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Various Artists — Area 51 - The Roswell Incident
(Purple Pyramid CLP 0172, 1997, 2CD)
by Dane Carlson, Published 1998-07-01
Cleopatra keeps churning out these space compilations — they are getting a lot of mileage out of their acts and property. Area 51 features all the same bands you've seen the other comps, if you bought all these things, you wouldn't need any of the albums. Guru Guru, Hawkwind, Nik Turner, the many faces of Pressurehed, Amon Düül, and so on. Considering the possibilities, I was really hoping for a more inspired release. What you get is a fairly decent selection of space rock. Each disc starts and ends with a little intro / outro thing, that wasn't really done very well. I would have liked to hear more wacky discussion on UFO's or something. I enjoyed Nubian Lights "Grid Coordinate-Vorp One" and Holger Czukay's "Longing for Daydreams", actually disc 2 is a bit of fun as a whole. Since Cleopatra has been pricing these things pretty reasonably, if you are curious to hear some of the bands, you might get some mileage out of this compilation.
Related artist(s): Guru Guru, Chrome, Hawkwind / Hawklords, Tangerine Dream, Anubian Lights, Farflung, Nik Turner, Amon Düül I / II, Steve Hillage / System 7, Gong, Brainticket, Various Artists, Spiral Realms, Melting Euphoria, Dave Brock, Holger Czukay, Joel Vandroogenbroeck
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