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2.81 | 34 ratings | 2 reviews | 6% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Quark, Strangeness and Charm (04:32)
2. The Watcher (05:05)
3. We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago (04:57)
4. Flying Doctor (05:52)
5. Psychic Power (05:20)
6. Hymn to the Sun (02:51)
7. The Age of the Micro Man (05:32)
8. Intro the Night (02:11)
9. Down Through the Night (07:11)

Total Time 43:31

Line-up / Musicians

- Jonathan Derbyshire "Mr. Dibs" / vocals (2,4,6)
- Dave Brock / electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards, synthesizer, harmonica, vocals, co-producer, mixing
- Magnus Martin / acoustic guitar, viola (6)
- Haz Wheaton / bass
- Richard Chadwick / drums, percussion, vocals

- Eric Clapton / guitar (2)
- Mike Batt / piano (2), orchestral arrangements, co-producer
- Jez Huggett / sax (7)
- ? / string quintet
- ? / sax quintet
- ? / brass section

Releases information

Selection of Hawkwind songs with additional orchestrations by Mike Batt

Artwork: Hilary Harron

LP Cherry Red ‎- BRED730 (2018, Europe)

CD Cherry Red ‎- CDBRED730 (2018, Europe)

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HAWKWIND Road To Utopia ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)

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Review by Warthur
2 stars Hawkwind do the "unplugged" idea, whipping out acoustic takes on their old material. When some bands do this, magic can happen - Marillion, for instance, were able to tease out new levels of beauty in already sensitively-composted songs in their occasional experiments in this vein. Hawkwind, however, have pretty much always been about electronic space rock cyber-rock futurism. The overall effect of switching their songs to this style is to make it come across as a novelty album - fun, amusing, but clearly not how these songs were intended to be heard, and the treatment here doesn't yield alternate versions which have their own distinct charm. Once you get past the amusement value of hearing them in this style, it palls quickly.

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3 stars When hearing beforehand Hawkwind was going to release an acoustic album from old songs with string quintet, sax quinted and brass section, I wasnīt sure what to think. But now when listened this album few times to my big suprise it really works! This really isnīt typical "letīs make boring acous ... (read more)

Report this review (#2039903) | Posted by Mortte | Sunday, September 30, 2018 | Review Permanlink

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