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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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Formed in London, UK in 1969 - Still active as of 2018

Over their 30-odd year history, HAWKWIND were probably the most famous underground rock band in the world. The group was formed in the late '60s by guitarist/singer Dave BROCK, guitarist Mick SLATTERY and saxman/flautist/singer Nik TURNER. Dave BROCK was the leader of HAWKWIND and he was the captain, as it were. The band never would have made it for 30 years without Dave.

HAWKWIND's history has been marked by a series of confusing line-ups through 40 or so personnel changes. Their sound has continued to metamorphose and evolve: an almost jazz feel ("Hawkwind"), the "experimental" & acoustic sounds of early releases ("In Search of Space"), changing to the metal sound of their days (mid 70's), and a modern electronic feel on the latest ("Electric Teepee"). Yes, one can detect definite evolutions. With the primary use of the synthesizer, heavy and delay with the touch of techno, HAWKWIND practically created a genre of music that be called: psychedelic space-rock. Their creativity seems to be in the use of the synths to add to the intense moods of their songs. They were the master of the acid-space rock genre.

There are at least 100 total albums that are either compilations, EP's, bootlegs of live performances, etc. You can't go wrong with any of the 70's releases in my opinion.
"Doremi Fasol Latido" ('72) - A great album with a heavy metal space rock a-la lan Lemmy KILMISTER, who later founded MOTORHEAD.
"A Space Ritual" ('73) - The essential live album combining Space-rock music, and poetry. The GREATEST album in the world!
"Hall of the Mountain Grill" ('74) - A great album for FLOYD fans - very heavy, psychedelic music with lots of effects.
"Warrior at the Edge of Time" ('75) - In my opinion, THE classic album.
"Quark, Strangeness and Charm" ('77) - A return to a more traditional HAWKWIND sound.
"The Hawklords - 25 Years On" ('78)
"PXR 5" ('79) - This album really started the HAWKWIND tradition of semi-live, semi-studio albums.

Then you should consider the following efforts which I would recommend to the "Hawkfan":
"Levitation" ('80) - The last truly great HAWKWIND studio album.
"The Church of Hawkwind" ('82) - Really a Dave BROCK solo album. Very spacey and electronic.
"Chronicle of the Black Sword" ('85) - The last major HAWKWIND release, was a concept album inspired by their friend Michael MOORCOCK's writings.
"Palace Springs" ('91) - A...
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HAWKWIND discography


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HAWKWIND top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.37 | 264 ratings
Hawkwind
1970
3.62 | 350 ratings
X In Search Of Space
1971
3.70 | 309 ratings
Doremi Fasol Latido
1972
3.97 | 420 ratings
Hall Of The Mountain Grill
1974
4.10 | 601 ratings
Warrior On The Edge Of Time
1975
3.41 | 165 ratings
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
1976
3.68 | 211 ratings
Quark, Strangeness And Charm
1977
3.25 | 113 ratings
Hawklords: 25 Years On
1978
2.91 | 114 ratings
PXR 5
1979
3.98 | 235 ratings
Levitation
1980
3.18 | 92 ratings
Sonic Attack
1981
2.59 | 87 ratings
Church Of Hawkwind
1982
2.60 | 82 ratings
Choose Your Masques
1982
3.40 | 111 ratings
The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
1985
3.25 | 94 ratings
The Xenon Codex
1988
2.91 | 96 ratings
Space Bandits
1990
3.75 | 115 ratings
Electric Tepee
1992
2.71 | 76 ratings
It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous
1993
3.10 | 74 ratings
Alien 4
1995
2.98 | 56 ratings
Distant Horizons
1997
2.43 | 43 ratings
In Your Area
1998
2.88 | 42 ratings
Spacebrock
2000
2.77 | 70 ratings
Take Me To Your Leader
2005
3.20 | 36 ratings
Take Me To Your Future
2006
3.71 | 118 ratings
Blood Of The Earth
2010
3.59 | 89 ratings
Onward
2012
3.74 | 18 ratings
Hawkwind Light Orchestra: Stellar Variations
2012
3.44 | 40 ratings
The Machine Stops
2016
3.61 | 34 ratings
Into The Woods
2017

