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5.0 out of 5 stars Hawkwinds finest moment
The over abundance of hawkwind albums is nothing short of disgracefull. The problem is it completly de values the bands music. Which is a shame because this is one of the finest Hard Rock albums ever recorded. Quark has gone down as Hawkwinds finest moment & to be fair it is !

From the opening of "Spirit Of The Age" to the closing of "The Iron Dream" you can...
Published on 2 Sep 2006 by JT

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hear some classics as they were meant to be
If you want to hear "Quark, Strangeness and Charm" and "Spirit of the Age" as they were originally recorded - then this is a must. In addition you get a cracking Hassan I Sabbah. "Days of the Underground" and "The Forge of Vulcan" also aren't too bad. The rest of the album isn't memorable but its worth having the tracks above...
Published on 4 Nov 1999


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece, 14 Dec 2009
My personal highlight of 2009. The change of original Damnation Alley's 6-wheeled anti-radiation tomb to an 8-wheeled version makes a huge difference to the song's atmosphere, bizarrely.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hear some classics as they were meant to be, 4 Nov 1999
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If you want to hear "Quark, Strangeness and Charm" and "Spirit of the Age" as they were originally recorded - then this is a must. In addition you get a cracking Hassan I Sabbah. "Days of the Underground" and "The Forge of Vulcan" also aren't too bad. The rest of the album isn't memorable but its worth having the tracks above. This definitely won't suit all Hawkwind fans -its a bit safe and poppy but its yet another chapter in their history.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better now than then, 21 Aug 2011
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ds "Lagerd" (West Allis, WI) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Quark, Strangeness, ... (Audio CD)
Didn't care for this one at all in '77. To me it was symptomatic of the drastic stylistic changes virtually all '70s art rock/prog bands underwent in the late seventies. Consider Strawbs, ELP, Renaissance, Horslips, Genesis, 10cc, Gentle Giant, Queen, Camel, Focus, Klaatu, Triumvirat, etc. etc. Not to mention the dissolution of King Crimson, Roxy Music, Van Der Graff Generator, among others. Bowie was an exception. I haven't heard this one in 33+ years and guess what? I was wrong as it's stood the test of time nicely. It still retains some of the trademark Hawkwind jamming and spacerock on 'Damnation Alley,' 'Fable of a Failed Race' and 'Forge of the Vulcan.' In addition Hawkwind seemed to have acquired a greater sense of humor on tracks like 'Spirit of the Age' and the title track. 'Days of the Underground' employs a detectable punkish vibe that sometimes surfaced on earlier albums. 'Hassan I Sahba' unveils an Eastern quality (thanks to Simon House' violin) coupled with the expected dense Hawkwind driving rhythm of yore. QUARK STRANGENESS AND CHARM sounds more relevant today than it did then.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars QS&C, 11 Mar 2013
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You know how you love an album when you're a teenager and then you rediscover it as a corpulent, washed out married husband and father, and you are suddenly transformed back to when you were 14 and the whole world was somewhere that was created to supply you with a sandpit of endless opportunity? Where money that was something that you had to slowly idle up to one or other of your parents and get unquestioningly? Where the summers were endless and...well you know where I'm going with this.

It didn't happen with this album.

I've played it a number of times and to be honest there is nothing about the music here that I don't like. It is the horribly tinny and skimmed milk sound of the record that is such a turn off. Previous albums by Hawkwind had had that fat and meaty sound which this album lacks, and you just know that this was an attempt to kick their heavy rock motif into touch in favour of a pop star epithet.

That said, in places this album is really really enjoyable. From the bizarre opening of the album (brace yourself if you're listening on headphones), in which the immensely talented lyricist manages to sneak some sexual references which are highly risque by any standards, right through to the synthesizer workout that is The Forge Of Vulcan. As far as the musical output of the band is concerned, this is probably the most complete body of work they managed and it did mark an interesting(ish) change (sort of) in direction from simple guitar based rock. Missing also from the earlier sound is any suggestion of any of the songs just going off to make weird noises for quarter of an hour whilst the listeners slowly melted into the floor.

I like the album and I think that ad the sound been livened up a bit, had maybe Lemmy still been thumping the bass, then perhaps this album would have traveled through the years better.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wot? no 6 stars!!!!!!!, 8 Jun 2009
The extras maketh the cd.Brilliant from start to finish.Its nice to hear the early takes of so many Hawkwind classics(more please)even if Bobs vocals were a bit off.All in all well worth buying,even if you have the original recordings this is worth buying just for track 1 on disc 2 Damnation Alley one of the early run throughs with Dave's guitar turned up in the mix for a change
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Aug 2014
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