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Quark, Strangeness and Charm

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Disc 1 of 2
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Spirit of the Age
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Damnation Alley
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Fable of a Failed Race
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Quark, Strangeness & Charm
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Hassan I Sabbah
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The Forge of Vulcan
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The Days of the Underground
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The Iron Dream
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Damnation Alley (Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased Live Studio Version)
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A Minor Jam Session (Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased)
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Spirit of the Age (Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased Demo Excerpt)
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Hash Cake Cut (Bonus Track)
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Disc 2 of 2
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Damnation Alley (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased First Studio Version)
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Spirit of the Age (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased Full Extended Version)
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The Days of the Underground (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased First Version)
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Quark, Strangeness & Charm / Uncle Sam's On Mars (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased)
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Fable of a Failed Race (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased Extended Version)
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Damnation Alley (The Rockfield Studio Session Tapes - Previously Unreleased Alternate Harmony Vocal Version)
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Spirit of the Age (Live Recording September-October 1977)
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Robot (Live Recording September-October 1977)
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High Rise (Live Recording September-October 1977)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 21   Total Length: 134:40

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Space Love Song

permafrost154

Spirit of the Age features a brilliant opening line - 'I would have liked to have been deep-frozen too!' The first 8 tracks are unignorable sci-fi rock.

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Great 8

dgcirkus

The first 8 cuts really shine...this is Hawkwind playing the times, as always. Hawkwind has played every style, almost before the new style came to the forefront. Any group that includes Einstein in their lyrics has got it together...listen to Q,S and C...it will bring a smile to your face. Spirit of the Age is a great cut, and damnation Alley and Hassan I Sabbah are necessary downloads! Long live Dave Brock!

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Hot on the heels of two decidedly un-Hawkwind-ish singles; following in the footsteps, too, of the defiantly transitory Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music album, Quark Strangeness and Charm was the first full flowering of Hawkwind’s newly-honed drive towards brittle pop, sharp wit, and crystal-clear intent — attributes that, if they’d ever existed in the past, had been entirely overwhelmed by the sheer grandeur of the space rock rocket blast. Now it was the propulsive riffs and deep space echoes that were held in abeyance, and Quark opened as it meant to go on, with “Spirit of the Age”‘s tight keyboards, unobtrusive washes, and the utterly captivating — if totally skewed — story of love across the light years. It is hard to visualize just how shocking the change must have been to loyal fans of the era; how they must have trembled before the electrifying jolt of concise lyricism and accessible melodies. Airplay followed, and the band even made their first mainstream U.K. TV appearance in some five years, performing the new album’s title track on Marc Bolan’s teatime TV pop show. Robert Calvert wore an aviator’s helmet and carried a stuffed falcon on one hand, odd apparel indeed for an ode to Albert Einstein’s lack of luck with the ladies. Or maybe not so odd, after all. A handful of songs fed back into the traditional Hawkwind mythos — the post-apocalyptic “Damnation Alley,” the near-industrial instrumental “Forge of Vulcan,” and the weary, dream-is-over nostalgia of “Days of the Underground.” “Hassan I Sabha,” an epic of Middle Eastern terrorist rhetoric, even recalled the prosaic realities of the old favorite “Urban Guerilla,” although a haunting Arabic refrain and instrumentation catapulted it to a different realm regardless. And so it went on — Hawkwind’s most unexpected album to date and, today, one of their most endearingly enduring; charming, strange, and, if not quark, then certainly quirky. [The 2009 edition included a bonus CD.] – Dave Thompson

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