Hawkwind / Mammoth 11-Disc Space Ritual announced with Royal Albert Hall show

Hawkwind celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their seminal album Space Ritual with a soon-to-be legendary performance in London’s Royal Albert Hall and a deluxe 11-disc limited edition release of that seminal album with previously unreleased concerts in full.

Space Ritual was an iconic album that epitomised the fusion of rock music and science fiction themes. Released in 1973, it remained a benchmark for psychedelic and space rock genres. The album captured the essence of Hawkwind’s cosmic vision, blending hypnotic rhythms, distorted guitars, and trippy synthesizers to create a sonic journey through the vastness of outer space. With its sprawling compositions and captivating live performances, Space Ritual took listeners on a mind-bending expedition beyond the confines of Earth.

The album was recorded on the band’s UK Tour of December 1972, which followed the release of their studio album Doremi Fasol Latido. Three concerts were captured on tape by the Pye Records mobile unit.

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One of the defining features of Space Ritual was its incorporation of spoken word segments and poetry, enhancing the album’s immersive experience. The words of science fiction author Michael Moorcock, recited during tracks like Sonic Attack and Orgone Accumulator, added an extra layer of depth and intensity to the music. These spoken interludes, combined with the band’s improvisational approach, gave the album a unique and otherworldly atmosphere, allowing listeners to feel like they were part of a cosmic voyage.

Space Ritual’s influence extended far beyond its initial release, inspiring generations of musicians and shaping the development of progressive and experimental rock. The album’s futuristic soundscapes and imaginative lyrics left an indelible mark on the genre, influencing bands such as Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, and Muse.

Even today, Space Ritual continues to captivate audiences with its boundary-pushing approach and timeless exploration of the unknown, reminding us of the enduring power of music to transport us to distant galaxies and new dimensions of consciousness.

This 50th-anniversary limited edition deluxe boxed set comprises 10 CDs and a Blu-ray disc and features a new remaster of the original album, along with new mixes of all three complete concerts recorded on tour at Liverpool Stadium, Sunderland Locarno and Brixton Sundown, all mixed by Stephen W Tayler.

The set also includes a stunning 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album, along with a new stereo mix of the album, including the complete unedited versions of Brainstorm and Time We Left This World Today and the encore of You Shouldn’t Do That. The set is completed with a 68-page illustrated book with a new essay and a reproduction of the rare Space Ritual poster format tour programme, making this boxed set the definitive release and this legendary album.

Hawkwind – Space Ritual Tracklist

Disc One: “Space Ritual” The original album re-mastered

  1. Earth Calling (Original album mix)
  2. Born to Go (Original album mix)
  3. Down Through the Night (Original album mix)
  4. The Awakening (Original album mix)
  5. Lord of Light (Original album mix)
  6. Black Corridor (Original album mix)
  7. Space is Deep (Original album mix)
  8. Electronic No. 1 (Original album mix)

Disc Two: “Space Ritual” The original album re-mastered

  1. Orgone Accumulator (Original album mix)
  2. Upside Down (Original album mix)
  3. 10 Seconds of Forever (Original album mix)
  4. Brainstorm (Original album mix)
  5. Seven by Seven (Original album mix)
  6. Sonic Attack (Original album mix)
  7. Time We Left This World Today (Original album mix)
  8. Master of the Universe (Original album mix)
  9. Welcome to the Future (Original album mix)

Disc Three: Liverpool Stadium 22nd December 1972 New mix – previously unreleased

  1. Earth Calling (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  2. Born to Go (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  3. Down Through the Night (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  4. The Awakening (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  5. Lord of Light (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  6. Black Corridor (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  7. Space is Deep (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  8. Electronic No. 1 (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  9. Orgone Accumulator (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  10. Upside Down (Liverpool 22.12.1972)

