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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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The Machine StopsThe Machine Stops
Cherry Red 2016
Audio CD$16.05
Space RitualSpace Ritual
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$5.49
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This Is Your Captain SpeakingThis Is Your Captain Speaking
Import
Imports 2015
Audio CD$26.42
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Warrior On The Edge Of TimeWarrior On The Edge Of Time
LET THEM EAT VINYL 2016
Vinyl$19.32
Parallel UniverseParallel Universe
Import
EMI Import 2011
Audio CD$10.38
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In Search of SpaceIn Search of Space
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$4.99
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Dream Goes On: From the Black Sword to Distant HorizonsDream Goes On: From the Black Sword to Distant Horizons
Box set · Import · Remastered
Cherry Red 2009
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Hall of the Mountain GrillHall of the Mountain Grill
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Emd Int'l 2001
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1999 Party1999 Party
Import · Remastered
EMI Import 2001
Audio CD$39.75
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Silver Machine-Live 2007Silver Machine-Live 2007
Multiple Formats · Import
Imports 2010
DVD$43.31
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HAWKWIND top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 236 ratings
Hawkwind
1970
3.60 | 315 ratings
X In Search Of Space
1971
3.69 | 274 ratings
Doremi Fasol Latido
1972
3.96 | 378 ratings
Hall of the Mountain Grill
1974
4.11 | 541 ratings
Warrior on the Edge of Time
1975
3.27 | 140 ratings
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
1976
3.66 | 186 ratings
Quark, Strangeness And Charm
1977
3.25 | 97 ratings
25 Years On (as Hawklords)
1978
2.74 | 101 ratings
P.X.R. 5
1979
3.95 | 207 ratings
Levitation
1980
3.01 | 81 ratings
Sonic Attack
1981
2.56 | 74 ratings
Church Of Hawkwind
1982
2.59 | 70 ratings
Choose Your Masques
1982
3.50 | 99 ratings
The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
1985
3.26 | 82 ratings
The Xenon Codex
1988
2.91 | 83 ratings
Space Bandits
1990
3.68 | 94 ratings
Electric Tepee
1992
2.70 | 66 ratings
It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous
1993
3.03 | 63 ratings
Alien 4
1995
2.99 | 45 ratings
Distant Horizons
1997
2.43 | 35 ratings
In Your Area
1998
2.91 | 36 ratings
Spacebrock
2000
2.79 | 58 ratings
Take Me To Your Leader
2005
3.35 | 26 ratings
Take Me to Your Future
2006
3.72 | 109 ratings
Blood Of The Earth
2010
3.65 | 75 ratings
Onward
2012
4.06 | 7 ratings
Hawkwind Light Orchestra: Stellar Variations
2012
3.42 | 12 ratings
The Machine Stops
2016

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

4.20 | 244 ratings
Space Ritual
1973
3.77 | 58 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 | 25 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
2.81 | 31 ratings
Space Ritual Vol. 2
1985
3.60 | 59 ratings
Live Chronicles
1986
3.71 | 49 ratings
Palace Springs
1991
3.03 | 23 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live
1991
2.44 | 17 ratings
The Friday Rock Show Sessions Live at Reading '86
1992
3.00 | 21 ratings
California Brainstorm
1992
3.84 | 22 ratings
The Hawklords Live
1992
2.00 | 8 ratings
Live - ST.Albans U.K. Winter Tour 1979
1993
4.07 | 31 ratings
The Business Trip
1994
2.73 | 15 ratings
Undisclosed Files - Addendum
1995
4.25 | 39 ratings
Love in Space
1996
3.66 | 36 ratings
The 1999 Party
1997
1.86 | 12 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 | 12 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
3.44 | 17 ratings
Yule Ritual
2001
3.44 | 10 ratings
Live 1990
2002
3.87 | 29 ratings
Canterbury Fayre 2001
2002
3.86 | 10 ratings
Live in Nottingham (2002)
2002
4.59 | 12 ratings
Spaced Out In London
2002
2.67 | 6 ratings
Cosmic Overdirve
2002
3.63 | 8 ratings
Live ´74 The Chicago Auditorium 21 March 1974
2006
3.44 | 18 ratings
Space Ritual (2CD+DVD)
2007
1.88 | 6 ratings
Winter Solstice 2005
2009
1.54 | 4 ratings
Minneapolis 1989
2009
1.29 | 7 ratings
Shot Down in the Night
2009
3.31 | 13 ratings
Leave No Star Unturned
2011
4.00 | 5 ratings
Space Ritual Live
2015

