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3.86 | 32 ratings | 9 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

DISC 1: 66:38
1. 5Th Second Of Forever (3:52)
2. Levitation (9:18)
3. Spiral Galaxy (3:16)
4. Solitary Mind Games (8:08)
5. Angels Of Death (6:17)
6. Spirit Of The Age (7:35)
7. Magnu (3:43)
8. Dust Of Time (2:08)
9. Motorway City (6:11)
10. Hurry On Sundown (3:44)
11. Assassins Of Allah (12:26)

DISC 2: 28:04
1. Silver Machine (5:16)
2. Arthur's Poem (0:55)
3. Assault & Battery (2:51)
4. Void Of Golden Light(10:44)
5. Ejection (8:18)

Total Time: 94:42


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Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Brock /vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesisers
- Huw Lloyd Langton / vocals & lead guitar
- Simon House / keyboards, violin
- Keith Kniveton / synthesisers
- Alan Davey / vocals, bass
- Richard Chadwick / drums
- Arthur Brown / vocals on "Silver Machine"

Releases information

CD: Hawkwind Records HAWKVP22CD

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HAWKWIND Canterbury Fayre 2001 ratings distribution

(32 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (34%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
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HAWKWIND Canterbury Fayre 2001 reviews

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Review by Bonnek
4 stars Canterbury Fayre is the Hawks second live album in the new millennium. While I prefer Spaced Out In London from the following year, this album will sure please more fans as it sticks closer to that good old Hawkwind sound: Brock and Davey handle most vocals, the sound is a very solid blend of drums, pumping bass and heavy and delayed guitars, and there's only a minor role for the keyboards and effects. As you will remember that is the exact formula of Space Ritual.

But that does not make this album irrelevant. Hawkwind live always starts from the bare essence of their songs and then improvises around them for as long as they have fun doing it. That's a good way to keep things interesting. On top of that, the track list is entirely different here and doesn't share one song with Space Ritual. It more or less revolves around a best of the Levitation and the Warrior on the Edge of Time albums. And the sound is crisp and forceful. What more do you want?

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Hawkwind's best live album?

This live album contains many of Hawkwind's best ever songs including four from my favourite Hawkwind album Levitation. Angels Of Death, Spirit Of The Age, and Assault And Battery/Void Of Golden Light were best tracks from their respective studio albums and Assassins Of Allah is another live favourite. I'm not a big fan of Hawkwind, but this set of songs is reasonably compelling. It far outshines the overrated Space Ritual which I find noisy and sloppy. The performances here are not perfect, but much better and quite good in their own right. I would still recommend to start with the Levitation studio album, but this live album is a good second purchase.


Review by friso
3 stars Hawkwind - Canterbury Fayre Live (2001)

Yet another high rated Hawkwind live album. This time I must admit that I was a bit dissapointed. As a power-trio the band sounded very tight and professional, but with this enlarged cast the band functions less good on stage. I must however admit that the sound is even more all-over-the-place and the band uses it's change to do things it couldn't do as a trio. For instance; A bass, a guitar, drums ánd keys. Sometimes even the violin is added. On the song Silver Machine we even get to hear Arthur Brown on vocals, which is very nice. Some instrumental passages are brutal and heavy and there are lots of guitar solo's. The tracks presented are the known tracks from throughout their long career. A sort best of on stage.

Still the un-tight sound of this live album is problem for me. Already in the opening track the bass-amplification goes wrong and there are many unlogical guitarsolo's and bad transitional moments. Even the vocals dissapoint me at times. Perhaps it's just my liking, but I prefer the Love in Space and The Business Trip live albums. The idea behind this prestigious Hakwind album is very good, but the band wasn't ready for this recording in my opinion.

Conclusion. Heey.. ofcourse this is still a very good live album, but just not as good as some other Hawkwind live albums. Hence I will not give the four stars rating, but the thee star rating. Very recommend to fans and perhaps even to those who want to have a kind of best of Hakwind through the years.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars I have to be honest and say that I am not sure just how many live Hawkwind albums I have listened to over the years, but this is one of the few that has been released with a strong sound quality. In fact, it is probably their best live release for many years, with a line-up of Dave Brock, Simon House, Keith Kniveton, Alan Davey, Richard Chadwick and even a special guest vocalist on "Silver Machine" of none other than Arthur Brown himself. The double CD kicks off with the gentle laid back introduction of "5th Second Of Forever" but this is just a ploy as Alan riffs his bass as if Lemmy was back in the fold and the band start to take off.

It must be twenty years since I last saw them in concert, but this album brings it all back as if it was only yesterday. From here it is just a short step to a nine minute version of "Levitation", and the band is in full swing. They have a unique sound, even after all of these years, and with the space rock in full flow there is no-one to touch them. They may have replaced the sax with the violin but all this has done is give them yet another element to their sound.

It may not contain "Brainstorm", but with classics such as "Spirit Of The Age", "Motorway City" and "Hurry On Sundown" as well as a full version of "Silver Machine" there is more than enough here for any Hawkfan to want to have this album. A goody.

Originally appeared in Feedback #73, Jun 03

Latest members reviews

5 stars Screeching, wailing and grinding its way through the best of its catalogue, Hawkwind triumphs in a sonic attack to remind us of what can be. All eras of this legendary group are given recognition, yet the songs are played as if written yesterday. There are no dull moments here. This show ... (read more)

Report this review (#94435) | Posted by Vingatondooda | Friday, October 13, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Awesome return to form from these space rock legends. While it may not have the same vibe as the eternal classic Space Ritual, it does recall the inspiration and enthusiasm of that long past time. You have to remember that this live performance occurs 29 years afterwards. They play a great ... (read more)

Report this review (#73570) | Posted by adigitaldan | Thursday, March 30, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is a truly excellent live album, the sound quality is very superior and really well produced. I cannot find any fault with this album, unless you don't care for Arthur Brown singing lead on Silver Machine. Get this album, it's really one of the best. ... (read more)

Report this review (#57694) | Posted by | Thursday, November 24, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars i was at canterbury for the whole day and seen some good the time Hawkwind came on about 9pm ish.i was feeling a bit tiered,BUT I SOON WOKE UP TO THE FANTASTIC SOUND OF HAWKWIND.i have seen them a lot over the years,they lost a bit late 80s mid 90s.but this was Hawkwind back to there best ... (read more)

Report this review (#25722) | Posted by | Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars My experience of Hawkwind ran dry in the '80s and I was very sceptical that they could deliver the old magic post-y2k. On this night, at least, they were great, recapturing the 79-82 vibe (not least thanks to Huw Lloyd Langton). The characteristic Brock voice is still the one of old, the band gel, s ... (read more)

Report this review (#25721) | Posted by | Sunday, January 11, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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