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Nik Turner — Space Gypsy (2013)

 Nik Turner — Space Gypsy (September 24, 2013)

Nik Turner — Space Gypsy
Born: Nicholas "Nik" Turner born 26 August 1940, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Location: Margate, Kent ~ Ladbroke Grove, London, England ~ Whitland, Wales, United Kingdom
Instruments: Vocals, Saxophone, Flute
Genre: Electronic, Pop/Rock
Styles: Art Rock, Experimental Rock, Space Rock
Album release: September 24, 2013
Record Label: Cleopatra Records
Duration:     50:40
01 Fallen Angel STS-51-L (Jason Willer)     4:57 
02 Joker's Song (Jürgen Engler/Chris Leitz/Nik Turner)     3:51 
03 Time Crypt (Jeff Piccinini)     5:32 
04 Galaxy Rise     4:08
05 Coming of the Maya (Jürgen Engler/Chris Leitz/Nik Turner)  8:23
06 We Ride the Timewinds     3:43 
07 Eternity     3:58 
08 Anti-Matter (Jürgen Engler/Chris Leitz/Nik Turner)     4:57
09 The Visitor     7:07 
10 Something's Not Right     4:04

→ Javier Carmona  Cover Art
Jürgen Engler  Composer, Guitar, Mellotron, Moog Synthesizer, Producer
Nicky Garratt  Composer, Guitar
Steve Hillage  Guitar
Candice Houley  Graphic Design, Layout
Simon House  Violin
Chris Leitz  Composer, Mellotron, Mastering
Jeff Piccinini  Bass, Composer
Eric Rennaker  Engineer
Nik Turner  Composer, Flute, Saxophone, Vocals
Jason Willer  Composer, Drums, Percussion 
Album Moods: Aggressive Animated Apocalyptic Bombastic Confident Crunchy Eccentric Energetic Enigmatic Euphoric Exciting Freewheeling Kinetic Lively Narcotic Quirky Spacey Tense/Anxious Trippy
Themes: Drugs Fantasy Maverick Other Times & Places The Creative Side
Review by Thom Jurek | Score: ***½
→   Now in his mid-seventies, Nik Turner has spent a lifetime exploring the fringes of spaced-out, psychedelic rock as a member of Hawkwind (in two different periods), with Sphynx, and eventually as a solo artist and bandleader. Space Gypsy features Turner's vocals, and his trademark saxophones and flutes front a quintet whose sound is drenched in synths, mellotrons, electric guitars, and drums. His vocals are awash in reverb but they ride cleanly just above the instrumental fray. While this music isn't so much prog as cosmic rock, it has enough weirdness in both its production and with the man himself singing of Mayans, space aliens, multidimensional realities, and mystic and occult practices to please most acid travelers. Clocking in at 50 minutes, standout tracks include opener "Fallen Angel STS-51-L," with its crunchy guitar driving through the layered mellotrons and drums, the gently spacy "Galaxy Rise," that contains some lovely flute playing, the space-punk throb of "We Ride the Timewinds," and the forbidding, paranoid closer, "Something's Not Right." There isn't anything new here, but that's not the point. This fulfills the prescription that Turner and Hawkwind fans ordered from their favorite interstellar doctor. (http://www.allmusic.com/)
Artist Biography by Steve Huey
→   One of the founding members of Hawkwind, saxophonist/flutist Nik Turner has had perhaps the most prolific and varied outside career of all its many alumni. Turner grew up in Margate, Kent, England, with future Hawkwind bandmate Robert Calvert, and came to Hawkwind's original 1969 lineup from a band called Mobile Freakout. Turner was an integral part of the band's prime period, contributing not only sax and flute work but also vocals and occasional songwriting (including the band staple "Brainstorm," which appeared on 1972's Doremi Fasol Latido, and the classic "Silver Machine," which he co-wrote with Dave Brock). Turner's final album with Hawkwind was 1976's Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music, after which group leader Brock fired most of his personnel (including Turner).
→   Turner used his newfound freedom to travel to Egypt, where he soaked up the history and culture, and also made a recording of his flute music in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. With backing from several musicians associated with Gong, the results were released in 1978 as Turner's solo debut Xitintoday (credited to Nik Turner's Sphynx). Turner next played on the 1979 Mother Gong album Fairy Tales, and headed up a new group called the Inner City Unit, which also featured guitarist Trevor Thomas, bassist Baz Magneto (soon replaced by Dead Fred Reeves), and drummer Mick Stupp. The group's debut album, Pass Out, was issued in 1980, displaying an odd blend of influences that ranged from prog-rock to punk and big band swing. Turner rejoined Hawkwind in 1981, but initially continued to record with the Inner City Unit, which released The Maximum Effect in 1981 and Punkadelic the following year. Also appearing in 1982 was Ersatz, an ICU collaboration with Turner's boyhood friend and Hawkwind mate Robert Calvert. Turner departed Hawkwind once again in 1984, restarting the Inner City Unit and releasing New Anatomy.
