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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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

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

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

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

Then you should consider the following efforts which I would recommend to the "Hawkfan":
"Levitation" ('80) - The last truly great HAWKWIND studio album.
"The Church of Hawkwind" ('82) - Really a Dave BROCK solo album. Very spacey and electronic.
"Chronicle of the Black...
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HAWKWIND top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.37 | 320 ratings
Hawkwind
1970
3.64 | 423 ratings
X In Search Of Space
1971
3.76 | 387 ratings
Doremi Fasol Latido
1972
4.01 | 502 ratings
Hall of the Mountain Grill
1974
4.10 | 717 ratings
Warrior on the Edge of Time
1975
3.46 | 201 ratings
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
1976
3.69 | 253 ratings
Quark, Strangeness And Charm
1977
3.26 | 141 ratings
Hawklords: 25 Years On
1978
2.93 | 142 ratings
PXR 5
1979
3.99 | 277 ratings
Levitation
1980
3.19 | 113 ratings
Sonic Attack
1981
2.82 | 106 ratings
Church Of Hawkwind
1982
2.75 | 100 ratings
Choose Your Masques
1982
3.47 | 137 ratings
The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
1985
3.25 | 110 ratings
The Xenon Codex
1988
3.07 | 111 ratings
Space Bandits
1990
3.81 | 131 ratings
Electric Tepee
1992
2.88 | 88 ratings
It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous
1993
3.26 | 88 ratings
Alien 4
1995
3.25 | 66 ratings
Distant Horizons
1997
2.25 | 50 ratings
In Your Area
1998
2.89 | 49 ratings
Spacebrock
2000
2.64 | 83 ratings
Take Me To Your Leader
2005
3.19 | 42 ratings
Take Me To Your Future
2006
3.65 | 133 ratings
Blood Of The Earth
2010
3.65 | 105 ratings
Onward
2012
3.84 | 31 ratings
Hawkwind Light Orchestra: Stellar Variations
2012
3.61 | 54 ratings
The Machine Stops
2016
3.75 | 54 ratings
Into the Woods
2017
2.82 | 34 ratings
Road To Utopia
2018
3.10 | 31 ratings
All Aboard the Skylark
2019
3.68 | 32 ratings
Hawkwind Light Orchestra: Carnivorous
2020
3.79 | 33 ratings
Somnia
2021
3.81 | 19 ratings
The Future Never Waits
2023

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

4.21 | 318 ratings
Space Ritual
1973
3.85 | 80 ratings
Live Seventy Nine
1980
3.32 | 26 ratings
The Text of Festival - Hawkwind Live 1970-1972
1983
2.36 | 39 ratings
Zones
1983
3.33 | 35 ratings
This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic
1984
1.91 | 36 ratings
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin
1985
1.71 | 15 ratings
Hawkwind Live '70/'73
1985
2.82 | 40 ratings
Space Ritual Vol. 2
1985
3.74 | 74 ratings
Live Chronicles
1986
3.73 | 64 ratings
Palace Springs
1991
3.18 | 30 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live
1991
2.96 | 26 ratings
The Friday Rock Show Sessions Live at Reading '86
1992
3.26 | 31 ratings
California Brainstorm
1992
3.76 | 29 ratings
The Hawklords Live
1992
1.80 | 11 ratings
Live - ST.Albans U.K. Winter Tour 1979
1993
4.23 | 43 ratings
The Business Trip
1994
2.78 | 22 ratings
Undisclosed Files - Addendum
1995
4.31 | 50 ratings
Love in Space
1996
3.65 | 44 ratings
The 1999 Party
1997
2.14 | 18 ratings
Live & Rare: Onward Flies The Bird
1997
2.13 | 8 ratings
Welcome to The Future
1997
3.68 | 10 ratings
Hawkwind 1997
1997
1.64 | 16 ratings
Live at Glastonbury 90
1999
2.27 | 11 ratings
The Collectors Serise Vol. 2: Live 1982 (Choose Your Masques)
1999
1.83 | 6 ratings
Live - 1970-72
1999
2.48 | 12 ratings
Thrilling Hawkwind Adventures
2000
1.59 | 13 ratings
Live from The Darkside
2000
3.57 | 19 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 1 : Dave Brock, Sonic Assassins
2000
3.06 | 18 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 2 : Hawkwind Live / Hawklords Studio
2000
3.40 | 21 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 3 : Free Festivals
2000
2.79 | 20 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 4 : Live '78
2000
3.00 | 18 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 5 : Live '76 & '77
2000
2.67 | 15 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 6 : Live 1970-1973
2001
3.00 | 16 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 7 : Dave Brock, The Demos
2001
2.88 | 29 ratings
Atomhenge 76
2001
3.54 | 24 ratings
Yule Ritual
2001
3.57 | 17 ratings
Live 1990
2002
3.86 | 37 ratings
Canterbury Fayre 2001
2002
3.81 | 14 ratings
Live in Nottingham (2002)
2002
4.49 | 20 ratings
Spaced Out in London
2002
2.33 | 9 ratings
Cosmic Overdirve
2002
2.52 | 14 ratings
Live 74 The Chicago Auditorium 21 March 1974
2006
3.48 | 24 ratings
Space Ritual (2CD+DVD)
2007
1.78 | 9 ratings
Winter Solstice 2005
2009
1.56 | 9 ratings
Minneapolis 1989
2009
1.16 | 9 ratings
Shot Down in the Night
2009
3.54 | 20 ratings
Leave No Star Unturned
2011
3.84 | 13 ratings
Space Ritual Live
2015
3.88 | 8 ratings
At The Roundhouse
2017
3.96 | 9 ratings
50 LIVE
2020
3.00 | 2 ratings
Knights in Space Live
2022
3.60 | 5 ratings
We Are Looking In on You
2022
1.00 | 1 ratings
Black Corridor
2023

