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I have heard them before - on the Jo Whiley show haha, but not much otherwise.
coz I've never heard it and I want to know if it's good like they say
As for Spiritualized, my favourite is Pure Phase but everyone else will disagree and say get the big one about medicine everyone likes and the Albert Hall one. DON'T LISTEN TO THEM
Playing With Fire for Spacemen 3.
Lazer Guided Melodies for Spiritualized (be sure to get the 12 track-indexed version)
By the Zoos of Babylon
Can't go wrong with 'perfect prescription' or 'playing with fire' for spacemen 3. 'Ladies & Gentlemen...' probably has Spiritualized's best songs but its a patchy record that tails off during side 2. 'Lazer Guided Melodies' & 'Pure Phase' much more consistent and probably best places to start.
Amazing album, distills early Spiritualized down nicely into one LP.
is where I started. I don't think it tails off - Broken Heart and Cop Shoot Cop are among their best songs.
The Albert Hall one is gorgeous, too.
The first couple of Spiritualized records have some amazing tracks on them but I've never really taken to them and think Ladies & Gentlemen is vastly overrated.
Similarly, Sonic Boom's first solo record (as Spectrum) is worth a listen but some of the EAR stuff disappears up its own arse. Basically, neither of them have ever been as good apart as they were together.
is called Spectrum. After that release he recorded under the Spectrum name and not Sonic Boom, just to confuse things. I really love that first album of his, especially the swirly sleeve on the original vinyl pressings.
Spacemen 3 - get Playing With Fire and Perfect Prescription, and then Recurring and Sound Of Confusion.
Spiritualized - start with Laser Guided Melodies and go in order from there. Their Feel So Sad 12" is a beauty. I lost interest a bit after Ladies & Gentlemen but do quite like Songs In A&E, and the acoustic gigs before that were stunning.
Spiritualized - Pure Phase
if you like droney druggy vibes - LGMs and PP are on a par
if you like big, epic, tumultuous masterpieces - Ladies and Gents
if you like big, epic, but less noisy and more gentle vibes, Let It Come Down is actually really good
(Obviously the ten-minute one)
first one is good, second one bad, third one is okay, fourth one awful, fifth one okay, sixth one good, seventh one great
Get the Complete Works vol 1, early singles and b-sides of wonder such as The Troggs cover 'Anyway That You Want Me' , Why Don't You Smile Now? And 3 versions of Feel So Sad. Glory days.
Its just the one with the biggest scope, budget and everything. I dont think there is a record that better describes the decent into love broken self destructive drug use as well as it. Its both lyrically dark, frantic and immensely beautiful. It superb dont listen to the nay sayers.
Perfect Prescription is also a great start but is a much more low key affair. More its a late night/early morning album for me.
If you like those two get the rest.
I feel like Ladies and Gentlemen is much more ambitious than their other albums, but Lazer Guided Melodies (and even to a lesser degree Pure Phase) beat it purely on a track by track basis.
or perfect prescription
Spacemen 3 - Playing with Fire or Perfect Prescription
Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies or Ladies and Gentlemen
Spiritualized - Ladies & Gentlemen
I've always thought Let It Come Down is under-rated, the first half of that album is near flawless but the quality dips a bit.
Collection of Spacemen 3's singles '86-88. Probably their best release other than Playing With Fire. All of their stuff is amazing though - you can't really go wrong with any of it.
For Spiritualized first two and Collected Works Vol. 1.