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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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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 Sword" ('85) - The last major HAWKWIND release, was a concept album inspired by their friend Michael MOORCOCK's writings.
"Palace Springs" ('91) - A...
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HAWKWIND discography


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HAWKWIND top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.37 | 264 ratings
Hawkwind
1970
3.62 | 350 ratings
X In Search Of Space
1971
3.70 | 309 ratings
Doremi Fasol Latido
1972
3.97 | 420 ratings
Hall Of The Mountain Grill
1974
4.10 | 601 ratings
Warrior On The Edge Of Time
1975
3.32 | 165 ratings
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
1976
3.65 | 211 ratings
Quark, Strangeness And Charm
1977
3.20 | 112 ratings
Hawklords: 25 Years On
1978
2.78 | 114 ratings
PXR 5
1979
3.95 | 235 ratings
Levitation
1980
3.03 | 92 ratings
Sonic Attack
1981
2.59 | 87 ratings
Church Of Hawkwind
1982
2.60 | 82 ratings
Choose Your Masques
1982
3.40 | 111 ratings
The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
1985
3.25 | 94 ratings
The Xenon Codex
1988
2.91 | 96 ratings
Space Bandits
1990
3.75 | 115 ratings
Electric Tepee
1992
2.71 | 76 ratings
It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous
1993
3.10 | 73 ratings
Alien 4
1995
2.98 | 56 ratings
Distant Horizons
1997
2.43 | 43 ratings
In Your Area
1998
2.88 | 42 ratings
Spacebrock
2000
2.77 | 70 ratings
Take Me To Your Leader
2005
3.20 | 36 ratings
Take Me To Your Future
2006
3.71 | 118 ratings
Blood Of The Earth
2010
3.59 | 89 ratings
Onward
2012
3.73 | 17 ratings
Hawkwind Light Orchestra: Stellar Variations
2012
3.45 | 39 ratings
The Machine Stops
2016
3.62 | 33 ratings
Into The Woods
2017

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

4.20 | 275 ratings
Space Ritual
1973
3.80 | 64 ratings
Live Seventy Nine
1980
3.38 | 22 ratings
The Text of Festival - Hawkwind Live 1970-1972
1983
2.40 | 33 ratings
Zones
1983
3.39 | 29 ratings
This is Hawkwind - Do Not Panic
1984
1.89 | 30 ratings
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin
1985
1.77 | 13 ratings
Hawkwind Live '70/'73
1985
2.80 | 34 ratings
Space Ritual Vol. 2
1985
3.73 | 66 ratings
Live Chronicles
1986
3.65 | 57 ratings
Palace Springs
1991
3.00 | 27 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live
1991
2.46 | 20 ratings
The Friday Rock Show Sessions Live at Reading '86
1992
3.02 | 25 ratings
California Brainstorm
1992
3.86 | 27 ratings
The Hawklords Live
1992
2.05 | 10 ratings
Live - ST.Albans U.K. Winter Tour 1979
1993
4.04 | 36 ratings
The Business Trip
1994
2.70 | 19 ratings
Undisclosed Files - Addendum
1995
4.25 | 43 ratings
Love in Space
1996
3.64 | 39 ratings
The 1999 Party
1997
2.17 | 16 ratings
Live & Rare: Onward Flies The Bird
1997
2.17 | 6 ratings
Welcome to The Future
1997
3.78 | 9 ratings
Hawkwind 1997
1997
1.67 | 14 ratings
Live at Glastonbury 90
1999
2.38 | 8 ratings
The Collectors Serise Vol. 2: Live 1982 (Choose Your Masques)
1999
2.25 | 4 ratings
Live - 1970-72
1999
2.47 | 10 ratings
Thrilling Hawkwind Adventures
2000
1.65 | 11 ratings
Live from The Darkside
2000
3.60 | 16 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 1 : Dave Brock, Sonic Assassins
2000
2.93 | 14 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 2 : Hawkwind Live / Hawklords Studio
2000
3.42 | 17 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 3 : Free Festivals
2000
2.77 | 17 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 4 : Live '78
2000
2.80 | 15 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 5 : Live '76 & '77
2000
2.64 | 11 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 6 : Live 1970-1973
2001
2.92 | 12 ratings
The Weird Tapes Vol. 7 : Dave Brock, The Demos
2001
2.51 | 25 ratings
Atomhenge 76
2001
3.41 | 21 ratings
Yule Ritual
2001
3.41 | 13 ratings
Live 1990
2002
3.86 | 33 ratings
Canterbury Fayre 2001
2002
3.83 | 11 ratings
Live in Nottingham (2002)
2002
4.58 | 15 ratings
Spaced Out In London
2002
2.43 | 7 ratings
Cosmic Overdirve
2002
3.58 | 12 ratings
Live ┤74 The Chicago Auditorium 21 March 1974
2006
3.45 | 22 ratings
Space Ritual (2CD+DVD)
2007
1.89 | 8 ratings
Winter Solstice 2005
2009
1.50 | 5 ratings
Minneapolis 1989
2009
1.28 | 8 ratings
Shot Down in the Night
2009
3.19 | 16 ratings
Leave No Star Unturned
2011
4.00 | 10 ratings
Space Ritual Live
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
At The Roundhouse
2017

