Therefor I knew I liked enough of the second CD of bonus material. Like I liked the extended version of Living on a Knife Edge, before buying. I've bought this CD now mainly for nostalgic reasons.
I got into Hawkwind the year before Sonic Attack was released, and after seeing the band play for the first time at The Roundhouse in December , I became a regular follower of the band, seeing them live quite a few times on tour and at festivals during the early 80s. Thus the songs on this album seem to have worn deep grooves in my brain: although I haven't listened to this record in years, it is all so familiar. I'm guessing that many attracted to revisiting Sonic Attack in will be treading a similar path of reacquaintance.
Those considering dipping in again may be wondering what you get. The album comes in a double CD jewel case enclosed in a card slipcase. The latter nicely shows off the striking album artwork. The first CD has the remastered version of the original album. The sound quality is good, though I have no other versions of the album to compare it to. The second CD has a generous collection of bonus material of varying quality and interest, including extended and alternate versions of some of the songs on CD 1.
All in all it's a very nice package, and it is hard to think of any way in which Atomhenge could have bettered this release. Anyone who likes this album will surely be more than pleased with this release. Regarding the music itself, I would hesitate to go beyond 3 stars. There are some good songs that have stood the test of time: Rocky Paths, Angels of Death, perhaps Streets of Fear, but this is not an album that I would very often play all the way through my preferred way of enjoying music.
However, to give them their due, Hawkwind were never a band to stand still, and undoubtably updated their sound on Sonic Attack. You could say that the 70s-style spacey chugga chugga bleep whoosh had given way to a much more rocking dagga dagga crash bang.
The tone is also quite different to the slick, sumptuous studio perfection found on the previous year's Levitation - there is a harder edge to Huw Lloyd-Langton's guitar chops, and a brisk, urgent rhythm section.
The vocals are strident, even shouty; the drum sound is quite harsh and crashing, and the playing has an automaton-like metronomic quality, all perhaps reflecting the technofear and distrust of authority evident in the lyrics of several of the songs. Here, at least, the band were prescient: in the nearly 30 years I can hardly believe it is so long since Sonic Attack first hit the largely CCTV-free streets, Big Brother has certainly been very busy!
To sum up: although not amongst my personal favourite Hawkwind albums, this is a very high quality re-issue that anyone who is into early 80s RCA period Hawkwind should not hesitate to acquire. Once more Atomhenge give us a CD re-issue with a bonus CD packed full of goodies and a decent booklet.
The actual disc is pretty much as you would expect, though I think Huw is a bit muddied on Rocky Paths.
Apart from that the disc is fine, but not startlingly better than the last CD version to my ears. By now we will be past this album. We started out trying to freak people trippers , now we are trying to levitate their minds, in a nice way, without acid, and ultimately a completely audio-visual thing.
Using a complex of electronics, lights and environmental experiences. The two bookend pieces of " Hurry on Sundown " and "Mirror of Illusion" are more of a nod to Brock's alternative activity of busking and were released as a single in edited form. The cover is a fantasy painting that shows several dragon figures emerging from piles of leaves that also spell out the name of the band. Sorry, there was a problem saving your cookie preferences.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Hawkwind album. For the UK space rock band, see Space Ritual band.
Australian Chart Book — illustrated ed. The band released The Machine Stops on 15 April The album marked Wheaton's first appearance on a Hawkwind studio album, and the first album without Tim Blake's involvement since he had rejoined the band in and appeared on Blood of the Earth.
His departure was offset by increased synthesiser work by Hone and Brock. Hone took over keyboards and synth duties live until though Blake returned for shows in summer It was announced in November that Hawkwind were recording a new studio album, entitled Into The Woods. In , Hawkwind recorded an acoustic album The Road to Utopia consisting primarily of cover versions of their s songs with production, arrangement and additional orchestrations by Mike Batt and a guest appearance from Eric Clapton.
Batt conducted a series concerts of Hawkwind songs featuring the band and orchestra in October and November. Niall Hone returned on bass. In October , Hawkwind released All Aboard the Skylark, marketed as a return to their space rock roots. This was the first album with the line-up of Brock, Chadwick, Hone, and Martin. This recording included tracks from the album The Road to Utopia , minus the additions by Batt and Clapton.
He has remarked, "I really found myself as an instrumentalist in Hawkwind. Before that I was just a guitar player who was pretending to be good, when actually I was no good at all. In Hawkwind I became a good bass player.
It was where I learned I was good at something. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English rock band. Hawkwind playing at the Monsters of Rock festival in Donington Park in Space rock  hard rock  progressive rock  psychedelic rock  acid rock  proto-punk . Hawkwind — Silver Machine. For a more comprehensive list, see List of Hawkwind band members. For a more comprehensive list, see Hawkwind discography.
Further information: Hawkwind videography. Retrieved 21 December Retrieved 24 December BBC News. Beyond the Palace. Trafford Publishing. Record Collector. British Hit Singles and Albums.Sonic Attack is the eleventh studio album by the English space rock group Hawkwind, released in It spent five weeks on the UK albums chart peaking at # After the departure of drummer Ginger Baker and keyboardist Keith Hale following the previous album Levitation, former Hawklords drummer Martin Griffin accepted the opportunity to re-join the group, while guitarist Dave Brock and.