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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) - This is a massive compilation of their best stuff.
"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 strong li...
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This Is Your Captain SpeakingThis Is Your Captain Speaking
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HAWKWIND shows & tickets


  • Hawkwind at Melkweg, Amsterdam on 7 Aug 2015
  • Yellowstock Festival 2015 on 8 Aug 2015
  • Hawkwind at O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford on 2 Oct 2015
  • Hawktoberfest 2015 on 3 Oct 2015

HAWKWIND discography


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

3.36 | 211 ratings
Hawkwind
1970
3.55 | 282 ratings
X In Search Of Space
1971
3.67 | 250 ratings
Doremi Fasol Latido
1972
3.98 | 346 ratings
Hall of the Mountain Grill
1974
4.10 | 496 ratings
Warrior on the Edge of Time
1975
3.28 | 127 ratings
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
1976
3.68 | 172 ratings
Quark, Strangeness And Charm
1977
3.18 | 89 ratings
25 Years On (as Hawklords)
1978
2.78 | 92 ratings
P.X.R. 5
1979
3.95 | 185 ratings
Levitation
1980
3.00 | 77 ratings
Sonic Attack
1981
2.60 | 70 ratings
Church Of Hawkwind
1982
2.64 | 67 ratings
Choose Your Masques
1982
3.40 | 95 ratings
The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
1985
3.26 | 77 ratings
The Xenon Codex
1988
2.89 | 76 ratings
Space Bandits
1990
3.68 | 90 ratings
Electric Tepee
1992
2.69 | 63 ratings
It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous
1993
3.02 | 60 ratings
Alien 4
1995
2.98 | 42 ratings
Distant Horizons
1997
2.41 | 34 ratings
In Your Area
1998
2.89 | 35 ratings
Spacebrock
2000
2.78 | 57 ratings
Take Me To Your Leader
2005
3.32 | 25 ratings
Take Me to Your Future
2006
3.73 | 102 ratings
Blood Of The Earth
2010
3.64 | 71 ratings
Onward
2012

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

4.20 | 231 ratings
Space Ritual
1973
3.77 | 57 ratings
Live Seventy Nine
1980
3.37 | 20 ratings
The Text of Festival - Hawkwind Live 1970-1972
1983
2.39 | 29 ratings
Zones
1983
3.41 | 24 ratings
This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic
1984
1.89 | 26 ratings
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin
1985
1.70 | 11 ratings
Hawkwind Live '70/'73
1985
2.78 | 30 ratings
Space Ritual Vol. 2
1985
3.45 | 55 ratings
Live Chronicles
1986
3.68 | 46 ratings
Palace Springs
1991
2.97 | 22 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live
1991
2.35 | 15 ratings
The Friday Rock Show Sessions Live at Reading '86
1992
2.96 | 20 ratings
California Brainstorm
1992
3.80 | 21 ratings
The Hawklords Live
1992
1.81 | 7 ratings
Live - ST.Albans U.K. Winter Tour 1979
1993
4.05 | 29 ratings
The Business Trip
1994
2.73 | 15 ratings
Undisclosed Files - Addendum
1995
4.25 | 36 ratings
Love in Space
1996
3.18 | 33 ratings
The 1999 Party
1997
1.88 | 11 ratings
Live & Rare: Onward Flies The Bird
1997
2.40 | 5 ratings
Welcome to The Future
1997
4.00 | 6 ratings
Hawkwind 1997
1997
1.69 | 11 ratings
Live at Glastonbury 90
1999
2.57 | 7 ratings
The Collectors Serise Vol. 2: Live 1982 (Choose Your Masques)
1999
2.67 | 3 ratings
Live - 1970-72
1999
2.59 | 8 ratings
Thrilling Hawkwind Adventures
2000
1.68 | 10 ratings
Live from The Darkside
2000
3.68 | 13 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 1 : Dave Brock, Sonic Assassins
2000
3.00 | 13 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 2 : Hawkwind Live / Hawklords Studio
2000
3.46 | 15 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 3 : Free Festivals
2000
2.83 | 15 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 4 : Live '78
2000
2.92 | 13 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 5 : Live '76 & '77
2000
2.80 | 10 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 6 : Live 1970-1973
2001
3.09 | 11 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 7 : Dave Brock, The Demos
2001
2.58 | 20 ratings
Atomhenge 76
2001
3.42 | 15 ratings
Yule Ritual
2001
3.44 | 10 ratings
Live 1990
2002
3.87 | 28 ratings
Canterbury Fayre 2001
2002
3.85 | 9 ratings
Live in Nottingham (2002)
2002
4.60 | 11 ratings
Spaced Out In London
2002
2.60 | 5 ratings
Cosmic Overdirve
2002
3.33 | 6 ratings
Live 74 The Chicago Auditorium 21 March 1974
2006
3.36 | 16 ratings
Space Ritual (2CD+DVD)
2007
1.79 | 5 ratings
Winter Solstice 2005
2009
1.54 | 4 ratings
Minneapolis 1989
2009
1.18 | 6 ratings
Shot Down in the Night
2009
3.18 | 11 ratings
Leave No Star Unturned
2011
3.33 | 3 ratings
Space Ritual Live
2015

