May 08, 2010
Sphynx - Nik Turner
Hawkwind dros Caerdydd 2010.
This post prompted by a Hawkwind live report from weird brother's own Welsh connection:
“Had a night out with xxx recently - good to see him - we went to see what the St David’s Hall spring programme described as a performance by the 'well-known English space rock band' - I'm happy to report that, against all odds, Brock and crew are still able to launch a large scale sonic attack - given that he's approaching 70 it may well be that this period will be looked back upon as having been something of a last hurrah - whatever - they're certainly on a roll and a sustained one at that given that the Xmas show that we saw was also top drawer - the dreaded announcement of 'new songs' initially elicited a hankering for the bar - however this ex-Aquarian was surprised to find them amongst the best stuff played all night - who'd have thought eh?
The obligatory lone hall manager did his best to maintain the no-fun sterility upon which the St David’s Hall seems to pride itself - shining torches in the faces of idiot dancers as soon as they popped up and steering them arm around shoulders back to their seats (fire regulations don't you know) - this for a time seemed sufficient to dissuade all but the most extrovert from tripping the light (show) fantastic - however past experience indicated that it would become an increasingly vain exercise - sure enough, a frustrated space cadet eventually took to the stage itself and berated the audience for its inertia - jobsworth with torch was then engulfed by a tide of men of a certain age, finally all intent upon frugging wildly - nature always find a way.”
Irresistible. And so to a strong 1993 outing from Nik Turner - and fellow travellers in time and space - building cosmic grooves around the Egyptian Book of the Dead. A 20mins bonus track of Nik with flute in the heart of the Great Pyramid at Giza - at dead of night - is a welcome addition, if a very different vibe that properly belongs on another album.
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