→   In 1985, Turner relocated to the western side of Wales, where he set up a new age community in a fairly rural, isolated area. The ICU released The President's Tapes that same year, which would prove to be Turner's last album with the group; he left in 1986 to concentrate on a smaller-scale project called the Nik Turner All-Stars, who took the big band swing predilections of The ICU into relatively straightforward territory. The group never recorded, remaining a largely local and concert-oriented outfit. In the early '90s, Turner moved to California, where he began working with progressive, industrial-influenced artists like Helios Creed and Pressurehed. He also resumed his solo recording career, beginning with 1993's Sphynx, a belated sequel to the Egyptian-themed Xitintoday. 1994's Prophets of Time involved former Hawkwind members Simon House and Del Dettmar, with whom Turner would work frequently over the rest of the decade, sometimes as part of the spacy Anubian Lights (which also included members of Pressurehed, and debuted on record in 1995). Also in 1994, Turner put together a new backing band called Space Ritual that was mostly devoted to performing Hawkwind repertoire. The group toured in 1994 and 1995, releasing live recordings culled from each separate year (Space Ritual and Past or Future?, respectively). Turner has continued his activity in the late '90s, frequently collaborating with various Swedish prog-rock bands, including Darxtar and the Moor.
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Interview: http://www.trilogyrock.com/podcast/128-entrevista-nik-turner-hawkwind-nik-turner-band-space-ritual-inner-city-unit.php
Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2012
© Copyright http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/ 2012
:: http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.cz/2012/06/nik-turner-interview-about-hawkwind.html
As a member of Hawkwind:
1970 — Hawkwind
1971 — In Search of Space
1972 — Doremi Fasol Latido
1973 — Space Ritual
1974 — Hall of the Mountain Grill
1975 — Warrior on the Edge of Time
1976 — Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
1980 — Weird Tapes Volume 3 — live 1975-77
1981 — Weird Tapes Volume 5 — live 1976-77
1982 — Choose Your Masques — guests on "Void City" only
1982 — Weird Tapes Volume 6 — live 1970-73
1983 — Weird Tapes Volume 8 — live 1966-73
1983 — The Text of Festival — live 1970-1971
1983 — Zones — live 1980 and 1982
1984 — This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic — live 1980 and 1984
1984 — Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin — live 1973
1984 — Space Ritual Volume 2 — live 1972
1987 — Out & Intake — outtakes and live 1982-1986
1991 — BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert — live 1972
1995 — Undisclosed Files Addendum — live 1984 and 1988
1997 — The 1999 Party — live 1974
1999 — Atomhenge 76 — live 1976
2000 — Choose Your Masques: Collectors Series Volume 2 — live 1982
Solo and collaborative projects:
1978 — Nik Turner's Sphynx — Xitintoday (Charisma, CDS4011)
1993 — Nik Turner — Sphynx (Cleopatra, CLEO21352)
1994 — Nik Turner — Prophets of Time (Cleopatra, CLEO69082)
1995 — Nik Turner — Space Ritual 1994 Live (Cleopatra, CLEO95062) and video-DVD (Cherry Red, CRDVD136) — live
1995 — Pinkwind — Festival Of The Sun (Twink Records, TWK CD2) — live
1995 — Anubian Lights — Eternal Sky (Hypnotic, CLEO96032)
1996 — Hawkfairies — Purple Haze (Twink Records, TWK CD5) — live
1996 — Anubian Lights — The Jackal and Nine EP (Hypnotic, CLEO 9666-2)
1996 — Nik Turner — Past or Future? (Cleopatra) — live
1997 — Nik Turner — Sonic Attack 2001 (Dossier, 8480) — compilation album of Cleopatra material
1998 — Anubian Lights — Let Not The Flame Die Out (Hypnotic, CLP 0346-2)
2000 — Nik Turner's Sphynx — Live At Deeply Vale (Ozit/Morpheus) — live 1978
2001 — 2001 A Space Rock Odyssey — double live cd of the first two Space Ritual concerts (Ozit/Morpeus CD 0055)
2001 — Nik Turner's Fantastic All Stars — Kubanno Kickasso (Ozit/Morpheus, niktcd334)
2013 — Nik Turner — Space Gypsy (Cleopatra)
Resumé: 23 + 15 + collaborations.

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