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

4.03 | 5 ratings
Chaos
1996
3.00 | 2 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
3.22 | 13 ratings
Out Of The Shadows (DVD)
2004
3.17 | 9 ratings
Knights Of Space
2008
1.42 | 3 ratings
Winter Solstice - Live at the Astoria 2005
2009
1.23 | 4 ratings
USA Tour 1989-1990
2009
4.20 | 5 ratings
Live 1984 - 1995
2009
1.42 | 3 ratings
Treworgey 29th July 1989
2009

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

4.03 | 22 ratings
Roadhawks
1976
3.01 | 34 ratings
Masters of the Universe
1977
3.59 | 13 ratings
Friends and Relations
1982
3.33 | 12 ratings
Friends & Relations..... Twice Upon a Time
1983
2.50 | 4 ratings
Utopia 1984
1985
3.47 | 10 ratings
Friends & Relations Vol. 3
1985
2.06 | 10 ratings
In The Beginning...
1985
1.75 | 8 ratings
Ridicule
1985
3.56 | 8 ratings
Anthology Vol 1
1985
1.77 | 19 ratings
Out & Intake
1987
1.80 | 5 ratings
Early Daze [Best of...]
1987
3.29 | 12 ratings
Spirit of The Age
1988
3.70 | 11 ratings
Acid Daze The History of Hawkwind
1990
4.00 | 13 ratings
Stasis The U.A. Years 1971-1975
1990
3.00 | 6 ratings
The Best of & The Rest of Hawkwind
1990
3.94 | 7 ratings
Anthology
1991
3.71 | 5 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
2.00 | 3 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
2.04 | 5 ratings
Independent Days Volume 1 & 2
1995
3.75 | 3 ratings
Silver Machine
1995
2.00 | 2 ratings
Space Is Deep
1995
3.49 | 12 ratings
The Ambient Anarchists
1997
3.73 | 11 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
1.95 | 3 ratings
The Master
1998
3.30 | 10 ratings
Golden Void 1969-1979
1999
3.00 | 3 ratings
Year 2000: Codename Hawkwind Volume One
1999
3.02 | 6 ratings
Complete '79 Collector Series Vol. 1
1999
2.81 | 16 ratings
Epocheclipse: The Ultimate Best Of
1999
4.14 | 31 ratings
Epoche-Eclipse / 30 Year Anthology
1999
2.50 | 2 ratings
Family Box 4CD SET Limited Edition Collector's Set
2000
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Stonehenge Collection (Zones / This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic)
2000
1.33 | 3 ratings
The Hawkwind Collection - The Legends Collection
2001
2.59 | 5 ratings
Masters Of The Universe
2001
1.96 | 5 ratings
Family Tree
2001
3.91 | 4 ratings
Masters of Rock
2002
3.00 | 6 ratings
Welcome to The Future
2003
3.25 | 4 ratings
Oscillations
2003
4.12 | 8 ratings
The Dream Goes On - An Anthology 1985 - 1997
2008
4.11 | 9 ratings
Spirit Of The Age - An Anthology - 1976 - 1984
2008
4.67 | 3 ratings
Parallel Universe: A Liberty/U.A. Years Anthology 1970-1974
2011
4.26 | 6 ratings
5 Album Set
2013
3.36 | 14 ratings
Spacehawks
2013

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

2.69 | 7 ratings
Hurry on a Sundown
1970
4.08 | 13 ratings
Silver Machine
1972
2.78 | 9 ratings
Urban Guerrilla
1973
3.71 | 7 ratings
The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke)
1974
3.43 | 7 ratings
Kings Of Speed
1975
3.71 | 7 ratings
25 Years EP
1978
2.59 | 8 ratings
Who's Gonna Win The War?
1980
3.00 | 7 ratings
Shot Down In The Night (live)
1980
4.00 | 7 ratings
Sonic Assassins (ep)
1981
3.17 | 6 ratings
Angels Of Death
1981
2.63 | 7 ratings
Motorhead
1982
2.60 | 5 ratings
Motorway City
1983
3.50 | 6 ratings
Your Last Chance EP
1983
3.88 | 8 ratings
Night of the Hawks (ep)
1983
3.83 | 6 ratings
Independent Days EP
1984
3.92 | 5 ratings
Needle Gun
1985
3.40 | 5 ratings
Decide Your Future EP
1993
2.75 | 4 ratings
Area 54 EP
1995
3.00 | 3 ratings
Love In Space
1997
2.75 | 4 ratings
Spirit Of The Age
2005
2.00 | 1 ratings
Silver Machine
2007