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

4.06 | 6 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
4.33 | 6 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
3.03 | 36 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
1.76 | 20 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
3.88 | 6 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
2.09 | 4 ratings
The Master
1998
3.50 | 10 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
4.16 | 26 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 | 5 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
4.17 | 9 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 | 16 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
4.67 | 14 ratings
Silver Machine
1972
2.79 | 10 ratings
Urban Guerrilla
1973
3.75 | 8 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
2.93 | 11 ratings
Night of the Hawks (ep)
1983
3.83 | 6 ratings
Independent Days EP
1984
3.92 | 5 ratings
Needle Gun
1985
0.00 | 0 ratings
Zarozinia
1986
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
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 Masters Of The Universe (1991/ Castle) by HAWKWIND album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1991
3.88 | 6 ratings

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Masters Of The Universe (1991/ Castle)
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars This record was my very first encounter with HAWKWIND. Like other compilations of the band, the track-list is half-studio, half-live. The studio part features two of the best songs from the space metal thundering album "Levitation": the heavy eponymous track and the futuristic "Dust Of Time". Unfortunately, it also features two mediocre songs: "Who's Gonna Win The War" (weakest from "Levitation") and "Quark, Strangeness And Charm" (weakest from the eponymous 1977 album). These last two choices are the only faults of the disc.

Nevertheless, the live songs clearly are the main interest of this compilation. Pretty rare, for the most part, they cannot be found on known live releases such as "Space Ritual" or "Live Chronicles", and are great while differing from their original versions.

"Angels Of Death" is undoubtedly the highlight. Recorded live at Barnstable Queens Hall 23rd December 1977 during the Hawklords / Sonic Assassins tour, it may have been the first draft version of the track of the same name that will feature on the "Sonic Attack" album. But the beginning is in fact a ferocious and heavier version of "Magnu", the oriental sonorities being replaced by raging guitars. Mindblowing! An essential listen for every space metal lover! The origin of the versions of "Masters Of The Universe" and "Motorhead" are unsure, maybe also circa 1977, maybe during the same tour. Nonetheless, they're also harder and faster than their original studio versions and includes additional sci-fi effects. Very very nice.

Initially a B-side, "Shot Down In The Night" was composed by ex-HAWKLORDS keyboardist Steve Swindells. This nice spacey hard rock song was first officially released in "Live Seventy Nine".

Do not rely on the awful cover art and font, "Masters Of The Universe (1991)" is a very good entry point for newcomers, as well as a quite interesting compilation for the Hawkfans, due to the presence of excellent rare live reinterpretations of some of band's iconic tracks. Give it a listen if you can grab it!

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 Live Chronicles by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1986
3.60 | 59 ratings

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Live Chronicles
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars Best 80's Hawkwind live album

Let's make it simple: "Live Chronicles" is to the eighties what "Space Ritual" is to the seventies: HAWKWIND's best live release of the decade. Whereas the 70's performance is mainly stoner, this one is mainly space metal. The set-list features tracks from "In Search of Space", "Warrior on the Edge of Time" and their 80's albums, especially - as the title suggests - their last opus at this time, "The Chronicle Of The Black Sword". Furthermore, like "Space Ritual" and other concerts, it also contains a few previously unreleased compositions, as well as - unfortunately - spoken ambient transitions, however shorter than usual, so it does not matter much.