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

3.92 | 8 ratings
Chaos
1996
2.96 | 5 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
3.17 | 15 ratings
Out Of The Shadows (DVD)
2004
3.05 | 11 ratings
Knights Of Space
2008
1.38 | 4 ratings
Winter Solstice - Live at the Astoria 2005
2009
1.22 | 5 ratings
USA Tour 1989-1990
2009
3.86 | 7 ratings
Live 1984 - 1995
2009
1.43 | 5 ratings
Treworgey 29th July 1989
2009

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

3.94 | 26 ratings
Roadhawks
1976
3.03 | 42 ratings
Masters of the Universe
1977
3.42 | 15 ratings
Friends and Relations
1982
3.15 | 13 ratings
Friends & Relations..... Twice Upon a Time
1983
2.20 | 5 ratings
Utopia 1984
1985
3.47 | 10 ratings
Friends & Relations Vol. 3
1985
2.06 | 11 ratings
In The Beginning...
1985
1.78 | 9 ratings
Ridicule
1985
3.56 | 8 ratings
Anthology Vol 1
1985
1.78 | 22 ratings
Out & Intake
1987
1.80 | 5 ratings
Early Daze [Best of...]
1987
3.29 | 12 ratings
Spirit of The Age
1988
3.67 | 12 ratings
Acid Daze The History of Hawkwind
1990
3.96 | 15 ratings
Stasis The U.A. Years 1971-1975
1990
3.00 | 7 ratings
The Best of & The Rest of Hawkwind
1990
3.94 | 7 ratings
Anthology
1991
3.89 | 7 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
2.25 | 4 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
2.08 | 6 ratings
Independent Days Volume 1 & 2
1995
3.75 | 3 ratings
Silver Machine
1995
2.00 | 2 ratings
Space Is Deep
1995
3.48 | 13 ratings
The Ambient Anarchists
1997
3.75 | 12 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
3.45 | 11 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
4.17 | 29 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 | 6 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
4.15 | 11 ratings
The Dream Goes On - An Anthology 1985 - 1997
2008
4.15 | 11 ratings
Spirit Of The Age - An Anthology - 1976 - 1984
2008
4.75 | 4 ratings
Parallel Universe: A Liberty/U.A. Years Anthology 1970-1974
2011
4.38 | 4 ratings
5 Album Set
2013
3.41 | 18 ratings
Spacehawks
2013

