On November 18th, Purple Pyramid unleashed a six-CD box set titled "Space Rock: An Interstellar Traveler's Guide." It features over seven hours of trippy, psychedelic, progressive rock that pushes the boundaries of what is defined as rock music.
The set feature songs from well-known artists like Nik Turner ("Out Of Control") and Steve Hillage with William Shatner ("Rocket Man") matched up against space rock adventures from Faust ("Parasiten") and Guru Freakout ("Notre Dame (Mothership)"). Some of the best inclusions in this set are live songs from Gong, Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Gilli Smyth and Alice Cooper. Songs like "L" from Dark Buddha Rising, "Deep Temple" by Sun Araw and "Meals Of Confusion" by Electric Orange push well-beyond the ten-minute mark, which allows the songs to build up it's intense payoff. I am most surprised that their are over 70 different bands included on this new compilation. They all have the same idea for creating the most unique, boundary pushing music out there and most bands have not been discovered by fans of this type of music. The set closes with a ten-minute interview with Nik Turner from 1975 following the release of the new Hawkwind album "Hall Of The Mountain Grill."This is a great release that allows listeners to experience and connect with many different bands that carry the same torch for space rock music. All six discs are housed in their own individual, specially designed jacket and the set also includes an oversized booklet with new liner notes from music journalist Dave Thompson. To find out more about "Space Rock: An Interstellar Traveler's Guide," please visit cleorecs.com.