Space Ritual (disc 2)

Running length
9 tracks
Running time
51:57

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Orgone Accumulator 6:03 19,179
2 Upside Down 2:43 12,916
3 10 Seconds to Forever 1:56 965
4 Brainstorm 12:00 26,077
5 Seven By Seven 8:50 8,515
6 Sonic Attack 2:50 17,270
7 Time We Left This World Today (1996 Digital Remaster) 8:44 90
8 Master of the Universe 5:59 35,996
9 Welcome To The Future 2:52 11,462

About this album

It’s been said that the span between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars was science fiction’s downer period, with the grim silliness of TV shows like Space: 1999 and dystopian unhappy-ending movies like Soylent Green and The Omega Man dampening the optimism of NASA’s space exploration with constant warnings of a gloomy future and post-apocalyptic isolation. But it was a golden age for sci-fi in pop music: Between the unbridled creativity of Sun Ra’s Philadelphia years, the development of Parliament’s intergalactic mythos, and David Bowie being David Bowie, there were plenty of artists who saw something promising outside the bounds of Earth.

And aside from Sun Ra, few artists captured that sense of mind-warping, my-God-it’s-full-of-stars astronomical mysticism in their music like Hawkwind. With their tendency towards extended jams full of disorienting electronic drones and drummer Simon King’s motorik rhythms, they had a certain creative kinship with their Krautrock contemporaries. But their racket could also be as unrelentingly punchy and violent as anything from the Stooges’ Fun House, especially considering guitarist Dave Brock’s Ron Asheton-esque affinity for blistering, wah-wah-drenched riffs and Nik Turner’s freeform sax outbursts, which were more Steve MacKay than John Gilmore. It was all put to good use by their lyrics and their philosophy, much of which was inspired by the writing of sci-fi author and sometime collaborator Michael Moorcock, and typically themed around interstellar travel, metaphysics and Pythagoras’ theory of celestial-mathematical “music of the spheres.”

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  • andymadden

    I've got an orgone accumulator. It makes me feel greater. I'll see you sometime later, When I'm through with my accumulator. It's no social integrator. It's a one man isolator. It's a back brain stimulator. It's a cerebral vibrator. Those energy stimulators - Just turn your eyeballs into craters. But an orgone accumulator Is a superman creator.. It's no social integrator It's a one man isolator. It's a back brain stimulator. It's a cerebral vibrator. I've got an orgone accumulator, And it makes me feel greater. I'll see you sometime later, When I'm through with my accumulator. MAN!

    16 Jan 2011 Reply

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