The live versions of the studio songs are all good: space metal oriented and often with additional sci-fi sonorities. In particular, "Dragons And Fables" is better than the original studio version, with a more epic melody variation and spacey keyboards. The renditions of the 70's iconic tracks "Master Of The Universe" and "Conjuration Of Magnu / Magnu" are heavier, especially "Magnu" which is shortened and whose middle-eastern arrangements are replaced by distorted guitars. This is the eighties now... The peaceful "Zarozinia" is enhanced by a dreamy synthesizer solo. Instead of the original song, "Dust of Time" is in fact a nice short metal-ized instrumental reinterpretation of the studio version.

Concerning the previously unreleased tracks, they're overall quite interesting. The soft space ballad "Dreaming City" is not great, but enjoyable. "Wizards Of Pan Tang" is an epic piece in a style similar to "Dragons And Fables", while the cool space metal song "The Dark Lords" displays a dark electronic ambiance.

This double live album is a good rendition of the band's best passages of the 1981-1985 period. Furthermore, it's nice to hear the 70's classics reinterpreted the heavy metal way. Although different from "Space Ritual", attending the live performance with Elric brandishing his swords should have been also great.

Essential for all 80's HAWKWIND fans, "Live Chronicles" is simply one of their best releases from this decade!

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 The Chronicle Of The Black Sword by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.50 | 99 ratings

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The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars "ElRocktronic" of Melniboné

After the aborted "Earth Ritual" project two years before, HAWKWIND preferred to release an entirely new concept album (mostly) based on Michael Moorcock's character Elric of Melniboné. First studio LP since 1982's mediocre "Choose Your Masques", the record alternates punchy space rock/metals songs with more or less anecdotal ambient electronic passages. Although uneven, the overall result is rather pleasant, due to the presence of the hard rock compositions typical of the Hawks.

The first half of the record is the most interesting. The space metal opener "Song Of The Swords" is quite ferocious and epic, in the style of "Night of the Hawks". The electronic dreamy "Shade Gate" displays a contemplative landscape, whereas the sharp and aggressive "The Sea King" is another catchy rock song of the record, with added aquatic sound effects. Calm comes back with the ambient "The Pulsing Cavern", followed by the nice "Elric The Enchanter", a space rock/metal piece with a slight FM feel, reminiscent of "Sonic Attack".

Released as a single, "Needle Gun" is a double intruder here. First, it does not refer to the mythology of Elric but to another character from Moorcock, Jerry Cornelius. Second, and more important, this quite repetitive and irritating hard rock'n'roll seems musically out of place compared to the rest of the album. The weakest track of the record. In contrast, the melancholic space ballad "Zarozinia" is refreshing and enjoyable. "The Demise" is another atmospheric transition for "Sleep Of A Thousand Tears", a cool powerful space metal piece. Finally, the short messy "Chaos Army" introduces the strange futuristic floating hard rock "Horn Of Destiny".

The bonus instrumental "Arioch" is in fact more interesting than these last tracks. Unusual from HAWKWIND, this hard jazz/rock tune has similitudes with RUSH's "YYZ".

This concept album is a little overrated: the composition quality is unequal and the electronic pauses are not always interesting. Despite these few negative points - and a slight FM approach - the space rock passages are powerful and (mostly) very cool. Furthermore, the general ambiance is quite unique for its variety and mood changes, mixing heroic fantasy pieces with science-fiction sonorities.

For all these reasons, "The Chronicle Of The Black Sword" remains one of HAWKWIND's best studio efforts from the 80's, an essential listen for every Hawkfan, as well as a welcomed ambitious surprise for the space rock lover in the deserted mid-eighties.

NOTE: Certain remastered versions of this album includes the 1983 EP "Night of the Hawks".

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 Night of the Hawks (ep) by HAWKWIND album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
2.93 | 11 ratings

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Night of the Hawks (ep)
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars The Hawks are back

3.5 stars

Also released under the strange title "The Earth Ritual Preview" with a different cover art, "Night of the Hawks" was a project initiated by former lead signer Robert Calvert. With Dave Brock, they wanted to create a studio brother to the well-known 70's double live album "Space Ritual", with the participation of ex-members. However, the project was aborted, and this EP gathers its only few recordings sessions.