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

3.87 | 11 ratings
Chaos
1996
3.00 | 8 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
3.41 | 21 ratings
Out Of The Shadows (DVD)
2004
3.20 | 16 ratings
Knights Of Space
2008
1.40 | 6 ratings
Winter Solstice - Live at the Astoria 2005
2009
1.28 | 7 ratings
USA Tour 1989-1990
2009
3.91 | 11 ratings
Live 1984 - 1995
2009
1.65 | 8 ratings
Treworgey 29th July 1989
2009

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

4.03 | 31 ratings
Roadhawks
1976
3.06 | 48 ratings
Masters of the Universe
1977
3.42 | 17 ratings
Friends and Relations
1982
3.20 | 15 ratings
Friends & Relations..... Twice Upon a Time
1983
2.67 | 6 ratings
Utopia 1984
1985
3.48 | 12 ratings
Friends & Relations Vol. 3
1985
2.14 | 13 ratings
In The Beginning...
1985
2.08 | 12 ratings
Ridicule
1985
3.51 | 11 ratings
Anthology Vol 1
1985
1.84 | 25 ratings
Out & Intake
1987
2.17 | 6 ratings
Early Daze [Best of...]
1987
3.29 | 15 ratings
Spirit of The Age
1988
3.67 | 15 ratings
Acid Daze The History of Hawkwind
1990
4.04 | 18 ratings
Stasis The U.A. Years 1971-1975
1990
3.05 | 10 ratings
The Best of & The Rest of Hawkwind
1990
3.94 | 9 ratings
Anthology
1991
3.92 | 9 ratings
Masters Of The Universe (1991/ Castle)
1991
3.92 | 11 ratings
Psychedelic Warlords
1992
3.00 | 8 ratings
Mighty Hawkwind Classics 1980-1985
1992
3.00 | 6 ratings
Lord of Light
1993
2.19 | 7 ratings
The Best of Hawkwind
1994
1.38 | 5 ratings
Silver Machine
1994
3.94 | 7 ratings
25 Years on 1970-1973
1994
4.06 | 8 ratings
25 Years on 1973-1977
1994
2.22 | 8 ratings
Independent Days Volume 1 & 2
1995
3.86 | 5 ratings
Silver Machine
1995
3.25 | 4 ratings
Space Is Deep
1995
3.52 | 15 ratings
The Ambient Anarchists
1997
3.87 | 15 ratings
Sonic Boom Killers Best of Singles A's and B's from 1970 to 1980
1998
2.84 | 10 ratings
Anthology 1967-1982
1998
1.88 | 5 ratings
The Master
1998
3.42 | 12 ratings
Golden Void 1969-1979
1999
3.60 | 5 ratings
Year 2000: Codename Hawkwind Volume One
1999
3.16 | 10 ratings
Complete '79 Collector Series Vol. 1
1999
2.82 | 18 ratings
Epocheclipse: The Ultimate Best Of
1999
4.15 | 31 ratings
Epoche-Eclipse / 30 Year Anthology
1999
2.67 | 3 ratings
Family Box 4CD SET Limited Edition Collector's Set
2000
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Stonehenge Collection (Zones / This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic)
2000
1.75 | 4 ratings
The Hawkwind Collection - The Legends Collection
2001
2.55 | 6 ratings
Masters Of The Universe
2001
1.96 | 7 ratings
Family Tree
2001
3.83 | 5 ratings
Masters of Rock
2002
3.00 | 7 ratings
Welcome to The Future
2003
3.00 | 5 ratings
Oscillations
2003
4.10 | 12 ratings
The Dream Goes On - An Anthology 1985 - 1997
2008
4.09 | 14 ratings
Spirit Of The Age - An Anthology - 1976 - 1984
2008
4.67 | 6 ratings
Parallel Universe: A Liberty/U.A. Years Anthology 1970-1974
2011
4.37 | 7 ratings
5 Album Set
2013
3.38 | 24 ratings
Spacehawks
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Emergency Broadcast Years: 1994-1997
2018
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dust of Time: 1969-2021 [2CD edition]
2021
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dust of Time: 1969-2021 [6CD edition]
2021
4.00 | 1 ratings
Dreamworkers of Time (The BBC Recordings 1985-1995)
2022
4.00 | 1 ratings
Days of the Underground: The Studio & Live Recordings 1977-1979
2023

