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Album: Choose Your Masques
# Song Title   Time
1)    Choose Your Masks
2)    Dream Worker
3)    Arrival In Utopia
4)    Utopia
5)    Silver Machine
6)    Void City
7)    Solitary Mind Games
8)    Fahrenheit 451
9)    Scan, The
10)    Waiting For Tomorrow
11)    Psychedelic Warlords [Non-Vari-Speeded Mix] - (remix)
12)    Silver Machine [Longer Single Mix] - (remix)
1)    Void City - (alternate take)
2)    Candle Burning
3)    5/4
4)    Waiting For Tomorrow - (alternate take)
5)    Radio Telepathy
6)    Lato
7)    Dream Worker
8)    Oscillations
9)    Recent Reports
10)    Lato Percussive Electro (Earthed To The Ground)
11)    Solitary Mind Games - (alternate take)
12)    Silver Machine [Single Version]
 

Album: Choose Your Masques
# Song Title   Time
1)    Choose Your Masks
2)    Dream Worker
3)    Arrival In Utopia
4)    Utopia
5)    Silver Machine
6)    Void City
7)    Solitary Mind Games
8)    Fahrenheit 451
9)    Scan, The
10)    Waiting For Tomorrow
11)    Psychedelic Warlords [Non-Vari-Speeded Mix] - (remix)
12)    Silver Machine [Longer Single Mix] - (remix)
1)    Void City - (alternate take)
2)    Candle Burning
3)    5/4
4)    Waiting For Tomorrow - (alternate take)
5)    Radio Telepathy
6)    Lato
7)    Dream Worker
8)    Oscillations
9)    Recent Reports
10)    Lato Percussive Electro (Earthed To The Ground)
11)    Solitary Mind Games - (alternate take)
12)    Silver Machine [Single Version]
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Dave Brock (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Huw Lloyd-Langton (vocals, guitar); Harvey Bainbridge (vocals, keyboards, bass guitar); Martin Griffin (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Ben Wiseman .
  • Liner Note Author: Brian Tawn.
  • Recording information: Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire (04/1982-08/1982).
  • Illustrator: Terry Oakes.
  • One of Hawkwind's stronger 1980s releases, their last U.K. Top 30 hit, and certainly the high point of their two-year/three-album stint with RCA, Choose Your Masques boasts a vision and energy that neither of its predecessors could match, coupled with some excellent songwriting and -- again, unlike its predecessors -- more than a couple of songs that demanded revisiting. Part of the improvement was surely down to the return of saxophonist Nik Turner, absent since 1978. Both his pen and his instrument are eminently visible across an album that matches a newfound sense of high drama with Hawkwind's traditional emotional punch, with the title track, the "Arrival In Utopia"/"Utopia" suite, and the closing "Waiting for Tomorrow" not only proving their worth in the studio, but restoring Hawkwind to the highest standards in concert as well. Six of Choose Your Masques' ten tracks are also featured on the Collectors Series, Vol. 2 live album, documenting the group's 1982 U.K. tour, and the power of those tracks is again worth the price of admission. Similarly, the re-emergence of the decade-old "Silver Machine," first as a purportedly remixed single, then as the halfway point on this album, brings a lot more to the party than, say, the tired revamp of "Sonic Attack" did on the 1981 album of the same name. Arguably, without the original "Silver Machine"'s unexpected chart success, Hawkwind would never have survived as long as they have, and the doughty old warrior is here treated with all the respect it merits. ~ Dave Thompson
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Here the Brock/Calvert 'Fahrenheit 451' is a highpoint, and the presence of Hugh Lloyd-Langton's guitar heroism adds class to some ropey compositions."

Record Collector (magazine) (pp.89-90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "CHOOSE YOUR MASQUES has a strong material base. Langton's 'Solitary Mind Games' and Brock's adaptation of Bob Calvert's poem 'Fahrenheit 451' top the list..."
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