Space Shanty

Artist: Khan
Label: Deram
Catalog#: SDL-R 11
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1972-06
A1 Space Shanty (Inc. The Cobalt Sequence And March Of The Sine Squadrons)  
A2 Stranded (Inc. Effervescent Psycho Novelty No. 5)  
A3 Mixed Up Man Of The Mountains  
B1 Driving To Amsterdam  
B2 Stargazers  
B3 Hollow Stone (Inc. Escape Of The Space Pilots)  

Bass, Vocals - Nick Greenwood
Design [Sleeve Design] - David Anstey
Drums - Eric Peachey
Engineer [Command] - Pete Booth
Engineer [Olympic] - George Chkiantz
Engineer [Remix] - Dave Grinsted
Engineer [Tollington Park], Engineer [Remix] - Derek Varnals
Guitar, Vocals - Steve Hillage
Organ, Piano, Marimba, Celesta [Skyceleste] - Dave Stewart
Producer - Neil Slaven
Written-By - Nick Greenwood
Written-By - Steve Hillage


Released in a gatefold cover.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Khan was the brainchild of Steve Hillage. Previously in Uriel (aka Arzachel), the guitarist went off to complete his studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury, where much of the album was subsequently written. Gaining support from Caravan's manager Terry King, he formed Khan in 1971, with Nick Greenwood (ex-The Crazy World of Arthur Brown) on bass and Eric Peachey on drums. Dave Stewart replaced original keyboardist Dick Heningham just prior to recording Space Shanty, their first and only album. The title track reveals some heavy psychedelic rock, but with a fair amount of melody and hippie flair. Building on the Arzachel/Egg formula, the record showcases Hillage's distinct guitar style. Here, he first finds the echo effect that would provide the signature to his guitar work with Gong; but he also doesn't shy away from bending a few notes either. Stewart's organ, of course, is a fine complement, particularly on "Stranded." Hillage's first solo album, Fish Rising, would be the logical successor to this record; just check out the closing section of "Driving to Amsterdam." After the album's release, Hillage and Stewart carried on with a new rhythm section for a few short months; but an offer from Kevin Ayers lured Hillage away, and the band ended abruptly, with Stewart moving on to Hatfield and the North after a spell of unemployment. The album was originally issued by Deram in the UK and Brain in Germany, but also was reissued years later in the US on Passport Records. Following his departure, Greenwood released a solo album called Cold Cuts, featuring Heningham and Peachey, which he had recorded in California in 1970, prior to joining Khan.
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