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

2.84 | 10 ratings
Hurry on a Sundown
1970
4.53 | 21 ratings
Silver Machine
1972
2.95 | 13 ratings
Urban Guerrilla
1973
3.73 | 11 ratings
The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke)
1974
3.50 | 10 ratings
Kings Of Speed
1975
3.70 | 10 ratings
25 Years EP
1978
2.80 | 11 ratings
Who's Gonna Win The War?
1980
3.18 | 11 ratings
Shot Down In The Night (live)
1980
3.55 | 11 ratings
Sonic Assassins (ep)
1981
3.11 | 9 ratings
Angels Of Death
1981
2.74 | 10 ratings
Motorhead
1982
3.13 | 8 ratings
Motorway City
1983
3.38 | 8 ratings
Your Last Chance EP
1983
3.62 | 14 ratings
Night of the Hawks (ep)
1983
3.67 | 9 ratings
Independent Days EP
1984
3.85 | 8 ratings
Needle Gun
1985
3.00 | 3 ratings
Zarozinia
1986
3.22 | 9 ratings
Decide Your Future EP
1993
3.00 | 7 ratings
Area 54 EP
1995
3.43 | 7 ratings
Love In Space
1997
2.50 | 6 ratings
Spirit Of The Age
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Take Me to Your Leader (Radio Interview EP)
2005
2.75 | 4 ratings
Silver Machine
2007
3.50 | 2 ratings
Green Finned Demon
2011
3.50 | 2 ratings
Solitary Man
2016
3.00 | 2 ratings
Rangoon, Langoons
2019
3.00 | 3 ratings
It's Only a Dream
2021

HAWKWIND Reviews


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 Dreamworkers of Time (The BBC Recordings 1985-1995) by HAWKWIND album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2022
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Dreamworkers of Time (The BBC Recordings 1985-1995)
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars Hawkwind's extensive live catalogue is a blessing and a curse - a blessing in the sense that there's lot to explore, and a curse in the sense that there's some real stinkers foisted off on the paying public in there.

The Dreamworkers of Time boxed set, however, is a solid release, as expected from the Atomhenge label, Esoteric/Cherry Red's home for Hawkwind material - the band and the Atomhenge crew perhaps realising that careful custodianship and curation of the archives is what's called for. It's a collection of various recordings the band made for BBC radio between 1985 and 1995, which means that it's not only a good companion piece to the At The BBC release (which hails from the early 1970s) but also has a decent sound quality.

The first disc presents a 1986 appearance at the Reading Festival that was previously released as the Friday Rock Show Sessions disc - the version here has all the material on that, with a sufficiently careful sprucing-up as to render that disc redundant. The other two discs, however, represent rarer material. There's a 1988 show from the Xenon Codex era that's pretty solid, and then the third disc rounds off the collection with two live-in-the-studio sets, one from 1985 and one from 1995 - this one having a different line-up from the rest of the set, from the incarnation of Hawkwind who would give us Alien 4.

