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Quark Strangeness & Charm [Import, Original recording remastered]

HawkwindAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Spirit Of The Age 7:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Damnation Alley 9:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fable Of A Failed Race 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Quark, Strangeness & Charm 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hassan I Sabbah 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Forge Of Vulcan 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Days Of The Underground 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Iron Dream 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Damnation Alley (Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased Live Studio Version)10:35Album Only
listen10. A Minor Jam Session (Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased) 9:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Spirit Of The Age (Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased Demo Excerpt) 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Hash Cake Cut (Bonus Track) 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Damnation Alley (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased First Studio Version)10:36Album Only
listen  2. Spirit Of The Age (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased Full Extended Version)11:23Album Only
listen  3. The Days Of The Underground (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased First Version) 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Quark, Strangeness & Charm / Uncle Sam's On Mars (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased) 9:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Fable Of A Failed Race (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased Extended Version) 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Damnation Alley (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased Alternate Harmony Vocal Version) 8:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Spirit Of The Age (Live Recording September-October 1977) 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Robot (Live Recording September-October 1977) 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. High Rise (Live Recording September-October 1977) 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atomhenge
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the veteran Space rockers' 1977 album including a bonus CD. . The album was Dave Brock and Robert Calvert's masterpiece that perfectly embraced the influence of the musical New Wave to deliver one of the most effective albums released during Calvert's tenure with Hawkwind. This expanded edition features a bonus CD featuring studio session alternate takes and live recordings by The Sonic Assassins from 1977. Includes such classic tracks as 'Spirit Of the Age', 'Hassan I Sabbah' and 'Damnation Alley'. Atomhenge.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cream of the Crop October 23, 2001
By Mons
Format:Audio CD
Novices to Hawkwind have the Herculean task of deciding which of the 113 or so releases (of which around 80 are compilations and live albums) clocked up by the band they should start with. Well look no further. QS&C is widely recognised as Hawkwind's masterpiece. The "All Killer, No Filler" tag certainly applies here - all the tracks are outstanding The music, Rob Calvert's lyrics, the sound - all top drawer. In fact, I would venture to suggest that Hawkwind was not quite the same without Mr. Calvert as he added a degree of intelligence and wit to the band that, without him, could at times sound a bit moronic. Compare the brilliant sci-fi clone song Spirit of the Age ("If you had ever seen us, you'd rejoice in your uniqueness and consider every weakness, something special of your own") with, say Silver Machine from the earlier Calvert-less line-up ("I've got a silver machine, and I'm feeling mean"). I know a lot of Hawkwind fans like the mindlessness of the early stuff but I would strongly advise anybody starting out with Hawkwind to check out this album. Don't take my word for it, listen to the samples.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hawkwind for the rest of us: August 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hawkwind hits the mark with Quark, Strangeness and Charm (not the EP or the boxed set). Hawkwind, known for their spacey music and hypnotic ryhthms, normally alienate listeners not tuned into this style. Quark crossed these barriers and is an excellent album with supurb (and at times haunting) melodies and rich textures. For pure Hawkwind fans, they gave us "Hall of the Mountain Grill" and Warrior on the Edge of Time." For all of us they gave us Quark, a tasty treat for the ears. Why is it that an album this good is so hard to get?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hawkwind - 'Quark Strangeness And Charm' (Griffin) July 31, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I remember that when this CD reissue first came out that it took a LONG time to actually get released. Heard from a rep at Griffin that Dave Brock took some time to decide on the artwork, which ended up being a total different front cover. Like other Hawkfans, I awaited the arrival of this disc. Also remember the rep asking me as to WHY so many fans were interested in 'Quark Strangeness And Charm'. I told her it was my guess that the disc had the original versions of some really great Hawk tunes that still get played during the band's live set while they're out on tour, like "Spirit Of The Age","Damnation Alley", the title track and "Hassan I Sahba". Keep in mind it's usually good to hear a song's ORIGINAL version sooner or later. 