Space Gypsy at the Mountain Grill
In the mid-1970’s, I was shuffling through a record bin and saw an album called Hall of the Mountain Grill with some bizarre art of a derelict spacecraft. I bought it solely on the cover art but was more astonished by the sound of the band. It was nothing like Yes, ELP, and other prog acts of the time. This was psychedelic and spaced-out rock that blew me away and it still stands out as my favorite Hawkwind album. I say all this because with Nik Turner's SPACE GYPSY, this is the closest match to Hall of the Mountain Grill I have heard. I’ve been listening to this on repeat and it takes me right where I want to go: soaring synths, sonic guitars, and lush layering of Nik’s sax and flute. Best yet is the production which gives a fuller sound than what Mountain Grill had in the 70’s. While I’m not a big fan of Nik’s talk-sing voice, it is passable in context. And great to hear old bandmate, Simon House's violin and keys again.