HAWKWIND Reviews


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 Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.28 | 127 ratings

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Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars A tad underrated, I guess that's because Lemmy is gone, but I really think this album is killer! I really don't see what's wrong with this album. Not metallic enough? Robert Calvert rejoined the group, which I thought was a great asset to the band, so long as he didn't get all mental on them. First you start off with "Reefer Madness", an obvious reference to the black and white movie. It's a great opening piece, and I love those synth solos. Then you have "Steppenwolf", which just simply blows me away! This song first appeared, in a much more synth-dominated form on Adrian Wagner's The Distances Between Us (1974) (Calvert wrote the song, Wagner had also appeared on Calvert's solo album Captain Lockheed & the Starfighters). Hawkwind's version is much longer, and the whole song is absolutely killer! "City of Lagoons" is an instrumental piece, with spacy synths and what sounds like a phased Mellotron (since Simon House did use Mellotron on their previous two albums, Warrior on the Edge of Time and Hall of the Mountain Grill). "The Aubergine that Ate Rangoon" is an instrumental synth-dominated number. The only song I thought was mediocre was "Kerb Crawler", it sounded more like a generic rock and roller with female backup vocals. It sounded like Hawkwind going commercial here. But they redeem themselves big time with "Kadu Flyer". It stars off rocking, but towards the end it gets all Eastern with the use of sitar. The last is a moody instrumental "Chronoglide Skyway", which sounds to my ears dominated by phased Mellotron (amongst the phasing, it really sounds like I can detect it's a Mellotron).

Really, this is another wonderful album from Hawkwind, and even "Kerb Crawler" doesn't weaken my opinion of this album. To me, it's just another must-have album from Hawkwind!

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 Church Of Hawkwind by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.60 | 70 ratings

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Church Of Hawkwind
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars 1982's Church of Hawkwind is a seriously underrated album if there ever is one. I realize how difficult the 1980s were for so many bands that made it this far. A band like Genesis had no problem making it through the '80s, but they altered their style and substance to do so, at the expense of many of their older fans. Hawkwind never needed to do that, certainly they might adapt to some of the technology of the day, but even in the early '80s, they NEVER went all Duran Duran on us, which we can all be thankful.

Hawkwind takes a more electronic move here, thanks to Harvey Bainbridge doubling up on keyboards (which he first did on their previous outing, Sonic Attack). I really like the electronic approach they do, and several songs do nothing but amaze me. I really love "Star Cannibal", with the semi-spoken dialog. "The Phenomenon of Luminosity" is an all-electronic piece with lots of EMS Synthi effects and synth leads. "The Joker at the Gate" is an electronic piece with spoken dialog, "The Last Messiah" another strange electronic piece, while "Some People Never Die" features audio excerpts of the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. "Looking into the Future" is more typical Hawkwind that fans are more used to. I really say there's nothing I dislike about this album. I felt the next album Choose Your Masques was more mediocre (it sounded like the band going through the motions to get finished with their contract with RCA), even there it has some fine moments, so I even can't totally slag that album.

For years I shied away from Church of Hawkwind because of the cover. Sonic Attack and Choose Your Masques certainly feature MUCH better covers. I'm happy to say the music is much better than the cover. I have the original LP that came with a fantastic lyric booklet, which has MUCH better artwork than the cover.

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 Alien 4 by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.02 | 60 ratings

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Alien 4
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

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

4 stars Inconsistent albums have definitely been a bit of a Hawkwind trademark over their many years, probably from about the late 70's onwards! You'd always get a couple of killer tracks, a few decent ones, a few duds, with the obligatory baffling remakes of previous tracks as well. Thankfully, 1995's `Alien 4' came at a time in the early Nineties when the band were in something of a period of renewed inspiration, with albums like `Space Bandits' and `Electric Teepee' being a step up in quality from several of the 80's releases. It incorporates many of the best elements of Hawkwind sounds past and present, and that includes sleek spacey instrumentals, plodding hard-rockers, ambient passages, spoken word diversions and even some industrial programming they also explored on the `It Is The Business...' album.

