|Studio album by Hawkwind|
|Released||11 May 1992|
|Studio||Earth Studios, Devon|
|Producer||Paul Cobbold, Hawkwind|
After a European tour in March and April 1991, long-standing keyboardist Harvey Bainbridge chose to leave the group. Female singer Bridget Wishart would also end her association with the group in September. The group would go on to operate as a three piece of guitarist Dave Brock, bassist Alan Davey and drummer Richard Chadwick, making heavy use of sequencers, synthesisers and computers, both in the studio and live.
The album was recorded in 1992 at Brock's own Earth Studios, produced with Paul Cobbold. "Mask of the Morning" re-uses the lyrics from "Mirror of Illusion" from the 1970 debut album Hawkwind. "Death of War" uses lyrics, written by Mark Rowntree, credited as "Rown Tree", convicted killer, in secure hospital since 1976. "Rites of Netherworld" is a brief keyboard piece based on Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
The group undertook a 23 date UK tour in April and May to promote the album, appearing behind a curtain on which the lightshow was projected. An all-nighter at the Brixton Academy on 15 August, when they were joined on-stage by Salt Tank, was amateur video recorded and released as Brixton Academy 15.8.92.
- "L.S.D." (Richard Chadwick, Alan Davey) – 8:17
- "Blue Shift" (Davey) – 4:17
- "Death of War" (Rown Tree, Dave Brock) – 4:47
- "The Secret Agent" (Brock) – 8:11
- "Garden Pests" (Brock, Davey) – 2:09
- "Space Dust" (Davey) – 5:18
- "Snake Dance" (Harvey Bainbridge, Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 3:54
- "Mask of Morning" (Brock) – 8:49
- "Rites of Netherworld" (Brock) – 0:36
- "Don't Understand" (Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 7:04
- "Sadness Runs Deep" (Brock) – 5:58
- "Right to Decide" (Brock, Davey) – 4:25
- "Going to Hawaii" (Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 7:35
- "Electric Tepee" (Brock) – 3:07
- Dave Brock – electric guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Alan Davey – bass guitar, vocals, keyboards
- Richard Chadwick – drums
- May 1992: Essential Records, ESDLP181, UK Double LP (Limited edition of 5000)
- May 1992: Essential Records, ESSCD181, UK CD
- May 1992: Essential Records, ESSMC181, UK Cassette
- July 1995: Griffin Music, GN0931-2, USA
- January 2009: Atomhenge (Cherry Red) Records, ATOMCD1008, UK CD
- Allmusic review
- "Hawkwind". Chart Stats. UK albums chart. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- Abrahams, Ian (2004). Hawkwind : sonic assassins. London: SAF Publishing. p. 273. ISBN 9780946719693.
- Youles, Steve. "Gig and Set Lists 1992". Starfarer's hawkwind Page. self-published. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- Hawkwind: Sonic Assassins - Page 200 0946719691 Ian Abrahams - 2004 - Some of the material had already received a public airing the previous winter, including an instrumental that, with added lyrics, became "Mask of the Morning" and a Chadwick/Davey song, "LSD". 'I had the bass riff, but it needed a slightly unusual drumbeat to roll it along,' recalls Davey. 'Richard came up with the beat, and wrote the second-part. I came up with the lyrics on acid - it's life, sex and death, the whole existence.' Alan Davey and Dave Brock get to grips with the.