Nevertheless, after the errance of the 1982 albums, the inspiration finally comes back. These four tracks are quite good and each one shows a particular facet of the band: aggressive, ambient, electronic and fantasy.

The heavy space metal title track is in direct lineage of the thundering "Levitation". Featuring Lemmy at bass and vocals, this powerful tune is one simply one of the best compositions of the Hawks during the 80's! The hazy ambient song "Green Finned Demon" is quite ahead of its time and will be interpreted live in more electronic versions. "Dream Dancers" is a short synthesizer sequenced transition, in the dark style of John Carpenter's "New York 1997", whereas the heroic fantasy "Dragons And Fables" is the other highlight of the disc. This enchanting track will be interpreted live in a enhanced version on the "Live Chronicles" double album.

Despite its short length, "Night of the Hawks" is therefore important in HAWKWIND's discography, as it features three essential eighties songs of the band that will often be played at concerts. Furthermore, this EP is a turning point for the Hawks, the composition quality and focus have (at least) returned. Mandatory for every fan of their 80's material.

If the project hasn't been aborted, "Earth Ritual" could have been a great studio opus, on the same level as "Levitation". Instead, Dave Brock preferred to develop a concept album narrating the adventures of an important character from Michael Moorcock's mythology, Elric...

NOTE: This EP is now included on certain remastered versions of "The Chronicle Of The Black Sword"

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 Choose Your Masques by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.59 | 70 ratings

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Choose Your Masques
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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2 stars For Hawkwind, do not choose this year

2.5 stars

1982 was definitely not a good period for the Hawks. After the electronic parenthesis of "Church of Hawkwind" the same year, this album showed great promises with its space heavy metal cover art and font though. It even features the participation of former member Nik Turner on a track. Furthermore, the title comes from a Moorcock's poem. However, listening to the whole disc gives the slight feeling that Captain Brock took a nap and set the HAWKWIND spaceship in cruise control.

Not much to say about the title song, repetitive and flat. "Dream Worker" is a five minutes experimental electronic track, whereas the space metal "Arrival In Utopia" is more typical of the Hawks, however average. "Utopia" is another strange dark ambient passage, introducing an eighties remix of the single hit pre-punk "Silver Machine". Compared to the original version, several sonorities and effects have been added, the guitar is heavier and the production sounds more 80's.

The second half of the record is more interesting. The nice robotic KRAFTWERK-ian "Void City" is the track where ex-member Nik Turner is invited. Then comes the melancholic "Solitary Mind Games", quite new-wave oriented. Although rather unusual for HAWKWIND, this song is rather enjoyable. The science fiction theme remains present with "Fahrenheit 451", which continues the space punk approach developed in "25 Years On" and "Sonic Attack". Clearly the best track of the album, featuring a powerful guitar solo. The sequenced "The Scan" serves as an introduction for "Waiting For Tomorrow". Sung by Huw Lloyd-Langton, this ender is a pleasant floating blues-rock that could have been composed by Lemmy. Original.

As a bonus track, the eighties revisitation of the "Psychedelic Warlords" is surprisingly good and different from the original version.

Nevertheless, this opus is rather deceiving. The composition quality is not in par with the cool cover art, nearly half of the tracks are ambient transitions, while the space rock songs are less remarkable than on the previous albums, just two years after the thundering "Levitation". At the time, a new generation of metal musicians were emerging with exciting refreshing ideas.

With "Church of Hawkwind", "Choose Your Masques" is one of the weakest HAWKWIND studio albums of the eighties. Fortunately, Captain Brock will soon wake up and redress his spaceship just one year later...

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 Church Of Hawkwind by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.56 | 74 ratings

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Church Of Hawkwind
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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2 stars Electronic Hawkwind

2.5 stars

Strange cover art for a strange title. Initially released as a Dave Brock solo album, "Church of Hawkwind" is now considered as part of HAWKWIND's discography - like "25 Years On" - as it features most band members from the band's previous opus, "Sonic Attack". Nonetheless, this disc is not on the same level as the 1978 effort.