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

2.83 | 9 ratings
Hurry on a Sundown
1970
4.62 | 18 ratings
Silver Machine
1972
2.90 | 12 ratings
Urban Guerrilla
1973
3.80 | 10 ratings
The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke)
1974
3.56 | 9 ratings
Kings Of Speed
1975
3.78 | 9 ratings
25 Years EP
1978
2.74 | 10 ratings
Who's Gonna Win The War?
1980
3.20 | 10 ratings
Shot Down In The Night (live)
1980
3.90 | 10 ratings
Sonic Assassins (ep)
1981
3.25 | 8 ratings
Angels Of Death
1981
2.59 | 8 ratings
Motorhead
1982
2.67 | 6 ratings
Motorway City
1983
3.43 | 7 ratings
Your Last Chance EP
1983
2.92 | 12 ratings
Night of the Hawks (ep)
1983
3.75 | 8 ratings
Independent Days EP
1984
3.88 | 7 ratings
Needle Gun
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
Zarozinia
1986
3.29 | 7 ratings
Decide Your Future EP
1993
3.00 | 5 ratings
Area 54 EP
1995
3.25 | 4 ratings
Love In Space
1997
3.17 | 6 ratings
Spirit Of The Age
2005
3.00 | 3 ratings
Silver Machine
2007

HAWKWIND Reviews


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3.62 | 33 ratings

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Into The Woods
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars What is this, the hundredth Hawkwind disc to date?! Perhaps with the countless live albums, compilations and archival releases it edges closer to that, but apparently it's roundabout the thirtieth studio disc from Dave Brock's legendary British musical institution and defining spacerockers of almost fifty years. The band has been on something of a roll of consistently good recent albums since the start of the decade with `Blood of the Earth', and their latest, 2017's `Into the Woods' contains plenty of strong material that drifts in some surprisingly unexpected directions, making it especially the sort of album that the long-time Hawkwind faithful will most dig the hell out of.

Assume it would again be full of the usual heavy punky blasts with stretched out gutsy instrumental jamming? Sometimes, but mostly `Into the Woods', perhaps unsurprisingly with that title, lands the cosmic craft for a more earthy, personal and song-based collection, where the tune is frequently the priority, even if they're still wrapped in plenty of swirling trippy effects and treated vocalizations! Partly continuing the story begun on the previous disc `The Machine Stops, inspired by the E.M Foster sci-fi novel of the same name, `...Woods' not only holds a more grounded quality (would `intimate' be pushing it a little bit for a Hawkwind disc?) with plenty of ecological/nature-themed lyrics, but the group sound very relaxed and actually having a lot of fun in-between the more introspective moments!

A fancy piano intro that welcomes the opening title piece `Into The Woods' is almost instantly pummelled by Hawkwind's gutsy mix of growling guitars and wailing soloing, mud-thick bass and rattling drumming, and Dave Brock's gnashing vocal over swirling organ grinding is plied with that suffocating madness of all the best Hawkwind tracks. `Cottage In The Woods' is lightly melancholic with a weary vocal from Brock, the short song building effectively in restrained power from the rest of the band before drifting into spacey ambient synth interlude `The Woodpecker'. Keyboardist Mr Dibs then takes a wheezy vocal lead for the gruff rock track `Have You Seen Them?' that floats off into more typical Hawkwind-fare with tough riffing, reaching guitar soloing and rumbling drumming (and Haz Weaton's seductively slithering bass in the background is tasty!).

`Ascent' is essentially a solo piece that finds Brock in pensive mood with an ecological-themed lyric backed by a sparse acoustic guitar and only the lightest of synths, but `Space Ship Blues' throws the album for six being a swampy and bluesy fiddle and harmonica driven country-flecked rock n' roller (some are sure to find it grating, but it's infectious and hard not to enjoy!)! `The Wind' keeps up the proud Hawkwind tradition of spoken-word poetry interludes before morphing into a mantra-like vocal drift over eerie electronics. `Vegan Lunch' is a poppy and loopy up-tempo stop-start sprint with dreamy chorus vocals and a Daevid Allen/Gong-like mania to the words (although their ditching meat theme seems completely sincere), and there's just a touch of the early Porcupine Tree albums sprinkled throughout this one too.

