on 16 April 2008
It's kind of misleading throwing Stonehenge imagery all over this album and that goes for the original LP + 12" too. It ended up with folks to this day thinking this whole thing was recorded at Stonehenge - it wasn't. In reality, what you get is much better though!
The first 7 tracks were recorded on December 18th 1980 at the Lewisham Odeon with the Levitation line-up, including a certain Ginger Baker bloke on drums. Hawkwind were really on fire here and they tear through classics of that era including a smashing metallized Psi Power and an early version of Angels Of Death.
The final two tracks are actual Stonehenge recordings - recorded in 1984 I think and feature Nik Turner during the brief time he was reunited with the band in the early to mid 1980s. The first - Stonehenge Decoded is an eight minute electronic noodling session (courtesy of Harvey and Dave I suspect) and Watching The Grass Grow closes the record - I think this was an old ICU song? If you close your eyes you can see Nik goofing around on stage in that white one-piece suit of his honking on his saxophone and careening about on roller-skates.
on 11 August 2008
this is an excellent example of how good hawkwind could be when they put their minds to it.the recording quality is excellent and the playing as good as it gets.the version of shot down in the night is worth the price of the cd alone.it's heavier than the version on live 79 and huw's second solo is brilliant.
more song based than twiddly, with the exception of stonehenge decoded and the rather silly watching the grass grow, this is a welcome addition to any serious fan of the band' collection and a good starting point for the newcomer.
watching the grass grow originally appeared on the first nik turner's inner city unit album and is a true punk era song and was already well dated when this version was recorded. if this was misssed off it would be a 5 star album.
on 7 April 2010
I got this cd to replace the worn out tape i've had for 26 years. this is a cracking live album by HAWKWIND,contains most of my fav tracks by them from psi power,levitation,circles,death trap to angels of death and shot down in the night. Two tracks i don't remember from my worn out tape are stonehenge decoded and watching the grass grow.All in all great live album, recommended for any fans.
on 24 April 2012
this is Hawkwind live doing what only Hawkwind can do, excepetional live album first class. The very essence ov a live recording if youve never seen the band live buy it, turn it up loud, let it take to the event in question, long may you Fly.....