Disc Four: Liverpool Stadium 22nd December 1972 New mix – previously unreleased

  1. 10 Seconds of Forever (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  2. Brainstorm (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  3. Seven by Seven (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  4. Sonic Attack (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  5. Time We Left This World Today (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  6. Master of the Universe (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  7. Welcome to the Future (Liverpool 22.12.1972)
  8. You Shouldn’t Do That (Liverpool 22.12.1972)

Disc Five: Locarno Sunderland 23rd December 1972 New mix – previously unreleased

  1. Earth Calling (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  2. Born to Go (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  3. Down Through the Night (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  4. The Awakening (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  5. Lord of Light (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  6. Black Corridor (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  7. Space is Deep (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  8. Electronic No. 1 (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  9. Orgone Accumulator (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  10. Upside Down (Sunderland 23.12.1972)

Disc Six: Locarno Sunderland 23rd December 1972 New mix – previously unreleased

  1. 10 Seconds of Forever (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  2. Brainstorm (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  3. Seven by Seven (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  4. Sonic Attack (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  5. Time We Left This World Today (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  6. Master of the Universe (Sunderland 23.12.1972)
  7. Welcome to the Future (Sunderland 23.12.1972)

Disc Seven: Brixton Sundown, London 30th December 1972

  1. Earth Calling
  2. Born to Go
  3. Down Through the Night
  4. The Awakening
  5. Lord of Light
  6. Black Corridor
  7. Space is Deep
  8. Electronic No. 1
  9. Orgone Accumulator

Disc Eight: Brixton Sundown, London 30th December 1972

  1. Brainstorm
  2. Seven by Seven
  3. Sonic Attack
  4. Time We Left This World Today
  5. Master of the Universe
  6. Welcome to the Future
  7. You Shouldn’t Do That

Disc Nine: Space Ritual 50th Anniversary Stereo Remix by Stephen W Tayler

  1. Earth Calling (new stereo mix)
  2. Born to Go (new stereo mix)
  3. Down Through the Night (new stereo mix)
  4. The Awakening (new stereo mix)
  5. Lord of Light (new stereo mix)
  6. Black Corridor (new stereo mix)
  7. Space is Deep (new stereo mix)
  8. Electronic No. 1 (new stereo mix)
  9. Orgone Accumulator (new stereo mix)
  10. Upside Down (new stereo mix)

Disc Ten: Space Ritual 50th Anniversary Stereo Remix by Stephen W Tayler

  1. 10 Seconds of Forever (new stereo mix)
  2. Brainstorm (new stereo mix)
  3. Seven by Seven (new stereo mix)
  4. Sonic Attack (new stereo mix)
  5. Time We Left This World Today (new stereo mix)
  6. Master of the Universe (new stereo mix)
  7. Welcome to the Future (new stereo mix)
  8. You Shouldn’t Do That (new stereo mix)

Disc Eleven: Blu-ray

Space Ritual 96 kHz / 24-bit 5.1 mix & new stereo mix By Stephen W Tayler

  1. Earth Calling (5.1 Surround mix)
  2. Born to Go (5.1 Surround mix)
  3. Down Through the Night (5.1 Surround mix)
  4. The Awakening (5.1 Surround mix)
  5. Lord of Light (5.1 Surround mix)
  6. Black Corridor (5.1 Surround mix)
  7. Space is Deep (5.1 Surround mix)
  8. Electronic No. 1 (5.1 Surround mix)
  9. Orgone Accumulator (5.1 Surround mix)
  10. Upside Down (5.1 Surround mix)
  11. 10 Seconds of Forever (5.1 Surround mix)
  12. Brainstorm (5.1 Surround mix)
  13. Seven by Seven (5.1 Surround mix)
  14. Sonic Attack (5.1 Surround mix)
  15. Time We Left This World Today (5.1 Surround mix)
  16. Master of the Universe (5.1 Surround mix)
  17. Welcome to the Future (5.1 Surround mix)
  18. You Shouldn’t Do That (5.1 Surround mix)

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