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Robert Calvert


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.85 | 42 ratings

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4 stars Calvert was responsible for some amazing concept albums, my favourite being Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters.

It's a darkly comic tale of death and destruction with musical contributions from Hawkwind, Pink Fairies and Arthur Brown. The Luftwaffe is persuaded to buy an unsafe jet fighter with sub plots of official incompetence, cover-ups by the manufacturer, and fighter pilots wearing make up (but only a little).

Those familiar with mid 70s Hawkwind will have a fair idea what the music will be like, driving spacerock propelled by Lemmy's bass. In fact, Hawkwind often include Ejection, and occasionally The Right Stuff, in their live sets.

Between the musical tracks are short pieces like extracts from radio plays. Some still make me laugh out loud 25 years after first hearing them (... and all that was left was her false eyelash!).

Standout tracks: Aerospaceage Inferno, Ground Control To Pilot, Ejection, Interview.

A B Negative | 4/5 |


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