Hawkwind - 25 Years On (1994) [4CD Box Set]
EAC Rip | FLAC: Tracks+Cue+Log | 2.1 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 790 Mb | Scans | 128 + 160 Mb
Griffin Music | GCD 299-0
Space Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
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.