SPACEMEN 3
Forged Prescriptions

SPECTRUM
Refractions - Thru The Rhythms of Time: 1989-1997

[Space Age Recordings, www.spaceagerecordings.com]

While I understood their goals and ambitions, I was never a huge fan of Spacemen 3 when they hit. To listen to this work so many years down the road is a little bit nostalgic and enlightening all at once.
According to Spacemen 3 guitarist Sonic Boom, "Forged Prescriptions" was the band's Indian summer. Full of promise and some of their best work, it was also one of the band's penultimate creative peaks. Over the course of 2 CDs, the re-issue takes us back to early 90's, when the record was recorded to uncover both alternate tracks, demo versions and previously unreleased material. Demo version of "Come Down Easy" is especially thrilling as the band slows tempo down and strips everything down to minimum necessities. Elsewhere, the ten minute long ode to acid "Ecstasy Symphony" is especially effective. Full of farfisa and gently reverberating walls of guitar, it perfectly encapsulates a peaceful, loving feeling the band once had. On the second disc, Spacemen 3 cover Sun Ra [the absolutely thrilling sheet of sound minimalism of "Starship"], The Troggs [the swirling melodic take on "I Want You Right Now"] and electric poppy take on The Spades "We Sell Souls". Over the course of nearly two hours, Spacemen 3 make a strong point in favour of the quality of their unreleased and demo material. This is one truly essential release for fans of adventurous, space age guitar rock.
While still in Spacemen 3, guitarist Sonic Boom [aka Pete Kember] started his own outfit. Spectrum served as a calling card for his spaced-out explorations. Whenever he had a need to say something that was outside of Spacemen 3's realm, he would release an album. "Refractions - Thru The Rhythms of Time: 1989-1997" serves as a brief glimpse into the work of the band throughout the 90's. Once again, cover versions make it into the mix. Along with Beat Happening's pure pop poetry on "Indian Summer" [I remember when I used to get highly emotional when listening to the original and thinking this was one of the purest poignant highlights on record.], also included are a truly trippy version of Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End" and Dean Torrance's nearly acoustic version of "California Lullaby". In the mix are also some really satisfying pop songs - the fuzzy density of "How You Satisfy Me", the gently humming of "All Night Long" and an extended, space-trip version of "Angel". This was Sonic Boom at his creative peak. He never again surpassed his work on his solo albums. Spectrum still shines as the beacon of years past; of a different time in an alien galaxy, long forgotten and sadly discarded.

- Tom Sekowski


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