Alien 4 (album)

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Alien 4
Studio album by Hawkwind
Released 30 October 1995
Recorded Rockfield Studios, 1995
Genre Space Rock
Length 63:00
Label Emergency Broadcast System Records
Producer Hawkwind and Paul Cobbold
Hawkwind chronology
White Zone
(1995)
Alien 4
(1995)
Love in Space
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Alien 4 is the twentieth studio album by the English space rock group Hawkwind, released in 1995.

At the end of 1994, with the group established as a three piece of guitarist Dave Brock, bassist Alan Davey and drummer Richard Chadwick, they felt they were lacking visually in terms of showmanship. Ron Tree, who had been involved with groups in the English free-festival scene, had offered his services and the group accepted them. In addition, guitarist Jerry Richards, another musician involved in the English free-festival scene as a member of the group Tubilah Dog, started contributing to some live dates and recording sessions.

This new line-up undertook a 13 date North America tour in April 1995, then recorded a BBC Radio 1 session on 27 July at Maida Vale Studios.

The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in the summer, and the Area S4 EP featuring a "Roswell Mix" of "Alien (I Am)" was issued. "Death Trap" is a re-recording of the song from their 1978 album PXR5. "Wastelands" is a re-recording of "Wastelands Of Sleep" from their 1988 album The Xenon Codex. "Are You Losing Your Mind?" is a re-recording of "The Iron Dream" from their 1977 album Quark, Strangeness and Charm with new spoken words.

The group undertook a 13 date UK tour in October, followed by 7 European dates, to promote the album.[2] The Colston Hall, Bristol show on 19 October was filmed and recorded, and issued as the album Love in Space and video Love in Space. The group appeared on the VH1 programme Under the Bridge on 14 April 1996.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Abducted" (Ron Tree, Brock) – 2:45
  2. "Alien (I Am)" (Brock) – 7:46
  3. "Reject Your Human Touch" (Tree, Brock, Richard Chadwick, Alan Davey) – 2:20
  4. "Blue Skin" (Tree, Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 7:07

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Beam Me Up" (Hawkwind) – 4:11
  2. "Vega" (Davey) – 3:51
  3. "Xenomorph" (Tree, Davey) – 4:52
  4. "Journey" (Brock, Davey) – 3:12

Side 3[edit]

  1. "Sputnik Stan" (Davey) – 7:03
  2. "Kapal" (Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 5:11
  3. "Festivals" (Kris Tait, Brock) – 6:50

Side 4[edit]

  1. "Death Trap" (Robert Calvert, Brock) – 3:57
  2. "Wastelands" [aka "Wastelands Of Sleep"] (Brock) – 1:22
  3. "Are You Losing Your Mind?" (Tree, Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 2:33
  4. "Space Sex" (Brock) – vinyl and 2010 CD versions only

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Cover by Alan Arthurs

Release history[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alien 4 (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Youles, Steve. "Gig and Set Lists 1995". Starfarer's hawkwind Page. self-published. Retrieved 2009-08-20.