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25 Years On [Bonus CD]
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Album: 25 Years On [Bonus CD]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    PSI Power More Info...
2)    Free Fall More Info...
3)    Automoton More Info...
4)    25 Years More Info...
5)    Flying Doctor More Info...
6)    The Only Ones More Info...
7)    (Only) the Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid More Info...
8)    The Age of the Micro Man More Info...
9)    Psi Power (Single Version) More Info...
10)    Death Trip (Single Mix) More Info...
11)    25 Years (Single Mix) More Info...
12)    (Only) the Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid (Take Two) More Info...
13)    The Age of the Microman (Take One) More Info...
14)    Automotion (Full Version) More Info...
15)    Digger Jam More Info...
 

Album: 25 Years On [Bonus CD]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    PSI Power More Info...
2)    Free Fall More Info...
3)    Automoton More Info...
4)    25 Years More Info...
5)    Flying Doctor More Info...
6)    The Only Ones More Info...
7)    (Only) the Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid More Info...
8)    The Age of the Micro Man More Info...
9)    Psi Power (Single Version) More Info...
10)    Death Trip (Single Mix) More Info...
11)    25 Years (Single Mix) More Info...
12)    (Only) the Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid (Take Two) More Info...
13)    The Age of the Microman (Take One) More Info...
14)    Automotion (Full Version) More Info...
15)    Digger Jam More Info...
 
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  • Personnel: Robert Calvert (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Harvey Bainbridge (vocals, bass guitar); Dave Brock (guitar, acoustic guitar, synthesizer); Simon House (violin); Paul Hayles, Steve Swindells (keyboards); Martin Griffin, Simon King (drums).
  • Audio Mixers: Ben Wiseman ; Mark Powell.
  • Audio Remasterer: Ben Wiseman .
  • Liner Note Author: Mark Powell.
  • Recording information: Langley Farm, Devon, England (06/1978-08/1978).
  • Authors: Dave Brock; Robert Calvert.
  • When Hawkwind, fresh from the latest round of breakups and defections, reignited themselves as the Hawklords, few among even the grassroots faithful knew precisely what to expect. The main band's last album, Quark Strangeness and Charm, had drifted far from the miasmic space drone of the "classic" years, and a growing interest in electronics and quirk left the band teetering on the edge of new wave pop -- again, a long way from any sphere the group might normally have orbited. 25 Years On continued that reinvention and, in so doing, emerged as one of the last truly great Hawkwind-related albums before the precipitous dip into clich and pretension that would scar so much of their 1980s output -- the following year's P.X.R.5 would, of course, complete this final cycle of excellence. Opening with the death-defying breeziness of "Psi Power," passing on through the spacious pomp of "Free Fall" and the self-abusing autobiography of "25 Years" ("Have they really been going that long?" pleaded one U.K. review), the album also dipped into comedy ("Flying Doctor"), sci-fi ("[Only] The Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid"), and bleeping futurism (the synth-joke "Automotion") -- the same formula, of course, that marked out its predecessors, but a slap in the face for anyone who still tried to accuse the bandmembers of taking their mission too seriously. Indeed, looking back, it seems obvious that it was the Hawks' reputation (however they tried to disguise their name) rather than their music that prevented both album and single from scoring major hits -- they were that in step with the then-current fascinations of the U.K. music scene. ~ Dave Thompson
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