HAWKWIND Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.20 | 275 ratings
Space Ritual
1973
3.82 | 65 ratings
Live Seventy Nine
1980
3.38 | 22 ratings
The Text of Festival - Hawkwind Live 1970-1972
1983
2.32 | 34 ratings
Zones
1983
3.32 | 30 ratings
This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic
1984
1.89 | 30 ratings
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin
1985
1.77 | 13 ratings
Hawkwind Live '70/'73
1985
2.80 | 34 ratings
Space Ritual Vol. 2
1985
3.73 | 66 ratings
Live Chronicles
1986
3.65 | 57 ratings
Palace Springs
1991
3.20 | 28 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live
1991
2.46 | 20 ratings
The Friday Rock Show Sessions Live at Reading '86
1992
3.02 | 25 ratings
California Brainstorm
1992
3.86 | 27 ratings
The Hawklords Live
1992
2.05 | 10 ratings
Live - ST.Albans U.K. Winter Tour 1979
1993
4.04 | 36 ratings
The Business Trip
1994
2.70 | 19 ratings
Undisclosed Files - Addendum
1995
4.25 | 43 ratings
Love in Space
1996
3.64 | 39 ratings
The 1999 Party
1997
2.17 | 16 ratings
Live & Rare: Onward Flies The Bird
1997
2.17 | 6 ratings
Welcome to The Future
1997
3.78 | 9 ratings
Hawkwind 1997
1997
1.67 | 14 ratings
Live at Glastonbury 90
1999
2.38 | 8 ratings
The Collectors Serise Vol. 2: Live 1982 (Choose Your Masques)
1999
2.25 | 4 ratings
Live - 1970-72
1999
2.47 | 10 ratings
Thrilling Hawkwind Adventures
2000
1.65 | 11 ratings
Live from The Darkside
2000
3.60 | 16 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 1 : Dave Brock, Sonic Assassins
2000
2.93 | 14 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 2 : Hawkwind Live / Hawklords Studio
2000
3.42 | 17 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 3 : Free Festivals
2000
2.77 | 17 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 4 : Live '78
2000
2.80 | 15 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 5 : Live '76 & '77
2000
2.64 | 11 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 6 : Live 1970-1973
2001
2.92 | 12 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 7 : Dave Brock, The Demos
2001
2.51 | 25 ratings
Atomhenge 76
2001
3.41 | 21 ratings
Yule Ritual
2001
3.41 | 13 ratings
Live 1990
2002
3.86 | 33 ratings
Canterbury Fayre 2001
2002
3.83 | 11 ratings
Live in Nottingham (2002)
2002
4.58 | 15 ratings
Spaced Out In London
2002
2.43 | 7 ratings
Cosmic Overdirve
2002
3.58 | 12 ratings
Live 74 The Chicago Auditorium 21 March 1974
2006
3.45 | 22 ratings
Space Ritual (2CD+DVD)
2007
1.89 | 8 ratings
Winter Solstice 2005
2009
1.50 | 5 ratings
Minneapolis 1989
2009
1.28 | 8 ratings
Shot Down in the Night
2009
3.62 | 18 ratings
Leave No Star Unturned
2011
4.00 | 10 ratings
Space Ritual Live
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
At The Roundhouse
2017

HAWKWIND Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.92 | 8 ratings
Chaos
1996
2.96 | 5 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
3.17 | 15 ratings
Out Of The Shadows (DVD)
2004
3.05 | 11 ratings
Knights Of Space
2008
1.38 | 4 ratings
Winter Solstice - Live at the Astoria 2005
2009
1.22 | 5 ratings
USA Tour 1989-1990
2009
3.86 | 7 ratings
Live 1984 - 1995
2009
1.43 | 5 ratings
Treworgey 29th July 1989
2009

