Label: Repertoire Records (Germany), REP 4936
Style: British Rhythm and Blues, Rock
Country: London, England
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 433 Mb
Review Summary: Less space rock, but more spacey in style. Doremi Fasol Latido is the beginning of the classic era for Hawkwind.
Hawkwind – A trip through Space, Part III A Change In Style.
Change is big, but more importantly for Hawkwind was the fact that change was common. And change doesn't get any bigger than this. After 'X' the lineup changed once more, the drummer and bassist both decided that enough was enough and left the band. Dik Mik, always darting back and forth also left for three months, but he returned with something that would change the style and music of the band entirely. A man by the name of Ian Kilmister, or Lemmy.
That's right, before Lemmy became the lead man of Motorhead, he was a simple guitarist doing amphetamines with Dik Mik, who liked him so much that he brought him back to the band. As Hawkwind was in need of a bassist he learnt how to play on the fly, and his chugging bass lines would change the sound of Hawkwind entirely. They also found a new drummer, who would fit perfectly with this sound. On this album Hawkwind is.
Dave Brock - 6 and 12 string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Nik Turner - saxophone, flute, vocals
Lemmy - bass guitar, acoustic guitar and vocals
Dik Mik - Synthesizer
Del Dettmar - Synthesizer
Simon King - drums
The feel to Doremi is much different to Hawkwind's previous outings. 'Brainstorm' starts out with a rumbling bass line that sounds like it could be a distorted guitar. Moments later the drums kick in with a brilliant pace and style that keeps up for the entire opening song.
Hawkwind on this album is far more rockier than on their first two. Lemmy doesn't feel like a bassist instead he feels like the second guitarist the band had been missing. In addition Simon King is more of a rock drummer than the previous ones. This doesn't mean that Del and Dik are left out on this album, the space feel is still very much there, especially during the jam that takes up the middle section of the song.
'Space is Deep' begins differently, more simple than 'Brainstorm' with a single acoustic guitar and whirling electrical noises from the synthesiser department. Finally the rest of the band kick in with a brilliant jam that fills the middle section. The drum and bass whirl and twirl on a dance of death before finally ending up where they began, with a simple, quaint acoustic outro.
The second half of the album begins with a harsh electrical distortion, with both the synthesisers pumping away until that chugging bass comes back in again. 'Lord of Light' contains some of the best lead-bass guitar that you will ever see, Lemmy takes you on a trip that blasts you up and down and throws you side to side. He is the main course on this album, finally pushing away the synthesisers that had dominated their earlier works. He leads, the band follows, the drums making the perfect counterpart to his powerful strumming.
This powerhouse is alternated with the acoustic version of Hawkwind, on songs like 'Down Through the Night' mind you this type of acoustic doesn't mean that it is lacking in the synthesiser department, but one thing that really stands out is the vocals. You can hear the hurt that Dave Brock is feeling in amongst the synthesiers, providing the chilling core to the heart of this part of the album.
'Time We Left' is as diverse as you could imagine, starting off spacey heading then into a guitar with so much effects that it wouldn't sound out of place on a Jimi Hendrix record. But its this distortion that makes the music so unique and brilliant at the same time. It doesn't matter if it is simple acoustic or bass guitars powerful enough to whack weeds all day long. Hawkwind delivers on all fronts.
Doremi Fasol Latido isn't over yet, and it finishes with the first ever Motorhead song. 'The Watcher' would later appear on Motorhead's first album, it is the first song written by Lemmy, and is a simple acoustic track with his grumbling vocals and fuzzy bass line. A good way to end a good album.
Doremi shows the best of Hawkwind up to this point. Each new member brought something with them, in this album Lemmy and Simon brought rock influences and a new style of bass guitar, a style which would change the way the synthesiers came across. Rather than being on the forefront, they are now on the flank supporting the onslaught of the Hawklords as they seek to dominate the space rock world.
(www.sputnikmusic.com/review/56276/Hawkwind-Doremi-Fasol-Latido/) (Review by Hoppoman. April 12th, 2013)
01. Brainstorm (11:33)
02. Space Is Deep (06:22)
03. One Change (00:50)
04. Lord Of Light (06:58)
05. Down Through The Night (03:04)
06. Time We Left This World Today (08:43)
07. The Watcher (04:17)
08. Urban Guerilla (03:42)
09. Brainbox Pollution (05:43)
10. Lord Of Light (Single Version Edit) (04:01)
11. Ejection (Previously Unreleased Version) (03:47)
As the album title states, there were changes being made for the 60's
British group, The Animals. By 1967, the original band had fell apart.