`Magic Scenes' might be a fairly repetitive heavy plodding rocker in the typical Hawkwind style, but `Darkland' is a gorgeous weeping Mellotron-pierced acoustic lament that almost calls to mind `Wind of Change' off Hawkwind's legendary `Hall of the Mountain Grill' LP from '74. Brock's snarly vocal gives `Wood Nymph's fantastical lyric a convincing dignity over the seductive slinking bass and plenty of rising/falling electronics, but the piece still twists with grinding heavy turns.`Deep Cavern' is a final `Warrior on the Edge of Time'-like spoken-word interval over ambient/new-age synth pools (but listen for that lurking intimidating drumbeat!) that ultimately gets blasted by the raging nine-plus minute fully instrumental closer `Magic Mushroom'. It's here that the band once again head for deepest space, overloaded with slabs of relentless bass, ragged 'n raging chugging guitar histrionics, bleeding electronic melts, mud-thick Hammond organ tantrums and bashing drum fury. It's classic Hawkwind with a touch of the organ-heavy proto-prog bands of old, and a killer way to wrap the set.

While it's hard to know where to place `Into the Woods' among the vast Hawkwind discography at this point, this predominantly song-based break from their usual deep-space travels is a welcome diversion here, and it makes it more special and unique in many ways. A world away from polite `old man prog', dreary AOR, or worse, lazy cover albums, that many of the prog rock-related oldies acts still active today put out, Hawkwind can still keep holding their heads high with the pride that they're putting out fresh studio albums of great artistic merit with plenty to say, and long-term fans of Brock and the group should snap up `Into the Woods' right away.

Hawkwind carries on and does it again - Four stars.

(and while we're at it, Hawkwind PLEASE come back to Australia! You're sorely missed, and many of us still fondly remember your 2011 gigs ? let's do it again very soon!)

 At The Roundhouse by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 2017
4.00 | 2 ratings

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At The Roundhouse
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by RSC

4 stars May 26th 2017: after many years, Hawkwind returned to London's legendary Roundhouse, a venue which they'd last played in 1977, with Motorhead in support and where the initial recording of "Silver Machine" had been made a few years earlier. The cynical will already be thinking "nostalgia trip(!)" ... but read on, because there's more to it than that ....

The date captured here was part of Hawkwind's "Into The Woods" tour and features a new line up, with Haz Wheaton coming in on bass and Magnus Martin on keyboards & synths, the band also augmented by Michal Sosna on saxophone. Mr Dibs (vocals & electronics) and Richard Chadwick (drums & vocals) are also onboard as Captain Brock leads spaceship Hawkwind on our flight into time & space.

On earlier dates of the tour, Hawkwind had played a four or five number acoustic set to open the shows, but here, Phil Campbell's Bastard Sons played support, so the acoustic content is pared back to three number, the first being "Ascent" from the (then) just released "Into The Woods" album. The next couple of tracks will be more familiar to long standing Hawk-watchers, although perhaps not as played here: "We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago" and "The Watcher" both adapt superbly to their new arrangements, the latter being particularly poignant - it was a signature tune for Lemmy, after all ... the band then takes an intermission

Hawkwind return with a full electric set, starting with an (uncredited) "Earth Calling" leading into "Born To Go", a vintage slice of primal blanga, which also includes a section of "You Shouldn't Do That" in it's current arrangement; the pace drops momentarily for Mr Dibs' reading of "First Landing (On Medusa)" then we're off again with "You Better Believe It", another UA/Lemmy-era Hawk classic. I wasn't at this gig, but at the Worthing gig I did attend, the place was bouncing by now ... this is the right stuff, baby, the right stuff!

More recent tracks "Earthbound", "Have You Seen Them" & "Vegan Lunch" follow - all good, solid stuff from "Into The Woods" - before the band goes time travelling again, back to "Astounding Sounds ..." for a really rather wonderful "Steppenwolf", where Dibs proves to be a master interpreter of the late Robert Calvert's words, the band absolutely nailing this one, too

"Darklands" (from "Into The Woods") follows, then we're back to "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" with "Magnu" and "Golden Void" - both timeless classics, both expertly played. This generation of the band really does seem plugged right into what many consider as Hawkwind's finest hour.

