PXR5

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PXR5
PXR5 (Hawkwind album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Hawkwind
Released 15 June 1979
Recorded Leicester, De Montfort Hall, 29 September 1977 (tracks 6, 7)
Hammersmith Odeon, London, 5 October 1977 (track 3)
Rockfield Studios, January 1978 (tracks 1, 2, 8)
Week Park Farm, Devon, June 1978 (tracks 4, 5)
Genre Space rock
Length 37:33
Label Charisma Records
Producer Hawkwind
Hawkwind chronology
25 Years On
(1978)
PXR5
(1979)
Live Seventy Nine
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

PXR5 is the ninth studio album by Hawkwind, released in 1979. It reached No. 59 on the UK album charts.

Overview[edit]

The album was recorded and mixed at Rockfield Studios in January and February 1978. "Uncle Sam's on Mars", "Robot" and "High Rise" were originally recorded on the preceding UK tour but were partly overdubbed in the studio, particularly Robert Calvert's double-tracked vocals. "Infinity" and "Life Form" were originally to have been part of a solo album Dave Brock was working on.

After the album was recorded and mixed, the band split up during a US tour in March when Simon House left to join David Bowie's band and Robert Calvert suffered a bout of clinical depression. With the band in temporary hiatus and no pending promotional tour, the album's release was shelved.

The band re-emerged in mid-1978 as the Hawklords to record the 25 Years On album. Two tracks were released as singles, "Psi Power" and "25 Years", which featured "Death Trap" and "PXR5" respectively on their B-sides. The PXR5 album was eventually released on 15 June 1979, and the cryptic message on the cover "This is the last but one" refers to the fact that it was recorded prior to 25 Years On.

The album's cover featured a British BS 1363 mains plug wired in a dangerous way. Shortly after the album's release, the illustration of the plug was replaced by a sticker obscuring the image.[2]

Lyrical References[edit]

CD Versions[edit]

The Virgin CD issue was mastered with tapes different from those used for the original vinyl version. The most notable difference is that "High Rise" is the live version without studio overdubs, so starts with a clunk rather than the smooth bass intro and has a coarser vocal from Calvert. Also "PXR5" gains an introduction that's missing from the original.

The Atomhenge CD issue restores the original version of the album, and includes the different versions of "High Rise" and "PXR5" as bonus tracks 14 and 15 respectively.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Death Trap" (Robert Calvert, Dave Brock) – 3:51
  2. "Jack of Shadows" (Calvert, Simon House, Adrian Shaw) – 3:28
  3. "Uncle Sam's on Mars" (Calvert, Brock, House, Simon King) – 5:44
  4. "Infinity" (Calvert, Brock) – 4:17
  5. "Life Form" (Brock) – 1:44

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Robot" (Calvert, Brock) – 8:14
  2. "High Rise" (Calvert, House) – 4:36
  3. "PXR5" (Brock) – 5:39

Atomhenge CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Jack of Shadows" [live studio version] – 3:40
  2. "We Like to Be Frightened" – 2:46
  3. "High Rise" [live studio version] – 4:43
  4. "Robot" [first studio version] – 9:24
  5. "Jack of Shadows" [Adrian Shaw vocal version] – 3:54
  6. "High Rise" [alternate mix] – 4:37
  7. "PXR5" [alternate mix] – 5:40
  8. "Quark, Strangeness and Charm" [live 1978] – 2:38

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Tracks 1, 2 and 8: Recorded at Rockfield Studios, January 1978
  • Track 3: Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, 5 October 1977
  • Tracks 4 and 5: Recorded at Week Park Farm, 1978
  • Tracks 6 and 7: Recorded at Leicester De Montfort Hall, 29 September 1977
  • Mixed at Rockfield Studios, February 1978. Engineered by Dave Charles and Anton Matthews.
  • Artwork by Phillip Tonkyn.

Release history[edit]

  • June 1979: Charisma, CDS4016, UK vinyl – first 5000 contained Pete Frame's Hawkwind Family Tree poster. The original cover had artwork of an incorrectly wired UK electric plug which caused controversy on safety grounds, so subsequent copies were released with a supposedly unremovable sticker covering the offending artwork. Subsequent prints had the artwork blanked out.
  • March 1984: Charisma, CHC25, UK vinyl
  • April 1989: Virgin, CDSCD4016, UK CD
  • March 2009: Atomhenge (Cherry Red) Records, ATOMCD1010, UK CD – the extensive sleeve notes include a reference to the artwork controversy, and the original image is reinstated. The booklet also includes the Hawkwind Family Tree.

References[edit]

  1. ^ PXR5 at AllMusic
  2. ^ Abrahams, Ian (2004). Hawkwind: Sonic Assassins. p. 118. ISBN 9780946719693. 

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