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Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription (2003) Retail CD
The Perfect Prescription (1987) remains for me an absolute joy and one of Spacemen 3's two outstanding albums, alongside 1988's Playing With Fire (Pierce let down the side with his contributions to 1990's Recurring). The Perfect Prescription initially picks up where debut Sound of Confusion (1986) left off, Take Me to the Other Side a more expansive take on the garage rock associated with bands like The MC5, The Stooges & The Velvets. This and the six-minute pulse of Things'll Never Be the Same represent the conventional rock sound of Spacmen 3- it's significant that the rhythm section would leavemore… to form The Darkside soon after. For the most part The Perfect Prescription has little use for them, exisiting in a world between acoustics, minimal keyboards (think Martin Rev)& drones- with generic allusions not just to rock&roll, but to gospel, to jazz, to blues...Walkin' With Jesus (murdered by Spiritualized on their Royal Albert Hall live album) sees Pierce in a perfect world, a wonderful mimimal organ and lyrics that juxtapose the holy with the narcotic. Kember (aka Sonic Boom) comes in on the chorus- a good instance of the two working together before their acrimonious split. Ode To Street Hassle is a nice ironic nod to Lou Reed, Sonic Boom drawling another song about Jesus & drugs over more minimal chords. This paves the way for Ecstasy Symphony/Transparent Radiation (Flashback), which along with Things/Same, a cover of The MC5's Starship and the epic Transparent Radiation, would be released on Glass as the classic Transparent Radiation e.p. The full e.p. does turn up on many of the Spacemen-compilations, notably the Touch&Go singles set. Ecstasy Symphony will be familiar to anyone who has heard Symphony Space on Spiritualized's debut album Lazer Guided Melodies, which just demonstrates the lack of progression in Mr Pierce's sound world. It seagues into their brilliant cover of the Red Krayola track, one of the great cover versions- though the full-length version tops this by close to ten minutes...The rest of the album is good- Take Me to the Other Side b-sides Soul 1 and That's Just Fine are great, the latter displaying a jazz-influence which fits with Feel So Good. Come Down Easy is an acoustic waltz, quoting the same lines Led Zeppelin use on In My Time of Dying & predicting the ecstasy-revolution to come with the line "1987- all I wanna do is get stoned". This would most definitely lead to 1988's Playing With Fire, which is as important an 'E'-record as Voodoo Ray or WFL. Call the Doctor is the closing track, a junky-lament and a different approach to the themes of 1986's O.D. Catastrophe...The Perfect Prescription remains a classic album and in many ways is the definitive Spacemen 3 release...
|1||Take Me On The Other Side|
|2||Walkin' With Jesus|
|3||Ode To Street Hassle|
|5||Transparent Radiation (Flashback)|
|6||Feel So Good|
|7||Things'll Never Be The Same|
|8||Come Down Easy|
|9||Call The Doctor|
|11||That's Just Fine|
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