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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.

Formed in November 1969 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Brock, Hawkwind have gone through many incarnations and styles of music. Critic Jim ... Read more in Amazon's Hawkwind Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00008OP0V
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hurry On Sundown (1996 Digital Remaster)
2. Paranoia (Part 2) (1996 Digital Remaster)
3. Master Of The Universe (1996 Digital Remaster)
4. Children Of The Sun (1996 Digital Remaster)
5. Silver Machine (Original Single Version) (Live At The Roundhouse London) (1996 Digital Remaster)
6. Seven By Seven (Original Single Version) (1996 Digital Remaster)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Motorhead
2. Assault And Battery (Part 1)
3. Golden Void (Part 2)
4. Magnu
5. Kerb Crawler
6. Steppenwolf
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Shot Down In The Night (Live) (Single version)
2. Motorway City
3. Levitation
4. Angels Of Death
5. Coded Languages
6. Some People Never Die
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This really is a great release. Three CDs full of Hawkwind's best material from the last 30+ years... and excellent value, too. Plus a hefty booklet with most of what you'd ever want to know.
There's something for everyone, here - the spaced-out, rumbling heaviness of 'Master of the Universe', the savage proto-punk of 'Urban Guerilla', the techo-rock of 'Right to Decide'...
The best tracks though occupy the second half of disc 2 - the late 70s when Bob Calvert was in control. The energy of tracks 'Psi Power' and '25 Years', the humour of 'Quark Strangeness and Charm', and above all the astonishing way in which many of the songs continue to have a resonance with the world today, such as 'Hassan I Sahba' ("Black September, black September... Petro-Dollar, Petrol D'Allah") and 'Spirit of the Age' ("I am a clone, I am not alone...").
There are, of course, a few necessary ommissions of top tracks - 'Lord of Light' would have been nice, as would 'D-Rider', and more of the Hawklords album... but there's only so much you can fit on 3 CDs. A great place to start listening to Hawkwind. If you like what you hear, "Space Ritual" is a great album, and then hope the albums from 76-79 are rereleased sometime!
Hawkwind were a truly original band (for much of the time) and their sound is unique. It's a shame they've often (unfairly) dragged around an image of either aging hippies or pretentious proggers. One of the most dynamic bands of the last 30 years, who meant every word. Onward flies the bird...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. L. Goodwin on 14 Feb. 2010
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This album contains three disks spanning most of Hawkwinds career with many excellent songs taken from their huge back catalogue. There is not much to say really except that it is a bargain.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O'Keefe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2004
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This three CD compilation spanning the career and development of Hawkwind is far from a comprehensive collection of their output. That said it does give a reasonable flavour of the changing phases and lineups that these stoners have experienced over the last four decades and at the price represents cracking value for money plus a great introduction to the band if you're neither a completist nor hard-core fan. I myself fall into the last category, which is to say I only posess around ten of their albums (which probably makes me something of a lightweight in fans terms!).
Hawkwind, like most bands, started interestingly and enthusiastically yet took time to develop their musical identity. Their proficiency as musicians could best be described as 'rudimentary' yet, by the time they had refined their particular brand of space rock they were experts in delivering the required sonic trip to accompany a 'quiet evening in'.
It is a crying shame though that some of the best material on this retrospective is no longer available from the albums they were lifted (at least for sensible money): the albums 'Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music', 'Live 79' and, particuarly 'Quark, Strangeness and Charm' are probably the best they ever did in my view. At least 'Live 79' was rereleased in a remastered CD but even that seems to have been deleted! And why 'Q,S&C' shouldn't get the remaster/release treatment when other far less deserving albums have I just don't know...I could go on and on about it but I won't. I'll stop. Now.

Edit 12/08/09: Q,S&C, Astounding Sounds..& Live 79 have now been remastered & expanded! They sound terrific - especially Q,S &C. BUY!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2005
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OK we can quibble about song selection, (no 'Lord Of Light!), but this is pretty near to a best of.
Great that it is in chronological order covering their three main periods.
Whilst some of their latter songs are a bit weak, most of the stuff here is tremendous.
Buy this CD!!!!
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By Farhan Haq on 14 April 2014
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I've loved Hawkwind for at least 30 years, a huge chunk of my vinyl collection testifies to this claim. Whist I've always adored the vinyl format, (ah memories of lying back with the needle on the groove, studying the cover artwork and finding other, ahem, uses for the convenience of a 12" by 12" piece of card), cds are undoubtedly more user friendly. I began the costly task of rebuilding my Hawkwind collection on cd, got 2 albums in when thankfully I chanced across the 30 year anthology. Basically it is made up of most of the best bits of the majority of Hawkwind albums, allowing an easy way to indulge my ears and help save the pennies. Most of the official albums are represented and thankfully there are only a couple of tracks past the 'Xenon Codex' release, for me that was when they went off the boil save for a few exceptions with the addition of Ron Tree. A good end point for me is the track 'Right to Decide', it shows they're essentially the same band that did 'Hurry on Sundown' but have mastered and incorporated the technological advancements in music production. Listening to this anthology I was also reminded what a great vocalist Dave Brock is and how good he sounds with Bob Calvert. The second cd consolidated my belief that Hawkwind, although consistently a good band, were at their best when they entered the mid 70's period where Calvert became the sole frontman. From 'Kerb Crawler' til the end of cd2 it is gem after gem. If there is a criticism with this anthology it is that Ron Tree is conspicuous by his absence. Tree was a breath of fresh air when he joined, a good vocalist who added hugely to their live performances, 'Sutnik Stan' from 'Alien4' is included but that's an Alan Davey tune and his annoying vocal dominates.Read more ›
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