What does it sound like?:
This is the latest in a series of officially released bootlegs of the Dream in concert in the USA and Australia in the 70s. Now I’ve always liked the Dream though I’m far from an expert – we used to listen to “Phaedra” back in the day and marvel at the spaciness (man) before moving on to Hawkwind. So it’s been interesting hearing more of their oeuvre.
First, it’s not all the boings and swishy noises which I sort of remembered. The trio split (very loosely) between a synth guy majoring on sequencers creating pulses and rhythms, a mellotron guy and another synth/guitar guy plus there’s “real” piano too played by someone (the notes are a model of economy…). The review download didn’t think to name the tracks either so I can’t comment on individual ones but it’s very varied with everything from spooky atmospheric stuff, trancy soft vibes and much rockier pieces featuring a lot of power chord electric guitar. There’s plenty of melody too. These aren’t one finger proto-synth pop players, they clearly have chops and an eye for composition and arrangement as well as improvisation.
Sound quality is of the “official live album” variety rather than “mono cassette player under greatcoat at the back of the room’ type of bootleg.
What does it all *mean*?
There’s clearly still money to be made from milking that back catalogue. Bring it on I say.
Goes well with…
Probably a herbal cig if such delights weren’t a distant memory.
Might suit people who like…
I expect of you are interested in the Dream 4, live CDs is probably not the place to start. But for the devotee who doesn’t have this already it’s a feast of Dreamyness.