Hawkwind : Space Ritual : 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition : 10CD / Blu-Ray – Unboxing Review

Hawkwind : Space Ritual : 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition : 10CD / Blu-Ray – Cherry Red Records

The buzz around Hawkwind’s Space Ritual 50th Anniversary Edition has been palpable. This deluxe edition boasts 11 discs, including 10 CDs and one Blu-Ray disc. It encapsulates all the concerts that were recorded to craft this iconic live album from 1973.

Before diving into my thoughts, let’s explore the contents of this lavish box set:

Inside the box

  • The box unfolds to reveal a visual feast, with images reminiscent of the original gatefold sleeve.
  • Blu-Ray Disc: This multi-region disc offers a new remastered version of the original album. It also includes
  • Stephen W Taylor’s impressive 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes.
  • 10 CDs: The CDs are housed in fold-out folders, each adorned with images and track listings. The meticulous attention to detail is evident in every aspect of this set.
  • Booklet: A 68-page illustrated booklet accompanies the set. It features a new essay, unseen photographs, and a replica of the 1972 Space Ritual tour program.
  • Program: A replica of the original Space Ritual program from the tour is also included, offering a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Sound Quality:
The remastering on this edition is impeccable. The separation and clarity in tracks like the full version of “Brainstorm” are unparalleled. The Blu-Ray disc, with its HD 5.1 surround sound, offers an immersive experience, transporting listeners back to 1972.

The Experience:
The Blu-Ray disc is a standout feature. With a captivating slideshow and surround sound, it’s like being enveloped in a time capsule, taking you straight to the heart of a 1972 Hawkwind concert.

Summary
For Hawkwind fans, this box set is the Holy Grail. The attention to detail, the sound quality, and the overall package are exemplary. If you’re contemplating adding this to your collection, act fast. Given its limited availability, it’s bound to become a sought-after collector’s item.

Conclusion:

The Hawkwind Space Ritual 50th Anniversary Edition is more than just a box set; it’s an experience. It’s a testament to the timeless power of music and the magic of Hawkwind.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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Gavin Norman
Gavin Norman
4 months ago

I got a copy on Amazon U.K. this morning- sold out pretty much everywhere else

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Gavin Norman
1 month ago

How did you like the surround mix? That’s the only / real reason I want this.

Thanks!

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