Nik Turner's Sphynx ‎– Xitintoday

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDS 4011 Nik Turner's Sphynx Xitintoday(LP, Album) Charisma CDS 4011 UK 1978 Sell This Version
RJ-7506 Nik Turner's Sphynx Xitintoday(LP, Album, Promo) Charisma RJ-7506 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
NIKTCD333 Nik Turner's Sphynx Xitintoday(CD, Album, RE) NIKT Records NIKTCD333 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
ECLCD1055 Nik Turner's Sphynx Xitintoday(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Eclectic Discs ECLCD1055 UK & Europe 2007 Sell This Version
ECLCD1055 Nik Turner's Sphynx Xitintoday(CD, Album, RE, RM) Eclectic Discs ECLCD1055 UK & Europe 2007 Sell This Version
ARC-7173 Nik Turner's Sphynx Xitintoday(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Arcàngelo ARC-7173 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
NIKTCD333 Nik Turner's Sphynx Xitintoday(CDr, Album) NIKT Records NIKTCD333 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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giullare

giullare

March 2, 2019
referencing Xitintoday, CD, Album, RE, RM, ECLCD1055

this album is really the BEST by Nik Turner ! really masterpiece!
progfan97402

progfan97402

October 3, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Xitintoday, LP, Album, CDS 4011
Warning: don't buy this expecting a lost Hawkwind gem. This was recorded and released shortly after being kicked out of Hawkwind, so obviously he was going to try something a little different. I am entirely convinced Nik Turner had heard Paul Horn's Inside the Great Pyramid and decided to do the same thing, go inside the Great Pyramid to lay down some flute tracks. Of course Paul Horn used the flute recordings as the entire recordings (as he did in 1968 with Inside the Taj Mahal), Nik Turner simply hired a bunch of musicians, including various Gong members like Steve Hillage, Tim Blake, Miquette Giraudy, and Mike Howlett (as well as many others), and went into a recording studio in Wales. The results was Xitintoday, released in 1978 on Charisma (Hawkwind was on this label, so Turner was able to negotiate a deal with them). This is an album inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and right away you'll notice this isn't going to be like Hawkwind is the lack of heavy guitar riffs, and heavy use of the flute, with a strong Egyptian bent, and a space rock sound closer to Gong than of Hawkwind. The first several cuts includes some really great and trippy flute playing with lots of spoken dialog. The ethnic influences are obvious (particularly Egyptian). There is no mistaking Steve Hillage and Tim Blake's involvement in "Horus" with Blake's trademark spacy synth and Hillage's guitar playing. It actually reminds me of Hillage's Rainbow Dome Musick, but with spoken dialog from Turner himself. "Isis and Nephtys" is simply one of my very favorites on the album. I love how it starts with harp, before the actual music kicks in, with glissando guitar from Hillage and some great vocals from Miquette Giraudy, with exotic flute playing from Turner. The last piece, "God Rock (The Awakening)" could almost fit right on Gong's You, right down to Mike Howlett's bass playing, with Nik Turner singing instead of Daevid Allen.

By the way, I finally acquired an LP copy with the booklet (I have owned an LP copy without it for a few years now). I don't know what's up with Charisma, I've often had bad luck with this label, albums that are supposed to come with a booklet or insert frequently didn't come with one. It seemed the label either had difficulties with making sure whatever extra features the LP was supposed to have was included, or they simply sold copies cheaper that didn't came with a booklet, insert, poster, or whatever. The booklet to Xitintoday tells a story of Egypt and the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which the album was based on. The lyrics are also included, plus all the musicians involved.

Be careful, though, in 1993 Nik Turner released a CD called Sphinx on Cleopatra Records. That's a re-recording, so obviously you want the 1978 original.

If you fancy the Gong style of space rock with an Egyptian twist, you should get this album.