Hawkwind

Family Tree

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Family Tree is a compilation album credited to Hawkwind that actually gathers tracks from various spinoffs and artists related to the band. Leader Dave Brock occupies a third of the album, and Jerry Richards and Alf Hardy's Paradogs contribute three tracks, two of which ("Nile" and "Noctis Labyrinthus") also appeared on their CD Paradogs. Other performers include the Little Big Men (Richard Chadwick and Steve Bemand), Ron Tree, and Liz Gizzard. The music ranges from cheap techno-space rock to total oddities (e.g., Ron Tree and Vital Chi's "Tuff on de Street" is a short experimental spoken word piece). The quality is uneven; the pumped-up dance track by the Little Big Men falls off the mark, but pieces by the Paradogs and Brock are worth a listen. The latter blends space rock guitars with synthesizer backing tracks à la Jean-Michel Jarre. The album is rounded up with a badly recorded version of "Motorway City," performed by Hawkwind in 1979. This last inclusion is highly questionable. The straightforward rock format of this song, the sound quality, and the obvious age of the recording compared to the rest of the material on the CD make it an all-around strange and unwelcomed conclusion. Maybe the band felt a Hawkwind track was needed to provide roots to this family tree.

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