Dave Brock / Hawkwind

The Weird Tapes, Vol. 7: Dave Brock, The Demos

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The Weird Tapes, Vol. 7: Dave Brock, The Demos is the CD reissue of a limited-edition cassette released in the mid-'80s. This volume contains a handful of Dave Brock's demo tapes. Hawkwind's leader is heard on vocals, guitars, bass, and a host of keyboards in these multi-track studio recordings from the late '70s. This is material for die-hard fans, as none of the ten tracks could be coined as a landmark or a must-have. Most songs fade in and out to cover up the fact that they are unfinished. "First Landing on Medusa" and "Touchdown" seem to be two versions of the same song -- unless they are two separate segments of one song. "Winter of Discontent" is an exercise in creepy experimental electronics. The most interesting bits of this CD are the demo versions of "Streets of Fear" and "Speed of Light." Both would end up on the 1981 album Sonic Attack, the latter under the title "Transdimension-Man." The sound quality is fine, with a couple noticeable exceptions (including the uncredited 11th track), and there is nothing offending to the ear. But these songs simply sound like what they were: works in progress, templates, and tryouts. For very serious fans only.

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