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25 Years On

Hawkwind, Hawklords Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000057E60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Dreams and Automotons. 1 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Finally, Bob Calverts important contribution to the Hawkwind story is being given a timely reappraisal, and in turn showing what a sad loss to British music his untimely death has been.

By 1978, Hawkwind were in some disarray, but out of this confusion rose his fine new wave influenced project, that enabled Dave Brock, and the sadly missed Bob Calvert the chance to move away from the hippy-ish space themes of the early seventies. Instead, producing a stripped down and focused record, whose songs reflected its surroundings far more effectively than any of Brock and Calverts earlier collaborations. With darker themes of psychic power, Cold War alienation, and industrial, rather than spiritual, progress, 25 Years On tapped into some of the new musical pathways being explored by Magazine, XTC, Devo, and even Brian Eno in the late seventies. Consequently, 25 Years On, perhaps more than any other Hawkwind related musical project, before or since, has aged particularly well since its initial release in 1978.

Disc 1 ; This now has a fine, sympathetic remastering, that has enabled many background instruments to find their own space within the mix. Opener, Psi Power, now really has an impact to match its subject matter, whilst tracks like 25 years, Flying Doctor, and stand out track, [Only] The Dead Dreams of a Cold War Kid sound full and menacing. Added bonuses on disc one include the single [ remixed ] version of Psi Power [ which shows how badly the song was butchered for a single release], and the single version of 25 Years.

Disc 2 ; The second disc, however is a real tresure trove of demos, alternate takes, and some very rare live recordings of the Sonic Assassins, who were in effect the Hawklords in all but name before the album project came into fruition.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Hawklords's "25 Years On" represents a key moment in the history of Hawkwind and as such is a "must have" for keen fans of the band.

The Hawklords were formed in 1978 by Dave Brock joining what remained of Hawkwind after a series of departures from the band with musicians from the west country band Ark, amongst them Harvey Bainbridge.

"25 Years On" was to be their only album before Hawkwind once again took flight but many fans of the band,including me, see this as a Hawkwind album in itself.

My feelings about the album itself are the same as they were when I bought the original LP all those years ago: it's not a bad album, but it's not brilliant. Certainly the music by itself does not justify the 5-stars that fans, including myself, have been allocating (it's a 4-star album). The soundscape is lighter than that of most incarnations of Hawkwind but does have the band's recognisable trademark sound colours. It's nearer the "Amazing Sounds" and "Quark, Strangeness and Charm" soundscapes than it is the hard driving, thunping basss space-rock of Lemmy's period.

The 5-stars are justified on the basis of the joy that the music is available again, that the remastering work has been carried out well and the sound is first-class and, perhaps more importantly, that Esoteric have added huge amounts of historical bonus material, including both live performances and different studio versions of the songs, so much so that what was a fortyish minute LP has now become a 2-CD set!

In terms of the original album itself my favourite tracks haven't changed over the years: he opener "PSI Power" edges it as my absolute favourite, with "Freefall", "25 Years On" and "The Age of the Micro Man" not far behind.

Of the bonus material, the pick goes to the first five tracks of the second disc which are a recording of the band appearing under the name of the Sonic Assassins in 1977.

This is a key purchase for all Hawkwind fans!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Class Album 18 Mar 2009
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For a short while Hawkwind looked like they might make the jump into another league. The key albums were 'Quark Strangeness and Charm' and this one. The difference in direction was startling and well timed. Along with it's extraordinary sleeve and the tour programme the music seemed much more focussed and direct.

The bonkers concept behind this album was so well written that it seemed like a communication from some ruthless global corporation. The tour itself was also something different from the usual Hawkwind offering. Unlike previous shows where we got the band in usual rock formation these gigs were very disciplined performances with dancers wrapped in bandages manipulating large illuminated symbols. At one point the audience was showered with circular stickers with a flaming hand symbol bearing the words 'Reality You Can Rely On'. A classic imaginary strapline perhaps for a commercial trip into the mind of Philip K Dick.

The music too was clean, precise and beautifully written. The production still sounds great today and as a whole the music flows beautifully from track to track. From the wondrous opener 'Psi Power' onwards we get a series of excellent set pieces. 'The Only Ones' still makes my hair stand on end and the fabulous '25 Years' reveals just how good a combination Calvert and Brock could be.

This release will be welcomed by many as both the original album and the 'Hawklords Live' CD have been long deleted. The inclusion of demos from this period make this an essential purchase.

After the final departure of Calvert the Hawks returned to their original style (although with much higher production values). This album represents the pinnacle of that brief phase with Calvert and although many may prefer the stunning 'Quark Strangeness and Charm' this is nevertheless a class album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars File alongside Quark Strangeness & Charm
I went to see Hawkwind supported by Motorhead at St George's Hall in Bradford in 1977 but only purchased the Quark Strangeness & Charm LP then and the single; Psi Power / Death... Read more
Published 28 days ago by BlackCat69
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Thing
These days there's so much imitation Hawkwind around that it can be confusing. My simple rules of thumb are 1) ignore the band politics 2) if there's no Dave Brock there's no... Read more
Published 7 months ago by N. Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Calvert and Brock's creative peak
Listening to this again after a long break from it, I have been blown away. Calvert's surreal, chiselled poetry - the hypnotic drive and variety of Brock's guitar - the surreal... Read more
Published 16 months ago by fraxinus
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic!
a superb re-release of a classic hawkwind album. all the new sleeve notes and extra tracks are a great addition.
Published 17 months ago by Harry Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanjk you
I bought this to make my Hawkwind collection more complete, still a long way to go, but this is a great album with some fine bonus tracks.
Published 17 months ago by Peter Blatchford
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever
Finally the Hawklords original on CD with the added bonus of alternative versions. As good if not better than I remember the original and with two albums worth plus extras and two... Read more
Published 18 months ago by SimonM
5.0 out of 5 stars Better with age
I was a big fan of Hawkwind during the 70's and still have most of the LP's on vinyl, including this, though I never really took to it (other than Psi Power and 25 years). Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2012 by D. Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up! 1-2-3-4!
Back in the early eighties I tended to prefer the period from 73-75 but now I am in my mid forties, the Charisma years seem to have taken hold. Really love this album and Quark. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by SPARTACUS
5.0 out of 5 stars Better now than ever...
When this album came out it was a radical departure for Hawkwind it being quite a different style to previous Hawkwind releases and for that reason it was a bit of a slow burner... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by N. Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 years on
this album takes me back to 1978 when i saw hawklords in concert.a must have addition to any hawkwind fans collection. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by roadrunner
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