HAWKWIND Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.94 | 27 ratings
Roadhawks
1976
3.03 | 43 ratings
Masters of the Universe
1977
3.42 | 15 ratings
Friends and Relations
1982
3.15 | 13 ratings
Friends & Relations..... Twice Upon a Time
1983
2.20 | 5 ratings
Utopia 1984
1985
3.47 | 10 ratings
Friends & Relations Vol. 3
1985
2.06 | 11 ratings
In The Beginning...
1985
1.78 | 9 ratings
Ridicule
1985
3.56 | 8 ratings
Anthology Vol 1
1985
1.78 | 22 ratings
Out & Intake
1987
1.80 | 5 ratings
Early Daze [Best of...]
1987
3.29 | 12 ratings
Spirit of The Age
1988
3.67 | 12 ratings
Acid Daze The History of Hawkwind
1990
3.96 | 15 ratings
Stasis The U.A. Years 1971-1975
1990
3.00 | 7 ratings
The Best of & The Rest of Hawkwind
1990
3.94 | 7 ratings
Anthology
1991
3.89 | 7 ratings
Masters Of The Universe (1991/ Castle)
1991
3.89 | 10 ratings
Psychedelic Warlords
1992
3.00 | 5 ratings
Mighty Hawkwind Classics 1980-1985
1992
2.25 | 4 ratings
Lord of Light
1993
2.08 | 6 ratings
The Best of Hawkwind
1994
1.22 | 4 ratings
Silver Machine
1994
3.93 | 5 ratings
25 Years on 1970-1973
1994
3.93 | 5 ratings
25 Years on 1973-1977
1994
2.08 | 6 ratings
Independent Days Volume 1 & 2
1995
3.75 | 3 ratings
Silver Machine
1995
2.00 | 2 ratings
Space Is Deep
1995
3.48 | 13 ratings
The Ambient Anarchists
1997
3.75 | 12 ratings
Sonic Boom Killers Best of Singles A's and B's from 1970 to 1980
1998
2.69 | 7 ratings
Anthology 1967-1982
1998
2.09 | 4 ratings
The Master
1998
3.45 | 11 ratings
Golden Void 1969-1979
1999
3.50 | 4 ratings
Year 2000: Codename Hawkwind Volume One
1999
3.25 | 7 ratings
Complete '79 Collector Series Vol. 1
1999
2.86 | 18 ratings
Epocheclipse: The Ultimate Best Of
1999
4.17 | 29 ratings
Epoche-Eclipse / 30 Year Anthology
1999
3.33 | 3 ratings
Family Box 4CD SET Limited Edition Collector's Set
2000
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Stonehenge Collection (Zones / This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic)
2000
2.25 | 4 ratings
The Hawkwind Collection - The Legends Collection
2001
2.67 | 6 ratings
Masters Of The Universe
2001
1.96 | 6 ratings
Family Tree
2001
3.91 | 4 ratings
Masters of Rock
2002
3.00 | 6 ratings
Welcome to The Future
2003
3.60 | 5 ratings
Oscillations
2003
4.15 | 11 ratings
The Dream Goes On - An Anthology 1985 - 1997
2008
4.15 | 11 ratings
Spirit Of The Age - An Anthology - 1976 - 1984
2008
4.75 | 4 ratings
Parallel Universe: A Liberty/U.A. Years Anthology 1970-1974
2011
4.38 | 4 ratings
5 Album Set
2013
3.41 | 18 ratings
Spacehawks
2013

HAWKWIND Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.83 | 9 ratings
Hurry on a Sundown
1970
4.62 | 18 ratings
Silver Machine
1972
2.90 | 12 ratings
Urban Guerrilla
1973
3.80 | 10 ratings
The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke)
1974
3.56 | 9 ratings
Kings Of Speed
1975
3.78 | 9 ratings
25 Years EP
1978
2.74 | 10 ratings
Who's Gonna Win The War?
1980
3.20 | 10 ratings
Shot Down In The Night (live)
1980
3.90 | 10 ratings
Sonic Assassins (ep)
1981
3.25 | 8 ratings
Angels Of Death
1981
2.59 | 8 ratings
Motorhead
1982
2.67 | 6 ratings
Motorway City
1983
3.43 | 7 ratings
Your Last Chance EP
1983
2.92 | 12 ratings
Night of the Hawks (ep)
1983
3.75 | 8 ratings
Independent Days EP
1984
3.88 | 7 ratings
Needle Gun
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
Zarozinia
1986
3.29 | 7 ratings
Decide Your Future EP
1993
3.00 | 5 ratings
Area 54 EP
1995
3.25 | 4 ratings
Love In Space
1997
3.17 | 6 ratings
Spirit Of The Age
2005
3.00 | 3 ratings
Silver Machine
2007

HAWKWIND Reviews


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 Live Seventy Nine by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1980
3.82 | 65 ratings

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Live Seventy Nine
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars After a stint on Charisma Records where, with Robert Calvert fronting, Hawkwind developed the more ornate side of their sound for a time, Live Seventy Nine found them issuing a roaring return to the proto-metal aspects of their sound which had been such a feature of their United Artists years. As well as being a timely move in terms of current trends - the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was hitting at right about this time - it was also a creative breath of fresh air for the group, which allowed them to turn in the magnificent Levitation as their next studio album.

