Hallo, a Hawkwind live album. Something that used to come along on a fairly regular basis whilst the archives were being plundered. But they don't arrive with quite the same frequency the days so...hang on... Bugger. Let me start that review again. Some of you may remember this album from "The 1999 Party", the confusingly titled live album that was recorded live at the Chicago Auditorium on March 21 1974. That was a 2CD release which came out back in 1997.
Well, this is a one disc, slimmed down version of that CD, replete with different title, artwork and sleeve notes. Which is a bit of a cheat, really. Bad EMI, bad EMI. But then of course I made the mistake of playing it, and I almost forgave them. Even though I have the "1999 Party" version, I just can't help myself when it comes to Hawkwind. Sure, it's not actually my favourite era of 'Wind, but there is so much good music forcing its way through the slightly flat mix.
If you haven't got the earlier release, then this is a good purchase, as it's out and about at a bargain, knock down price, where you, yes you, can encounter the final thrashings of the Lemmy augmented beast as they swoosh, swirl and grind their way through such gems as 'You Know You're Only Dreaming', 'Brainstorm' and 'The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke)'. And newbies who've just caught up via the BBC Four documentary will find this reflects the period covered there.