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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

News: Atomhenge to reissue Hawkwind's "Warrior on the Edge of Time"

Not an announcement you would typically expect from the CDRWL this late in the game, but surprisingly this particular Hawkwind has been subject to dodgy reissues in the past. Well that's all in the past now. The master tapes have been found, and Atomhenge (basically Esoteric) are here for the rescue. The official press release is below:

"Atomhenge, the Cherry Red Records label managed by Esoteric Recordings, the home of the entire HAWKWIND catalogue released between 1975 and 1997, are very pleased to announce that the classic HAWKWIND album “WARRIOR ON THE EDGE OF TIME” will be released in May 2013 as a newly remastered edition from the original stereo master tapes. Atomhenge label manager Mark Powell said: “Contrary to popular myth, the master tapes of this classic album were never lost. They remained in the United Artists vaults. The Atomhenge reissue will be the first ever CD edition to be taken from the original first generation master tapes. All previous editions have been taken from vinyl transfers or inferior copy master tapes”.

Aside from a single disc remastered edition, there will be two other expanded editions of the album. Mark Powell adds; “I’m extremely pleased to say that Steven Wilson has mixed the album into a stunning 5.1 Surround Sound mix from the original multi-track master tapes and has also undertaken a new stereo mix of the album which has an amazing depth and clarity whilst remaining faithful to the original release. “Warrior” is one of THE classic albums of the 1970s and is a land-mark album in Hawkwind’s history. The forthcoming reissues will do justice this magnificent record”.

Full details of the editions of “Warrior” will be announced in the coming weeks.
Cherry Red managing director, Adam Velasco added; “The album “Warrior on the Edge of Time” has been unavailable officially on CD for many years and it is our intention to make the forthcoming releases definitive editions in terms of audio remastering (from the original master tapes), content and packaging”.

Hawkwind will be touring in April 2013 performing WARRIOR ON THE EDGE OF TIME, with further dates planned later in the year. Confirmed dates are:

Saturday 30th March – Sunday 31st March
HawkEaster, Seaton Devon
Tuesday 2nd April -     Cardiff The Coal Exchange
Wednesday 3rd April -    Bath Komedia
Friday 5th April -        Preston 53 Degrees
Saturday 6th April -     Hawkwind headline Hard Rock Hell (HRH) Prog
Sunday 7th April -         Norwich Epic Centre

Visit www.hawkwind.com for further details"

1 comment:

strawbsfan said...

Thanks Tom,
This is good news as for me it is one of their best albums :)