Including a well-chosen set of old classics (Brainstorm, a bit of Silver Machine before the titular machine explodes, and more recent tracks like Spirit of the Age) and new material (Shot Down In the Night was the big single from this release, and Levitation's Motorway City gets an early preview here), the album also includes a rare live performance of Lighthouse, a piece from Tim Blake's Crystal Machine solo album - for Gong veteran Blake had hopped aboard the Starship Hawkwind for this release.

Buyer beware: the release known under various names including Complete '79, which purports to be a complete recording of this concert, is not to be trusted. Yes, it is the full concert... but the sound quality is absolutely dire and is apparently sourced from an audience recording, and can only disappoint next to the sound of this release. The Atomhenge reissue includes as a bonus track Urban Guerilla from the same set, so if you must have more, you can tack that on, but that's it as far as recordings from this gig with acceptable sound quality goes. This does mean this live album is a little short compared with more epic releases from earlier and later in Hawkwind's career, but what it lacks in mass it makes up for in substance.

 Alien 4 by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.10 | 74 ratings

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Alien 4
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Hawkwind, the band, until recently, that has been pretty much ignored by the masses, has been around for a lot of years. Even during their best years, during the 70s, not many people paid attention to them. Yet they are one of the pioneers of space rock and psychedelic music. As the band moved through the decades, Dave Brock has been the only constant. On "Alien 4", released in 1995, he has two other band members that he has worked with now for a few years, namely Alan Davey and Richard Chadwick. On this album, they are joined by Ron Tree, who will share lead vocal duties with Dave. Ron had worked with other small time bands and offered his voice for this album. The band also wanted to expand their stage performance to be more visually exciting, which was another reason for recruiting Ron.

This album's concept is mostly about Aliens. There is no cohesive story, just the topic of aliens. Of course, there is a lot of the Hawkwind sound of spacey music and plenty of synthesized and programmed sounds along with enough spacey guitar to keep Hawkwind fans happy. However, I don't think much was done to the sound to win over new fans. Yes there is the new vocalist here, which helps, but his vocals are a little rough for mass appeal. I feel it helps to add some variety to the songs, but other than that, it doesn't contribute much.

"Abducted" opens the album, but isn't really much of a track other than giving an idea as to what is going to be going on here music-wise. "Alien (I Am)" is the real opener here and it harkens back to the early Hawkwind days and gives some hope that this could be a decent album. Even the shorter track "Reject Your Human Touch" is a good follow up to this. However, "Blue Skin" sounds a little cheesy to me and suddenly the band sounds more like a cheap imitation of themselves, almost a satirical imitation and Tree's vocals aren't doing anything to save this album. And this is also a 7+ minute track, so it adds a bit of weight to the album. Things improve a bit on "Beam Me Up" but not enough to make us wonder if we might have a mediocre, if not worse, album on our hands.

"Vega" is a nice instrumental with an ambient feel, but it doesn't move anything forward much. "Xenomorph" has a great guitar hook and is a much more powerful song, even with Tree's rough vocals which actually kind of work here. The last half of this track is instrumental and builds quite well. "Journey" is a substandard instrumental which, while it is heavy enough, just doesn't build off of it's repetitive motif much. "Sputnik Stan" loses credibility at the beginning and end with Tree's vocals, and the words are stupid, but the instrumental break, which takes up a good part of the track, is great, dynamic and exciting, and actually a highlight of the album. "Kapal" is just a boring, repetitive instrumental with some spoken word vocals that are subdued and unintelligible. "Festivals" is more of Tree's punk-ish vocals that are almost completely tuneless in this instance, trying to give it a Sid Vicious style sound but instead it almost sounds like plastic rap during the verses. It is more like singing on the chorus, but the chorus is too simple and his voice just doesn't fit the simplicity very well. At this point, even the instrumental breaks can't save this track.

