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Space Ritual are a UK space rock band formed in 2000 fronted by Nik Turner and composed principally of former Hawkwind members. They play a mix of early Hawkwind material and their own compositions.

History

The Hawkestra event took place on 21 October 2000 at the Brixton Academymarker which featured nearly all past members of Hawkwind, but disagreements between various participants led to any restaging of the event being unlikely. Turner did, however, stage another event under the banner "The Greasy Truckers Party", featuring members of the Hawkestra on 21 October 2001 at the London Astoriamarker which, despite being invited, all of the then members of Hawkwind refused to participate.

A loose band formed from this event performing further gigs and eventually went by the name of xhawkwind.com. An appearance at Guilfestmarker in 2002 led to confusion as to whether this actually was Hawkwind, sufficiently irking Dave Brock into taking legal action to prohibit Turner from trading under the name Hawkwind, a case which Turner lost.

Turner then chose to name the band Space Ritual after Hawkwind's critically acclaimed 1973 live album The Space Ritual Alive, despite having previously used this name during the mid-1990s for a North America tour.

Members

Principal members

  • Nik Turner - vocals, Sax, Flute (Hawkwind 1969-77, 1982-84)
  • Mick Slattery - lead guitar, vocals (Hawkwind 1969-70)
  • Thomas Crimble - rhythm guitar, keyboards (Hawkwind 1970-71)
  • Jerry Richards - bass guitar (Hawkwind guitarist 1995-2001)
  • Terry Ollis - drums, percussion (Hawkwind 1969-72)
  • Sam Ollis - drums, DJ record decks
  • Chris Purdon (a.k.a. Chris Mekon) - audio generators, FX, analogue synths
  • Miss Angel - Dancer


Affiliates

  • Del Dettmar - electronics (Hawkwind 1971-74)
  • Ron Tree - vocals (Hawkwind 1995-2001)


Former members and occasional contributors

  • Dave Anderson - analogue synthesiser, bass (Hawkwind 1971)
  • Commander Jim Hawkman - keyboards
  • John Greves - keyboards & synthesisers (1999-2006)
  • Thomas Hewitt - guitar
  • Huw Lloyd-Langton - guitar (Hawkwind 1970-71, 1979-88)
  • Jaki Windmill - Djembe, Vocals
  • Debespace
  • Lloyd George - aka Doktor Hotknife or 'the new Dik Mik' - Synths & Keyboards


Discography

2001 - A Space Rock Odyssey - live CD (Ozit-Morpheus, OZIT CD55) - Ystalyfera, Wales and Birkenhead Stairways* 2000
  • tracks: "Sonic Attack"; "You Shouldn't Do That"; "Odyssey Improvisation"; "Dragon Rider"; "Space Ritual"; "Waiting for Tomorrow"; "Master of the Universe"; "Silver Machine"; "Spirit of the Age"; "Sonic Attack"*; "Odyssey Improvisation"*; "Space Ritual"*; "Ten Seconds of Forever"*
  • personnel: Nik Turner; Huw Lloyd-Langton; Thomas Crimble; Terry Ollis; Lloyd George, John Greves; Commander Jim Hawkman; Thomas Hewitt


2002 - Live At Glastonbury And Guildford Festival - live CD (Ozit-Morpheus, OZIT CD211)
  • tracks: "Orion Sunrise"; "The Awakening"; "Osiris"; "The Landing"; "Blue Train" (Coltrane); "Space Grab" (Ollis, Crimble, Slattery, Turner); "Thunder Rider Rap"; "Warp Out" (Ollis, Crimble, Slattery, Turner); "D Rider"
  • personnel: Nik Turner; Mick Slattery; Thomas Crimble; Terry Ollis; Sam Ollis; John Greves; Commander Jim Hawkman; Thomas Hewitt, Jaki Windmill


2003 - Greasy Truckers Party 2002-2003 (Ozit-Morpheus, OZIT CD221)
  • Various Artists: SpaceRitual.net; Tractor; Richard Strange; Guitar George Borowski; The Theory
  • tracks: "Brainstorm"; "Sonic Savages"; "Watching The Grass Grow"; "D-Rider"
  • personnel: Nik Turner; Mick Slattery; Thomas Crimble; Terry Ollis; Dave Anderson; John Greves; Del Dettmar; Jaki Windmill


2005 - Live At The Venusian Electric Ballroom In The Cygnus 5 Galaxy - live CD (SRR0001CD)
  • tracks: "Cosmic Chant"; "Watching the Grass Grow"; "Born to Go"; "D Rider"; "Brainstorm"; "Ejection"; "Sonic Attack"; "Master of the Universe"; "Silver Machine"


2005 - Sonic Savages - studio CD EP (SRR0002CD)
  • tracks: "Sonic Savages" (6:32); "Ritual Of The Savage Earth" (3:27); "Jazzy Jam" (5:07)
  • personnel: Nik Turner; Mick Slattery; Thomas Crimble; Terry Ollis; Dave Anderson; John Greves; Sam Ollis


2006 - Satiricon - live DVD - The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury, 29 February 2004
  • tracks: "Launch"; "Cosmic Chant"; "Born To Go"; "Welcome To The Future"; "Watching The Grass Grow"; "Sonic Savages"; "D Rider"; "Time Crime"; "Children Of The Sun"; "Jazzy Jam"; "Brainstorm"; "Orgone Accumulator"; "Sonic Attack"; "Ejection"; "You Shouldn't Do That"; "Master Of The Universe"; "Silver Machine"; "Inspector Clouseau Theme"
  • personnel: Nik Turner; Mick Slattery; Thomas Crimble; Terry Ollis; Dave Anderson; John Greves; Sam Ollis; Jaki Windmill; Debespace; The Fabulous Ms Angel


2007 - Otherworld - studio CD (Esoteric Recordings, ECLEC2011)
  • tracks: "The Return"; "Otherworld"; "Black Corridor"; "Bubbles"; "Communique II"; "Ritual Of The Ravaged Earth"; "ASDF"; "Sonic Savages"; "Droid Love"; Time Crime"; "Arrival In Utopia"; "Atomik"; "The Riddle"; "Notes From A Cold Planet"; "Walking Backwards"
  • personnel: Band members: Nik Turner; Dave Anderson; Terry Ollis; Del Dettmar; Mick Slattery; John Greves; Thomas Crimble; with guest credits for Sam Ollis, Jacki Windmill, Russ Russell, Chris Fielding and Jerry Richards


2009 - Otherworld Live 2007 - live 2CD (SRCD001)
  • tracks: 1.The Right Stuff 2.Steppenwolf 3.The Awakening 4.Sonic Savages 5.Walking Backwards 6.Otherworld 7.Ritual Of The Ravaged Earth 8.Time Crime 9.Bubbles 10.The Riddle 11.D-Rider 13.Master of the Universe 14.Brainstorm
  • personnel: Band members: Nik Turner, Mick Slattery, Thomas Crimble, Terry Ollis, Jerry Richards, Chris Purdon; with guest credits for Sam Ollis and Mark Powell


References

  1. The Saga of Hawkwind, Chapter 32: The Hawkwars - Carol Clerk


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