The established members - David Brock, Alan Davey and Richard Chadwick - were joined here by Ron Tree, more of a festival/performance artist than a truly competent singer, but he brings flair and colourful personality to the music. Opener `Abducted' is a spoken word passage aiming to capture the spirit of the old Michael Moorcock poems on the earlier albums like `Space Ritual' and `Warrior on the Edge of Time'. It moves straight into `Alien (I Am)', a gutsy memorable rocker with a killer chorus that transitions into a short guitar solo and gliding synth interlude with `Reject Your Human Touch'. Ron's wailing vocals over the relentless cold programmed beats of `Blue Skin' will shred your senses and shatter your sanity, and while `Beam Me Up' starts soothing and introspective, it quickly morphs into a schizophrenic breakdown of ranting vocals and spiky punky outbursts!

`Vega' is a beautiful and blissful ambient floating synth instrumental, `Xenoporph' one of those reliable punky rockers that Hawkwind do so well but with a nice sprightly electric piano solo in the middle over swirling synths that build with heavy riffing guitars in the finale. Instrumental `Journey' begins intimidating but soon turns wondrous, and `Sputnik Stan' is a relentless heavy metal/rock n roll blaster with a bit of menace to the riffing, melting liquid synths dripping all around and a nice dreamy break in the middle (nice thick bass from Alan Davey on both of these too, with a nice melodic solo from him as well on the latter!). Moody instrumental `Kapal' offers dark slinking beats over vocal samples and cold machine programming, and the album (more or less) closes on a Dave Brock punky rapid-fire rocker `Festivals' with a reliable chorus, lovely wavering synth and light reggae-styled groovy bass breaks throughout.

Then, of course, the band throw in some of those baffling covers of earlier Hawkwind pieces. `Death Trap' is from 1979's `PXR5', and while Ron's vocals are certainly deranged enough, the music needed to be a lot more manic and messy to compliment him, and only the raging guitar solo in the closing minute brings the right energy. `Wastelands' (aka `Wastelands of Sleep' from 1988's `The Xenon Codex') barely runs over a minute, but it's still a pretty ambient interlude that segues into `Are You Losing Your Mind?', a delirious re- recording of `The Iron Dream' off 1977's `Quark, Strangeness and Charm' with new spoken words lyrics. All of these remakes are perfectly adequate yet utterly forgettable and add nothing to the main parts of the album. At least they're all lumped together at the end of the disc, so it's best to treat them as mere bonus tracks, skip them and finish on `Festivals' instead.

Although the band would go on to offer many more albums after this, Hawkwind fell back into those annoying inconsistencies once again right from the very next album `Distant Horizons'. They wouldn't see another return to some form until 2010's `Blood of the Earth' and `Onward' two years after that. But while `Alien 4' isn't quite in the same league as their Seventies classics or even Eighties albums like `The Chronicle of the Black Sword (and the heavy live album of it!), there's still plenty of strong material for fans of Hawkwind and their different eras to enjoy.

Three and a half stars, rounded up to four.

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 Hawkwind by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.36 | 211 ratings

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Hawkwind
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars The album starts out innocently enough with "Hurry On Sundown" which is a pleasant blues rock track with harmonicas wailing and a nice groovy upbeat bassline belying the fact that this is really a space rock album which begins as soon as the opener ends. The second track begins with a trippy Floydian spacy synth that eventually gives way to a background guitar line that builds and builds and then takes control while some serious cymbal action is giving a percussive icing to this just dessert. The eponymous debut album from HAWKWIND is generally not considered one of their best and almost universally rated lower than the later more sophisticated releases but I really love this album. Right here on their debut they pretty much have their own sound down pat from the getgo. The fact that they are a key link between the hippie dippy flower children and FTW punk cultures is clear right on this little piece of sonic bliss from 1970.

This album is really brilliant as a debut. It incorporates the bluesy hard rock of the 70s and adds high energy tribal drumming to infuse a nice punky energy. There is also a smokin' sax, fluttering flute and beefy bass drive that keeps this music humming and intense even though a lot of it is actually a bit repetitive. That could be the problem for some but this is space rock after all and it is just done so well as to incorporate some of the spaciest elements of psychedelic 60s with an energetic feel that would become the 70s and beyond. I think this album is way underrated and deserves as much attention as all the greats that come after. HAWKWIND was and still is a unique psychedelic force in the universe and they wasted no time proving that on this first psychedelic spaced out frenzy. I also really love the album cover. One of my all time freaked out faves.

