Cosmic Overdrive

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Seasoned Hawkwind fans will take one look at the contents of this triple-CD set and know better than to open their wallets again. Not only have all three discs been released on myriad occasions in the past -- most famously as Space Ritual, Vol. 2 (disc one), In the Beginning (disc two), and Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin (disc three) -- but the first two have already appeared in the same label's catalog as Year 2000: Codename Hawkwind. And at least that set gave you a smart plastic wallet to keep the CDs in. This one doesn't even look good. The apparently ceaseless recycling of these same three shows is a blight that has long disfigured the Hawkwind catalog and, hopefully, the only people who are taken in by it now are collectors who simply must have everything. In which case, let them get on with it.

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