None of the material here will make you radically rethink your opinion on Hawkwind's work in this era, but if you enjoyed the sound of The Xenon Codex you'll find a lot to like here.

 The Emergency Broadcast Years: 1994-1997 by HAWKWIND album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2018
4.00 | 1 ratings

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The Emergency Broadcast Years: 1994-1997
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars As the title implies, this is a compilation of the albums - live and studio - which Hawkwind put out in the small Emergency Broadcast label in the mid-1990s. This is not one of Hawkwind's more widely-celebrated eras, and the two studio albums here - Alien 4 and Distant Horizons - perhaps illustrate why; Alien 4 is the somewhat stronger one of the two, but both feel unfocused, and not in the sense of a pleasant space rock gaze but in the sense of not quite coming together to the extent they could.

So what's with the favourable rating? Well, it turns out that those two albums tell only half the story. The rest comes in the form of two live releases - The Business Trip from the tour for It Is the Business of the Future To Be Dangerous and Love In Space from the Alien 4 tour. Hawkwind live albums aren't exactly thin on the ground, but those two are especially good, taking the material from their respective albums (plus more besides) and really showcasing them well.

In fact, I would say these two live albums, which showcase Hawkwind as a sort of space rock/new age mashup trio, perhaps represent the best place to start when exploring this box, since they do a far better job of bringing the listener around to what the band were doing sonically speaking at this point in time than the studio albums do. Consider this a modestly-priced way of getting two absolute classic five star live albums, and treat the studio albums as interesting bonuses, and you will perhaps get the best out of this.

 Warrior on the Edge of Time by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.10 | 717 ratings

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Warrior on the Edge of Time
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sidscrat

5 stars As I look through the ratings on this album, the follow up to the fantastic 5 Star "Hall Of The Mountain Grill", I am glad to see that there are more 5 Star ratings on this than anything else which is rare and should be. A 5 belongs to only the albums that are truly good throughout. Out of the 54 albums I have done reviews on only 5 are one is have pegged as 5 star. Only albums that are rock solid in all areas get that ranking and this one is one of them. I have never given a 5 Star rating on more than one album by a group and this will be number 2 for Hawkwind.

I my opinion, the best of the band is contained in this and the above mentioned "Hall" and they are back to back in the chronology. On "Hall" they added a few new players and instruments and they were a huge addition to their sound in a very good way. The bands other albums I can find a few songs or a handful I may think are good but this one is great throughout. They reach their spatial peak if you will.

"Assault & Battery" starts off the album with the soaring mellotron and a flute compliments the sound well. "The Golden Void" is an extension of the first track as they flow well together. Other than King Crimson I really am not that fond of horns on a prog band but they are definitely part of the band's sound and they work well. "The Wizard?" brings back the poetry which I can take or leave but it works well as it flows into the instrumental "Opa Loka" which is pure Hawkwind. It then flows into one of my all time favorite Hawk songs "The Demented Man." What is weird is I have no idea why I like this song so much. It has an acoustic guitar and voice but the sonic synth atmosphere is where I am mesmerized by it. It sounds emotionally tragic. The song just reaches into me and pulls me into its emotional pit.

The next few songs are good including another poetry rendition. The next song that really amps it up is "Spiral Galaxy 28948" and the sonic soaring synths and drumming are really good in this one as another great instrumental. It rolls into "Warriors" another poetry journey. Again I am not all that fond of the poetry segments but they are part of who the band are and they do them well. "Sonic Attack" is of course their signature poetry session and it is great! "Dying Seas" oddly sounds a lot lie a pop tune from the early 60's to start with but then it comes into its own instrumentally. The band is the best jamming band I have ever heard. "Kings Of Speed" is an all out rocker without anything spacey about it. "Motorhead" ends the album and it is a lot like a 1950's rocker including the fact that it is basically a song done in mono with very little stereo. The end gets a bit spacey.

In all, this album spells out who Hawkwind are. A big High 5 Star.

 Hall of the Mountain Grill by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.01 | 502 ratings

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Hall of the Mountain Grill
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sidscrat

5 stars Hawkwind??. Now here is a band that changed hands more than the players changed their shorts. It was a revolving door and there were only a few players that stayed common, especially Dave Brock. I first started listening to this band in the late 70's when I graduated from high school back in my Haze Dayz, ifyouknowhatimean. I heard parts of the first 3 albums and they had their moments of greatness. Hawkwind is like early Floyd on steroids. Space, the final frontier is their place of residence. This band is meant to be heard on a good stereo or back then quad system while you are just sitting and hanging out in your mental 'nothing box' (that's when you really are not thinking about anything at all; guys know this better than women!).

