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Hawkwind This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic album cover
3.31 | 34 ratings | 6 reviews | 15% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Live, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Psy power
2. Levitation
3. Circles
4. Space chase
5. Death trap
6. Angels of death
7. Shot down in the night
8. Stonehenge decoded
9. Watching the grass grow

Line-up / Musicians

- Harvey Bainbridge / bass, keyboards,
synthesizers, backing vocals
- Ginger Baker / drums
- Dave Brock / vocals, synthesizers, guitar, keyboards
- Alan Davey / bass, backing vocals
- Keith Hayle / keyboards, backing vocals
- Huw Lloyd-Langton / lead guitar, backing vocals
- Danny Thompson / drums
- Nik Turner / sax, vocals

Releases information

Cd. Anagram M GRAM 54 (1992) / Cd. Griffin Records GCDHA 163 (1994)

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HAWKWIND This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

HAWKWIND This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic reviews

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Review by semismart
3 stars Never heard of Hawkwind? I'm not surprised, they're not exactly a household name but since you have never heard of them you may find this surprising - over one hundred Hawkwind albums have been released since 1970. That's right, almost three albums a year. True many of them are live bootlegs box compilations and EPs but still, I don't think even the most prolific artist out there has come close to that. Hawkwind is a Space Rock or Experimental Rock band from England.

Obviously there is a lot of history behind this band, which one could probably write a book about but here's the condensed version. Hawkwind was formed in the late '60s by Dave Brock (Singer/Songwriter), Mick Slattery (Guitar) and Nik Turner (Sax/Flute/Singer). Brock was the leader and glue of the band and managed to keep the band afloat through forty personnel changes over 35 years.

Their sound has continued to evolve and morph over the years. Starting with a semi-jazz feel in "Hawkwind," followed by experimental acoustic sounds of early releases - "In Search of Space." They adopted more of a metal sound in the late 70's, a contemporary electronic feeling on "Electric Teepee." They went on to virtually invent a new sub-genre of Progressive rock called psychedelic space-rock, featuring the use of the versatile new instrument - the synthesizer. Their creativity seemed to reach their acme with the use of the synths to augment their acid-space rock expressions.


Stonehenge - This is Hawkwind Do Not Panic is a live album that was recorded in two locations. The first seven were recorded in Lewisham Odeon theater in London in 1980 and the last two in Stonehenge in 1984. The album was subsequently released in 1984. The music of this album is a curious mix of straight rock, almost sounding like a garage rock (Psi Power)on some tracks and progressive rock sometimes spacy rock ("Angels of Death" & "Shot Down in the Night")on others

CONCLUSION The more you listen to Hawkwind the more it grows on you. While there's nothing on this particular album that I couldn't go on without hearing again, as a whole it is an interesting if not impressive listen and like I said the more you hear it... Overall, for a live album, the production, while not great, is more than acceptable.

If you are interested and have not heard Space Rock with all it's attendant psychedelic nuances, this may be a good place to start. Final Rating - high 3 stars.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Don't let the cover of This Is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic deceive you; only the last two tracks actually hail from Hawkwind's 1984 performance at the Stonehenge Free Festival. The remainder all come from a December 1980 concert at the Lewisham Odeon on the Levitation tour - hence the presence of Ginger Baker on drums. That material is solid, though you only get extracts from the concert here. (Other bits would emerge on the Hawkwind Anthology series and on the Zones collection of odds and sods.) If you are interested in that concert, I'd say you are much better off getting the 3CD expanded rerelease of Levitation, since the two bonus CDs there offer the most complete official release of that gig extant and the remaster reveals the Levitation-era band on top form.

Overall rating: 2 stars for the rather poor Stonehenge recordings, 4 stars for the Lewisham material, so I'd say this comes to 3 stars on average (whereas the nearly-complete version of the Lewisham material on the Levitation reissue would come to, say, 4.5 stars).

Latest members reviews

5 stars Without question one of the finest Hawkwind live recordings and as the tile implies DO NOT PANIC! Only about 20 % of the music you will hear on this disc was actually recorded at the mystic prehistoric Stonehenge monoliths located in Wiltshire County in the southern part of England. Now Hawkwin ... (read more)

Report this review (#225412) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Thursday, July 9, 2009 | Review Permanlink

1 stars This is not one of Hawkwind's better live albums. The first seven tracks are okay and Space Chase is the stand out track, sound quality is reasonable. Unfortunately, tracks 8 & 9, Stonehenge Decoded and Watching the Grass Grow are very badly recorded and should not have been included on this a ... (read more)

Report this review (#77989) | Posted by | Saturday, May 13, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars i brought ,this when it first came out on vinyl,i thought it was great ,just started listening to it again after so many years .i now think this recording by the hawkies, is brillant,i have the original cover too much better looking ,than the one listed,my vinyl is in mint condition. The musi ... (read more)

Report this review (#25560) | Posted by Heidi | Monday, April 25, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Hawkwinds' live albums I have found are always of varying degrees of recording quality, this is one of the better ones. Some would question Hawinds inclusion in a Prog rock reveiw site, I think the material on this disc more than proves that they can appeal to a 'Progressive' audience, even if para ... (read more)

Report this review (#25559) | Posted by Jools | Wednesday, March 10, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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