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Chronicle of the Black Sword [Import, Original recording remastered]

HawkwindAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0029FB74M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1985 album from the British Space Rockers including five bonus tracks. This conceptual album (based on Michael Moorcock's Elric books) was arguably one of Hawkwind's finest albums of later years. Critically acclaimed upon release, the album was followed by an extensive tour. Deleted for many years, this reissue has been remastered from the original master tapes and includes the bonus tracks 'Arioch' (from the rare 1985 CD edition of the album), along with all four tracks from the 1984 Earth Ritual EP. Atomhenge.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank Arioch that this has been re-released! August 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
And it's about time. As a longtime Michael Moorcock fan, I discovered Hawkwind through his involvement with it. For years I had the previous edition of this album on my wish list, despairing that I would ever be able to afford the $75-$125 prices that I was seeing for it. Well, no more! Not only that, but it's available for direct download through Amazon. For Moorcock and Hawkwind fans, it's everything we know and love from the Elric mythos, translated into sixteen awesome Hawkwind tracks. I'll probably go back and re-visit Michael Moorcock's Elric, Jerry Cornelius, and other Eternal Champion books for the umpteenth time after's about time for that, too.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Elric + Moorcock + Cheesy 80's Metal + Cheesy Synths December 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD

* Dave Brock - guitar, keyboards, vocals
* Huw Lloyd-Langton - guitar, vocals
* Harvey Bainbridge - keyboards, vocals
* Alan Davey - bass guitar, vocals
* Danny Thompson Jr. - drums
* Dave Charles - percussion
* Roger Neville-Neil (ghostwriter) - Lyrics
* Michael Moorcock - Inspiration, Lyrics on "Sleep of a Thousand Tears"

**************Technical Stuff:
This one has good productions values. The sound is clear and well mixed. I have two different masterings of this record, the 1992 Dojo version and the 2009 Atomhenge remaster. Both are good, but they are different. Neither has an loudness war issues, there are plenty of dynamics and clipping or mastering induced distortions. The Dojo version has better mids, they are clearer and more detailed. The 2009 has a fair amount more bass, the sound is somewhat deadened because of it. If you are a basshead though, you'll probably prefer the 09 version. Personally, I like to have great mids even if it means the bass is a little weak.

***************The Music
During the 3 year break, the band continued to be in turmoil with more than a few sackings and hiring. Brock finally settled on a new lineup that included Alan Davey as a writer and guitarist. Also, the lyrics for this record were ghostwritten by Roger Neville-Neil and Michael Moorcock contributed lyrics for one song. I wish they had hired a vocalist though.

The album's backbone is basic (cheesy) 80's popular metal interspersed with more ambient numbers. The subject matter (Moorcock's Elric fantasy hero) and use of spacey electronic effects help the album to stand out somewhat from other 80's metal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elric and Stormbringer February 3, 2014
By Paul
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Now get this album and Enjoy. Classic Hawkwind. Classic Michael Moorcock. Awesome. Glad I picked it up. but it now!
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