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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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Hall of the Mountain GrillHall of the Mountain Grill
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
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Space RitualSpace Ritual
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LevitationLevitation
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101 DISTRIBUTION 2009
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Masters of the UniverseMasters of the Universe
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Warrior On The Edge Of Time - Expanded EditionWarrior On The Edge Of Time - Expanded Edition
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HawkwindHawkwind
Remastered
Parlophone 2001
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Doremi Fasol LatidoDoremi Fasol Latido
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Alien 4Alien 4
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OnwardOnward
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In Search of SpaceIn Search of Space
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Audio CD$4.75
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HAWKWIND shows & tickets


  • Getaway Rock Festival 2014 on 7 Aug 2014
  • Reverence Festival Valada on 11 Sep 2014
  • Hawkwind at The Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg on 22 Sep 2014
  • Hawkwind + Pink Fairies at The Assembly, Leamington Spa on 2 Oct 2014
  • Hawkwind + The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown at Rock City, Nottingham on 3 Oct 2014
  • Hawktoberfest on 4 Oct 2014
  • Hawkwind at 53 Degrees, Preston on 23 Oct 2014 - CANCELLED

HAWKWIND discography


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

3.33 | 188 ratings
Hawkwind
1970
3.55 | 263 ratings
X In Search Of Space
1971
3.68 | 233 ratings
Doremi Fasol Latido
1972
3.98 | 315 ratings
Hall of the Mountain Grill
1974
4.10 | 449 ratings
Warrior on the Edge of Time
1975
3.26 | 114 ratings
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
1976
3.71 | 160 ratings
Quark, Strangeness And Charm
1977
3.18 | 82 ratings
25 Years On (as Hawklords)
1978
2.74 | 82 ratings
P.X.R. 5
1979
3.98 | 167 ratings
Levitation
1980
2.99 | 71 ratings
Sonic Attack
1981
2.47 | 60 ratings
Church Of Hawkwind
1982
2.61 | 58 ratings
Choose Your Masques
1982
3.38 | 84 ratings
The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
1985
3.25 | 71 ratings
The Xenon Codex
1988
2.89 | 68 ratings
Space Bandits
1990
3.68 | 81 ratings
Electric Tepee
1992
2.67 | 57 ratings
It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous
1993
2.89 | 51 ratings
Alien 4
1995
2.98 | 38 ratings
Distant Horizons
1997
2.39 | 30 ratings
In Your Area
1998
2.89 | 28 ratings
Spacebrock
2000
2.74 | 49 ratings
Take Me To Your Leader
2005
3.28 | 19 ratings
Take Me to Your Future
2006
3.71 | 98 ratings
Blood Of The Earth
2010
3.62 | 63 ratings
Onward
2012

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

4.19 | 213 ratings
Space Ritual
1973
3.77 | 55 ratings
Live Seventy Nine
1980
3.47 | 18 ratings
The Text of Festival - Hawkwind Live 1970-1972
1983
2.36 | 25 ratings
Zones
1983
3.40 | 23 ratings
This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic
1984
1.91 | 24 ratings
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin
1985
1.74 | 10 ratings
Hawkwind Live '70/'73
1985
2.76 | 27 ratings
Space Ritual Vol. 2
1985
3.44 | 53 ratings
Live Chronicles
1986
3.67 | 48 ratings
Palace Springs
1991
2.99 | 19 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live
1991
2.30 | 14 ratings
The Friday Rock Show Sessions Live at Reading '86
1992
2.94 | 19 ratings
California Brainstorm
1992
3.79 | 20 ratings
The Hawklords Live
1992
1.73 | 6 ratings
Live - ST.Albans U.K. Winter Tour 1979
1993
4.01 | 31 ratings
The Business Trip
1994
2.72 | 14 ratings
Undisclosed Files - Addendum
1995
4.22 | 39 ratings
Love in Space
1996
3.16 | 30 ratings
The 1999 Party
1997
1.88 | 10 ratings
Live & Rare: Onward Flies The Bird
1997
2.50 | 4 ratings
Welcome to The Future
1997
4.07 | 5 ratings
Hawkwind 1997
1997
1.69 | 11 ratings
Live at Glastonbury 90
1999
2.50 | 6 ratings
The Collectors Serise Vol. 2: Live 1982 (Choose Your Masques)
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live - 1970-72
1999
2.56 | 7 ratings
Thrilling Hawkwind Adventures
2000
1.67 | 9 ratings
Live from The Darkside
2000
3.67 | 12 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 1 : Dave Brock, Sonic Assassins
2000
3.00 | 12 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 2 : Hawkwind Live / Hawklords Studio
2000
3.48 | 14 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 3 : Free Festivals
2000
2.83 | 14 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 4 : Live '78
2000
2.92 | 12 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 5 : Live '76 & '77
2000
2.78 | 9 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 6 : Live 1970-1973
2001
3.00 | 10 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 7 : Dave Brock, The Demos
2001
2.57 | 19 ratings
Atomhenge 76
2001
3.38 | 14 ratings
Yule Ritual
2001
3.45 | 9 ratings
Live 1990
2002
3.85 | 30 ratings
Canterbury Fayre 2001
2002
3.96 | 7 ratings
Live in Nottingham (2002)
2002
4.64 | 9 ratings
Spaced Out In London
2002
2.50 | 4 ratings
Cosmic Overdirve
2002
3.40 | 5 ratings
Live ´74 The Chicago Auditorium 21 March 1974
2006
3.26 | 14 ratings
Space Ritual (2CD+DVD)
2007
1.78 | 4 ratings
Winter Solstice 2005
2009
1.42 | 3 ratings
Minneapolis 1989
2009
1.15 | 5 ratings
Shot Down in the Night
2009
3.25 | 8 ratings
Leave No Star Unturned
2011