Three remakes follow, but nothing is really done to improve on them, so they are mostly just useless. Because they are remakes of vintage Hawkwind, they give a little more life to the album, but the originals already served well enough, and you just get the feeling they are added here to help boost interest in the album. Other than that, they don't accomplish anything. The Vinyl and 2010 CD editions contain a bonus track called "Space Sex" which I think was intended to be humorous, but it just comes off sounding dumb.

Overall, there are a few highlights here that prove that Hawkwind has good intentions, but they are few and far between. Tree's vocals might have worked better if they were utilized differently, but the often don't do anything to help given the material. The best part of the album are the instrumental breaks, but the only place they save the entire track is on "Alien (I Am)", "Sputnik Stan" and "Xenomorph". The rest of the album is mediocre or less. The album is okay, but nothing to get excited about.

 Leave No Star Unturned by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 2011
3.62 | 18 ratings

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Leave No Star Unturned
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars On the 27th January 1972, the Cambridge Corn Exchange hosted the Six Hour Technicolour Dream, a true feast of what was at the point the cutting edge of underground psychedelic space rock in the UK. Pink Fairies were on the bill, along with an outfit called the Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band which included ex-Fairies drummer Twink playing with special guests Fred Frith (soon to gain wider attention once Henry Cow finally got their debut album out) and Syd Barrett (post-Pink Floyd and his solo albums, pre-distressing weight gain and eyebrow-shaving).

And rounding out the offerings was a set from Hawkwind, at the time a comparatively new band - remember, they'd only put out their debut and In Search of Space at this point in time. With Lemmy having recently arrived, the band had clearly already settled into the ultra-heavy groove which would culminate in Space Ritual at the end of the year. Various bootlegs and releases of debatable official status have claimed to offer cuts from the Cambridge Corn Exchange gig over the years, but these have mostly been mislabellings. (Various reissues under various titles of the old Text of Festival recordings from 1970 and 1971 are particularly to blame for this.)

Happily, as the included booklet with the CD release explains, Leave No Star Unturned is the real deal. A partial recording of the set was unearthed in 1985, and later on tapes discovered in 2005 completed the picture. The tidying- up by EMI is really top-notch, with sound quality more or less equalling that of, say, the BBC session from the same year, and at points approaching Space Ritual quality. (Of all the 1972 sets that have had official releases, the Greasy Truckers Party probably is a notch lower quality in terms of sound, perhaps due in part to the technical problems captured on the recording).

So, if you dig the sound of live Hawkwind from this era (and a good many people can't get enough of it), Leave No Star Unturned is a great pick,. I wouldn't quite put it on the level of Space Ritual, but it's dang close, and includes the additional interest of a version of Silver Machine on which Robert Calvert takes the lead vocals - rather than Lemmy as would customarily become the case once the Lemmy-fronted single became the unexpected monster hit that it was.

 Zones by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1983
2.32 | 34 ratings

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Zones
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This is a weird old odds-and-sods collection from Hawkwind. Side 1 comes from two sources in December 1980 - the Lewisham Odeon gig gives us Dust of Time (misnamed here as The Island) and Motorway City, whilst the three preceding tracks (or rather, two tracks plus a brief intro) were recorded in a mobile studio in the same month. Flip over to side B, and we've jumped forward two years to an October gig on the Choose Your Masques tour.

Whilst this might have been useful when Zones first came out, subsequent releases have left it entirely redundant. Though not from the same gig, Coded Languages gives us a full live set from the 1982 tour recorded somewhat after side B here, and incorporating all of its material. Meanwhile, the 3CD rerelease of Levitation includes the most complete version of the Lewisham 1980 gig yet, including live runthroughs of the two studio pieces here (Running Through My Back Brain and Dangerous Vision) which are more than satisfactory substitutes for the studio material here.

Still, the album cover is very pretty.

 This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1984
3.32 | 30 ratings

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This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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).

 BBC  Radio 1 Live by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1991
3.20 | 28 ratings

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BBC Radio 1 Live
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Into The Woods by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.61 | 34 ratings

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Into The Woods
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars What is this, the hundredth Hawkwind disc to date?! Perhaps with the countless live albums, compilations and archival releases it edges closer to that, but apparently it's roundabout the thirtieth studio disc from Dave Brock's legendary British musical institution and defining spacerockers of almost fifty years. The band has been on something of a roll of consistently good recent albums since the start of the decade with `Blood of the Earth', and their latest, 2017's `Into the Woods' contains plenty of strong material that drifts in some surprisingly unexpected directions, making it especially the sort of album that the long-time Hawkwind faithful will most dig the hell out of.

