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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 (29 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atomhenge
  • ASIN: B0029FB74M
  • 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: 40,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By alextorres on 20 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
"The Chronicle of the Black Sword" may not be in the bucket of "Hawkwind's Best Albums" but it is, nevertheless, a good Hawkwind album featuring all of their trademarks and it is a pleasure to see it released on CD once again: it gives people like me who missed the CD the first time around the opportunity to add it to our collections once again. Like other releases in this excellent Atomhenge series, the CD sound is crisp and clear and the CD booklet is excellent, with an article by Mark Powell featuring lots of photographs and art-work from the period.

The line-up for the album was Brock, Harvey Bainbridge (on synths and keys), Huw Lloyd-Langton (guitar), Alan Davey (bass), Danny Thompson (drums) and Dave Charles (percussion).

This 1985 album focuses on the stories behind Michael Moorcock's "Elric" books, which many of us will have read in our teens. Moorcock and other science fiction imagery have been associated closely with Hawkwind since their early years: their famous album "Warrior on the Edge of Time" being a good example. It's a good marriage, both musically and artistically. "The Chronicle of the Black Sword" perhaps fails to live up to the magic of "Warrior on the Edge of Time" but is not a bad album by any means. Effectively mixing up sung and instrumental tracks throughout, the pick of the bunch are "Needle Gun" - a pacey rhythmic offering in the best Hawkwind tradition - and the ethereal "Zarozinia".

The bonus material, starting with Arioch (a B-side), is good too - in particular the four-track "Earth Ritual Preview" EP (1984) which is included in its entirety is well worth its presence on this disc.

CONCLUSION - A very good and worthy CD, even if not Hawkind's best.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Graham Cobley on 3 July 2009
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I was really disappointed by this album when it came out, and cringed through most of the gig on the Black Sword tour (de Montfort Hall '85).

I think they tried a bit too hard personally. I love the Elric books and other Moorcock eternal champion books, and they really didn't do the work justice on this album. Instead of the sci-fi menace of "Choose Your Masques" it comes over more as 6th Form Am-Dram, especially when played live. BoC did *much* better with their "Black Sword" track, the Hawks don't come close to that level on this album for me.

On the positive side, the remastered sound is superb, much better than I remember it from vinyl (I sold my copy 20 years back along with Xenon Codex. I only hung on to my Needle Gun/Arioch 12" Single.)

The addition of the Needle Gun b-Side "Arioch" and the "Earth Ritual EP" is what convinced me to buy it again. I like "Night Of The Hawks" and this is probably the only way it'll be on CD.

The fact that it's an Atomhenge release helps too: I'm seriously impressed with their work to date, and look forward eagerly to Church of Hawkwind, Choose Your Masques and Sonic Attack being released soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Jones VINE VOICE on 24 July 2009
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Being a fan of Hawkwind has similarities with being a fan of Doctor Who; we all have a favourite Doctor (Troughton thanks for asking) and we all have a line-up (or two) as our favourite set of Hawks. For me, this matches that mid-80s period where I get into Hawkwind first from a few gigs then this album mixing in as it does the Elric stories of Michael Moorcock.

Musically I would argue this has a lot to recommend it, Huw still back and penning a lot of the material; Alan new on bass contributing well; Harvey moved to keyboard doing his best Jean Michel Jarre; and, of course the captain.

To my ear, other influences include ZZ Top (mostly on Needlegun) and although preposterous in places I think some of the material is excellent - Zarozinia, Song of the Swords, Shade Gate and the climactic Horn of Destiny. Live it got better with Moonglum and Dragon and Fable of which I version is included in the decent extras including another personal favourite - Night of the Hawks.

Yes I'm biased, but if you can spot any of yourself in the above, give this excellent Atomhenge release a try!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2009
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The early 80's for hawkwind were a trying time apart from the outstanding ' Levitation' the other studio albums were patchy,all worth buying of course!! but the glory days of the 70's seemed a distant memory.Typically hawkwind bounced back and tried the near impossible task of applying michael moorcocks work to music and thus born was this disc.Opening track song of the swords is an excellent opener but it could easily have been off 'sonic attack' or 'choose your masques',best track is certainly needle gun, as for the rest of the original album it a mixture of prog/instrumentals and rock,nothing earth shattering just competently played music( and remember half decent 'wind is far better than most).Like most atomhenge releases this comes with extras and damn fine they are, the b'side arioch is a decent track and worthy of it place but the last 4 tracks are long overdue and very welcome ,originally the earth ritual ep they contain i believe two underated tracks namely green finned demon & dragons and fables,so hats of again to atomhenge on a worthy release and a great reissue campaign in general
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Graham Hawker on 16 April 2010
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The last studio album in Hawkwind's weakest period. I've seen it described as their heavy metal period. Not entirely sure about that but it does illustrate a fundamental weakness of that time. The band really do not have the poetical imagination to pull off a worthy interpretation of Moorcock's Elric stories. Not that the album is without merit. And considering they are my favourite band I'm always going to give it every chance. The lyrical weakness it well illustrated on the early songs and the music is nothing to write home about. At least the synth pieces provide some relief. At track six we get a real nadir with Needle Gun. It's a time when we should be well past boogie numbers like this. Luckily it was the last time.

Then things get better. Zarozina is an excellant keyboard led piece and Sleep of a Thousands Tears and Horn of Fate are far superior to the other heavy rock tracks on the album. The two short synth pieces are rtaher pointless though. A very patchy album with five tracks worth having and certainly amongst their worst efforts

After that we get b side Arioch, a very forgettable instrumental. The other additional tracks from the Earth Ritual EP completely outshine the original album and are probably some of the best things Hawkwind did in this period and certainly make the album a much more worthwhile purchase.
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