This particular opus mainly consists in electronic experimentations of the band's leader, showing his growing interest for the then nascent electronic music technologies of the eighties. The whole record is therefore dominated by short transitional synthesizer-driven pieces. There are only a few space rock songs here.

"Angel Voices" is just an electronic introduction, with alien voices, for "Nuclear Drive", which resembles some eighties version of a lost track from NEU!, with vocals. Average. The enjoyable "Star Cannibal" also has krautrock influences and could have well suited the ambiance of HAWKWIND's "PXR5" album. The best space rock song of the disc. The next seven tracks are just ambient / spacey / experimental electronic transitional compositions, more or less interesting.

"The Church" has a slight middle-eastern feel, whereas the TANGERINE DREAM-esque "Joker At The Gate" may be the best passage of the record, with "Experiment With Destiny", an electronic reworked version of "Virgin Of The World" from the previous studio album. The mysterious "The Last Messiah" contains sampled cries by "Madam X". More typical of the Hawks "Looking In The Future" is a space rock tune in the style of "Sonic Attack". Not bad, but not great either.

As a conclusion, the short tracks themselves works well as transitions, background music or drafts, but are not sufficient to create a convincing album. The three space rock songs are not very memorable either. You must take "Church of Hawkwind" for what it is, a play with exciting novel electronic technologies. However, this exercise may have opened new horizons for the band.

One of the two weak HAWKWIND studio albums of the 80's, with "Choose Your Masques".

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 Space Ritual  by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1973
4.20 | 244 ratings

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Space Ritual
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars The ultimate HAWKWIND live album!

4.5 stars

First live release of the space Hawks, "Space Ritual" was recorded from several London and Liverpool concerts during December 1972. These performances mark the first participation of Robert Calvert, who will become the band's lead singer in 1976. The set-list consists in tracks from their recent studio opuses "In Search of Space" and, in particular, "Doremi Fasol Latido", as well as some previously unreleased songs, interlaced with short ambient interludes. These small pieces sometimes feature Robert Calvert reciting poems written by author Michael Moorcock.

The music is even more stoner, aggressive and sci-fi than on the aforementioned studio albums. A heavy psychedelic soundtrack for galactic space warriors! This impression is reinforced by the high volume of Lemmy's bass and the speedy guitar riffing.

The previously unreleased tracks are all great. "Born To Go" is pure devastating stoner psychedelia, while "Upside Down" sounds like a cool heavy GONG-ish song. The nice "Seven By Seven" is a softer melancholic piece. However, the powerful and trippy "Orgone Accumulator" is the most interesting novelty here. Sung by Robert Calvert, this furious space-speed-metal tune with unreal progressions will make you fly into a cosmic wormhole. Ahead of its time, the highlight of the record!

Concerning the known songs, they are more enraged, boosted up and features additional sci-fi effects compared to their studio version. "Lord Of Light" has been enhanced with futuristic electronic sonorities, while "Space Is Deep" has been extended and "Brainstorm", shortened. The repetitive "Time We Left This World Today" contains a little more variations than the original version.

Not much to say about the short ambient interludes. The somber introduction "Earth Calling" and the experimental "Electronic No 1" are instrumental, whereas "The Awakening", "Black Corridor", "10 Seconds To Forever", "Sonic Attack" and "Welcome To The Future" are spoken poems with synthesizer sound effects. Without the stage visuals, these small pieces scattered over the two discs tend to break the listening experience.

This album is undoubtedly the most ferocious from the band's "golden"-era, in the first half of the seventies. The raw sound and speed were quite ferocious at this time. You can maybe perceive glimpses of pre-MOTÖRHEAD here. The set-list is rather good and audacious, with a few peaceful songs allowing the listener to breathe. The only reasons why I remove a half-star are the interruptive spoken passages and "Time We Left This World Today", that I don't really enjoy.

