What does it sound like?:
A three cd box collecting some of the lesser-known recordings in the Hawkwind back catalogue. All three are straight re-releases of the original albums without any of the bonus tracks that appeared on previous reissues, and come in replicas of their original sleeves.
The first of the three, The Xenon Codex, originally released in 1988, was the last album of the 1980’s to feature the guitar playing of Huw Lloyd Langton, and continued to see the band dominated by Dave Brock. It’s ok but unremarkable, listenable without making you want to return to it for repeated plays.
The next up is 1990’s Space Bandits. By this time the violin of Simon House had replaced the lead guitar of the departed Lloyd Langton , and vocalist Bridget Wishart had begun performing with the band. The opener ‘Images’ is the strongest piece in what is something of a mixed bag of an album.
The final cd is Palace Springs, from 1991, a part studio, part live effort. The new material is not bad actually, although both it and the live stuff had actually been recorded in 1989, prior to the release of the preceding album. Decent versions of Damnation Alley (from Quark) and Time We Left This World Today are included.
What does it all *mean*?
Maybe not the strongest period in the long history of Hawkwind – interesting listening in parts, but definitely a set for the committed fan!
Goes well with…
Other Hawkwind albums.
Might suit people who like…