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"Where are they now?" is an old song that hasn't been recorded before and to Hawkwind fans is worth the price of the album alone. Other new music on this album is fine, modern Hawk music, and in keeping with the sound of recent albums. Including songs from Dave Brocks solo album (we took the wrong step..) and Hawkwind Light Orchestra (it's all lies) does confuse matters a little but as they are both good songs this shouldn't be viewed too harshly.
Overall then, this album shows what the band sound like now: it's perhaps not an essential purchase but I think it is pretty interesting and serves its purpose well.
It's all ok, but just a little pointless. I enjoyed the studio recordings of the old songs - the lineup of Hawkwind changes so much, these things tend to sound different to the originals, and this case we have Brock's chunky guitar riffing away and a somewhat overloaded backing of synths and whooshing sounds. I don't actually mind this sort of thing with Hawkwind, as it always brings something new along. I particularly like the reworking of Assault and Battery. The tracks from Onward are somewhat forgettable, though.
The remake of Masters of the Universe is much more like 1980s Hawkwind, and features Huw Lloyd Langton on guitar. Again, it's a different beast to the original, but I enjoyed it. Lots of guitar, the whooshing synths and some frantic drumming make this one!
The new tracks are mainly short instrumental passages, apart from Sacrosanct, which is 8 minutes long, and this is an almost trance-like track with some chilled out beats and plenty of Orb-like synths. Very good indeed, as I like The Orb. The others are mainly noises and atmospherics, some which (Touch) have some nice gentle, melodic guitar work.
This is an enjoyable enough compilation of odds and ends, but it's most certainly not essential. Still, I'd rather have a compilation of mainly new material, even if it re-recordings by the current lineup.
Well not much but the remakes make up for this shortfall.
The oldies certainly seem timeless and listening to this album just made me put on Space Ritual after it finished.
Oh what would I give to be transported back in time.
The new stuff is mainly short fairly inconsequential instrumentals. Sacrosant is much longer with the sequencer and drum machine backing some guitar and other stuff and is a decent splash of electronica. The others might have been best distributed around as these short pieces usually are on Hawkwind albums.
Three tracks are representative of the recent replaying of Warrior on the Edge of Time live to coincide with the release of the studio album. Assault and Battery is in it's usual modern shortened form as sounds very good. The Golden Void is also short and not at it's best. These two are played as the recent live version with Where Are They Now which also comes from that time I think and while short is a classic simple Hawkwind idea and the best thing on the album. The Demented Man is good but I'm not sure the straight repeat of the song is a good idea.
Where Are They Now also comes from that time I think and while short is a classic simple Hawkwind idea and the best thing on the album. The re-recording of Master of the Universe is worth its place for the appearance of the greatly missed Huw Lloyd-Langton and it is a cracking version. Sonic Attack was probably only really good once. This is OK - the vocal are better than usual and it goes off into a bit of rock music at the end although I'm not the vocals here are a good idea. It's OK though. Whether it's necessary is a whole different question. We Two are One is described as a new recording of the ".." track from Onward without the stuff at the end. At least the track has a name and it is a decent track.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought I might have been a tad indifferent to this album as it's a compilation aimed (I believe) at the US market. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Knight
Hawkwind - that alone should tell you to buy this album... A great selection of more recent tracks to follow in the style of Roadhawks... Read morePublished 13 months ago by (Arab) Neil Toyne
WOW! Wasn't sure on this album as the preview doesn't do it justice. Took the plunge and bought the download version to give it a try. Read morePublished 15 months ago by BigAndyD
why o why can'nt they create music like they used to do, this CD is mostly rehashed old material. please please find that old magic again like space bandits, and sonic attach etc... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not their best but a very good album with some great renditions of tunes by the current band.Published 18 months ago by Mr. Mark Mason