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Hawkwind are an English rock band, one of the earliest space rock groups. Their lyrics favour urban and science fiction themes. They are also a noted precursor to punk rock and now are considered a link between the hippie and punk cultures.

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  • Audio CD (7 Oct. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emergency Broadcast System
  • ASIN: B0000070SF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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OFFICIAL EXPANDED 2CD REMASTERED EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC ALBUM - ALL TRACKS NEWLY
REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
INCLUDES 14 BONUS TRACKS, 12 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED, & A LAVISH BOOKLET WITH FULLY
RESTORED ARTWORK, PHOTOS, MEMORABILIA & ESSAY
ATOMHENGE, the home of HAWKWIND s catalogue from 1976 1997, continue their series of
definitive reissued editions of these classic albums with the release of CHOOSE YOUR MASQUES .
The album, originally released in 1982 by RCA ACTIVE, was the final Hawkwind release for the label
and considered the finest of this era by many fans. The album would feature a line-up DAVE
BROCK, HARVEY BAINBRIDGE, HUW LLOYD LANGTON and MARTIN GRIFFIN and contained such
excellent material as Arrival in Utopia , Solitary Mind Games , Choose Your Masques , Waiting
for Tomorrow and Dream Worker .
The album was a Top Thirty success upon its release and spawned a memorable tour on which the
band was joined by original member NIK TURNER. This Deluxe Atomhenge edition has been remastered
from the original master tapes and adds 14 Bonus tracks, with 12 of these featuring on a
bonus CD. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Graham Hawker on 29 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This review concerns the remastered Atomhenge album with the bonus CD.

I'll start with the original album. After the disappointing Sonic Attack, Choose Your Masques was a significant return to form. It has one main blip and one pointless filler but besides that it borders on classic status. The title track grinds away with a metallic (not heavy metallic) edge. Based around a demo from the Weird 7 album it's a great opener. The drum machine is prominent with Martin Griffin adding in fills to good effect. Not exactly what Griffin wanted to do and he left the band soon after but very effective. This is used throughout the album. Then a classic slice of Hawkwind synth music with Dreamworker. Rounding off a classic start we get Arrival in Utopia - Hawkwind heavy rock at it's best.

Next up is the pointless Utopia. Some ambient synth and bell like sounds and then a repeated spoken line to finish with. Then it's blip time. For some unknown reason the band recorded Silver Machine in the studio for the first time. The original was OK but this plods along and does the album no favours. Without it we might be in five star territory.

Back on track next as Hawkwind enter techno land in 1982. Void City is simple and effective early techno. Then we get Huw Lloyd Langtons Solitary Mind Games driven by a repeating guitar line and atmospheric keyboards and Martin Griffin's splendid fills. Then it back a few years to a splendid Calvert/Brock simple rocker with Fahrenheit 451. Scan is a typical brief filler and we finish with another Lloyd Langton Track Waiting for Tommorrow. All in nearly all it's a great album as long as you skip Silver Machine.

On this release CD1 has the B side re-recording of Disappear in Smoke (aka Psychedelic Warlords).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Whiting on 16 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Listening to this reissue, it is probably a good 25 years since I last playd this album all through. Basically, my views haven't changed - a couple of classic HW style tracks - 'Choose Your Masks' and 'Arrival in Utopia', a couple of class Huwey tracks, 'Dreamworker' is okay, and the rest are best left alone. I always thought 'Farhenheit 451' sounded like a patchy demo and it still does - where are the sumptuous keyboards that Masks and Utopia have?

The extra tracks offer a glimpse into what the original album could have been, Recent Reports seems a particularly good track to have left off. It would have been a lot better with some of these tracks rather than 'Silver Machine'. Also, 'Social Alliance' could have been utilised as it was on the tour and 'Turner Point' is strangely missing from here, perhaps due to its writing credits (you can find it on 'Out & Intake' though).

The sound on this re-issue is superb and the extras of great interest to the fan. The booklet is a tad disappointing though, I wanted to hear about all the various drummer issues and why Nik Turner was not more involved. The back of the booklet has a picture of a very interesting, short lived line-up from reheasals for the tour (I think), including as it does Simon King and Nik.
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By Mr on 25 Feb. 2015
Format: Audio CD
Can't believe I paid £16 for a CD. Maybe it's expensive because there are fourteen bonus tracks on it. Whatever though they are not worth it. I ignore all the bonus tracks because they are a waste of time. All just slight variations of tracks on the CD. I mean in total there are three versions of Silver Machine on this CD.

Anyway all that clutter aside Choose is a brilliant album; always was. There's plenty of rockier stuff and the synthy spacey stuff is well done. That warbling about on 'if you want to get into it', goes on way too long.

If you want to test the album, jump on youtube. The original vinyl version is the first ten tracks on the CD, and I think the only content worth owning. I don't get the point of adding a load of stuff on the end if you made a good album. You should just leave it as it is. Some of their other CD's have OK bonus tracks. Not this one though.

Anyway this review is for the Amazon AutoRip version as they are out of stock of the CD. I look forward to delivery of the CD because it will probably sound a little better than MP3.
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By Zed on 18 Feb. 2010
Format: Vinyl
Hawkwind albums were at silly prices a few years ago and I'm sure other fans in the over 40s age group are just as pleased as me to see the prices come down so we can revisit our teen years once again. I put this album on and become 15 years old again wearing a self embroidered denim jack that smells of patchouli oil, I can almost hear my mum banging on the bedroom door to ''turn that racket down''.
This album along with Warrior On The Edge Of Time, Space Ritual and Masters Of The Universe were often on my Fidelity record player, usually with headphones first thing in the morning before I got up for school.
Nostalgia aside, Hawkwind remain one of the all time classic UK rock bands with songs for every mood especially if your mood is assisted by Psilocybe semilanceata. A great album for a chilled evening watching the pretty patterns move in the carpet while laughing your arse off :D
Grab Hawkwind albums while they are at these prices, you never know if they are going to go up to £50+ again.
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