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Quark Strangeness & Charm Import, Original recording remastered

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Digitally re-mastered 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atomhenge
  • ASIN: B001QIRSAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 Amazon.com samples.
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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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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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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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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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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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