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 P.X.R. 5 by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.78 | 92 ratings

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P.X.R. 5
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Hawkwind is a band that has crept into my conscience over the last 10 years or so. Struggling with the classic (1969-1975) I found it hard to embrace a band so overly chaotic and spacey. Yes, I did find it hard. I did not, however, surrender though the odds weren't in my favor. The band made a terrific change in direction by 1976. The previous year the released what was to become the last of the "classic" era's tradition. "Warrior on the edge of time" was a great album in it's own right and maybe the only from that period I really enjoy from start to finish. I agree with the label "classic" when it comes to describing the first five or so years but that doesn't mean I embrace it. I like the later installments, the late 70's and all the way up to the Hawkwind of today. They have always been bold and by 1976 this was obvious enough when they released "Astounding sounds". This was a drastic change in direction and actually the only one of it's kind, because they evolved further on the next few albums. By 1979 they had merged the New Wave influences with a sort of spacey hard rock, which works just fine. I think that they reached their musical and creative peak with "Levitation" in 1980. That is not only their finest hour but one of the finest records ever made in the field of space rock.

"PXR 5" has it's ups and downs, for sure. Most Hawkwind albums are like that. In real life it is simply a question of taste and not quality, I suppose. The album opens with "Death trap", a fast paced rocker about a race driver. It is a great opening and live it is even better. "Jack of Shadows" is a very nice track, very Hawkwind-ish of the period. "Uncle Sam's on Mars" is not my favorite track, nor is "Infinity". They are OK. The intro to "Robot" is an ambient sort of piece. I have always been fond of those. They are really intriguing. "Robot" is a decent enough track.

The best of the lot is the song "High rise" with it's bleak soundscape and keyboards. I really get the feel of 1979 when I hear that song. It is one of the finest of Hawkwind's entire output. The title track is an equally impressive and intriguing track. A great way to end the album.

As a whole I would not recommend this album before others but it has it's distinct charm and is an even album, quality wise. It is certainly interesting as the final installment in yet another phase of an ever evolving band. "Levitation" is certainly different and that album is nigh on the only one of it's kind. If you follow the trail of Hawkwind you will certainly bear witness to a band that moved from one platform to another without ever losing it's identity. From psychedelic chaos to progressive rock via new wave, hardrock and ambient and back again. Impressive. This album is a testament to that boldness and eagerness to change.

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 Distant Horizons by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.98 | 42 ratings

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Distant Horizons
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars "Distant Horizons" will not win over a lot of Hawkwind fans as it is less spacey than it is protopunk meets techno. The new sound is heralded from the outset with the title track that reminded me of the pulsating trance rhythms and techno of 80s glamlords Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

This is not the lineup that I prefer for Hawkwind but Dave Brock is a present force as usual on guitar, keyboards, synthesiser, FX and pitched vocals. Richard Chadwick's drums are a pounding powerhouse, Ron Tree is here on vocals, bass & audio generator, though the guitars are the main drawcard here played passionately by Jerry Richards, who also sings, and plays keyboards, with some programming & cubase sequencing.

The punkier sounds lock in on 'Phetamine Street', followed by a poppy jumping thing called 'Waimea Canyon Drive'. I didn't mind this though after the weirdness of the opening tracks. The rhythm is hypnotic and there are some cool harmonies and reverberated guitars.

'Alchemy' is more like the old Hawkwind, though perhaps has a sound akin to 'Assassins of Allah'. The guitar riff is appealing, and there are those spacey atmospherics we all have grown to love that are pure Hawkwind magic. The instrumental track sits easily as one of the best on this album, almost metal with distorted guitar pumping along with a wah wah lead break.

'Clouded Vision' follows with a melancholy atmosphere, a very sweet intro with spaceship swooshes and otherworldliness until Brock sings the first verse. He is in a sombre mood stating the usual thoughtful lyric "where do we go from here? Terror is not the answer, though it is a shame to see, will I ever discover what lies in store for me?" again, the track is different for this band but is still entrancing.

'Reptoid Vision' follows, with punk vocals and guitars distorted to the max. the guitar riff is okay but nothing special; I rather like the way it grinds along with the space effects, but the vocals are awful. At over 7 minutes this track really goes on too long. When the guitars drop out there is a nice spacey atmosphere but this could have been better as a different track rather than tacked onto the middle of this punk thing. The lyrics are off the planet, with musings about a centipede head, reptilian legs, escalator sidewalk, digital crystals, fire creator, tidal wave curve on the wrath of the ocean, and more!

