The Stonehenge Collection

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A budget-priced two-CD collection, The Stonehenge Collection claims loudly to be "live from Stonehenge." It is, however, nothing more than a repackaging of the 1983-1984 Zones and This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic compilations of live and studio material, with just the final two tracks ("Stonehenge Decoded" and "Watching the Grass Grow") actually hailing from Stonehenge itself. The remainder dates from a late-1980 studio session and concerts at Lewisham Odeon in December 1980 and Bristol's Colston Hall in December 1984. That said, the two discs offer a fair glimpse into the state of Hawkwind during a tumultuous period in the band's history, one which saw their lineup briefly swollen by the recruitment of legendary drummer Ginger Baker, while also delivering one of their most underrated albums, Choose Your Masques. However, the ready availability of both Zones and Do Not Panic as individually packaged CDs does lessen the impact of this particular set, with the distinctly utilitarian liner notes further reducing its efficacy.

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