But Eric Burdon, the man behind the success of The Animals, and what
would be their only #1 and signature song, "The House Of The Rising
Sun", reformed his former group, and called it Eric Burdon & The
(New) Animals. Burdon would become the only original member. The first
release with the new Animals lineup was Winds Of Change, an album that
not only dealt with change for the group, but it would also project the
future of Eric Burdon as a solo artist.
The album starts out with the title track, and ends with "It's All Meat". Both songs are tributes to Burdon's musical influences, mostly the blues. Burdon sings "Robert Johnson sang the blues" in "Winds Of Change". Muddy Waters and Ray Charles are mentioned in the latter song. The title track is truly psychedelic, as the rest of this album signifies. "Poem By The Sea" is just as psychedelic. And "The Black Plague," is a spoken word tune, with church-choir background vocals similiar in sound and just as eerie as The Yardbirds' "Still I'm Sad."
Burdon does his own version of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black". Completely different in sound as compared to the Stones, this song would be a regular favorite of Burdon's, as he would perform it in concert, and would also record another version of it when he left The Animals to join a black funk band, War, in the Seventies.
"Yes I Am Experienced", is the group's answer to the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Are You Experienced," released earlier in the year 1967. Even if you didn't know the title of this song, it does resemble the sound of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's first album. Chas Chandler, original Animals bass player, became Jimi Hendrix's manager after leaving the original Animals lineup. Another Animals favorite, "San Franciscan Nights" is featured on this album, as the San Francisco scene was booming in 1967, as many popular rock groups were formed from that city, like The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
"Man - Woman" is another spoken word tune. Burdon's spoken talents sounds exciting and vibrant, as he tells the story of how man and woman dominate the love scene, aka The Love and Peace Generation, another happening event of the late 1960s. These four words in this song pretty much tells it all, all, as Burdon shouts: "Man! - Woman! - Desire! - Love!". This song, as well as "The Black Plague", is probably the beginnings of what would later become a very popular hit with War, "Spill The Wine."
The next three songs are slow-paced tunes, yet they match the rest of the album's excellence. "Hotel Hell" has a Spanish sounding guitar and horns are just fantastic, making this song work so well. "Good Times", features the line that makes you think:
"When I think about the Good Times I have wasted, having Good Times." (Actually, it would a autobiographical song about Eric Burdon himself.) Lastly, "Anything" features the line "For you, I'll Do Anything", a phrase meant for a friend or loved one.
Winds Of Change features some excellent musical instrument arrangements. The spanish sounding accoustic guitar, and throughout this album has the late '60s George Harrison/Beatles indian-sounding guitar (sitar). Violins are also used, and the gong is featured on "Poem By The Sea". This album is also psychedelic, as this style of music was dominating the scene at the time.
Winds Of Change is an experience. For the Sixties favorite, this is a must. Eric Burdon & The Animals were number two on my list next to The Beatles in the category of favorite groups of the Sixties. (Yes, I thought it was so cool that there was a musician out there named Eric; I learned this before I discovered Eric Clapton.) I have always been a big fan of Burdon/Animals music ever since. They've had a few reunion albums later in their career, featuring all of the original members. Unfortuately, Chas Chandler passed away in 1996.
Polygram, the record company that purchased many of the M-G-M recordings, re-issued many of the original late 60s albums of Burdon & The Animals in 1994. Yet to see its faces on compact disc are the very early original albums, and the later ones when the original group reformed. Before We Were Rudely Interrupted, the band's first reunion studio album in 1977, has yet to see the CD laser beam. Their 1983 reunion studio album, Ark (a personal favorite of mine), can be found on CD through import ads. Burdon still performs today, as he seldom releases an album. He's released three albums with War from 1970-1976. From 1971-1988 (as Eric Burdon), he's released six albums. His latest album was in 1993, where he teamed up with British jazz-rock keyboardist Brian Auger. Througout his solo career, Burdon participated in movies and television.
If you're only familiar with "The House Of The Rising Sun," boy, do you have a lot of catching up to do! The original lineup's material is probably considered their best work. Their later material had some big hits, but not as as many as the original lineup. In either case, this band is not to be passed up. Discover The Animals' music; it's an event you will cherish and enjoy.
(dailyvault.com/toc.php5?review=484 / Review by: Eric E5S16 / Originally published: 08/24/1998)