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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2011
This is an excellent compilation of great Hawkwind classics with a sprinkling of rare and unreleased tracks and with a price tag like this, for a three CD set, makes it good value for money too.

The selection of tracks for the new or casual Hawkwind buyer is very good but I'll deal with just the rare and unreleased stuff here. The original Mono mixes of "Hurry On Sundown" & Mirror of Illusion" are not exactly previously unreleased but as far as I know have never been released on CD. The 1970 version of "You Know Your Only Dreaming" is the same song but done in a very different style to the version that ended up on the "In search Of Space" album. Although it's a really good version you can understand why it was left off the first album as it's just sounds very similar in style to the two vocal tracks on there. "The reason Is" is a different version than the one on the first album while Be Yourself is a different mix with non of the overdubs added to the album version. "Hog Farm" is an instrumental out take, in two parts while "Kiss Of The Velvet Whip is a 1971 re make of an old classic, much heaver and very much in the style of the other "In Search Of Space" tracks recorded around the same time. "Take What You Can" is the same song as the one released on the "Weird Tapes" as "Make What You Can" but I'm not sure yet if it's the same take. Even if it is it still runs over two minutes longer. "Seven By Seven" is the original version with alternative vocals by Robert Calvert while "Brainbox Pollution" is a much longer version than the original. "Ejection" is not previously unreleased and appeared on the DFL album as a bonus track but deserves a mention because it has a much cleaner sounding intro to the one on the album. It's so easy" & You'd Better Believe It" are great studio version of songs that where represented on the "Hall Of The Mountain Grill" Album and "Psychedelic Warlords" single as live versions. With studio versions already recorded and sounding as good as this it's hard to see why live versions where used instead of these. "Wind Of Change" is another alternate version and brings the unreleased part of this set to a close.

All in All a great set with a few unreleased tracks you might only want to listen to once but most you will want to listen to again and again.

The "Sunshine Special" EP also listed in one of the other revues is on Amazon as MP3 download only with previously unreleased versions of "Hurry On Sundown" & "Kiss Of The Velvet Whip" along with three other tracks. My only criticism of the whole package is Whay could these two unreleased tracks not be included in the 3 CD set in lossless quality? That aside this set is a must have for any Hawkwind fan.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2011
Worth the purchase price just for the studio versions of Make What You Can and It's So easy. Every few years old Hawkwind material turns up out of the blue to remind us what a fantastic act Hawkwind were at their prime. As soon as EMI sort out their ownership wrangles with Warrior on the Edge of Time I'm sure more material will follow. All Hawkfans need to buy this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2012
I would imagine for most Hawkwind fans the main attraction of this triple CD compilation are the previously unreleased tracks. So for the benefit of fans who are undecided about acquiring this compilation on the strength of the previously unreleased material this review will concentrate soley on those tracks which are as follows:

You Know You're Only Dreaming -an earlier version very much in the style of the first album. Sounds similar to Mirror Of Illusion and incorporating some instrumental jamming in the style of Be Yourself.

The Reason Is and Be Yourself -not greatly different to the versions on the first album.

Hog Farm -an instrumental sounding half way between the styles of the first album and In Search Of Space.

Kiss Of The Velvet Whip(Sweet Mistress Of Pain) -a radically different version. Sounds similar to You Shouldn't Do That.

Seven By Seven -the only difference to previously released versions is that the speaking part is done by Robert Calvert.

Take What You Can -not the version to be found on Weird Tapes 6. If it is the same recording then it's been remixed beyond recognition.

Brainbox Pollution -the full length version of the original recording. Sounds like a rougher mix compared to the original release with Lemmy's bass playing more prominent and none the worse for it.

It's So Easy -studio version. More reminiscent of the live 1999 Party version (with Lemmy on backing vocal) than the other live version.

You'd Better believe It -studio version. Less 'heavy' sounding and shorter than the 'Mountain Grill' version. Has something of the 'intended as a single release' about it.

Wind Of Change -quite different to the 'Mountain Grill' version.

For what it's worth as a long time Hawkwind fan my opinion is that as a compilation it's worth getting just for the previously unreleased tracks. If you're new to Hawkwind then do yourself a big favour and buy this as this is THE compilation for what many regard as Hawkwind's classic period.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2012
Brilliant mixture of stuff... a "best of the United Artists years" intermingled with archive raids. Before my copy arrived, I'd imagined I'd want to skip the stuff I already knew, but as it turned out, I didn't. Rather to my surprise, I found the album to be a coherent whole, and I didn't skip anything.

I imagine there are VERY few Hawkwind fans who would give anything less than 5 stars to this one.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Hawkwind - Parallel Universe 3CD inc. 12 Unreleased Tracks
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HAWKWIND: PARALLEL UNIVERSE-A LIBERTY / UNITED ARTISTS ANTHOLOGY 1970-1974
( Triple CD Journey Through the Mind-Altering Space-Rock of Hawkwind / 12 Unreleased Tracks )
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Following the release last year of 'Hawkwind At The BBC 1972', EMI Records are to release: 'Parallel Universe' - A Triple CD that is an extensive journey through Hawkwind's mind-altering space rock
This exciting 3CD Anthology set is due from EMI Records in August 2011
'Parallel Universe' is a significant release that as well as containing a good cross-section of the band's output over the first five years, (the band was actually formed in 1969), pulls together a slew of material that's previously been available as Bonus Tracks on the EMI remasters from a few years back, plus a selection of Previously Unreleased United Artists - era tracks including studio versions of: 'It's So Easy' and 'You'd Better Believe It', a very different studio cut of 'Wind Of Change', alternative vocals on a studio recording of 'Seven By Seven' and new songs: 'Hog Farm' and what's listed as being a previously unreleased track: 'Take What You Can', which actually appeared on a 'Weird Tapes' release under the title: 'Make What You Can', although at this stage we don't know if it is the same recording or another previously unknown version
This package of great tracks is something that no serious Hawkwind fan or collector should be without
These are the seminal recordings of the band - the essence of what Hawkwind was at that time, and was all about
The sleeve notes for this highly anticipated releases are by Nik Turner