'Population Overload' is permeated by swathes of keyboards and then a narrative about thousands being crushed, a strait jacket, a concrete vest, and questioning are we brain dead? It locks into a hypno beat with weird effects layered over, and later a great lead guitar riff. This is a very effective soundscape and Hawkwind are masters of atmospherics. What ruins it for me are the punkish vocals; I prefer Brock singing in his spacey mode, as on 'Orgone Accumulator' or 'Brainstorm'.

'Wheels' is one of my favourites as its got a grinding riff and a ton of spaciness, the narrative is deliriously Hawkwind, pondering about "this world of the wheel, this world of oil". The sound fluctuates from left to right at times and there is a trance beat with buzzing synth and familiar sounds of distortion. It even ends with crashing waves. Love that one.

'Kauai' is more serene focussing on quiet keyboards, and waves washing up on a beach. This is followed by 'Taxi For Max', a real oddity with whistling and it sounds like a piano is dropped, with some weirdness on vocals and effects. 'Love in Space' is familiar as it often makes its way onto the plethora of compilations available, though here there are no vocals at all. I have always liked it and I think it fits well on this album, though admittedly the vocals give it an added dimension, missing here.

Overall "Distant Horizons" is not half as bad as I had first thought given the era it was recorded when Hawkwind were just staying afloat. It is not the band at their best, that is a certainty, but it still delivers and has enough diversity and spacey coolness to make it worth a visit. Check it out for yourself; I am certainly glad I did.

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 Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1985
1.89 | 26 ratings

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Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Space Rock overlords Hawkwind present yet another live album. "Bring me the Head of Uri Gagarin" is almost universally condemned due to incredibly distorted production and an echoed sound that may have been recorded off a fan's tape deck that he sneaked into the stadium. We are talking about an incredible concert though set in Wembley when Hawkwind were colossal and not just some cult band for a bunch of stoned hippies.

The sound is appalling on this release though you can still hear what Brock is singing about, mind you these songs are part of my DNA so I know them anyway. I have to agree with other reviewers that this release is perhaps best left alone. It is a part of some archival material with bootleg quality and not really worthy of a mainstream release. The main drawcards are perhaps Bob Calvert's delirious rendition of 'In The Egg' that is hilarious and parts and disturbing in others; a genuine acid laced speech if ever there was one. The rest of the material is the usual fair, Masters is here, Orgone and Sonic Attack, but none hold a candle to the versions on the brilliant "Space Ritual" gem. They are fuzzy and screechy and sounds drop out, a real tragedy given how great these songs sound usually.

Another point to consider is the album features a new live version of 'Silver Machine' that is quite interesting as is 'Urban Geurilla', however after a few listens the sound is nauseatingly dreadful and one will long for a cleaner sound that is found on most other Hawkwind live albums.

You have been warned but do not panic? do not panic? think only for yourself.

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 Space Ritual Vol. 2 by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1985
2.78 | 30 ratings

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Space Ritual Vol. 2
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Occasionally when one feels like some trippy space rock there really is only one place to turn; the masters of the universe themselves, the mighty Hawkwind. Having sat through the original 'Space Ritual' countless times it was time to indulge in Volume Two of this mammoth concert. Again the album features Hawkwind spaced to the max in a 1972 live performance. Originally the 'Space Ritual' album was edited so that it could fit onto 2 glorious vinyl records but now technology allows us to indulge in the full deal with colossal versions of 'Brainstorm' and 'Time We Left The World Today'. It is certainly worth the price of admission to hear extended sax warbling over a hypnotic protopunk distorted riff and driving bass and drums. The free improvisation in these tracks alone are incredible, the band seem to get lost in their own music as though flowing out of the stratosphere. It is a hybrid of various performances rather than a full concert but I have no problem with that as long as the quality is decent. Some of these old Hawkwind performances are distorted and really audio challenged but this collection sounds dynamic and heavy. Some of it as been lifted from 'The Text of Festival' live album and some from 'Space Ritual' but it is always a delight to revisit, though may frustrate some listeners who have already got everything in some form or another that is available from Anthologies ad infinitum. Hawkwind have burned themselves with releasing so many hybrids of albums that is impossible at times to recognise whether anything sounds different or is just another pseudo live rip off. I will focus on the definite tracks worth visiting.

'Brainstorm' motors along at a ferocious pace with Simon King's crashing cymbals and heartbeat pounding rhythms, Lemmy's killer bass and that beautiful manic saxophone squeal of Nik Turner. The whole thing is held together somehow with diversions into familiar riffs and then it locks into a guitar and sax tradeoff improvised session that grinds out over the raucous atmospherics. Dave Brock is legendary with Hawkwind and here he in the early 70s at his best. Overall this is the best way to experience 'Brainstorm' without the edits; simply mesmirising from start to end.

