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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 | 265 ratings
Hawkwind
1970
3.62 | 354 ratings
X In Search Of Space
1971
3.70 | 313 ratings
Doremi Fasol Latido
1972
3.97 | 425 ratings
Hall Of The Mountain Grill
1974
4.10 | 609 ratings
Warrior On The Edge Of Time
1975
3.45 | 167 ratings
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
1976
3.68 | 213 ratings
Quark, Strangeness And Charm
1977
3.25 | 113 ratings
Hawklords: 25 Years On
1978
2.91 | 115 ratings
PXR 5
1979
3.98 | 236 ratings
Levitation
1980
3.18 | 93 ratings
Sonic Attack
1981
2.71 | 88 ratings
Church Of Hawkwind
1982
2.79 | 82 ratings
Choose Your Masques
1982
3.40 | 111 ratings
The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
1985
3.32 | 94 ratings
The Xenon Codex
1988
3.05 | 97 ratings
Space Bandits
1990
3.81 | 115 ratings
Electric Tepee
1992
2.85 | 77 ratings
It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous
1993
3.25 | 74 ratings
Alien 4
1995
3.19 | 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 | 91 ratings
Onward
2012
3.79 | 20 ratings
Hawkwind Light Orchestra: Stellar Variations
2012
3.43 | 41 ratings
The Machine Stops
2016
3.58 | 37 ratings
Into The Woods
2017
3.00 | 9 ratings
Road to Utopia
2018

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
3.74 | 57 ratings
Palace Springs
1991
3.20 | 28 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live
1991
2.98 | 22 ratings
The Friday Rock Show Sessions Live at Reading '86
1992
3.28 | 27 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
4.23 | 37 ratings
The Business Trip
1994
2.70 | 19 ratings
Undisclosed Files - Addendum
1995
4.33 | 44 ratings
Love in Space
1996
3.66 | 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
2.87 | 15 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 2 : Hawkwind Live / Hawklords Studio
2000
3.41 | 18 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
2.67 | 12 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 6 : Live 1970-1973
2001
2.92 | 12 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 7 : Dave Brock, The Demos
2001
2.78 | 26 ratings
Atomhenge 76
2001
3.58 | 22 ratings
Yule Ritual
2001
3.41 | 13 ratings
Live 1990
2002
3.87 | 34 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
2.59 | 13 ratings
Live ī74 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
3.40 | 16 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
3.59 | 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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3.00 | 9 ratings

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Road to Utopia
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mortte

3 stars When hearing beforehand Hawkwind was going to release an acoustic album from old songs with string quintet, sax quinted and brass section, I wasnīt sure what to think. But now when listened this album few times to my big suprise it really works! This really isnīt typical "letīs make boring acoustic versions from old hits"-album. First: songs in this album are not the biggest Hawkwind-hits. Second: Mike Batt has really made a great work with the arrangements of these songs, he really just doesnīt add those strings and brass into original song arrangements, like in these cases too often is done.

When "Quark, Strangeness & Charm" starts the album, you donīt believe it Hawkwind-album if you donīt know it. This very cheerful version has texmex-style brass in it. In the version of "The Watcher" Hawkwind goes nearer of rhythm`n`blues boogie than ever, both Eric Clapton with his guitar and Dave Brock in his harp doing fine job. Also Mr. Dibs sings this Lemmy-song very great way. Next "We Took Wrong Step Years Ago" goes into country music direction with itīs very beautiful string arrangement. "Flying Doctor", "Psychic Power" & "The Age Of the Micro Man" is from 25 Years On-album that I havenīt yet listened, so I canīt compare them to original. Anyway first is again glad boogie with great strings behind it, second has again a little bit texmex-style brass and the last has strings creating very calm atmosphere. "Hymn To the Sun" is the only new piece here, itīs beautiful acoustic instrumental. The final track is really great version from "Down Through the Night" where are both strings and brass, also Brock & Mr. Dibs sings together.

I really would like to give this four stars just because itīs made so great and also itīs really positive atmosphere. Both times I have listened this it has made me into really good mood. But to be honest this isnīt essential album to proglisteners, so I give it three. This album is not recommended to those Hawkwind-fans, that are not ready to hear them in very different environment as usual. But this is highly recommend to all, who like the music with good feelings and also music with very natural sounds.

 Warrior On The Edge Of Time by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.10 | 609 ratings

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Warrior On The Edge Of Time
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
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4 stars "Warrior on the Edge of Time" is an interesting album. It was made in the middle of Hawkwind's peak of consistently good albums, but it was also the end of Lemmy on bass and occasional vocals as he went on to form Motorhead. He felt that the band was becoming too strange and the band felt that he was wanting to be too much of a "motorcycle man" with his heavier style. Of course, Hawkwind was space rock at it's best and wasn't about to move away from that. So, this album sees the exit of Lemmy who was replaced by Paul Rudolph after the album was recorded.

