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Road To Utopia CHERRY RED 6/10 The hawk­lords meets the Wombles…

Back in the day when Hawk­wind sin­gles glo­ried in ti­tles such as “Psychedelic War­lords”, Mike Batt was rid­ing high in the charts with “Re­mem­ber You’re A Womble”. That they might one day col­lab­o­rate seemed about as likely as Des O’Con­nor join­ing Led Zep, yet Batt’s or­ches­tral ar­range­ments as the band re­visit clas­sics such as “Quark…” and “Psy­chic Power” are sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive, even ma­jes­tic in places. Eric Clap­ton im­prob­a­bly adds bur­nished gui­tar licks to “The Watcher”, although the news that Batt and Hawk­wind are fur­ther com­bin­ing to play the Lon­don Pal­la­dium this au­tumn will surely have Lemmy turn­ing in his un­quiet grave.

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