Title - 'The Hollow Lands'
Artist - Spirits Burning & Michael Moorcock
For those not in the know, fantasy writer/art rock visionary Michael Moorcock has teamed up with Don Falcone's space rock collective Spirits Burning for the epic new album The Hollow Lands (out now via Cleopatra Records).
Moorcock has been named one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945 and his unique talents have been applied to not just literary works, but to the rock world too, contributing to bands such as Hawkwind, Blue Öyster Cult and his own projects as well.
This brand new album includes performances by BÖC members Albert Bouchard, Eric Bloom, and Joe Bouchard, Hawkwind associates Harvey Bainbridge, Steve Bernan, and Bridget Wishart plus Nektar's Ron Howden, The Strawb's Chas Cronk, and lots more!
1. 'To Hollow Lands'
2. 'Isn’t It Delicious?'
3. 'Playing At Ships'
4. 'Dance Through Time'
5. 'Warm Snow Peaks'
6. 'On The Hunt'
7. 'A Haze Of Crimson Light'
8. 'Conflict & Illusions'
9. 'Robot Nurse & The Children Of The Pit'
10. 'A Conversation With H.G. Wells'
11. 'Awful Dilemma'
12. 'Mr. Underwood’s Soliloquy'
13. 'Time Machine Cabriolet'
14. 'We May Yet Be Saved'
15. 'Morphail Megaflow'
16. 'Memorable Night At Café Royal'
17. 'To The Time Machien, At Last'
18. 'Make A Fire'
Opening on the free flowing title track 'To Hollow Lands,' that's backed by the playfully ornate 'Isn’t It Delicious?,' the mid-tempo, stuttered rock of 'Playing At Ships,' the prog rock-imbibed 'Dance Through Time,' and then both the ethereal storytelling of 'Warm Snow Peaks' and the vibrant 'On The Hunt.'
Next up are the beautiful orchestrations found within 'A Haze Of Crimson Light,' which is followed by the more abrupt prog resonation of 'Conflict & Illusions,' the longest track on the album (at just over 6 minutes), the mini-opus 'Robot Nurse & The Children Of The Pit,' and then we get the spoken-word 'A Conversation With H.G. Wells' and the rolling rock of 'Awful Dilemma.'
'Mr. Underwood’s Soliloquy' is one of my own personal favorites here and is backed by the amiable soft shoe shuffle of 'Time Machine Cabriolet,' then we get brought forth the euphorically foot-pounding 'We May Yet Be Saved,' the guitar and vocal fuzz of 'Morphail Megaflow,' with the album rounding out on the upbeat rocker 'Memorable Night At Café Royal,' the '80s AOR of 'To The Time Machien, At Last,' closing on the Peter Gabriel-esque 'Make A Fire.'
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