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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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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Eastworld
  • ASIN: B00EUAOZBG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited digipak. 2013 album from the evergreen space-rockers featuring new tracks alongside re-recordings of old tracks plus remixes.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Steppenwilf on 30 Oct. 2013
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Plenty of divided opinions on this albums tracklisting in other reviews, I see. Perhaps this perspective will help. Hawkwind were due to tour in America for the first time in yonks, so decide to put out a sort of "primer" to let their American fans know what they are capable of live nowadays. Hence, most of the tracks on this album are in the current (2013) stage show. The new recordings of old songs are what they sound like played by the current band, and very nice too: complaining that they don't sound as good as the originals is slightly missing the point.
"Where are they now?" is an old song that hasn't been recorded before and to Hawkwind fans is worth the price of the album alone. Other new music on this album is fine, modern Hawk music, and in keeping with the sound of recent albums. Including songs from Dave Brocks solo album (we took the wrong step..) and Hawkwind Light Orchestra (it's all lies) does confuse matters a little but as they are both good songs this shouldn't be viewed too harshly.
Overall then, this album shows what the band sound like now: it's perhaps not an essential purchase but I think it is pretty interesting and serves its purpose well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Parry on 15 Jan. 2014
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Yes, I know that much of this album contains re-recorded tracks but as a complete album it does rock. I saw Hawkwind in 73 and have been a follower ever since. I've followed them through their more experimental times, Bridget Wishart, the 80's electronic stuff and the more recent, more dense stuff like Blood of the Earth. So, for me, this album is a Hawkwind 'feel good' album. An album that takes you back but still takes some different tacks at times. Quite a few long-term Hawkwind fans seem disappointed; I'm just really happy to get a new Hawkwind album that rocks a fair bit.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Soft Machine Operator TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2013
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This is a bit of a muddle, and somewhat confusing coming not long after their last studio albums. It's a mix of studio recordings of old songs (Assault and Battery, Masters of the University, Demented Man) , remixes of tracks from recent albums, and some new tracks plus a track from Dave Brock's recent solo album.

It's all ok, but just a little pointless. I enjoyed the studio recordings of the old songs - the lineup of Hawkwind changes so much, these things tend to sound different to the originals, and this case we have Brock's chunky guitar riffing away and a somewhat overloaded backing of synths and whooshing sounds. I don't actually mind this sort of thing with Hawkwind, as it always brings something new along. I particularly like the reworking of Assault and Battery. The tracks from Onward are somewhat forgettable, though.

The remake of Masters of the Universe is much more like 1980s Hawkwind, and features Huw Lloyd Langton on guitar. Again, it's a different beast to the original, but I enjoyed it. Lots of guitar, the whooshing synths and some frantic drumming make this one!

The new tracks are mainly short instrumental passages, apart from Sacrosanct, which is 8 minutes long, and this is an almost trance-like track with some chilled out beats and plenty of Orb-like synths. Very good indeed, as I like The Orb. The others are mainly noises and atmospherics, some which (Touch) have some nice gentle, melodic guitar work.

This is an enjoyable enough compilation of odds and ends, but it's most certainly not essential. Still, I'd rather have a compilation of mainly new material, even if it re-recordings by the current lineup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Shurmer on 2 Jun. 2014
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Well we have 16 tracks here, two of which 'We took the Wrong Step' and 'It's All Lies' are not actually Hawkwind per se [Dave Brock solo and 'Hawkwind Light Orchestra' respectively]. Of the remainder three tracks are remixes of recent album tracks, another is a shortened version of another recent album track, six are studio reworkings of "classic" numbers and four are genuine new numbers. Of these 'Sacrosanct' has a certain something, 'Lonely Moon' is beautiful but could do with being longer, 'Touch' is OK and 'The Chumps Are Jumping' isn't very good. Hmmmm. The three remixes of recent tracks are better than the originals [but they should have been mixed properly in the first place of course]. The six studio reworkings cannot by definition really match the originals (except Where Are They Now, which was never done in the studio first time around) and therein lies the problem, it seems a little pointless. I suppose this means that the next studio album should now contain all-new material as presumably all the recent 'reworkings' are all here aren't they? And if this means 40 minutes of killer new original material as opposed to stretching things out to say 50 or 60 minutes by adding reworkings then so be it. Otherwise take a leaf out of Blue Oyster Cult's book and don't do any new studio albums unless you have anything new to say!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr X on 28 Nov. 2013
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I didn't know what to expect from this.Hawkwind have released a few ropey albums in recent years and I was resigned to another bland album.God was I wrong! This totally rocks,its worth buying just for "where are they now" the only decent recording of this this song available.Throbbing bass and drums.Good times.Definitely recommend this ,the current line up are doing fine.There are a lot of people comparing Nik turner and space ritual to these guys,honestly Brock and co are in another league.Turn it up loud,dance about or sit down.Lovely.
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