Codename Hawkwind

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The nifty plastic wallet packaging, and a pretense at annotation notwithstanding, Year 2000: Codename Hawkwind is just one more in a long line of shoddy rehashes of the same old Hawkwind live recordings that have done duty on a few dozen other albums already. And the involvement of 1971-1972-era bassist Dave Anderson as "compiler" doesn't change that in the slightest. Disc one rounds up the final night of the 1972 Space Ritual tour at London's Brixton Sundown, delivering a truncated version of a live extravaganza that was far better served on the official Space Ritual double live album, and losing much of the atmosphere and energy that established that set among the most vital live albums ever issued. Disc two, meanwhile, tracks back to Anderson's own stint with the band (before he was replaced by Lemmy), to repackage the now horribly overworked 1971-1972 BBC sessions and unspecified live material that first appeared as Text of Festival in the early '80s. Like the Brixton tape, it's been out on myriad occasions since then, spread across such albums as In the Beginning, Master of the Universe, and The Entire & Infinite History of Hawkwind, and for all this packaging's claims for remastering, it doesn't sound any better than any of them. If you already own a few Hawkwind albums, chances are you already have both of these discs already. If you don't, both exist in better packaging elsewhere. This one really should be left alone.

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