The album highlight is "Prometheus," another band co-written track which mines Middle Eastern influences. This one has a style and panache too often missing from Hawkwind releases over the last fifteen years.
On the downside, the production leaves something to be desired, as it's far too muddy, especially on the largely unlistenable rerun of "You'd Better Believe It." But when the newish band are allowed to stretch out and investigate their potential on their own material, then it's very much a return to form.
Over on the live CD, you won't be surprised to learn that no recording details are given. After all, this is Hawkwind, where shoddy is a lifestyle. There's only a cardboard box, a foldout digipack and a 24-page booklet included, so how could you expect pesky details to get in the way? It's also not a full-length live CD, as you're getting a studio cover version of the Syd Barrett tune "Long Gone," which was given away free with Mojo magazine earlier in the year, and a band interview that's barely discernible amongst the 'wacky' special effects.. The live material is good enough, and a lot better than some of the archive material that's been spewed out over the last decade, with a pretty good version of "Angels Of Death" being the standout.
It's very much a curate's egg, as there is a good album lurking in here somewhere. If they'd had the courage of their convictions, dumped the old songs, and allowed the new band to have their head, who knows? This could have been a contender.