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Hawkwind

Palace Springs

Review by Gary Hill

Coming from a band with seemingly a million albums under their belt, this is really one of their best live discs. It captures a great, if quite short, period of the band and does so with a style and texture that really is incredible.

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Track by Track Review
Back In the Box
Staccato in its textures, this Hawk cut features some stellar vocal work from Bridget Wishhart and a great violin texture that seriously adds to the piece. It includes a great weird interlude.
Treadmill
A more straightforward rock son, this one is mode stronger by the violin presence. It has a great instrumental break with lots of killer hawk jamming.
Void of Golden Light/Lives of Great Men
Very lush and dramatic, (although listed as two separate pieces) these two cuts really run together alternating in and out of them. They are combined to create one of the finest excursions into the musical universe of Hawkwind ever.
Time We Left
This short song does a great job of capturing the early Hawkwind sound and this is one of the better renditions of this piece ever recorded.
Heads
Based on a slow keyboard dominated weird groove, this one is quite strong.
Acid Test
Based on a very spacey weirdness, this cut is rather strange.
Damnation Alley
Coming straight out of the previous cut, keyboards bring it in and the number begins to build from there. It includes a nice sedate segment.
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