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3.26 | 31 ratings | 3 reviews | 6% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Live, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Void's End (5:27)
2. Ejection (5:58)
3. Brainstorm (8:51)
4. Out Of The Shadows / Eons / Night Of The Hawks (18:08)
5. TV Suicide / Back In The Box / Assassins of Allah (20:14)
6. Propaganda (1:08)
7. Reefer Madness (8:25)

Total Time: 68:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Harvey Bainbridge / lead vocals, keyboards
- Dave Brock / lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Ray Chadwick / drums, vocals
- Alan Davey / bass, backing vocals
- Bridgette Wishart / lead vocals

Releases information


CD Cyclops CYCL 015 (1994) UK (with book, different cover)
CD Cyclops CYCL 021 (1994) UK (without book, different cover)

Both Cyclops Releases with Bonus-Track:

8. Images (6:15)

Total Time: 74:37

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HAWKWIND California Brainstorm ratings distribution

(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

HAWKWIND California Brainstorm reviews

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Review by Bonnek
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2 stars You can't go wrong with a Hawkwind Live one. It usually comes with the guarantee of a solid setlist and an inspired performance. This California Brainstorm is from the short period when Bridget Wishhart fronted Hawkwind, meaning that the official live album Palace Spring released in 1991 is an obvious point of reference.

Compared to Palace Springs, this one is for completists. First of all there's the recording quality. All instruments are clearly audible but the frequency range is very limited. There's no power in the lower end and the high end is dull. Actually it sounds as if you would rip Palace Springs to a 96kbps mp3. Meaning thin and flat.

The setlist is quite interesting, featuring some old classic and rare live gems such as Ejection, Brainstorm and Reefer Madness (sung by Bridget). But none of these versions are a compulsory listen. The band plays tightly but the rearrangements are generally disappointing. Ejection lacks its original upbeat drive, Brainstorm is reduced to 3 minutes and extended with a reggae improvisation that also ended up on Palace Springs. Reefer Madness is better then its studio version but that wasn't hard to achieve given the lifeless original.

Void's End is better avoided. It's just an improvisation on the instrumental middle part. Nothing like the superb version on Palace Springs. The more recent material is adequate but doesn't deviate too much from the studio originals. Definitely a fan's item.

Review by Warthur
4 stars California Brainstorm is a natural complement to the Palace Springs live album - Palace Springs having been recorded shortly before the production of Space Bandits, whilst California Brainstorm was recorded on the tour for that album, and with the track list not having that many overlaps. Indeed, the two go so well together that on the recent Atomhenge 2CD rerelease of Palace Springs the California Brainstorm set is provided on the bonus disc. Overall, this period of Hawkwind found them taking a turn for extended cosmic jams and progressive electronic soundscapes, perhaps as a deliberate recalibration after the mid-1980s saw them taking an increasingly hard rock-oriented direction.

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4 stars A very fine live recording, the sound quality is excellent and the production is also very good. Unfortunately there are two things I do not like on this album, track 6 Propaganda is 1.08 minutes of spoken nonsense and the second flaw is the audience giggling on track 5 (very briefly), I found ... (read more)

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