Space Ritual by Hawkwind is a double live album released in 1973 and recorded in Liverpool and London in 1972. In the UK it managed to reach 9 in the album charts and in the US it managed only 179 in the Billboard Top 200.
Space Ritual forgoes much of the bands material from the first two albums – the Space Ritual tour was essentially to promote the bands Doremi Fasol Latido album. The gigs were a multimedia event with dancer Stacia and others, poetry recitals by Bob Calvert, stage set by Barney Bubbles, lightshow by Liquid Len and the Lensmen and tells the story of a group of space travellers and their return to earth.
The original vinyl copy of the album is presented in an elaborate fold out cover designed by Barney Bubbles.
Side one kicks off with the “Earth Calling”, a short piece of electronic feedback and effects before ripping into familiar Hawkwind territory of heavy repeated riffs, weighty bass lines, soaring lead guitar and other worldly electronics of “Born to Go”. This sets the tone for the rest of the album – Hawkwind are a heavy band and they are definitely acid soaked. The drumming is relentless and underpins the whole and “Born to Go” weighs in at four seconds shy of ten minutes before “Down Through the Night” gives us more of the same. More »