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Nik Turner — Past or Future?
(Cleopatra CLP 9685-2, 1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01

Past or Future? Cover artHawkwind fans listen up! This is the live document from last summer’s “Space Ritual” tour. Saxophonist, vocalist and founding Hawkwind member Turner is joined by other Hawk-alumni Simon House (violin), Del Dettmar (one-string double-bladed axe synthesizer), and Alan Powell (drums), as well as the entire Pressurehed lineup. Twelve of the fourteen tracks are from the Great American Music Hall (San Francisco) on 8/6/95 — surprising because I was at that show and the sound was unbearable, so much so that I split well before the encore. Via the magic of remixing, the show now sounds infinitely better than I remember it. Many classics from the early Hawkwind dossier are included: “Lord of the Hornets,” “You Shouldn’t Do That,” “Ten Seconds to Forever,” “Spiral Galaxy 28948,” and several others — and of course what Hawkwind show would be complete without “Silver Machine”? Also, dig the lenticular grid on the jewel box cover: as you turn the CD, Nik draws his plasma gun and the spaceship flies away.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Nik Turner

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