Hawkwind

Acid Daze, Vol. 3

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The third volume of the Acid Daze series culls material from Hawkwind's early days, when the band was little more than a folk-blues act with slightly offbeat lyrics and occasional production quirks. Newcomers accustomed to thundering space rock epics like "Psychedelic Warlords" and "Brainstorm" will be mystified by the Yardbirds sound-alikes "Dealing With the Devil" and "Bring It on Home," not to mention the country parody "Came Home." There's no shortage of space rock, however, on the second half, which contains live recordings from Space Ritual. In fact, this may be the most consistent of the three Acid Daze compilations, sticking entirely to its appointed time period without having to incorporate songs from later eras to pad out its size. Unfortunately, that also makes it the least essential, since Space Ritual is an essential part of any Hawkwind collection, and the remaining rarities are not compelling enough to warrant acquiring this release. Though it has some interesting selections, for the most part, Acid Daze, Vol. 3 is strictly for the diehards.

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