25 Years On [Box]

25 Years On [Box]

by Hawkwind

CD(2 Books)

Overview

In the world of Hawkwind reissues and compilations, it's very easy to look askance at this four-CD box set and shrug -- after all, it's only one more low budget collection of low-quality outtakes and live cuts, isn't it? As a matter of fact, it isn't. Rather, it is the first ever Hawks collection to compile material from every legitimate source available at that time, including the band's stints on UA, Charisma, Bronze and RCA; indeed, prior to this box, none of the latter material was available on compact disc. Neither were single mixes of "25 Years" and "Angels of Death," and the original studio version of "High Rise" (which was inexplicably replaced by an inferior live version on the P.X.R.5 CD). And that's just for starters. Add one previously unreleased cut, "I Am the Eye That Looks Within" and a full set of lyrics, and this is an almighty package from the word go. Certainly it eclipses Hawkwind manager Doug Smith's subsequent Epoch Eclipse collection, despite that box's weighty reputation as the "ultimate collection"; no less than 27 of the 44 performances included here are duplicated there, but it's what was omitted that relegates the other box to second place. "LSD," "Born to Go," "You Know You're Only Dreaming," "Lord of Light," "Reefer Madness," "Wind of Change," and "Who's Gonna Win the War" are all stone-old Hawkwind classics, while there's also a far more balanced view of the band's development here, to ensure that every aspect of the group gets a fair shake of the stick. The years that have passed since this box's release, of course, have seen no let up in Hawkwind's productivity, meaning that there's at least another disc's worth of material that ought to be compiled to bring the story up to date. When and if that happens is anybody's guess, but one hopes when they're looking for blueprints to work from, it's 25 Years On that they choose. It isn't the only Hawkwind box set out there, but it is the only one that is truly worth your while to hunt down.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/14/1998
Label: Griffin Records
UPC: 0054421029904
catalogNumber: 299

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hawkwind   Primary Artist
Ginger Baker   Drums
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Tim Blake   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Dave Brock   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Calvert   Vocals
Steve Swindells   Keyboards
Dave Anderson   Bass Guitar
Harvey Bainbridge   Synthesizer,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Richard Chadwick   Drums
John Clark   Drums
Alan Davey   Bass Guitar
Del Dettmar   Synthesizer
Martin Griffin   Drums
John Harrison   Bass Guitar
Simon House   Violin,Keyboards
Simon King   Drums
Lemmy   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Terry Ollis   Drums
Alan Powell   Drums
Paul Rudolph   Bass Guitar
Adrian Shaw   Bass Guitar
Nik Turner   Flute,Saxophone,Vocals
Huw Lloyd-Langton   Guitar
Bridget Wishart   Vocals
Danny Thompson   Drums

Technical Credits

Hawkwind   Composer,Producer
Dave Brock   Composer
Robert Calvert   Composer
Dick Taylor   Producer
Harvey Bainbridge   Composer
Roy Baker   Producer
George Chkiantz   Producer
Paul Cobbold   Producer
Alan Davey   Composer
Dik Mik   Audio Generator
David Gilmour   Remixing
Ashley Howe   Producer
Michael Moorcock   Composer
Guy Bidmead   Producer
Technical   Producer
Huw Lloyd-Langton   Composer
Bridget Wishart   Composer

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