"Space Ritual" is simply one of the best space rock concerts of the 70's, with GROBSCHNITT's "Solar Music Live"! If you have to choose only one live HAWKWIND album, better go with this one.

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 Sonic Attack by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.01 | 81 ratings

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Sonic Attack
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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3 stars Harmless Attack

The thundering "Levitation" opened the decade by showing great promises and offered HAWKWIND a new life. However, despite its shiny cover art, "Sonic Attack" is not as inspired and innovative as its predecessor. With space metal, the music incorporates more and more ambient electronic passages and a hard rock FM feel. The album is overall pleasant, but the tracks are not very memorable nor distinguishable either.

The line-up has also been victim of a few changes. Ex-"HAWKLORDS" drummer Martin Griffin replaces Ginger Baker, whereas no keyboardist was found to replace Tim Blake. "Sonic Attack" features also a guest participation of Michael Moorcock, the last one being six years ago, on "Warrior on the Edge of Time". You know what it means... interruptive spoken passages.

The title track is a reference from a Moorcock's poem. It reuses the transition piece interpreted live by Robert Calvert during the 1972 Space Ritual tour, with additional sound effects. This 80's reworked version does not bring much to the original and is rather lengthy. In conclusion, a quite useless opener. "Rocky Paths" is a hard FM space rock/metal piece sung by Huw Lloyd-Langton, with various synthesizer sonorities. Nice, but not on the same level as on "Levitation". "Psychosonia" is the continuation of the previous track and features rock-y bass and guitar, as well as Moorcock reciting his poems. The background sequence of the ambient "Virgin Of The World" reminds a little PINK FLOYD's "On the Run". Mainly synthetic, This track will be remixed in an even more electronic version as "Experiment with Destiny" in the "Church of Hawkwind" album, one year later. It contains a cool floating guitar solo.

Then comes "Angels Of Death" with its little repetitive space hard rock riff, and the punky "Living On A Knife Edge". This second song is more interesting as it also features synthesizer cosmic passages and very nice guitar playing. Again, "Coded Languages" is another poem recited by Michael Moorcock that serves as introduction for the punchy metal/punk "Disintegration". "Streets Of Fear" has far reminiscences from "Magnu" with its heavy distorted guitars. Not much to say about "Lost Chances". This ender is not bad, but not especially good either. It has a cool finale though. The bonus track "Trans-Dimensional Man" is rather anecdotal.

"Sonic Attack" has no really weak tracks, but not truly remarkable ones either. The music is overall enjoyable, but this album is a bit deceiving just one year after the great and bombastic "Levitation". The compositions are pleasant but do not feature many changes, as if they were drafts for something else. In act, they unveil glimpses of Dave Brock's growing interest for electronic technologies.

An enjoyable space rock/metal/punk/FM album. For the 80's, not the worst HAWKWIND opus but not the most interesting either...

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 Levitation  by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.95 | 207 ratings

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Levitation
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars New Wave of British Space Metal

4.5 stars

Wow. What a metamorphosis and an unexpected good surprise!

With "Levitation", HAWKWIND really embraces the new spirit of the 80's. Dave Brock used the best of what this controversial decade has to offer to refresh the band's musical style: heavy metal, catchy synthesizers, urgency and energy. No more stoner psychedelic rock or lengthy improvisations, the tracks are now shorter, more direct and more concise. There will be no turning back. However, this 1980 opus really provides varying ambiances, as it alternates aggressive, peaceful, rock and electronic passages. In fact, nearly half of the disc is instrumental! But, most important, the inspiration and novelty are present. The production has also improved and the sound quality is great.

New decade, new line-up. Robert Calvert gone, Dave Brock is the only original member remaining and thus goes back to lead singing. Ginger Baker and especially ex-GONG and solo keyboardist Tim Blake join the band. "Levitation" also marks the surprising return of guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton, his last apparition dates from the self- titled 1970 debut! Ex-"HAWKWLORDS" Harvey Bainbridge is recruited at bass.