Track List - Disc 1:
01. Hurry On Sundown [original mono single]
02. Mirror Of Illusion [mono single edit]
03. You Know You're Only Dreaming [original 1970 version] * previously unreleased *
04. Reason Is [alternate version] * previously unreleased *
05. Be Yourself [alternate mix] * previously unreleased *
06. Seeing It As You Really Are [from the album: 'Hawkwind']
07. Hog Farm * previously unreleased *
08. Kiss Of The Velvet Whip [aka 'Sweet Mistress Of Pain' - 1971 version] * previously unreleased *
09. You Shouldn't Do That [from the album: 'In Search Of Space']
10. Master Of The Universe [original vocal take] * previously unreleased *
11. Children Of The Sun [from the album: 'In Search Of Space']
12. Paranoia ['Greasy Truckers Party' version - live]
Track List - Disc 2:
01. Brainstorm [from the album: 'Doremi Fasol Latido']
02. Space Is Deep [from the album: 'Doremi Fasol Latido']
03. Lord Of Light [from the album: Doremi Fasol Latido']
04. Take What You Can * previously unreleased *
05. Silver Machine [original single mix]
06. Seven By Seven [original single alternate vocal mix] * previously unreleased *
07. Born To Go ['Space Ritual' version - live]
08. Down Through The Night ['Space Ritual' version - live]
09. Orgone Accumulator ['Space Ritual' version - live]
10. Sonic Attack ['Space Ritual' version - live]
Track List - Disc 3:
01. Ejection
02. Urban Guerrilla [original single]
03. Brainbox Pollution [full-length version] * previously unreleased *
04. It's So Easy [original studio version] * previously unreleased *
05. You'd Better Believe It [Rockfield studios version] * previously unreleased *
06. Psychedelic Warlords {Disappear In Smoke} [single version]
07. Wind Of Change [alternate version] * previously unreleased *
08. Paradox [remix - single edit]
09. Hall Of The Mountain Grill [from the album: 'Hall Of The Mountain Grill']
10. Lost Johnny [from the album: 'Hall Of The Mountain Grill']
11. D-Rider ['1999 Party' version - live]
12. Watcher ['1999 Party' version - live]

Digital Download: HAWKWIND ZOO - SUNSHINE SPECIAL E.P. [digital download only]
01. Kiss Of The Velvet Whip [aka 'Sweet Mistress Of Pain' - 1969 mix] * previously unreleased *
02. Cymbaline [mono]
03. Hurry On Sundown [1969 mix] * previously unreleased *
04. Kiss Of The Velvet Whip [aka 'Sweet Mistress Of Pain' - 1972 stereo remix]
05. Hurry On Sundown [1972 stereo remix]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2015
Like many a Hawkfan, I have all the original vinyl albums but this is a real box of treasure with many previously unreleased tracks and unreleased versions. It covers the earliest years of the band up until 1974 and perhaps should have included material from Lemmy's last album with them ("Warrior On The Edge Of Time", 1975) -I'm sure there's some great outtakes and live versions from those days too. OK, apart from wishing for more, I can't complain really -this is an excellent collection that no true fan should be without (and we're all heartily sick of endless compilations of the same stuff so this is a REAL joy!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2011
Parallel Universe indeed! EMI, as part of their current "push" on all things prog have shown a parallel history of Hawkwinds recording career on their label from the early seventies. This triple cd contains some of the best music the band ever made, plenty of familiar versions of classic songs, but it's the demo's,unreleased versions and different mixes that make this an essential purchase for all Hawkfans.Sadly, still nothing from Warrior on the edge of time though. I'm not going to list all the great tracks on here, just buy it!
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on 17 June 2014
This is superb value for money - an excellent and large selection of live and studio tracks from the early years of Hawkwind (69-74) .These selections do not require any eulogy from me to pursuade potential purchasers, as any Hawkwind afficionado will already have revelled in their brilliance many times before and the interested newcomer who wishes to 'Come Taste The Band' only has to click on the samples above to realise what they have missed. I paid only £4.61 for this - brand new, shrink wrapped and sent from Germany.Phenomenal value. So why not 5 stars? Well as soon as I took the wrapper off and opened the jewel case there was a little shower of plastic fragments from the broken centre holding CD1 - so CD1 is now rattling around loose in the case.Other CDs have arrived similarly where the crappy plastic case is fractured or the hinges broken or the central seating fragmented. WHEN, WHEN, WHEN will we see better packaging for CDs as routine? This is a triple CD case so I can't simply swap it for another easily. Much much better is for example the Levitation box set with its cardboard box and cardboard sleeves for the individual CDs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 February 2015
Picked this up for buttons, an alternative narrative thru the Hawkwind catalogue upto 1974,rather than a bog standard greatest hit,lovely booklet, a dozen or so ,unreleased on CD ,tracks,excellent sound quality,what more could you ask for,superb stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2011
Oh Joy three discs full of time warp music.
It was a pleasure to hear Lemmy's driving bass carving a way for the rest to follow.
This is Hawkwind how you remember them wart's and all.
Great Stuff.
I think I enjoyed this release :-)
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