The whole recording is part of the Brixton Sundown performance heard on 'Space Ritual''s second disc with some extras added in and alternate versions of some classics such as the grandiose "Orgone Accumulator". The shorter version is not up to the awesome standard of the original live version but it is still wonderful to hear Brock's echoed reverberations, 'I got an Orgone Accumulator, and it makes me feel greater.' I noted the vocals are different to the Volume One version so it was good at least that this was not just the same recording. The extended jam on this is markedly different but is nonetheless psychedelic and hypnotic.

"Time We Left This World Today" is another unique version, far outweighing the original version, including a bass heavy passage from "Paranoia" that works well with the atmosphere generated. Dik and Del's audio generated space effects are delirious throughout as they were on the first live album. At times the space effects overwhelm the guitars but it is great to hear this classic sound. Bob Calvert the resident swazzler is here too in earnest doing his infamous 'Sonic Attack', a different version, and '10 seconds of Forever' but the shock has long worn off as the tracks are so familiar to Hawkwindians like myself. Calvert sounds great on 'Seven by Seven' though with strange hyper nonsense such as his musings on 'the astro path'. The wah wah lead and sax warble nicely throughout, creating a maelstrom of sound with cosmic resonances and trippy psych prog.

"Wind of Change" leads directly into this latter track and I love how the songs seem to merge one into another, as they did on the first live album. It adds to the experience that you can rarely hear the crowd, except for at the end of some songs, so it often feels like a studio jam session. The sound is excellent and fills up a pair of headphones.

"Master of the Universe" is as blindingly brilliant as ever. King simply pounds the skin off those drums, and the extended solo of wah wah space guitar and squelchy sax embellishments are wondrous. The band are amazing when they are in full flight and never more so than on treasures like this. It all culminates in a version of "Welcome to the Future", that is short but closes things on an extremely dramatic note. The band say thank you and then the crowd roar for more, perhaps Stacia needed to come out at this point again. The footstamping and clapping is raucous and one wonders if Hawkwind even did encores. There is another version of the album that features heaps of other tracks but in reality all these live albums of the 70s by Hawkwind sound so similar it is the overall experience that counts.

I recommend 'Space Ritual Volume 2' to all the dedicated Hawkind addicts out there as it never disappoints in terms of sound quality and general trippiness, and in any form is therefore a live performance that deserves to see the light of day.

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 Spacehawks by HAWKWIND album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
3.36 | 14 ratings

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Spacehawks
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Hawkwind's 'SpaceHawks' adds to the massive list of Hawkompilations that have churned out of the Hawkwind machine over the years and it is not half bad at that. Immediately it must be stated that this list of songs is not your normal run of the mill Hawkwind back catalogue of songs devoted fans have already owned for years. This time around the band have reinvented themselves with new studio versions of some of their most beloved tracks such as stirring versions of Assault & Battery and Golden Void, originally from the masterful "Warrior On The Edge Of Time".

Seasons from 2012's 'Onward' is also re-recorded with this new lineup; Dave Brock is always the most consistent element of the band and he is fine voice as always. Where Are They Now is another one from the 70s given a new glossy makeover and then the surprise of the album is a studio version of the classic fun-filled bizarre Sonic Attack. Dibs is as loony as ever and it is remarkable to finally hear a studio version of this timeless oddity from the 'Space Ritual' masterpiece.

Demented Man is another new recording from "Warrior On The Edge Of Time", given a more melancholy acoustic d'cor. There is a new one to indulge in We Two Are One, that will appease the Hawkwindians out there. We Took The Wrong Step is a strange choice, acoustically driven and originating from 1971's "In Search Of Space" classic. Every decent comp will have the ultimate Hawkwind track Masters Of The Universe, and this time it is reimagined with guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton's personal twist on it, his final Hawkwind recording so it acts as a tributary cut to his musical prowess.

Sacrosanct is another new one with swathes of synth and techno rhythms. From 'Blood of the Earth' comes a new version of Sentinel, not as heavy as the original but interesting as a softer approach to this gem. It's All Lies is better with the Hawkwind Light Orchestra, and Brock waxes eloquent about the state of the world. Touch is a new recording seguing into The Chumps Are Jumping, dripping with synth lines and space out cosmic nuances. The album closes with the new Lonely Moon and finally a soft version of Sunship BOTE from "Blood of the Earth".

The conclusion that can be reached after hearing these songs is it was nice to relive some of the Hawkwind back catalogue with the new spin on it from this 2013 lineup. The new songs are okay though nothing too flash. All in all it is a Hawkwind album worth visiting and cements their reputation as Masters of the Space Rock Universe.