Assume it would again be full of the usual heavy punky blasts with stretched out gutsy instrumental jamming? Sometimes, but mostly `Into the Woods', perhaps unsurprisingly with that title, lands the cosmic craft for a more earthy, personal and song-based collection, where the tune is frequently the priority, even if they're still wrapped in plenty of swirling trippy effects and treated vocalizations! Partly continuing the story begun on the previous disc `The Machine Stops, inspired by the E.M Foster sci-fi novel of the same name, `...Woods' not only holds a more grounded quality (would `intimate' be pushing it a little bit for a Hawkwind disc?) with plenty of ecological/nature-themed lyrics, but the group sound very relaxed and actually having a lot of fun in-between the more introspective moments!

A fancy piano intro that welcomes the opening title piece `Into The Woods' is almost instantly pummelled by Hawkwind's gutsy mix of growling guitars and wailing soloing, mud-thick bass and rattling drumming, and Dave Brock's gnashing vocal over swirling organ grinding is plied with that suffocating madness of all the best Hawkwind tracks. `Cottage In The Woods' is lightly melancholic with a weary vocal from Brock, the short song building effectively in restrained power from the rest of the band before drifting into spacey ambient synth interlude `The Woodpecker'. Keyboardist Mr Dibs then takes a wheezy vocal lead for the gruff rock track `Have You Seen Them?' that floats off into more typical Hawkwind-fare with tough riffing, reaching guitar soloing and rumbling drumming (and Haz Weaton's seductively slithering bass in the background is tasty!).

`Ascent' is essentially a solo piece that finds Brock in pensive mood with an ecological-themed lyric backed by a sparse acoustic guitar and only the lightest of synths, but `Space Ship Blues' throws the album for six being a swampy and bluesy fiddle and harmonica driven country-flecked rock n' roller (some are sure to find it grating, but it's infectious and hard not to enjoy!)! `The Wind' keeps up the proud Hawkwind tradition of spoken-word poetry interludes before morphing into a mantra-like vocal drift over eerie electronics. `Vegan Lunch' is a poppy and loopy up-tempo stop-start sprint with dreamy chorus vocals and a Daevid Allen/Gong-like mania to the words (although their ditching meat theme seems completely sincere), and there's just a touch of the early Porcupine Tree albums sprinkled throughout this one too.

`Magic Scenes' might be a fairly repetitive heavy plodding rocker in the typical Hawkwind style, but `Darkland' is a gorgeous weeping Mellotron-pierced acoustic lament that almost calls to mind `Wind of Change' off Hawkwind's legendary `Hall of the Mountain Grill' LP from '74. Brock's snarly vocal gives `Wood Nymph's fantastical lyric a convincing dignity over the seductive slinking bass and plenty of rising/falling electronics, but the piece still twists with grinding heavy turns.`Deep Cavern' is a final `Warrior on the Edge of Time'-like spoken-word interval over ambient/new-age synth pools (but listen for that lurking intimidating drumbeat!) that ultimately gets blasted by the raging nine-plus minute fully instrumental closer `Magic Mushroom'. It's here that the band once again head for deepest space, overloaded with slabs of relentless bass, ragged 'n raging chugging guitar histrionics, bleeding electronic melts, mud-thick Hammond organ tantrums and bashing drum fury. It's classic Hawkwind with a touch of the organ-heavy proto-prog bands of old, and a killer way to wrap the set.

While it's hard to know where to place `Into the Woods' among the vast Hawkwind discography at this point, this predominantly song-based break from their usual deep-space travels is a welcome diversion here, and it makes it more special and unique in many ways. A world away from polite `old man prog', dreary AOR, or worse, lazy cover albums, that many of the prog rock-related oldies acts still active today put out, Hawkwind can still keep holding their heads high with the pride that they're putting out fresh studio albums of great artistic merit with plenty to say, and long-term fans of Brock and the group should snap up `Into the Woods' right away.

Hawkwind carries on and does it again - Four stars.

(and while we're at it, Hawkwind PLEASE come back to Australia! You're sorely missed, and many of us still fondly remember your 2011 gigs ? let's do it again very soon!)

