Hawkwind's ability to forge their own path, yet remain open to incorporating new styles of music that grew up in their wake is legendary, and never more apparent than on this double album. Originally released in 1996 and recorded live during the band's 1995 ALIEN 4 tour, this is not the sound of a 25 year old band limping around stage lost in space and time, but a defiant celebration of everything Hawkwind had accomplished and was still set to do. Simultaneously embracing the contemporary electronic scene and the omnipresent long-haired rockers, the band burn brightly at both ends; never have they sounded so futuristic, yet so thoroughly modern. The Esoteric reissue appends a trio of tracks from the band's highly sought after LOVE IN SPACE EP--a remix of "Love in Space," the jubilant "Lord of Light," and the anarchic "This Is Hawkwind Sonic Attack," the latter two's muddy live sound quality barely interfering with their power.
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