Hawkwind

Masters of the Universe [Success]

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Not to be confused with the Masters of the Universe set that simply reprises a clutch of oft-reissued BBC and live cuts from the dawn of Hawkwind's career, this is a re-release of a 1977 compilation drawn, contrarily, from the band's official archive.

Now as then, Masters of the Universe is most notable, from a collector's viewpoint, for the inclusion of the 1974 live B-side "It's So Easy." The remainder of the album then drifts around Hawkwind's undisputed peak, the early-'70s-era bookended by In Search of Space and Warrior on the Edge of Time. It also makes a lot more sense if one pairs it with the earlier Dave Brock-approved Road Hawks collection, wherein lie several more of Hawkwind's best-known recordings. However, it can also be safely overlooked in favor of any of the other United Artists-era collections that made it onto CD during the 1990s, rendering this little more than a space-filling reissue for fans who simply must replace all their old vinyl with CDs.

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