead is hard, very hard, and entirely masculine, but also integer and inteligent with its raw and direct rocking energy. There never was any other band like this, and never will be. My first two radioshows ever were dedicated to Hawkwind and Motörhead. The first album still is calmer in its energy.