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

4.03 | 5 ratings
Chaos
1996
3.00 | 1 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)

3.85 | 25 ratings
Roadhawks
1976
3.00 | 32 ratings
Masters of the Universe
1977
3.60 | 11 ratings
Friends and Relations
1982
3.10 | 10 ratings
Friends & Relations..... Twice Upon a Time
1983
2.67 | 3 ratings
Utopia 1984
1985
3.35 | 8 ratings
Friends & Relations Vol. 3
1985
2.06 | 9 ratings
In The Beginning...
1985
1.71 | 7 ratings
Ridicule
1985
3.50 | 6 ratings
Anthology Vol 1
1985
1.75 | 18 ratings
Out & Intake
1987
1.75 | 4 ratings
Early Daze [Best of...]
1987
3.33 | 11 ratings
Spirit of The Age
1988
3.70 | 11 ratings
Acid Daze The History of Hawkwind
1990
3.91 | 13 ratings
Stasis The U.A. Years 1971-1975
1990
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Best of & The Rest of Hawkwind
1990
3.93 | 6 ratings
Anthology
1991
3.77 | 4 ratings
Masters Of The Universe (1991/ Castle)
1991
3.83 | 13 ratings
Psychedelic Warlords
1992
3.00 | 4 ratings
Mighty Hawkwind Classics 1980-1985
1992
2.00 | 2 ratings
Lord of Light
1993
2.08 | 5 ratings
The Best of Hawkwind
1994
1.22 | 4 ratings
Silver Machine
1994
3.85 | 4 ratings
25 Years on 1970-1973
1994
3.85 | 4 ratings
25 Years on 1973-1977
1994
2.04 | 4 ratings
Independent Days Volume 1 & 2
1995
3.75 | 3 ratings
Silver Machine
1995
2.00 | 2 ratings
Space Is Deep
1995
3.46 | 13 ratings
The Ambient Anarchists
1997
3.55 | 11 ratings
Sonic Boom Killers Best of Singles A's and B's from 1970 to 1980
1998
2.71 | 6 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 | 29 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 | 4 ratings
Family Tree
2001
3.91 | 4 ratings
Masters of Rock
2002
3.00 | 5 ratings
Welcome to The Future
2003
3.25 | 4 ratings
Oscillations
2003
4.13 | 7 ratings
The Dream Goes On - An Anthology 1985 - 1997
2008
4.13 | 7 ratings
Spirit Of The Age - An Anthology - 1976 - 1984
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
Parallel Universe: A Liberty/U.A. Years Anthology 1970-1974
2011
4.35 | 3 ratings
5 Album Set
2013
3.37 | 10 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
4.00 | 12 ratings
Silver Machine
1972
2.71 | 8 ratings
Urban Guerrilla
1973
3.71 | 7 ratings
The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke)
1974
3.43 | 7 ratings
Kings Of Speed
1975
3.67 | 6 ratings
25 Years EP
1978
2.59 | 8 ratings
Who's Gonna Win The War?
1980
3.00 | 6 ratings
Shot Down In The Night (live)
1980
4.00 | 6 ratings
Sonic Assassins (ep)
1981
3.17 | 6 ratings
Angels Of Death
1981
2.60 | 6 ratings
Motorhead
1982
2.75 | 4 ratings
Motorway City
1983
3.60 | 5 ratings
Your Last Chance EP
1983
3.88 | 7 ratings
Night of the Hawks (ep)
1983
3.80 | 5 ratings
Independent Days EP
1984
3.92 | 5 ratings
Needle Gun
1985
3.25 | 4 ratings
Decide Your Future EP
1993
2.67 | 3 ratings
Area 54 EP
1995
2.50 | 2 ratings
Love In Space
1997
2.67 | 3 ratings
Spirit Of The Age
2005

