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3.18 | 29 ratings | 6 reviews | 3% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Live, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Born to Go
2. Black Corridor Seven by Seven
3. Brainstorm
4. Electronic #1 Master of Universe
5. Paranoia Seeing it as you really are Earth calling
6. Silver machine Welcome to the future

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Brock / guitar, vocals
- Del Dettmar / synthesizer
- Dik Mik / audio generator
- Simon King / drums
- Lemmy / bass
- Nik Turner / synthesizer, vocals

Releases information

CD: Windsong WINCD 007

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HAWKWIND BBC Radio 1 Live ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(3%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

HAWKWIND BBC Radio 1 Live reviews

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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars Unusual sloppy sound from the Beeb, under par production and a surprise release as normally they don't release unworthy albums . Maybe there was not much else to do to better these tapes. If you are looking for a live album from the hawks , look elsewhere.
Review by Warthur
4 stars Stardate: 28th September, 1972. The personnel of starship Hawkwind disembark at the Paris Theatre in London to deliver a live set, with the BBC there to record it. Over subsequent years numerous bootlegs of the set circulate until in 1991 Windsong finally issue the concert in mono. However, the version of the gig occasionally broadcast on the radio is clearly in stereo. Debate rages as to which is the definitive version; the mono CD release, which is unedited but has poorer sound quality, or the stereo "Broadcast" mix which has superior sound quality but a number of edits (mostly minor, but a big chunk is dug out of Brainstorm).

Thankfully, EMI have stepped into reissue the set under the title of At the BBC - 1972, with new cover art. This 2CD release not only includes both the mono and stereo versions of the set, but also includes two songs recorded for a Johnnie Walker session the previous month. For my money, I value the higher sonic quality of the stereo mix over the sometimes muffled completism of the mono mix, but thanks to EMI we now don't need to choose between one or the other.

So, how's the material itself? Well, this was some three months before the Space Ritual recordings, so if you've heard that, you've got a good idea of what this is like. Perhaps less crushingly heavy than Space Ritual itself, and perhaps catching a few more subtle textures, At the BBC stands alongside Leave No Star Unturned, the expanded Greasy Truckers Party reissue and Space Ritual itself as a crucial live document of Hawkwind during the magical year of 1972 where all the constellations pointed in the right direction for them and they truly cemented their legend. Not as essential as Space Ritual, but if you love that album you'll probably dig this too.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Actually this is the music taken from the BBC Transcription disc but with a blurry mix. The BBC Transcription disc is the holy grail as very few are known to exist today. It was pressed from BBC for internal distribution to UK radio stations for a time of 5 years, after that it was to be returned ... (read more)

Report this review (#145324) | Posted by opaloka | Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

2 stars What is particularly frustrating about this release is that this is the "official" BBC version of the concert and this is a MONO mix. People have argued for several years about this. Insisting that the BBC recorded it in MONO. Bulls**t. The bootleg called "Space Rock In London" is the exact sa ... (read more)

Report this review (#95833) | Posted by Goodgulf | Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Recorded for the BBC in the Paris Theatre in London, this album provides another snapshot of Space Ritual era Hawkwind, a thing which has recently become desirable. Now the 1991 album of this gig may or may not feature a mono audience recording of the exact same gig, in good SQ.... but I don't ... (read more)

Report this review (#68331) | Posted by hawkbrock | Saturday, February 4, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It is a very stoned version of the space ritual, both in terms of performance and sound quality (it is Not a bootleg but someting less than the space ritual sound quality). Excellent track listing (with some omissions though - mainly the small instrumental tracks like "electronic nr 1", "black corri ... (read more)

Report this review (#25715) | Posted by | Thursday, January 1, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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