Robot - Hawkwind - P.X.R.5 (CD, Album)

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Hawkwind goes Buzzcocks here! Uncle Sam's on Mars is something entirely different and could have been on Pink Floyd's debut. Very psychedelic tune but it drags on a bit. Infinity has one of the few vocals from Brock on the album. It's a nasal croon not dissimilar from a track like Paradox. Robot is Brainstorm all over again. There's more lyrics and Calvert rants then on Brainstorm but it has a similar riff, similar drone, spacey effects and unfortunately also the rather inadequate melodies that never really clicked with me.

It's not bad but lacks a bit of punch to remain interesting for its entire 8 minutes. Let's say I prefer the book :- High Rise is a decent ballad and PXR5, the other track that has lead vocals from David Brock, is unremarkable punk rock. Not bad but a bit of a mixed bag. Though it felt a little underpowered to me at first compared to Lemmy-era material or, for that matter, 25 Years On , PXR 5 actually ends up with a bit more to recommend it than I remember.

Speaking of live, material, in fact, some of the tracks on here - including Uncle Sam's On Mars and the heavy, driving pulse of Robot - are taken from live performances, revealing that onstage Hawkwind had been keeping things heavy even as they'd been applying a lighter touch in the studio during their Charisma period. Though putting out odds and sods collections of studio and live off-cuts would become a really bad habit of Dave Brock's in later years, this time around it actually works for a useful purpose - namely, giving the album a more varied sound than any of the other Charisma years releases from Hawkwind, and putting it into contention with 25 Years On for "best of the Charisma era".

So what do we have on this mixed bag of delights. Robert Calvert is not my favourite vocalist and he is too dominant on this album. He haunts it with his punkish monotone Johnny Rotten chants on 'Uncle Sam's on Mars' that goes on too long but I don't mind some of those quirky sound bytes and effects. Oh let's move on. This is already disappointing, and I loved Hawkwind so much up til now. What has happened to them? As with all Hawkwind albums there are some treasures to dive into such as the wonderful 'High Rise'.

The slow spacey textures and building melody are very nice, and I don't mind Calvert on this one, not so much punk but reflective vocals. The lyrics kind of capture the feeling of being hemmed in by skyscrapers; "a human zoo, a suicide machine, a flypaper stock, be a sabotage rebel, stacked up in a high rise block.

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I loved the Alien 4 album and happily welcome the opportunity to be reminded of the tour the band did to support it which Love In Space does. Essentially this is the Hawkwind power trio that had been established for a few years, except they are fronted by the awesome Ron Tree.

The sound quality is spot on and the band sound brilliant and have no problem being only a trio and delivering the trade mark sonic attack. Also, as with Live Chronicles, there are a sprinkling of classic tracks that fit the vibe of Alien 4. It's great to have a live document of this short lived line up, one that I wish had managed more recordings.

I must admit to losing track of Hawkwind after the rather woeful It's the Business of the Future to be Dangerous. I finally purchased the album Alien 4 which is rather splendid and here we have a live recording of the Alien 4 tour.

We have lots of Alien 4 tracks, some classics and Love in Space. I am apt to criticise my favourite band when criticism is due. But here there's not much to criticise. Ron Tree doesn't always get it right with his spoken stuff but he does a very good job most of the time. There's lots of synths, and soundscapes break up rockier tracks and the band are on great form belting out tracks with great panache. The new tracks sound great and the old tracks are treated perfectly. I can't remember Silver Machine, not one of my favourite tracks, sounding as good since the original.

Uncle Sam's on Mars. Life Form. High Rise. Candy Floss Cowboy. Fair Dealer. You're a Hero. The Atomhenge CD issue restores the original version of the album, and includes the different versions of "High Rise" and "PXR5" as bonus tracks 14 and 15 respectively. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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Hawkwind's end-of-the-'70s incarnation heard on PXR5 was the last to feature vocalist/poet Bob Calvert alongside fellow veterans Simon House, Simon King, and, of course, Dave is also the last in the sequence of brittle, pop-inflected records the band launched with Astounding Sounds, Amazing what farewells it contained. The opening "Death Trap," the ruminations of a doomed.

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  1. Check out P.X.R.5 by Hawkwind on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on CD album ships from and sold by Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders. Complete your purchase of the CD album to save the MP3 version to your Music Library. Robot 7 High Rise 8 P.X.R 5 9 5/5(1).
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  3. With 's P.X.R.5 Hawkwind emphasized shorter songs as evidenced by 'Death Trap' and 'Jack of Shadows'. 'Robot' and 'Uncle Sam's on Mars' retained the lengthier improv based approach. A gratifying aspect on P.X.R is the many sci-fi lyrical references to accompany the songs/5(26).
  4. Comes in standard Jewel Case with 16 page booklet that includes a Hawkwind family tree. Tracks 9 to 13 previously unreleased. Title on front cover/disc: PXR5 Title on spine: P.X.R.5 "Originally released as Charisma Records CDS in June Highest UK chart position: #59"4/5(32).
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  6. – Hawkwind: Robot Bass, Vocals – Adrian Shaw Drums – Simon King Guitar, Vocals, Hawkwind: P.X.R.5 ‎ (CD, Album, RE) Virgin: CDSCD UK: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review [r] Release. Edit Release All Versions of this Release.
  7. Apr 28,  · With 's P.X.R.5 Hawkwind emphasized shorter songs as evidenced by 'Death Trap' and 'Jack of Shadows'. 'Robot' and 'Uncle Sam's on Mars' retained the lengthier improv based approach. A gratifying aspect on P.X.R is the many sci-fi lyrical references to accompany the songs/5(26).

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