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 Distant Horizons by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.98 | 38 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
1.91 | 24 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
2.76 | 27 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
3.37 | 10 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
3.37 | 10 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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 X In Search Of Space by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.55 | 263 ratings

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X In Search Of Space
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by The Mystical

5 stars "We are the children of the sun, and this is our inheritance"

For my 50th review on progarchives, I decided to review one of the classic albums in my vinyl collection. After little thought, I decided on Hawkwind's space-rock masterpiece "X In Search of Space", a record which I consider to be the definitive space-rock album. This record, repetitive as it is, sports some of the genre's finest jams, and the general atmospheres that are created throughout the duration of this psychedelic journey, prove the release to be an essential psychedelic album.

Of all the psychedelic rock bands of the 70s, Hawkwind is perhaps the one that is the most commonly associated with the label of "space-rock". The band's unique blend of riff-driven hard-rock and acoustic acid-folk has acted as a bridge between hippie and punk culture, influencing a large string of psychedelic rock musicians since the release of their self-titled debut. Of all Hawkwind's releases, "X In Search of Space" exploits this aspect of their sound most evidently, representing both of the major sectors of their fan base with an equal amount of power and enthusiasm. While the instrumental work on this album is impressive, the use of synthesisers takes the spotlight, embellishing this record with a tremendous cosmic power.

The album begins with the 15 minute jam, "You Shouldn't Do That". This repetitive psychedelic jam opens the album with a mysterious layer of synthesiser, beckoning the listener into further attention. The track then moves into a heavy riff, driven by guitar and bass, soaring on the wings of a warm analogue synthesiser. Nik Turner's saxophone is cunningly woven into the barrage of sound, adding a sense of quirkiness and individuality to the otherwise stark and brazen sound. The synthesisers are superb, bubbling and soaring above the mix in an incredibly cinematic fashion. Once the introduction is concluded, the vocals are added, chanting warily to the listener. After the vocals have ceased their chanting, the track continues in the same repetitive fashion, a tempest of heavy psychedelia growing ever more intense with every repetition. The final few minutes are a real treat, summarising the track with an ambient drone of saxophone and guitar, followed by a tumultuous roar of sound from the band and a swirl of manipulated vocals. "You Know You're Only Dreaming" follows the incessant psychedelia of the previous track almost instantly, with an exciting ambience that restores balance to side one of the vinyl. Turner's manipulated flute sound caresses this track with a subtle beauty, creating a soundscape on which the rest of the band's sound is built. The improvisatory jamming of this track moves in giant waves of sound, combining brittle, distorted timbres with mellow, aspirate timbres to create a dense musical landscape. A truly magical end to side one of the vinyl.

Side two opens with "Masters of the Universe", a legendary hippie anthem that sees the record move into a more vivid direction. The music here is more riff-oriented than the previous tracks, and the general atmosphere is rather more intense, due to the relentless pounding of bass that drives the track along. The hypnotic vocals chant lyrics in standard Hawkwind fashion. This track ends with a distorted explosion, a fitting conclusion to the explosive psychedelia that has been explored. And then, from the ashes of the unabated pounding of "Masters of the Universe", rises the phoenix of "We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago", casting rays of shimmering acoustic guitars onto the unexpectant ears of the listeners. This incredibly moving highlight moves the album immediately into a softer and more thoughtful direction, acting as somewhat of a revelation in the abyss of pounding guitars and aggressive drumming that surrounds it. The acoustically driven sound is warmly welcomed after the cascade of aggressive distortion, and the glitter of guitars adds well needed contrast to the album. The lyrics in this song are of beautiful simplicity, a significant call to the citizens of earth to care for their habitat. After this meaningful journey through the realms of our earthly home, Hawkwind enters their psychedelic space shuttle once more and sets fourth on another welcome voyage into the realms of space-rock. "Adjust Me" follows a similar format to the previous psychedelic jams that are featured on the album, but this time there is a patient and more subtle approach to the improvisation. This track has more of an exotic flavour than the previous jams, which is created through the lack of distortion and the abundance of acoustic instruments that characterises it's sound. The album closer, "Children of the Sun", is another predominantly acoustic track, which concludes the album with the hippie acid-folk sound that is laced throughout the entire album. This track brilliantly summarises the sound of the record, with a repetitive guitar and bass riff, softly embellished with an aspirate flute sound and the deep reverberations of a gong. This charming resolution to the album leaves the record steaming in the turntable, a souvenir of the journey that has taken place.