The album is loosely based on a concept by Michael Moorcock, who the lyrics for 4 of the songs in this album. It is based on a character from his book "The Eternal Champion" and he provides additional vocals for "The Wizard Blew His Horn" and "Warriors". Dave Brock, the lead singer, would write 4 more songs, and the rest were written by other band members.

The album starts off wonderfully with 2 songs by Brock that continue to follow the familiar style of the band. The 2 songs are actually 2 parts, the first called "Assault and Battery" and the 2nd part is "The Golden Void". They flow into each other, as pretty much the entire album flows from one track to another. They are the typical space rock sound that the band was famous for with a lot of surprises and textural sounds.

Next, things change up a bit with a reading of Moorcock's lyrics on "The Wizard Blew His Horn". This one immediately weakens the album, even though the vocals are quite dramatic and expressive, they seem slightly corny now. The music behind the vocals is minimal and not very interesting. This is blessedly short as it flows into an excellent Krautrock style instrumental "Opa-Loka". This is based on the 4 / 4 meter known as the "motorick" rhythm named and made famous by Krautrock band "Neu!". The song itself is your typical krautrock tune with improvised atmospheric instrumentals based around only one chord throughout. It is well placed on the album and is a natural follow up for the previous track which ends up supporting it well. Lemmy hated this track and called it "rubbish". Brock actually ended up playing bass for the track.

"Demented Man" follows this with an acoustic based track that fits well as the end to this side of the album. This is a surprisingly beautiful track that features acoustic guitar, mellotron and Brock's vocals.

"Magnu" opens up the next side with the longest single track (not counting the 2 part, 2 track opening) at over 8 minutes. The lyrics are built off of the poem "Hymn of Apollo" by Percy Shelly. It is built off of a driving riff and Brock's vocals are processed creating an echo effect. Instrumental jamming starts at the halfway mark. Again, this is another signature Hawkwind space rock tune where layered synths, guitars, violin and sax provide the psychedelic texture.

"Standing at the Edge" features spoken vocals of more of Moorcock's lyrics from the band's sax and flautist Nik Turner. The vocals are again processed with delayed echoes. This is supported by minimal instrumentation and occasional percussion. Again, I feel the readings weaken the album just because they seem corny now.

"Spiral Galaxy 28948" is a heavier and darker instrumental credited to the band's violinist and keyboardist Simon House. This is an excellent space rock jam track with everyone providing texture, but it's too short. This flows into another of Moorcock's readings "Warriors" with the author providing dramatic, processed vocals backed up by percussion.

"Dying Seas" features Nik on vocals again, this time singing, but containing that weird echo again. The track is more interesting than his previous one and has some great synthesizer/sax work at the end. The shorter tracks on this side of the album, up to this point, actually work better as being related, or considered as subsections of a single composition. Maybe they were intended that way originally, because it seems to be the case, but afterall, it was intended to be a concept album

The previous track fades out completely before the last track on this side "Kings of Speed". This is a straight ahead rocker co- written by Brock and Moorcock. This sounds like, and was a single, but it's still a good closer for the original album. The CD edition has a bonus track after this which was the b-side to "Kings of Speed". It was written and sung by Lemmy and naturally called "Motorhead". It is a hard rocker of a song with a cool violin solo in the middle.

Overall, this is another great album by Hawkwind, which is somewhat weakened by the corny spoken word tracks, but it is still good enough to be considered an excellent addition to my music library. I still consider it one of their best, and usually just ignore the corny parts. Besides, back in the day, they didn't sound so bad, it's just that they didn't age so well.

 Out Of The Shadows (DVD) by HAWKWIND album cover DVD/Video, 2004
3.40 | 16 ratings

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Out Of The Shadows (DVD)
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is a decent Hawkwind live release from the same tour that yielded Spaced Out In London. The tour's notable for the band being fronted by fellow space rock pioneer Arthur Brown - far from just playing a quick Fire cover and getting on with it, the band go for some deep cuts from Brown's back catalogue (Time and Confusion from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Time Captives from Kingdom Come's Journey) which fit seamlessly into the Hawkwind sound.

Beyond that, it's a reasonably decent Hawkwind gig of this vintage, concentrating largely on late 1970s and early 1980s material. Hawkwind were going through a bit of a slump as far as their studio albums were concerned at the time, but Out of the Shadows proves that there was still at least some life in them.

 Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.45 | 167 ratings

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Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
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4 stars With a comic book-like cover and title, it makes you wonder at first glance, what Hawkwind' intention for their 6th album could be. Well, it actually fits with the format of the album, which was intended to be like individual sci-fi stories. The inspiration for this concept was taken from the Sci-fi magazine 'Astounding and Amazing Stories'. The inside of the gatefold features ads for make-believe products named after the members of the band. This was quite a playful and ingenious idea at the time, though at first glance, seems a little tacky. Once you realize what their intentions were, to make each song a short sci-fi story, it makes a lot more sense.

This was the first album since 1971 to not feature Lemmy, better known as the infamous member of Motorhead. The replacement was Paul Rudolph who was a cleaner, better trained bass player than Lemmy. It also features Robert Calvert as the main lead vocalist for the first time. Robert wanted more songs that were character based, so, like Peter Gabriel with Genesis, he could act out the characters in the songs in concerts, making spontaneous theater. Thus the goal was to make the songs more visual. All band members contributed to writing or co-writing at least one track.

The first track 'Reefer Madness' is inspired by the old cult favorite anti marijuana movie. Immediately you can hear the difference in the bass, and you will notice the cleaner sound. However, it doesn't ruin the fun of the space rock/sci-fi feeling of the album. As the song approaches the middle instrumental section, things get more chaotic, and in this case, more enjoyable. Even the high synth sounds aren't overly obnoxious, but fit right in to the psychedelic feel. As the vocal hijinx are added in later, the humor in the song becomes readily apparent. It matches the feeling of the old movie quite well.

'Steppenwolf' was written while Calvert was reading the book with the same title. It is a song about city life and the myths tied to living in the city. The song has a great guitar hook, and a good driving beat, with plenty of organ, and sax added into the mix later. The track runs over 9 minutes and there is a driving feel during the verses. When the instrumental break starts, it quiets down and a beautiful melody led by violin starts. Spoken vocals come in later, the narrator being a man-wolf. This gives the song that 'pulpy' feeling of the type of story in the magazine that is featured as the concept.

'City of Lagoons' is an instrumental written by drummer Alan Powell. It is a mid-tempo song, mostly driven by synthesizers. It's an okay track that really doesn't leave much of an impression. This is followed by 'The Aubergine That Ate Ragoon', another instrumental, this time written by bass player Rudolph. This one is a lot more upbeat, funky and interesting utilizing sax player Nik Turner.

'Kerb Crawler' was the single from the album. It has that single sound, but is still unmistakable Hawkwind. The album version of the track is remixed by David Gilmour from 'Pink Floyd' of course. It has a very good guitar break and the song is interesting enough, but it didn't do well as a single unfortunately, since it is a strong enough song. It is unfortunately too short.

'Kadu Flyer' was written by both Nik Turner and Simon House. Turner also does the lead vocals on this one. House plays sitar on the track. Turner's vocals leave a lot to be desired, but the track is decent nevertheless. It is mostly structured all the way through until the last part, where things are more improvised.

'Chronoglide Skyway' is written by House and is all instrumental. It starts off with some interesting effects and is quite minimal at first. It eventually falls into a rhythm pattern, but is quite spacey as you would expect. The treated sax in this one is a nice touch.

The entire album is quite inconsistent, but it is still enjoyable, as each track is treated as a separate 'story'. The best parts of the album is the instrumental sections, but that is usually the case with Hawkwind. It's not their best, but it is a decent and fun album. The overall feel of the album is definitely Hawkwind, even with some line up changes and the sharing of songwriting on the album.

 Canterbury Fayre 2001  by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 2002
3.87 | 34 ratings

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Canterbury Fayre 2001
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A pretty decent live set giving a particular spin to the group's late 1970s-to-early 1980s material, plus a dip into "Silver Machine" with Arthur Brown guesting on vocals previewing closer collaboration between Brown and his fellow space rock pioneers in subsequent tours. With Simon House offering the connection to the late-1970s years and Huw Lloyd- Langton doing the same for the early 1980s, this time around Dave Brock's bridge crew benefit from familiarity with the material, but the overall sound is an interesting blend of those eras with the band and more modern efforts. The end result is a solid live album from a period when Hawkwind weren't doing so hot in the studio - it's certainly more interesting than the Hawkwind-in-name-only release Spacebrock.
 Yule Ritual by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 2001
3.58 | 22 ratings