The title track is simply a space metal hymn. Catchy, bombastic, with various guitar and keyboards, it really rocks! A classic from the Hawks! The aerial "Motorway City" is a softer pleasant rock piece, showing that the band has truly embraced the eighties. "Psychosis" is a strange short experimental passage composed by Harvey Bainbridge. It serves as an introduction for the thundering "World Of Tiers". A surprising instrumental composition, as it alternates powerful space metal and calmer moments.

"Prelude" is another peaceful electronic ambient transition for "Who's Gonna Win The War". Average melody, not many variations, this lazy song is the only weak track of the record. On the contrary, the instrumental "Space Chase" is another mighty ferocious space metal gem. Mindblowing! "The Fifth Second Of Forever" opens with a delicate acoustic guitar introduction, and then unveils a cool space rock ballad, in the style of "Hall Of The Mountain Grill". "Dust Of Time" adopts a rhythm and bass line similar to PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2", but for a futuristic musical purpose. Coupled with a robotic ambiance and a punchy melody, the final result is quite unique, even in the band's discography. Love it!

"Levitation" is full of classics and truly provides a journey to cosmos through various musical galaxies. One more time, Dave Brock proves his band is still in par with its time while maintaining and adapting its identity. After the audacious but unequal late 70's experimentations of the Calvert-era/punk-years, this 1980 opus genuinely represents HAWKWIND's rebirth. The spaceship is fully ready to venture into the eighties, which have been fatal for so many progressive bands. With Captain Brock leading, the passengers are completely reassured.

"Levitation" marks the beginning of the Hawks' second life in the eighties, which can be considered as their silver or heavy metal years. One the best HAWKWIND albums, and the best from the 80's! A space metal classic.

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 P.X.R. 5 by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.74 | 101 ratings

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

Review by Modrigue
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2 stars 2.5 stars

After "Quark, Strangeness And Charm", HAWKWIND recorded PXR5 in 1978, but disbanded due to internal disagreements. The members then went on side projects. After the release of "25 Years On" and the departure of Robert Calvert, Dave Brock reformed the band with new members and finally released the album in 1979. Thus, the line-up of "PXR5" is nearly the same as on "Quark, Strangeness And Charm".

Nonetheless, the music was already turning punk, while the metal and futuristic elements developed on the innovative 1977 opus were temporarily put aside. As a consequence, the style isn't really space rock and can be compared to "25 Years On"'s, but unfortunately without the the same composition quality.

The disc is in fact half-studio half-live: "Uncle Sam's On Mars", "Robot" and "High Rise" were recorded live during the 1977 tour in England, and then remixed and overdubbed in studio, whereas "Infinity" was based on a poem Robert Calvert recited for the 1973 Space Ritual Tour.

The opener "Death Trap" is just a basic punk track, repetitive and irritating. "Jack Of Shadows" is an enjoyable soft rock with some spacey keyboards. Then the band surprisingly goes back to stoner with the psychedelic "Uncle Sam's On Mars". This song has similitudes with "Brainstorm", however smoother and much less interesting. The first half finishes with the poem "Infinity", an average space folk ballad, with various sound effects.

The second half of the record is a little more inspired. "Life Form" is a short ambient electronic introduction for "Robot", the longest track. Inspired by Isaac Asimov's trilogy, its middle-eastern aggressive riff is in the style of "Magnu". Unfortunately it fails at being the highlight, as it does not feature many variations. On the contrary, "High Rise" is the best track of the disc. An aerial trippy piece, with spacey guitars. The title track is original, a kind of half-punk, half-robotic song, but a bit difficult to follow. Ironically, this composition is better than the title tracks from the Hawks' best albums from this period.

There is not much to save from this record, except "High Rise". The band is not as innovative as on "Quark, Strangeness And Charm" and not as audacious as on "25 Years On". Last official HAWKWIND studio release with Robert Calvert, "PXR5" marks the end of an era and is Brock and co.'s first genuine fault in their rich 70's discography.

But a new decade is just about to come...

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