viernes, 3 de julio de 2009
Spacelines Sonic Sounds for Subterraneans
The cult 1980s band Spacemen 3 pursued a vision of psychedelic trance-rock purity from the unlikely environs of Rugby, distilled to its essence in their 1988 single Revolution. Subsequently, Jason Pierce has attempted to swaddle the same source material in classic rock trappings with Spiritualized, while his former partner Sonic Boom, aka Peter Kember, has followed a more puritanical and commercially unsuccessful extrapolation of their key elements with EAR and Spectrum. On the compilation Spacelines, Kember presents 23 tracks that display the sources of his aesthetic.The package comes with liner notes describing the selections and why they were so inspiring. For example, Kember says of The Staples Singers' tune "This May Be The Last Time," "This Gospel gem, I believe written by Bobby Womack, is obviously the root of the Stones hit from '65. Pop Staples remains for me the greatest unsung guitar player. Forget all the Afro '70s late stuff, go for all those classic pre-66 sides - Vee-jay stuff especially, and that "Great Day" Fantasy records release." Of The Cryin' Shames "Please Stay", he reminisces, "Joe Meek's last hit, and one of his saddest. Shortly before splattering his brains across his Holloway Road, London studio, he allegedly berated this poor singer into this performance. Whatever, it's stellar. I believe the Drifters had the USA hit, but for me the magic in this record is unequalled on any other version." It's a beautiful compilation containing some true gems.