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on 30 October 2013
Plenty of divided opinions on this albums tracklisting in other reviews, I see. Perhaps this perspective will help. Hawkwind were due to tour in America for the first time in yonks, so decide to put out a sort of "primer" to let their American fans know what they are capable of live nowadays. Hence, most of the tracks on this album are in the current (2013) stage show. The new recordings of old songs are what they sound like played by the current band, and very nice too: complaining that they don't sound as good as the originals is slightly missing the point.
"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.