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4.55 | 17 ratings

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5 stars What are friends for? Mellotron Storm sent me copy of this (I normally like to purchase all my albums to encourage the artist but if its not available, well its not available?.). Yes, I am a devoted Hawkfan ever since I witnessed that brutal sonic assault live in Montreal in 1974 or so, Lemmy's last show with the crew as he was rudely bounced for drug possession. Hawkwind is one of those rare prog bands that are way more interesting live than on record, something about the hypnotic pounding that freezes your body ("The golden void speaks to me Denying my reality I lose my body, lose my mind I blow like wind, I flow like wine"- The Golden Void) .

Live in London 2002 reunites Brock and recent crew members Davey and Chadwick with ex-Gongster and Hawkman Tim Blake (who got fired from the Levitation-era for spending too much time on the phone with his squeeze, legend has it!) as well as introducing the legendary "Fire"man Arthur Brown of Kingdom Come fame, who would be the closest insane person to the sadly departed genius that was Robert Calvert. What a line-up, my goodness! As a rule, I enjoy providing a track by track essay on the merits of each song but if I am to respect the LIVE value of this quixotic band then its time to let this process go. It's all fabulous stuff, a few originals, such as 2 Calvert solo tracks from his mythical Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters debut solo album, the airless "Aerospaceage Inferno" and the spooky "The Gremlin Song". Throw in the stellar Kingdom Come standard "Time Captives", a reptilian space odyssey of the finest pedigree and a few monumental Hawk tracks such as "Angels of Death", "Masters of the Universe" and "Assassins of Allah" ? aka "Hassan ibn Sabba". A Tim Blake composition "Lighthouse" also adorns the set list, as well as Lemmy's "The Watcher". Go figure!

This is a wonderful recording with a different slant than many other classic live albums such as the obligatory Space Ritual, Live Chronicles, Palace Springs and The Business Trip, among a slew of other superior intergalactic wig outs.

Now how do I buy a copy, as the artwork looks really neat?

Easy 5 orgone accumulations.

tszirmay | 5/5 |


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