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MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE

Master of the Universe by Laughing Sun.
EP: Cander

This is a cover of a song by Hawkwind, from their 1971 album Xin Search of Space.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Search_of_Space
https://open.spotify.com/track/3q4hJtKfWjpJrEFtSFmqAf

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE
I am the centre of this universe
The wind of time is blowing through me
And it’s all moving relative to me
It’s all a figment of my mind
In a world that I’ve designed
I’m charged with cosmic energy
Has the world gone mad or is it me?

I am the creator of this universe
And all that it was meant to be
So that we might learn to see
Foolishness that lives in us
And stupidity that we must suss
How to banish from our minds
If you call this living I must be blind.

Words by Nik Turner and Dave Brock.
Copyright ℗ 1971 United Artists.

About This Recording:
This recording is from a bootleg cassette recorded nearly 40 years ago. The cassette machine was placed to hopefully capture as much of the sound as possible, whilst being in a convenient spot to turn on and off.

Although we have managed a massive improvement to the quality of the audio, there remains a certain amount of hiss and rumble and ambient noise. Traffic can just about be heard passing by on the main road outside from time to time. There are various shufflings of feet and papers, clickings of effects pedals and machines, and so on. It’s a very genuine recording, and we love it for what it is.

The audio quality was never going to match today’s squeaky-clean digital standards due to the nature of the source material. As such, we have come to embrace the remaining hiss and rumble. They are a crucial part of the organic atmospherics that contribute to making this EP such a special listening experience.

Performers:
Simon Miller – voice, guitar
George Davies – guitar, voice
Marc Greatorex – bass

Credits:
Music and lyrics by Nik Turner and Dave Brock.
This arrangement by Laughing Sun.

Recorded live at 31 Cowick Lane, Exeter, 4th September 1985.
Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2023.

Originally released 12th September 1985.

Cover art by Pok.
Graphic design by Sam James.

Copyright ℗ 1971 United Artists.
Copyright © 1985 Wud Records.

Fun Facts:
* Master of the Universe is a cover of a song by Hawkwind.
* Marc plays Excaliber, his short scale Kay bass.
* Simon plays Ken’s black Shaftesbury Les Paul copy.
* All instruments and mics are plugged in to an HH 5-channel PA head and a pair of HH dual concentric cabs mounted on their poles.
* The audio was captured by a Phillips cassette machine located somewhere in the room.
* There are various ambient noises, such as the click of pedals and the shufflings of feet and papers (possibly Rizla).
* The filtering effect on George’s guitar comes from a Hohner Instant Funk.
* This is now a very rare boutique pedal and was part of a quartet of effects, which included a Valve Overdrive, Chorus/Flanger and Phase Shifter.
* There is a sublime moment where the funked-up guitar somehow sounds like a banjo.
* Just in the middle of this passage of jamming, Pok comes back in with the vocal slightly unexpectedly, curtailing the solo.
* George, who is in the middle of his flow in this moment, burbles and wobbles his way through the confusion and myrth.
* Laughing Sun covered a few other Hawkwind songs, including Hassan-I-Sabbah, Spirit of the Age and Assault and Battery.

See also:
https://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/laughing-sun/
https://www.wudrecords.co.uk/artists/laughing-sun/cander/
https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/track/master-of-the-universe-2
https://soundcloud.com/wud-records/laughing-sun-master-of-the-universe?in=wud-records/sets/laughing-sun-cander
https://www.facebook.com/pokthebard
https://twitter.com/WudRecords
https://linktr.ee/wudrecords

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