'Quark' was the second lp that Calvert had pretty much taken over the lead vocals. Still more like 'space pop', but in my opinion a tad better than 'Astounding Sounds...'. Worth seeking out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection September 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is a pleasure to hear this collection. Quark is one of Hawkwinds most creative efforts. It also harkens to a time when Hawkwind was more interested in making fine music than fussing amongst themselves. All the tracks receives a digital remastering that is truly amazing. Unreleased versions and remixes also add to the magic. Great stuff good for Hawkwind die hards and casuals alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quark, Quark, Quark May 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD
After the somewhat disappointing--and disjointed--Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music, Hawkwind streamlined its bridge crew and refitted the nuclear drive for one of its most daring interstellar voyages. The result, Quark, Strangeness and Charm (a sly reference to quantum physics), is a triumph in every way: ingenius lyrics, tight, well-crafted songs and a wealth of musical invention. Commencing with Calvert's brilliant ode to faster-than-light space travel, "Spirit of the Age" immediately assaults the listener with its nightmarish sci-fried white noise overture, slowly building to a crashing momentum on Dave Brock's simple but effective phase-shifted guitar progression. Calvert's poignant lyrics detail the plight of a lone and lonely star voyager who wrestles with the grim knowledge that upon his return to earth all he has ever known will be long dead. The Roger Zelazny-inspired "Damnation Alley" features more of Brock's phased guitar (though here with a decidely psychedelic edge) but it's really Simon House's excellent synth/keyboard/violin work that gives the track its propulsive fire. Calvert's appropriately post-apocalyptic lyrics ("Thank you, Dr. Strangelove, for giving me ashes and post-atomic dust...the sky is raining fishes, it's a mutation zoo...") are sung with both verve and humorous conviction. The droll irony of the title track (which explains that Einstein could never make it with the ladies because he never understood the random flucuations of sub-atomic particles, i.e., quark, strangeness and charm) plays well against the song's amphetamine-fueled pace in much the same way as a typical Buzzcocks or XTC track from roughly the same time period. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a much slicker, cleaner sounding work, with less (or little) emphasis on outer space, more emphasis on Sci-Fi Mystery. And that ain't necessarily bad. Spirit of the Age is a criticism of the automated future of clones. The title cut is concise and funny, but the real strengths are Hassan I Sabha (ROCK OUT in the middle section), Forge of Vulcan (great spacey synth - a piece that engenders deep thinking), Days of the Underground, and Iron Dream (a driving relentless chord progression written by the drummer). The band was definitely trying to sound more commerical here, and they did so without selling out! A good introduction to Hawkwind, with many of their weaknesses minimized (excesses, repetitive chord progressions, raw sound quality, overly long meandering instrumental breaks); many strengths emphasized (creativity, ability to create moods, & ability to present intriguing fantasy).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hawkwind: Still more fun than Scientology
...I'll be brief, as I haven't much time (my lunar vessel is under attack), but this really was a great era for the venerable, prolific Hawkwind. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leopold Stotch
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit of the age is apropos.
I think that for the times we live in, if we look at life as a movie we're living through, as though we're in an experiential theater, this album is the music in the film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Douglas Waggoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Bought this LP back in the day, then the CD and finally the .mp3. Still a perfect sound. Robert Calvert & Hawkwind at their peak.
Published on February 29, 2012 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Cassic
There was a sizable shift in Hawkwind's sound around the time of Quark, Strangeness and charm. Form about 1970, the band had made some of the world's most trippy space rock, Space... Read more
Published on June 22, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album
* Robert Calvert - vocals, percussion, morse and strangeness
* Dave Brock - guitar, synthesisers, sound FX, vocals and quark
* Simon... Read more
Published on December 16, 2009 by jomojomo
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As the 1970s went on, Hawkwind streemlined their sound. This is not saying the sound became more commercial. Read more
Published on December 11, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Has charm
This old faithful seems to phase in out and out of availability depending on fluctuations in the space/time continuum (also known as "who has the rights? Read more
Published on September 10, 2007 by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite
My favorite Hawkwind album. There is a lot of variety on this one, and the melodies are more accesible to non-hawkwind fans.
Published on July 16, 2007 by Darla Hallmark
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