 At The Roundhouse by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 2017
4.00 | 2 ratings

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At The Roundhouse
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by RSC

4 stars May 26th 2017: after many years, Hawkwind returned to London's legendary Roundhouse, a venue which they'd last played in 1977, with Motorhead in support and where the initial recording of "Silver Machine" had been made a few years earlier. The cynical will already be thinking "nostalgia trip(!)" ... but read on, because there's more to it than that ....

The date captured here was part of Hawkwind's "Into The Woods" tour and features a new line up, with Haz Wheaton coming in on bass and Magnus Martin on keyboards & synths, the band also augmented by Michal Sosna on saxophone. Mr Dibs (vocals & electronics) and Richard Chadwick (drums & vocals) are also onboard as Captain Brock leads spaceship Hawkwind on our flight into time & space.

On earlier dates of the tour, Hawkwind had played a four or five number acoustic set to open the shows, but here, Phil Campbell's Bastard Sons played support, so the acoustic content is pared back to three number, the first being "Ascent" from the (then) just released "Into The Woods" album. The next couple of tracks will be more familiar to long standing Hawk-watchers, although perhaps not as played here: "We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago" and "The Watcher" both adapt superbly to their new arrangements, the latter being particularly poignant - it was a signature tune for Lemmy, after all ... the band then takes an intermission

Hawkwind return with a full electric set, starting with an (uncredited) "Earth Calling" leading into "Born To Go", a vintage slice of primal blanga, which also includes a section of "You Shouldn't Do That" in it's current arrangement; the pace drops momentarily for Mr Dibs' reading of "First Landing (On Medusa)" then we're off again with "You Better Believe It", another UA/Lemmy-era Hawk classic. I wasn't at this gig, but at the Worthing gig I did attend, the place was bouncing by now ... this is the right stuff, baby, the right stuff!

More recent tracks "Earthbound", "Have You Seen Them" & "Vegan Lunch" follow - all good, solid stuff from "Into The Woods" - before the band goes time travelling again, back to "Astounding Sounds ..." for a really rather wonderful "Steppenwolf", where Dibs proves to be a master interpreter of the late Robert Calvert's words, the band absolutely nailing this one, too

"Darklands" (from "Into The Woods") follows, then we're back to "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" with "Magnu" and "Golden Void" - both timeless classics, both expertly played. This generation of the band really does seem plugged right into what many consider as Hawkwind's finest hour.

As the set draws to a close, more recent songs "Synchronised Blue"; "Deep Canyon"; "Into The Woods" & "The Machine" illustrate perfectly that Hawkwind, 2017 style, was far more than a nostalgia act - these are all strong numbers from records which made the UK album charts. "Welcome to the future", indeed!

The main set closes with "Welcome" - just as "Space Ritual" did, a heady 45 years before this release ... but after this performance, you just know they'll be back for more ... which they do

For their two song encore, Hawkwind invite Phil Campbell to join them (another Lemmy/Motorhead connection!) as they set about "Brainbox Pollution" and then close with "Silver Machine" - both songs bearing the indelible stamp of Mr Kilmister in original form. Can't think of many other bands who would encore with a non-album B-side (which "... Pollution" is/was) but it works!

So, that's the track listing covered: the question is, does the world really need ANOTHER live album from Hawkwind, as it's not too long ago (2014) the band released their "Space Ritual" revisited set? What's the point?

The point is this is a new line up and the set list includes some strong material from two excellent recent releases ("The Machine Stops" and "Into The Woods") as well as some highly charged performances of bona fide classics from previous generations of a long lived band. The sound quality is pretty good, although the DVD is filmed from a single camera at a fixed location: arguably, what you might have seen had you been at the gig, as opposed to the multi-angle films which are usually released - a point of contention among some folks I know

As a document of a Hawkwind show in 2017 and with performances as strong as these, then absolutely yes, this would make a great addition to anyone's collection - in terms of performance quality, it's within an ace of the original "Space Ritual" from '73, with the added bonus of the light show on the DVD version. Can't think of a better way to bring a Hawkwind show to your home, short of actually booking the band to play.

Speaking personally, I would "leave no star unturned" and go the full five - for Hawkfans, it really is essential : "Welcome to the neo-golden age, Welcome to the days you've made, You are welcome ... " - but not everyone IS a Hawkwind fan, so four stars for the casual Prog Archives reader seems the fairest outcome ...