When I heard this album, it defined who the band is at their best. It is my all time favorite by the band and the next album, "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" is number 2. On this album, there is not a weak track at all. From start to finish it is a wonderful journey into prog fantasy. "Psychedelic Warlords" is a great start with a fast beat. This band knows how to use a mellotron to its fullest and on this record it soars. "Winds Of Change" is a great little instrumental almost like a ballad with an organ, mellotron and violin. It conjures up emotions which is the essence of prog and is what lured me to this genre as my favorite type of music. The entire record is an emotional journey. "D Rider" is a space fest with the pulsing synths. I love the first half of "Web Weavers" as it surrounds you when you drop on a pair of good headphones.

"You'd better Believe It" is pure space music when it starts with the violin. I had never heard anyone do that with that instrument before. I remember sitting in my car a bit zoned out on top of a view of downtown Spokane Washington at night and listened to that intro over and over. That being said, a true measure of good prog music is that you do not need to have mind altering substances to truly enjoy it and since I have not been there in that zone since I was in my early 20's and I love this record to this day I would have to say it stands the test of time and substance! The title track has nothing to do with grills or halls but it is a good little instrumental track and would be the only spot on the album that is less than thrilling. "Lost Johnny" is a good tune that prods along; it is in ways a change of scenery on the album. "Goat Willow" like the title track is just a little instrumental jam. The finale "Paradox" is a great song with the vocals far off in the left and right channels and not in the center and the mellotron is in its usual place and strong. It turns into an emotional soaring instrumental and in the end it quiets down and makes a gentle exit.

If you are new to Hawkwind, this is the best place to start but be warned: If you start here, everything else will be second best with this band. IMHO. It does not have any of the poetry reading but I was never much for that anyway.... Except in the case of "Sonic Attack." I give it a RARE full high 5.

 Days of the Underground: The Studio & Live Recordings 1977-1979 by HAWKWIND album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2023
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Days of the Underground: The Studio & Live Recordings 1977-1979
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars Although their most seminal period was around the heady days of Space Ritual, Hawkwind's late-1970s work also deserves attention, and Days of the Underground offers a deluxe look at this period in the band's history. For one thing, it comes with three freshly-baked Steven Wilson mixes of their 1977-1978 studio albums - Quark, Strangeness and Charm, PXR5, and 25 Years On (released under the Hawklords moniker), all of which present significant sonic improvements over previous CD issues and really refresh the material while remaining true to the original spirit of the releases. Blu-ray offerings of these mixes in 5.1 surround sound are also presented.

As well as those three albums we get a disc of studio sessions from Rockfield Studios from January 1977, which captures the band working out much of the material which would form Quark, Strangeness & Charm. You get early versions of most of the songs there - a bit trippier, looser, and more jam-like than the more polished takes on the album, and so perhaps to some tastes better - as well as a clutch of improvisations.

A brace of live shows from September 1977 showcase how the band sounded promoting Quark, Strangeness & Charm (and test-driving material which would make it onto PXR5) on the road. The best of these is probably the Leicester show, but all of the live extracts here show the band taking an approach which blends their classic style with just a touch of manic punk energy. Of all the psych-space-prog groups of the early 1970s, Hawkwind's DIY approach and political forthrightness perhaps left them best-placed to be adopted by the punk era, and these live shows demonstrate why.

The legendary "Sonic Assassins" gig from December 1977 is also included here - a one-off gig which experimented with folding some members of local Devon band Ark into the Hawkwind line-up. Subsequent lineup changes would lead to some of the Ark lads becoming members of Hawkwind more full-time; in particular, Harvey Bainbridge would be a lynchpin of Hawkwind's 1980s sound. Whilst Robert Calvert had to be gently coaxed into performing the gig - he was concerned about the lack of rehearsals - the injection of new blood into Hawkwind here gives things a new dynamic, with the keyboards in particular taking a significant step forwards.

Last up is the Brunel University live recording originally released as Live '78, an excellent release capturing the Hawklords-era band in fine form, both in CD form and with some extracts presented in video form on the supplementary Blu-Rays.

