The mere fact Hawkwind still exists well into the 21st century is a remarkable thing. And it's little short of miraculous that Dave Brock is still leading the space rock pioneers in the year 2016, with Brock poised to celebrate his 75th birthday. So how much more surprising is it that Hawkwind released a new studio album that year, an hour-long sci-fi concept effort based on a story by E.M. Forster? The Machine Stops imagines a future world where people live beneath the surface of the ruined Earth, where the all-powerful Machine satisfies all their needs. But Kuno is a restless man who has decided to escape to the surface and see what the natural world is really like.
Lou Reed was touring in support of Rock and Roll Heart, when he rolled into L.A.'s Roxy and played a set that was recorded for later radio broadcast. Reed and his road band (which included Michael Fonfara on keys and Marty Fogel on sax) sound like they're having a fine time, and with free jazz legend Don Cherry sitting in, the band's frequent jams give this an exploratory feel that sets it apart from some of Reed's other live sets of the period.
This previously unreleased concert recording from 1980 presents a special confluence in the development of free jazz as a wholly international language, with trumpeter Don Cherry and his personal evolution at the centre of the music.
Play the Funk is a compilation album released in 2000 by Wild Cherry.
Daniel Ash was the guitarist with Goth band Bauhaus as well as Love and Rockets a band he formed with bassist David J. This collection of Daniels solo work from his years with Beggars Banquet is a three-disc affair and contains his two solo albums Coming Down and Foolish Thing Desire as well a bonus disc of rare tracks, B-sides and demos. New sleeve notes containing a new interview with Daniel. Upgraded art work with many rare photos and memorabilia. This anthology is released with the full support from the artist.