25 Years On [Bonus CD]

25 Years On [Bonus CD]

by The HawklordsThe Hawklords

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Overview

When Hawkwind, fresh from the latest round of breakups and defections, reignited themselves as the Hawklords, few among even the grassroots faithful knew precisely what to expect. The main band's last album, Quark Strangeness and Charm, had drifted far from the miasmic space drone of the "classic" years, and a growing interest in electronics and quirk left the band teetering on the edge of new wave pop -- again, a long way from any sphere the group might normally have orbited. 25 Years On continued that reinvention and, in so doing, emerged as one of the last truly great Hawkwind-related albums before the precipitous dip into cliché and pretension that would scar so much of their 1980s output -- the following year's P.X.R.5 would, of course, complete this final cycle of excellence. Opening with the death-defying breeziness of "Psi Power," passing on through the spacious pomp of "Free Fall" and the self-abusing autobiography of "25 Years" ("Have they really been going that long?" pleaded one U.K. review), the album also dipped into comedy ("Flying Doctor"), sci-fi ("[Only] The Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid"), and bleeping futurism (the synth-joke "Automotion") -- the same formula, of course, that marked out its predecessors, but a slap in the face for anyone who still tried to accuse the bandmembers of taking their mission too seriously. Indeed, looking back, it seems obvious that it was the Hawks' reputation (however they tried to disguise their name) rather than their music that prevented both album and single from scoring major hits -- they were that in step with the then-current fascinations of the U.K. music scene. [Atomhenge's 2009 edition included an additional CD of bonus material.]

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Release Date: 02/24/2009
Label: Atomhenge
UPC: 5013929630628
catalogNumber: 2006

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