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Hawkwind - BBC  Radio 1 Live CD (album) cover

BBC RADIO 1 LIVE

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.20 | 29 ratings

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opaloka
4 stars Actually this is the music taken from the BBC Transcription disc but with a blurry mix. The BBC Transcription disc is the holy grail as very few are known to exist today. It was pressed from BBC for internal distribution to UK radio stations for a time of 5 years, after that it was to be returned and destroyed (some say with a hammer). One was sold last week on Ebay for 1630 US dollars as it is the rarest Hawkwind item ever. Well the sound of the CD is taken from some tape or reel with the performance of the BBC disc (it was also released on an one-hour reel tape as it is written on the cue sheets accompanying it), but for sure it si NOT from the BBC disc. To prove that, the mids on the BBC are higher, and - if this is not a proof- the initial chorus lines of "Born to Go" are totally faded by music in the CD whereas this is not the case in the BBC Transcrption LP. By no way the BBC recording is blurry as somebody commented before as the "original" recording is crisp and clear and stereo sound. In few words this is the BBC performance from another different venue of inferior quality. For die hard fans is essential as it is more "stoned" than Space Ritual, but it is not recommended for an introduction to the band. See it like having the sound of a 1000+ euro record on CD.
opaloka | 4/5 |

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