Live Chronicles



       Back in the mid eighties, Hawkwind decided to do a trippy stage show inspired by Michael Moorcock's Elric series of books. They wrote a bunch of songs about the albino and his struggles, invited Michael Moorcock along for the ride to do some on stage narration, and eventually release the show in album form. I have an abridged release of the album so that kind of sucks, but it is better than the original recording, which had no narrations included.

       Having some familiarity with the books is not really necessary for enjoying this album. As long as you like psychadellic space metal, it's a good time. This is a great album to listen to when you are either under the influence or delierous for whatever reason, but there is one song from the album that stands out from the rest. Moonglum, which was not on the original Chronicles of the Black Sword album, is actually a decent classic rock song.

       While my version does not include all of the concert proper, it does have some interesting live cuts of songs that weren't part of the Chronicles of the Black Sword, most notibly Quark, Strangeness, and Charm, which is about Einstein not being able to score, and a psychadellic cover of the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter.