Plucking gems from 1971-2012 by late Hawkwind alum Huw Lloyd-Langton, this new two-disc release is highlighted by 11 early solo acoustic recordings, six new instrumental tracks, and a previously unreleased Hawkwind redo from 1999.
Rare and Unreleased Anthology, which arrives a matter of weeks after Lloyd-Langton’s untimely passing but was being put together well before that, also features a 1979 take on “Rocky Paths” — which was memorably recorded later on by Hawkwind, as well.
The set, due January 29, 2013 from Purple Pyramid, begins with those circa-1971 solo songs, recorded directly to a Fostex four-track machine. Included are two tunes that were eventually reworked by the Huw Lloyd-Langton Group, “Little Girl” and “Damn Shame” — for the first of two times. A trio of songs from an all-but-forgotten post-Hawkwind group called Magill (together briefly in 1973) follow — punctuated by an angular, cathartic version of the Animals’ timeless “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”
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