Choose Your Masques

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Choose Your Masques
Choose Your Masques - Hawkwind.jpg
Studio album by Hawkwind
Released 29 October 1982
Recorded Rockfield Studios, Wales, June & July 1982
Genre Space rock
Length 43:57
Label RCA/Active
Producer Hawkwind and Pat Moran
Hawkwind chronology
Church of Hawkwind
Choose Your Masques
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Choose Your Masques is the thirteenth studio album by the English space rock group Hawkwind, released in 1982. It spent five weeks on the UK albums chart peaking at #29.[2]

The group's line-up for this album remained unchanged from the previous Church of Hawkwind album, although for this recording the group started to heavily use drum machines and drum loops, with most of Griffin's contributions being relegated to disjointed drum fills. Griffin was unhappy with this role, and group-leader Dave Brock was dissatisfied with Griffin's time keeping, so they mutually agreed to part company, although Griffin reluctantly agreed to fulfil the scheduled tour commitments.[3]

The album was recorded in June and July 1982 at Rockfield Studios. Science fiction author Michael Moorcock contributes lyrics to the album but credited his wife Lynda Steele to bypass his music publisher Douglas Smith with whom he was in dispute. The lyrics to "Fahrenheit 451", which had been written by former lead singer Robert Calvert and originally recorded but unused in 1978, were based on Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451.

The album makes use of samples, featuring Ian Holm from a 1981 BBC Radio 4 serialisation of The Lord of the Rings on "Dream Worker", and the spoken introduction of The Outer Limits on "Void City". "Silver Machine" and "Psychedelic Warlords" are re-recordings of the early 1970s singles which were not originally intended for inclusion on the album.

The group undertook a 29 date UK tour in November and December to promote the album, with support from the Spanish rock group Baron Rojo.[4] Saxophonist and singer Nik Turner re-joined the group for this tour. Recordings from this tour have been issued on the albums Zones (1983), Out & Intake (1987) and Choose Your Masques: Collectors Series Volume 2 (1999). A full double album recorded on the tour was finally released in 2016 as Coded Languages.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Choose Your Masks" (Michael Moorcock, Dave Brock) – 5:28
  2. "Dream Worker" (Harvey Bainbridge) – 4:58
  3. "Arrival in Utopia" (Moorcock, Brock) – 5:47
  4. "Utopia" (Brock) – 3:00

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Silver Machine" (Robert Calvert, Brock) – 4:22
  2. "Void City" (Bainbridge, Brock) – 6:48
  3. "Solitary Mind Games" (Marion Lloyd-Langton, Huw Lloyd-Langton) – 3:58
  4. "Fahrenheit 451" (Calvert, Brock) – 4:48
  5. "The Scan" (Bainbridge, Brock) – 1:02
  6. "Waiting for Tomorrow" (Lloyd-Langton, Lloyd-Langton) – 3:46

EBS/Griffin bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Silver Machine" (Calvert, Brock) – 7:25
  2. "Psychedelic Warlords" (Brock) – 4:52

Atomhenge bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Psychedelic Warlords"
  2. "Silver Machine" [full version]

Atomhenge bonus disk[edit]

  1. "Void City" [alternate version]
  2. "Candle Burning" (Lloyd-Langton)
  3. "5/4" (Lloyd-Langton)
  4. "Waiting For Tomorrow" [alternate mix]
  5. "Radio Telepathy"
  6. "Dream Worker" [extended version]
  7. "Lato"
  8. "Oscillations"
  9. "Recent Reports"
  10. "Lato Percussive Electro"
  11. "Solitary Mind Games" [alternate version]
  12. "Silver Machine" [short single version]




  • Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth – June & July 1982. Produced with Pat Moran.
  • Sleeve designed by Andrew Christian and Terry Oakes.

Release history[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Hawkwind". Chart Stats. UK albums chart. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Clerk, Carol (2004). The Saga of Hawkwind. Omnibus Press. pp. 249–52. ISBN 1-84449-832-8. 
  4. ^ Youles, Steve. "Gig and Set Lists 1982". Starfarer's hawkwind Page. self-published. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 

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