Hawkwind, but not as we know it Jim,
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This review is from: Distant Horizons (Audio CD)
Ron Tree may well have been an undervalued member of Hawkwind but during his relatively short tenure, he brought a bit of oomph to the good ship. The song "Phetamine Street" with its list of pharmaceutical products is filled with punky energy and beats the similarly themed Queens of The Stone Age's "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" by a good 3 years. There is a bit of pace in this album - urgency I suppose. There are plenty of dreamy moments to balance things out and enough echoes of their past to satisfy the veteran Hawk watcher. I understand that the band (well Dave Brock at least) considered this recording a tad unfinished - maybe so - but it sounds grand to me. The reissue by Atomhenge may account for an improved sonic quality, I don't know as I did not hear this at the time of release. Coming fresh to this CD some 16 years after it was originally issued, my impression is of a band firing on all cylinders - the fact that the Hawks may have been battle scarred and damaged did not stop it from producing the goods. Of the bonus tracks " Archiac" deserves special mention and should have been included in the original issue.
If you like this one try the latest Hawklords incarnation with Ron Tree, Harvey Bainbridge, Jerry Richards, Adrian Shaw et all. That said, Hawkwind remains the mothership and Brock is still Captain.
I commend this CD to the House.