This is the sort of Hawkwind set we need more of. A lot of the live and unreleased studio material has been released before, sure, but aside from the Live '78 show a lot of it has been in the form of a few tracks here and a few tracks there on a disparate range of sometimes quite hit-and-miss compilations and EPs. By contrast, this is a one-stop shop which will give you not only all three albums from this period of the band, but a generous helping of live shows at that. I sincerely hope they intend to do more of these, at least for those periods where Atomhenge have the rights to the relevant albums; a collection covering the period of Warrior On the Edge of Time and Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music would be grand, as would a set spanning 1979 to the early 1980s or one doing a deep dive on the Chronicle of the Black Sword period.

 The Future Never Waits by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 2023
3.81 | 19 ratings

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The Future Never Waits
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The latest Hawkwind studio album (at the time of writing) finds them leaning even further into soundscapes and away from conventional songs than the preceding Somnia. With the lineup expanded since then, with the prolific Thighpaulsandra providing an extra level of electronic texture, things seem somewhat richer than the preceding album, but the same general musical approach is underway, more in line with It Is the Business of the Future To Be Dangerous than, say, Warrior On the Edge of Time or Quark, Strangeness and Charm. If you like Hawkwind when they delve into abstract electronic realms and don't worry too much about offering something which resembles a song, you'll likely enjoy this.
 Somnia by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.79 | 33 ratings

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Somnia
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Hawkwind's 2021 studio album feels like a somewhat better-mixed and more intricate take on the 2020 Hawkwind Light Orchestra album, Carnivorous - with a bigger lean towards electronic soundscapes and somewhat away from traditional songs. The sonic similarity may arise from the fact that Hawkwind did this as a trio, plus a couple of backing singers, much as they had on that release, so I suppose the distinction between Hawkwind and the Light Orchestra has vanished at this point, at least as far as studio projects go. (I guess when you can layer stuff this much, a "stripped down" lineup merely means there's less people to divide the work around.)

On the whole, it feels like something of a resurgence of the direction taken on It Is the Business of the Future To Be Dangerous, another album recorded by a trimmed-down studio lineup - and that's fine by me, because that was a pretty good album. This might put off fans of the band's more rock-oriented side, but for those who enjoy their electronic landscapes this is quite neat.

 Hawkwind Light Orchestra: Carnivorous by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.68 | 32 ratings

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Hawkwind Light Orchestra: Carnivorous
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars As with the previous "Hawkwind Light Orchestra" album, this is Dave Brock working with a smaller subset of the then-current Hawkwind lineup for a studio album. In this case, it's a project prompted by the COVID pandemic and lockdown, with the participants exchanging parts they'd recorded at home for later mixing; the title's an anagram of "Coronavirus" as a nod to this.

As such, whilst the earlier Hawkwind Light Orchestra album (Stellar Variations) was born of a creative decision to do that particular experiment, this was born out of necessity. It feels a little less compelling - valuable at the time as an exercise in making Hawkwind-esque music for the sake of keeping the lights on during a dark time, but somewhat more forgettable after the fact. Call it a low three and a half stars.

 50 LIVE by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 2020
3.96 | 9 ratings

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50 LIVE
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Yet another Hawkwind live album, this time from their 50th Anniversary tour (!). There's a fair few picks from All Aboard the Skylark, their then-latest studio album, and is often the case the new material came across much better live than it did in the studio - consider how The Business Trip live album shone a new light on the material from It Is The Business of the Future To Be Dangerous, or how Alien 4 was overshadowed by Love In Space (or, for that matter, how Space Ritual really took the material of Doremi Fasol Latido to the next level). As for the classic material, the present lineup gives it some fantastic renditions.

Not a classic on the level of their absolute best live albums - but when you are dealing with a live band of the calibre of Hawkwind whose back catalogue includes releases like Space Ritual, you can be a damn good live album and still not hit the top tier, and that's the case here.

 Road To Utopia by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 2018
2.82 | 34 ratings

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Road To Utopia
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Hawkwind do the "unplugged" idea, whipping out acoustic takes on their old material. When some bands do this, magic can happen - Marillion, for instance, were able to tease out new levels of beauty in already sensitively-composted songs in their occasional experiments in this vein. Hawkwind, however, have pretty much always been about electronic space rock cyber-rock futurism. The overall effect of switching their songs to this style is to make it come across as a novelty album - fun, amusing, but clearly not how these songs were intended to be heard, and the treatment here doesn't yield alternate versions which have their own distinct charm. Once you get past the amusement value of hearing them in this style, it palls quickly.
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