 Atomhenge 76  by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 2001
2.51 | 25 ratings

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Atomhenge 76
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgRobUK

2 stars As a lover of the 'Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music' album this really ought to be a piece of magic. I was not a gig goer at the time that ASAM was released so the chance to hear the band at that time should be priceless. However, while there are some good things about this release there is also considerable bad.

The Good 1. Yes they play a lot of ASAM 2. There are some curiosities such as an early version of Uncle Sam's On Mars (not recorded in the studio until the PXR5 album), Hassan I Sahba (not recorded until the Quark, Strangeness and Charm album), Time for Sale (never included on a studio album) and Back On The Streets (only a single at the time in support of ASAM) 3. I understand that it represents the full set (unlike the album Thrilling Hawkwind Adventures which only contains a selection of the tracks).

The Bad 1. The mix - this is truly terrible. At its best the mix is simply wrong with some instruments mixed so low they are hardly audible and others too high. Then there are the missed cues, where instruments should be at the front of the mix and they are not, at least until part way through their starring role. There are also times when there is clear distortion from the louder instruments. 2. The "live" feel - for me part of the appeal of a live album is the feeling that you are there. You don't want the audience too high in the mix but equally you don't want is missing. Here the audience is almost inaudible. Added to there being no "chat" between songs gives a somewhat cold feel to the atmosphere. 3. Lack of stereo separation - it is not a mono recording but the lack of stereo separation does not help make it sound like a quality recording. 4. Recording quality - at times the quality just deteriorates with the worst being in Kerb Crawler. 5. Bob Calvert even forgets his (own) lyrics at times with "la la la" inserted. Now we can all make mistakes, but added to the above just gives the whole recording a bit of an amateurish feel.

Summary Everything about this recording says it is a badly mixed soundboard recording. It provides an insight into Hawkwind at the time, but, like many bootlegs, you just wouldn't want to listen to it very often. This is almost the definition of a two star rating - truly for fans only.

 Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.41 | 165 ratings

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Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgRobUK

5 stars Back in the seventies a friend of mine gave me a cassette with an album each side of music I "really ought to hear". It was my introduction into progressive rock as a genre. Side A had a copy of ELP's "Brain Salad Surgery" and Side B had a copy of HAWKWIND's "Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music". I loved both albums, but Hawkwind went on to be the band that I saw live again and again.

To me, this still represents probably my favourite album of theirs - indeed it is one of only two vinyl albums I still own even without a means of playing them! The cover of the vinyl was marvellous with its depiction of Britannia with her hand on an old-fashioned radio with a giant leaf of a certain plant behind her. The dust cover is a joy, with its fake small ads which evoke the era of the sci-fi comics that the album's title recalls.

Musically, listening again after all these years, there are some wonderful tracks. The instrumentals are gorgeous soundscapes which are a world away from the harder rocking of earlier albums, but they really stand out. The weakest of those is the Aubergine That Ate Rangoon, but you can forgive them just for having a track with a title like that! City of Lagoons is peaceful, languid and beautiful and acts as a wonderful counterpoint to the preceding track, but my overall favourite instrumental and track on the whole album is the marvellous Chronoglide Skyway. I particularly like the way it is offset against Kadu Flyer which is also up there at the top of the album.

When it comes to the other tracks with vocals, Reefer Madness is a rant against the hyperbole of the excessive anti- drug messages of the sixties, and yet still seems to belie a reservation about drug abuse. This is a powerful track. Steppenwolf shows off Calvert's superb lyric writing but, to me, is over-long in terms of there being insufficient variation. Finally we have Kerb Crawler, one of the weaker tracks - but still not a bad track, just one I would not seek out especially.

Overall, the album marks a change in Hawkwind's sound from the previous albums which ran for the next few albums. The sequence of albums they made under the Charisma label remain, for me, their best: from ASAM, through Quark, 25 Years to PXR5. This album was the start of that sequence. Interestingly, a very good friend of mine said, a while after PXR5 was released, that the only Hawkwind album he still listened to regularly was ASAM.

Musically, I would put this album just on the border of five stars - it has its weaknesses, for sure - but once you throw in the wonderful sleeve of the vinyl and the special place it has in my heart a definite five star album for me.

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