I consider this Hawkwind release to be the definitive space-rock album. The album fuses Hawkwind's aggressive signature improvisations with the folky and melodious acoustic sounds that were visited in their self-titled debut, creating an intriguing blend of spacey atmospheres. "X In Search of Space" is riddled with imperfections, but that is simply the space rock sound that is characteristic of the era. Hawkwind had many years and many more releases to develop their sound, but while many of their subsequent albums are masterful, every subsequent release brought them further from the true cosmic power of their original space-rock sound.

"X In Search of Space" is an essential addition to any space-rock collection and the definitive space-rock album.

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 25 Years On (as Hawklords) by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.18 | 82 ratings

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25 Years On (as Hawklords)
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by The Mystical

3 stars Hawklords - 25 Years On

Over the extensive duration of their career, Hawkwind has undergone many changes in their lineup and in their direction. Every Hawkwind release is accompanied by a progression in sound. While 25 Years On certainly belongs among the discography of Robert Calvert's clean, punk infused incarnation of Hawkwind, it is certainly no exception to this trend. In fact the album was even released under a different band name, 'Hawklords', for legal reasons. With this release, Hawkwind combines rigid punk with the clean rock sound of their previous Calvert-lead albums, and obvious musical influences from their earlier sound appear on side two. This combination proves to be successful for the most part, particularly the final three tracks, but there are some sizable flaws in the album. The largest mistake that was made in the creation of this album is the addition of 'Flying Doctor', which opens side two with an abrupt bang. This track is incompatible with the fluid, psychedelic sound of the three subsequent songs, and it detracts from the effervescence of '25 Years'. Fortunately, each of the songs that appear on 25 Years On are strong in their composition, and Robert Calvert's charismatic vocal delivery gives the album a dynamic sound.

The album opens with 'Psi Power', perhaps the most accessible track on the album. Here Calvert explores the theme of telepathy, and the music here is highly comparable to Hawkwind's 1977 release Quark Strangeness and Charm. Toward the end of the track, the music shifts into a swirl of whispering vocals, ending the song in usual, psychedelic Hawkwind style. 'Free Fall' is a sinister sounding song about sky-diving, driven by a cloud of dark synth noises and a catchy guitar and bass riff. Unfortunately, this track is bookended by two lengthy interludes of overly modulated synthesiser, which immediately gives side one an unfortunately dated feel. This disrupts the flow of the otherwise coherent first side of the album. 'Automotion' is standard Hawkwind fare, acting as an experimental bridge between the dark, riff driven 'Free Fall', and the pounding march of '25 Years'. '25 Years' is a raucous, punk infused track with a stiff, pounding beat that combines with the psychedelic chant of 'twenty-five years' to create a deranged excitement. There is an excellent energy to this track, and Calvert's manic chanting makes an instantly catchy hook.

Side two opens with 'Flying Doctor', a strange, riff driven track that sees Calvert make a semi-successful attempt at an Australian accent. Here Calvert makes a first person exploration of the theme of Australian drug-abuse with repetitive lyrics and biting satire. The guitar work here is excellent, soaking the track in overdriven riffs and a bluesy solo that adds a nice touch. Unfortunately this track blemishes the coherence of the album, lessening the savage punch from the previous track and thoughtlessly removing much of the subtlety from the three subsequent tracks. 'The Only Ones' marks an immediate step into the right direction. This fast paced, acoustically driven piece is reminiscent of Pink Floyd's 'The Narrow Way Part III', and it really pushes the rest of the album into what would have been an excellent direction for the whole album to follow. The overall sound of this track sounds like a polished incarnation of Hawkwind's earlier records, with a layer of acoustic guitars caressed by a cloud of melotron. 'The Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid' is another fantastic track, with a dark production that is somewhat reminiscent of Hall of the Mountain Grill. Here Calvert covers the theme of espionage with a descriptive lyrical portrait that weaves masterfully into the cold washes of sound and the nasal timbre of the guitar chords. 'The Age of the Micro Man' follows as an excellent album closer, concluding the album with the spacy sound of the previous two tracks. Calvert's charismatic lyrical touch combines with Hawkwind's signature space-rock sound to create a fitting culmination.