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Yule Ritual
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This solid set from a festive season concert from 2000 finds Hawkwind focusing not on their more recent material, but archival stuff - largely hailing from the late 1970s and early 1980s. Simon House and Tim Blake rejoining on violin and synthesiser respectively may have had something to do with this. A few earlier cuts make it in - in particular, Michael Moorcock gets phoned up in Texas so he can deliver deranged renditions of the Warrior At the Edge of TIme and Sonic Attack monologues. With the best of late-1990s live Hawkwind already largely being captured on the Love In Space album, it's fun to hear this iteration of the band revisit this earlier 1976-1982 period, resulting in a unique set.
 California Brainstorm by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1992
3.28 | 27 ratings

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California Brainstorm
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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.
 The Friday Rock Show Sessions Live at Reading '86 by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1992
2.98 | 22 ratings

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The Friday Rock Show Sessions Live at Reading '86
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Hawkwind's eye-catching Chronicle of the Black Sword tour had, if not springing them to the levels of success they'd had back in the 1970s, at least got them enough momentum to snag a spot on 1986's Reading Festival. Playing up to the rock-oriented crowd and the high-energy feel of the festival, they essentially do an even more hard-rocking take on a mix of 1980s and 1970s material, and welcome Lemmy back onboard for a guest spot on Silver Machine. The end result is not the most subtle of Hawkwind releases, not least because (aside from the instrumental Pulsing Cavern) they give a hard rock spin to more or less all the material, including stuff like Utopia which was never originally cast in that mode, but what it lacks in variety it makes up for in energy.

That said, what is credited as merely Dream Worker is in fact a medley of Brainstorm, Dream Worker and Dust of Time, which offers a more progressive sonic exploration at just the right time in the running order. The final song - the aforementioned take on Silver Machine with Lemmy guesting - is by contrast gloriously slipshod and shambolic, the reunion clearly being a spur-of-the-moment gesture of friendship and goodwill that didn't admit much opportunity for careful rehearsal but, much like Lemmy's then-current work with Motorhead, hooks you more on its gusto than its technical brilliance.

As you might have guessed from the title. the Reading appearance was recorded by the BBC for Radio 1's Friday Rock Show, this release being part of a series by Raw Fruit Records licensed from the BBC of Friday Rock Show sessions by various bands (hence the hilariously inappropriate cover art - all the Raw Fruit Friday Rock Sessions releases got a similar treatment). The upshot of this is that the sound quality on this is pretty decent - on a part with Live Chronicles and perhaps a notch above it. I'd say Live Chronicles remains the definitive live concert experience of mid-1980s Hawkwind, but for those moments when the full pretentious spectacle of it would be too much this Reading appearance fits nicely.

 Love in Space by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1996
4.33 | 44 ratings

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Love in Space
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Hawkwind live albums don't really have a middle gear. Either they're horrible - terrible sound quality bootleg and might-as-well-be-bootleg crap tossed out onto the market for a cheap buck - or they're fantastic, regularly upstaging their studio albums, This was especially true in the 1990s; at the same time as a range of horrible bootlegs flooded the shelves and Hawkwind's studio albums were, at best, decent experiments in coping with a limited recording budget, they produced material like The Business Trip and Love In Space.

Love In Space is almost a sequel to The Business Trip; it's got the same balance of rocky and New Age electronic material, the same flow, the same production aesthetic. It also has Ron Tree adding a bit of energy as front man, and a track list with only a very, very few overlaps with The Business Trip. It neatly absorbs the alien conspiracy theory concept of their then-current studio album, Alien 4, into the wider substance of the Hawkwind canon, picking songs from other albums (and previewing Love In Space from Distant Horizons) to flesh out the concept.

In short, it's another masterwork, and one which goes particularly well with The Business Trip - making it handy that both live releases have been put out as part of the Emergency Broadcast Years boxed set at a decidedly generous price. Go for the Business Trip for a somewhat briefer journey, or embrace Love In Space if you want to go waaaay out there.

 The Business Trip  by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1994
4.23 | 37 ratings

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The Business Trip
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Hawkwind had been reduced to a three-piece in the mid-1990s, but on The Business Trip Dave Brock and company re- engineer themselves as a Space Rock-New Age power trio, wavering between blissful electronic explorations and thumping anthems at the drop of a hat. Everything flows together very smoothly and naturally, just as on the It Is the Business of the Future To Be Dangerous studio album, and the sound quality is the best enjoyed by a Hawkwind live album for quite some time.

The end result is another remarkable live release which is worth setting alongside the Live '78 Hawklords material or the mighty, majestic, Lemmy-powered Space Ritual. What's astonishing is how different each of those live releases sounds - perhaps the best testimony to how Hawkwind's sound has grown and changed and adapted over the years in the live context as well as the studio. There's a lot of dross out there when it comes to Hawkwind live releases but if you want something reflecting their early 1990s sound, don't mess about with bootlegs - go strictly Business and you can't go wrong.

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