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HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN GRILL

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.98 | 435 ratings

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4 stars The wind of change

It's 1974, and Hawkwind have gone all melodic! Ironically, the best track here is probably the soft synthesiser instrumental, "Wind of change".

There's plenty of the classic Hawkwind sound on tracks such as "Psychedelic Warlords" and "You'd better believe it", but even then, they are tarted up nicely. "D-rider" features some classic phasing (whatever happened to phasing anyway?), while "Paradox" varies the pace to great effect during some acid pop rock(!).

This album signalled the introduction by the band of more ambient and melodic tracks, or parts of tracks than we were used to. By doing so, the band demonstrated that they were in fact extremely adaptable, and not the "Status Quo" of acid rock previous offerings may have implied.

The remastered CD has 4 bonus tracks, of which "It's so easy" is the only one which may be considered worth seeking out (the other three are just edits). This version of the album is also lavishly packaged in a superb digipak cover.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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