Space Ritual Alive is the first live album released by heavy space rock group Hawkwind. It was recorded in Liverpool and London in December 1972 on the tour to promote the Doremi Fasol Latido album.
Hawkwind had a hit single earlier in the year with Silver Machine. It’s not on this live album but I thought I’d post a video of the group performing it in 1972 to help get you in the mood.
Hawkwind Space Ritual Alive
Most of the songs hadn’t been recorded before.
- Earth Calling – 1:44
- Born To Go – 9:56
- Down Through The Night – 6:16
- The Awakening – 1:32
- Lord Of Light – 7:21 (Doremi Fasol Latido)
- Black Corridor – 1:51
- Space Is Deep – 8:13 (Doremi Fasol Latido)
- Electronic No 1 – 2:26
- Orgone Accumulator – 9:59
- Upside Down – 2:43
- 10 Seconds Of Forever – 2:05
- Brainstorm – 9:19 (Doremi Fasol Latido)
- Seven By Seven – 6:11
- Sonic Attack – 2:54
- Time We Left This World Today – 5:47 (Doremi Fasol Latido)
- Master Of The Universe – 7:37 (In Search Of Space)
- Welcome To The Future – 2:03
- You Shouldn’t Do That – 6:58
- Master Of The Universe – 7:23
- Born To Go – 13:02
Hawkwind’s idea of space rock is very different from the pleasant floaty sounds you may hear elsewhere. This is riff driven hard rock with a story pulling together the songs into something bigger than the parts.
The band members at this stage were:
Robert Calvert – vocals
Dave Brock – guitar, vocals
Nik Turner – saxophone, flute, vocals
Lemmy – bass guitar, vocals
Dik Mik – Synthesizer
Del Dettmar – Synthesizer
Simon King – drums
Since Lemmy went on to form Motorhead, you will guess that this is not soft and gentle.
Here is part of a documentary from BBC4 I found on YouTube that talks about the Space Ritual tour.
I will be back to write more. This is a live album that is most definitely an experience, and if you could stand the pulverising noise, it must have been quite something to see Hawkwind perform live at their peak.
What Other People Say About Hawkwind Space Ritual Alive
I’ve seen it once of the lists of best live albums.
Planet Rock 14
It’s very popular at Amazon
Buying Space Ritual
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What Do You Think About Hawkwind Space Ritual Alive?
Do you think this is the best live album by Hawkwind? It is the most famous but that doesn’t mean it is the best.
What Are The Best Live Albums Ever?
The sound Hawkwind make is a bit difficult to classify. Space rock normally goes straight in with prog rock but this is much heavier so I’ve decided to include it in two of my readers polls:
Because there are so many very good hard rock live albums, I have a second division poll where you may find more of your favourites.
Because there are so many great progressive rock live albums I have split the poll into two and you may find some of your favourites in the second division. Albums will be promoted when they get enough votes.
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You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.