Various Artists -
Roqueting Through Space

(CD 2011, 47:44, Fruits De Mer Records)

The tracks:
  1- Vibravoid: No Silver Bird (originally by Hooterville Trolley)
  2- Vert:x: I Come From Another Planet, Baby (Julian Cope)
  3- Helicon: Hallogallo (Neu!)
  4- Cranium Pie's Research Baking Station: Blacksand
  5- Frobisher Neck: Isi (Neu!)
  6- The Grand Storia: Oh Yeah (Can)
  7- Diarmuid MacDiarmada: Telstar (The Tornados)
  8- Alpha Omega: Transdimensional Paradox (Hawkwind)
  9- Sendelica with Nik Turner: Urban Guerilla (Hawkwind)

Fruits De Mer Records

Well, this tribute record differs from other ones. It's not a tribute to a specific band but to a genre: space rock. And then space rock in the broadest sense of the term with the emphasis on space and not so much on rock. A host of mainly unknown bands cover songs that can be loosely regarded as being space rock. Most of them do a fairly decent job, although not really remarkable. Exceptions are Vibravoid, who turn every song into their own brand of German space rock, Helicon making a nice up-tempo and rather heavy version of Neu!' s well-known track Hallogallo and finally Alpha Omega, who mixes the Hawkwind-tracks Transdimensional Man and Paradox in one big mush. All in all this is a nice, but not an essential effort.

** André de Waal (edited by Peter Willemsen)

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