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CAPTAIN LOCKHEED & THE STARFIGHTERS

Robert Calvert

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.85 | 42 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars What day is it today ? It's the start of the World Cup (soccer) of course. And since it's in South Africa this time I thought i'd honour the occassion with a review of Robert Calvert's debut "Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters". Robert of HAWKWIND fame was born in South Africa so that's the connection, although his family moved to England when he was very young. Lots of HAWKWIND alumni helping Calvert out on this one including Brock, Lemmy, King and Turner. Heck even Brian Eno and Arthur Brown are on here.

This could be listed under Comedy or Psychedelic at a record store. In fact the first time I heard it, it took me back to when I was in grade seven and the teacher let one of my class mates play Cheech & Chong. It was so funny. "Dave's not home man". Wer'e talking in the seventies and vinyl records. Anyway back to this album.

Calvert tells the story of a German who's trying to get the German Airforce back up and running to revenge what happened in WWII. Of course Clavert casts this guy as a bumbling idiot who buys faulty planes etc. Just about every other track is a comedy bit while the music is very HAWKWIND-like for the most part. So many funny parts including the "G" is for Germany bit and also the drug checklist for his flight which of course includes a glass of water. A unique album that will make you laugh but also some great tunes too.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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