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This review is from: Quark, Strangeness And Charm (Audio CD)
To my knowledge this is the fourth incarnation of this album on CD, and the one worth having. Not just an album or a collection of songs, but a work of art. The psychedelic prog approach of earlier Hawkwind albums had just about run out of steam, and it's immediate predecessor "Astounding Sounds" was notably iffy, if stalwartly declared a classic by fans. Quark saw the band's sound shift towards the tighter, sharper requirement of its era - dinosaur prog was dying and the audience wanted shorter, snappier songs. Hawkwind admirably managed to fuse the two. Included as bonus tracks are original extended versions which show that making shorter tracks had become an industry policy rather than a voluntary movement among artists. The remastering renders a fresh dimension of clarity to Calvert's lyrics and the rich electronic backing tracks. This is Hawkwind showing they were masters of their art, and not just a record label's vehicle for shifting sale units.