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 Spacehawks by HAWKWIND album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
3.36 | 14 ratings

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Spacehawks
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by RSC

4 stars So, 100 or more albums in the racks and over 40 years from their debut, Hawkwind have added another title to their catalogue of work. Of the original band, only Dave Brock remains, joined here by a cast of relative newcomers (although drummer Richard Chadwick has been in the band over 20 years as I write this!). Then question is then: do we really need "Spacehawks"? Let's see what's on offer ...

1. Seasons - (remix from "Onward") - a steady opener, re-mixed from the previous (2011) album; opens with a tolling bell, footsteps and a revving engine before taking flight, it's a straight forward rocker (in Hawkwind terms)

2. Assault & Battery- (new studio recording) / 3. Golden Void - (new studio recording - both originally from "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" ) - these tracks are inseperable and immortal classics, so why re-record them? Well, those who know the originals will find these new versions sound quite different! Anyone lucky enough to have seen the 2013 "Warrior... " tour will recognise these arrangements - this is how Hawkwind play these songs in concert in 2013. A time capsule, if you like. In my opinion, these re-makes are valid and enjoyable, although the die-hards may well disagree.

4. Where Are They Now - this track dates from that same golden era (1974/5) but had never been recorded until now. It actually segues from Golden Void - just as it does in concert. The pace slows about mid way through and then again towards then end, which is perfect preparation for ...

5. Sonic Attack - (new studio recording) - ANOTHER classic Hawkwind number re-recorded. The backing track to this rendition is a pulsing, synth-driven piece with Mr Dibs reciting the words in very effective fashion. Not as manic as Mr Calvert (!) but the treated vocal here works very well. Another worthwhile retread

6. Demented Man - (new studio recording - from "WarriorOn The Edge Of Time" ) - a far more mellow mood here! Played live, this was a show-stopper. Here the arrangement is embellished compared with the original, but in a very tastefully understated way. Another very valid re-casting

7. We Two Are One - new track - another rock-a-la-Hawkwind number, solid chugging beat. Absolutely nothing remarkable about this one

8. We Took The Wrong Step - (from Dave Brock solo album "Looking For Love In The Lost Land Of Dreams") - but this? What we have here is a re-make of a track which originally appeared on "In Search Of Space", Hawkwind's second album, from 1971! Going back to the acoustic mood of "Demented Man", what we have here is a beautiful, if melancholic, song. The lead vocal is by Dave Brock, with some gorgeous harmony vocals behind him on the choruses. The acoustic playing here can only be described as lovely, whilst the synth sweeps & swirls fit superbly. Tasteful, elegant and (for me at least) the best track on the album

9. Masters Of The Universe - (new studio recording with Huw Lloyd-Langton) - the late guitarist's last recording with Hawkwind. For that reason alone, worthy of inclusion. We learn nothing new about the song, but as a tribute to Huw, it works well - his playing is exemplary

10. Sacrosanct - new track - a more atmospheric piece, synth driven and none the worse for it. A dance rhythm with great slabs of power chord strategically placed, the track ventures into a keyboard mid section with some interesting percussion effects - I may now have to listen to some of the '90s albums where "Hawkwind went rave", because this is actually quite enjoyable!

11. Sentinel - (remix from "Blood Of The Earth") - a different mood now as the tempo drops. In a parallel universe, this would be Hawkwind's "lighters aloft" number. Fairly unremarkable.

12. Its All Lies - (from "Stellar Variations" - Hawkwind Light Orchestra) - the pace picks up again here on a great piece of socio-political commentary. Played live, this has gone down well with audiences and deservedly so. This track shows Hawkwind 2013 to still be very relevant. Great vocal rant by Dave: more like this, please!

13. Touch - new studio recording - slower again, this continues to showcase the 2013 version of Hawkwind. A short synth-y intro to ....

14. The Chumps Are Jumping - new studio recording - fast-paced and synth driven, a "spacey" number, again, relatively short

15. Lonely Moon - new studio recording - opens with piano & percussion, almost classical in feel ... short ...

16. Sunship - BOTE (remix from "Blood Of The Earth") - the closer is again slower paced and has a dreamy quality to it ... again, a short piece.

Final verdict? Tricky ... I am sure no one would ever describe this as a "must-have masterpiece", although some of the music here is immensely enjoyable, for fans & collectors particularly. However, this album deserves a far wider audience than that and certainly deserves more than 2 stars! It's better than good, so my final rating is 4 stars - an excellent addition to any prog music collection.

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