Hawkwind

Welcome to the Future

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Released a year after Dressed To Kill's four-CD import package The Entire & Infinite Universe of Hawkwind, this is the American recycling of the same Masters of the Universe, Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin, Space Ritual, Vol. 2, and Text of Festival live albums, brought to you by a label, Cleopatra, whose early-'90s championing of Hawkwind was, in many ways, responsible for the resurgence in popularity that the band has since enjoyed. Certainly, at a time when other labels seemed to care only for mercenary repackages and shoddy compilations, Cleopatra went out of its way to invent fresh and exciting ways of looking at Hawkwind's back catalog -- which may explain why this release is so disappointing. Three shows comprise the four discs, and they're precisely the same three that comprise around 30 other live Hawkwind albums: Wembley 1973, Brixton 1972, and, duplicated over both discs one and four, a mix of 1970-1971 BBC sessions and similar-era live improv. In other words, if you've ever spent money on a budget-priced, early-'70s Hawkwind live album, you already own at least one-third of this. And if you've bought three -- you do the math.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
5:59
2
4:56
3
5:01
4
6:17
5
12:16
6
13:42

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
6:04
2
4:13
3
5:55
4
6:23
5
11:53
6
13:49
7
21:36
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