The Best of & the Rest of Hawkwind Live

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An eight-track collection drawing its contents piecemeal from across the three-disc span of the Acid Daze anthology -- the inclusion, therefore, of some of Hawkwind's best-known numbers should not, therefore, be taken as any guarantee that you'll be getting the best-known takes. Rather, the murky provenance of this material, and the absolute paucity of any annotation, simply conjures vision-after-vision of muddy fields, forgotten festivals, and half-hearted studio outtakes, all with half-listenable sound quality to match.

The best cuts are those from the oft-reissued 1972 Brixton Sundown show, at the conclusion of the Space Ritual tour; the Hawklords-era "High Rise" and a dreadfully clumsy "Spirit of the Age," on the other hand, represent a nadir from which neither your ears nor your patience will quickly recover.

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