Overall, 25 Years On is a great album, and a worthy addition to Hawkwind's extensive discography. There are some substantial flaws affecting the coherence of this album, but there is an undeniable aptitude in the musicianship that is displayed throughout each of the compositions, and it remains an great listen to those who appreciate the charm of Hawkwind's punk-laced late seventies output.

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 Classic Rock Legends (DVD) by HAWKWIND album cover DVD/Video, 2001
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Back in the box

I'm not a Hawkwind fan. I think that the vast majority of their discography is cacophonous noise over monotonous rhythms, and this applies more than anything to their "classic" albums from the 70's. Yet, I do find the melodic Levitation album to be excellent and I also like a few other of their 80's albums. This DVD features a rather good live performance of the band that was released as part of the Classic Rock Legends series (that also includes live concert videos by Rick Wakeman, Strawbs, Caravan, Asia, and many more). The first feature that catches your eye regarding these releases is the magnificent Roger Dean cover art. Indeed, being a great admirer of Dean's art work is one of the primary reasons for collecting there DVDs (so far with moderate success for me as some of them are hard to find). In the case of the present entry of Hawkwind's, I would even say that looking at the box is much preferable to watching the visual contents of the disc! The music is good, but the stage show is weird and silly with dancers, jugglers, and performance artists (an art form that I despise!).

The show starts with Lives Of Great Men (aka Assault & Battery) seguing into The Golden Void just like on the Warrior On The Edge Of Time album. This is an excellent version of one of Hawkwind's best numbers and unquestionably the highlight of this performance. The presence of violin is very welcome throughout the show. The rest of the songs are of lesser value, but still decent. Overall, this may be Hawkwind's best live release (as far as the music goes; ignoring the visual blunders).

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 Blood Of The Earth by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.71 | 98 ratings

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Blood Of The Earth
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars This album is like: HAWKWIND is back, and they went back in time. When you listen to this album is kinda 'retro'. The sound maintains space and psychedelic prog in most of the album. However, it contains a couple of beautiful new age instrumental melodies that make a complete contrast with the rest of the album, and believe me, they work excellent as transitions from one song to the other, or in the case of "Starshine" (considering the original format CD where this song is the last one) to close the album. The rest of the songs are full of seventies sound of psychedelia and that hypnotic chant and playing by the band. Really recommended to all space prog fans!

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 Hall of the Mountain Grill by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.98 | 315 ratings

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Hall of the Mountain Grill
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars This must I say is a solid rock album with great material. This is sophisticated raw material. Hawkwind's fourth album "Hall of the Mountain Grill" from 1974 is not weird in my opinion, it could have been weirder but it really rocks. Dave Brock (vocals, guitars, organ, synthesizers), Del Dettmar (Keyboards, kalimba), Simon House (violin, mellotron), Lemmy Kilminster(bass, vocals, guitars), Simon King (drums) and Nik Turner(sax, oboe, flute, vocals) do a great job with the instruments. This is my first meeting with Hawkwind so I don't know "how to listen correctly" but I can hear nice accents, violins, saxes and some spacy sounds in a very raw hard rock music. It's absolutely not symphonic prog but another side of this heaven.

My favourite track here is "Wind of Change" which starts very soft and spheric and takes speed in the middle where the great melody starts. "The Psychedelic Warlords" directly shows a sweat music with many layers and short "Goat Willow" and "Paradox" are other favourite tracks. This effort has no weak moments so I will absolutely listen again. The music's rawness is unique because it's absolutely not metal or just hard rock. It seems to have been inspired by Krautrock bands but also pure rock'n'roll. It has an interesting sound I am not very familiar with but I think I want to explore it more now.

Best tracks: Wind of Change, The Psychedelic Warlords

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