Title - 'Space Fusion Odyssey'
Artist - Nik Turner
For those not completely in the know, the uber talented Nik Turner is an English musician, best known as a former member of space rock pioneers Hawkwind. Turner plays saxophones, flute, sings and is a composer and whilst with with Hawkwind, was known for his experimental free jazz stylisations. Oh, and his outrageous stage presence, which often meant donning full makeup and Ancient Egypt-inspired costumes!
Here on his brand new album, Space Fusion Odyssey, Turner returns with his most ambitious, musically adventurous album to date. Featuring all new recordings that blend jazz, fusion, space rock, and psych into a cacophonous orgasm of interstellar ecstasy, the album is a stand-alone testament to not only the genre of music it bows heavily at the alter of; but of Turner's seemingly everlasting musical talent.
We begin with the twists and turns of the psychedelic adventure 'Adjust The Future, which bleeds seamlessly into the Egyptian-themed 'Hypernova.' With both those tracks already having eaten away at 16 minutes of your listening time, you might think that such pieces would have to shorten form then on in. But, of course, you would be wrong, for as we head into both the wood-inspired majesty of 'Spiritual Machines' and the hauntingly ethereal tones of 'Pulsar,' we are already knee deep in nearly 30 minutes of incredible sounds.
A stunning work of musical art in the form of 'An Elliptical Galaxy' is next upon us, transporting us instantly back to an age, to a prior state of being, that (perhaps) we had long since forgotten once resided within us. That is then backed by the shortest track on the album, 'A Beautiful Vision In Science Forgotten,' which brings to an end the vinyl LP experience of this new project. [FYI: The vinyl LP comes in a deluxe 12-panel poster fold-up jacket and ON gorgeous "starbust"-colored vinyl!]
But, for all those choosing this CD that comes packaged in a special mini-LP gatefold with a 12-panel poster inside, well, your musical luck gets expanded, for there are another four (4) BONUS TRACKS! Yup, Turner gives full value for money here on the CD; a CD that has artists such as
legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage of Gong, Soft Machine's John Etheridge, Amon Düül II founder John Weinzierl and many more!
Indeed, these gifted and groundbreaking musicians of Turner's generation continue onward alongside their master with those bonus tracks; the near-thirteen minute 'We Came In Peace,' the old-school video game sounds combined with some really great old school funk of 'Interstellar Clouds,' and then both 'Spiritual Machines Chapter 2' and then, finally, an uplifting trip known as 'Random Acts (Revisited)' (with The Fusion Syndicate).
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