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ASTOUNDING SOUNDS,AMAZING MUSIC/QUARK STRANGENESS AND CHARM

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ROCK FEVER MUSIC
  • ASIN: B0009XFEE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I am very pleased at this excellent re-release of two very rare Hawks albums from the mid 1970's.
Astounding Sounds was seen by the dominant axis of Dave Brock & Bob Calvert as a horribly funky deviation from their Hawk-Vision of the future & as a consequence almost half the band consequently got the bullet (including founding member Nik Turner). The subsequent Quark... was an effort from the band to 'get the motors running again' (anyone else remember that message on the inner sleeve of the LP?)
So... What do they sound like all these years later? Well I always liked Quark (first gig was when I saw them at Manchester Palace in '77 so formative influences y'know) but I am amazed at how much I like the outcast Amazing Sounds as well. If you don't take it as a Hawkwind album and accept at face value everything but the rather naff Reefer Madness is actually pretty good. The final 2 tracks Kadu Flyer & Chronaglide Skyway are things of quite profound beauty - apparently there are Hawk bootlegs with both tracks available - I am on the case!
Quark... was clearly influenced by the New Wave breaking over the music scene in 1977 and is much sharper, sounding nastier & more aggressive in tone to match the times. Spirit of the Age opens & is perhaps my favourite Hawkwind track ever. Spirit perhaps overshadows the rest of the album but most other tracks with the exception of the rather throwaway title track try to keep up the standard - amazing how prescient Calverts lyrics could be - check out Hassan I Sahba if you want a take on the Middle East situation made in 28 years ago!
As an aside, I do feel that Adrian Shaw on bass was another Lemmy in the making & sounds great on Quark along with Simon King - such a shame this rhythm section only exists here, some PXR5 tracks and the aforementioned bootlegs.
As I say really good to have two such good albums on one CD - especially when driving!
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I've got these on vinyl but it's nice to have them on CD. One's got Nik Turner on and the other hasn't so the end or beginning of an era. Spirit of the Age on Quark Strangeness and Charm is my favourite song though and I always sing along to Quark Strangeness and Charm
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I have been avidly searching the endless back catalogue of Hawkwind,hoping not to find more yet another dodgy live album by the psychedelic Warlords!Two of their finest albums on one c.d.,I couldn't believe my luck!Both albums have their highlights and merits,Steppenwolf on Astounding.... and Spirit of the Age on Quark... An absolute must buy for any Hawkwind/space rock merchant!Superb!Worth every penny!
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Try looking up Hawkwind releases using the on line encyclopedia,Wikipedia.It refers to the bands website and will direct you should you wish to check it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hawkwind - 'Astounding Sounds,Amazing Music/Quark Strangness&Charm' (Rock Fever) 19 Oct. 2005
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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Another one of those fabulous 2-lp's-on 1 CD releases that many of us have come to really enjoy having a copy of.Two of the British long-running space rock pioneer Hawkwind's mid-'70's gems.First there's '76's 'Astounding Sounds,Amazing Music'(Nik Turner's last lp with the band)and then there's it's stellar follow-up,'77's 'Quark Strangeness&Charm'.Keep in mind that on these two albums,resident poet Bob Calvert(R.I.P.)is the lead vocalist and frontman.This was the era that founder Dave Brock and crew pretty much made the transition over to 'space pop'.Still makes for good listening.
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