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Great Unreleased Material
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.