As the set draws to a close, more recent songs "Synchronised Blue"; "Deep Canyon"; "Into The Woods" & "The Machine" illustrate perfectly that Hawkwind, 2017 style, was far more than a nostalgia act - these are all strong numbers from records which made the UK album charts. "Welcome to the future", indeed!

The main set closes with "Welcome" - just as "Space Ritual" did, a heady 45 years before this release ... but after this performance, you just know they'll be back for more ... which they do

For their two song encore, Hawkwind invite Phil Campbell to join them (another Lemmy/Motorhead connection!) as they set about "Brainbox Pollution" and then close with "Silver Machine" - both songs bearing the indelible stamp of Mr Kilmister in original form. Can't think of many other bands who would encore with a non-album B-side (which "... Pollution" is/was) but it works!

So, that's the track listing covered: the question is, does the world really need ANOTHER live album from Hawkwind, as it's not too long ago (2014) the band released their "Space Ritual" revisited set? What's the point?

The point is this is a new line up and the set list includes some strong material from two excellent recent releases ("The Machine Stops" and "Into The Woods") as well as some highly charged performances of bona fide classics from previous generations of a long lived band. The sound quality is pretty good, although the DVD is filmed from a single camera at a fixed location: arguably, what you might have seen had you been at the gig, as opposed to the multi-angle films which are usually released - a point of contention among some folks I know

As a document of a Hawkwind show in 2017 and with performances as strong as these, then absolutely yes, this would make a great addition to anyone's collection - in terms of performance quality, it's within an ace of the original "Space Ritual" from '73, with the added bonus of the light show on the DVD version. Can't think of a better way to bring a Hawkwind show to your home, short of actually booking the band to play.

Speaking personally, I would "leave no star unturned" and go the full five - for Hawkfans, it really is essential : "Welcome to the neo-golden age, Welcome to the days you've made, You are welcome ... " - but not everyone IS a Hawkwind fan, so four stars for the casual Prog Archives reader seems the fairest outcome ...

 Atomhenge 76  by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 2001
2.51 | 25 ratings

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Atomhenge 76
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgRobUK

2 stars As a lover of the 'Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music' album this really ought to be a piece of magic. I was not a gig goer at the time that ASAM was released so the chance to hear the band at that time should be priceless. However, while there are some good things about this release there is also considerable bad.

The Good 1. Yes they play a lot of ASAM 2. There are some curiosities such as an early version of Uncle Sam's On Mars (not recorded in the studio until the PXR5 album), Hassan I Sahba (not recorded until the Quark, Strangeness and Charm album), Time for Sale (never included on a studio album) and Back On The Streets (only a single at the time in support of ASAM) 3. I understand that it represents the full set (unlike the album Thrilling Hawkwind Adventures which only contains a selection of the tracks).

The Bad 1. The mix - this is truly terrible. At its best the mix is simply wrong with some instruments mixed so low they are hardly audible and others too high. Then there are the missed cues, where instruments should be at the front of the mix and they are not, at least until part way through their starring role. There are also times when there is clear distortion from the louder instruments. 2. The "live" feel - for me part of the appeal of a live album is the feeling that you are there. You don't want the audience too high in the mix but equally you don't want is missing. Here the audience is almost inaudible. Added to there being no "chat" between songs gives a somewhat cold feel to the atmosphere. 3. Lack of stereo separation - it is not a mono recording but the lack of stereo separation does not help make it sound like a quality recording. 4. Recording quality - at times the quality just deteriorates with the worst being in Kerb Crawler. 5. Bob Calvert even forgets his (own) lyrics at times with "la la la" inserted. Now we can all make mistakes, but added to the above just gives the whole recording a bit of an amateurish feel.

Summary Everything about this recording says it is a badly mixed soundboard recording. It provides an insight into Hawkwind at the time, but, like many bootlegs, you just wouldn't want to listen to it very often. This is almost the definition of a two star rating - truly for fans only.

 Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.32 | 165 ratings

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Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgRobUK

5 stars Back in the seventies a friend of mine gave me a cassette with an album each side of music I "really ought to hear". It was my introduction into progressive rock as a genre. Side A had a copy of ELP's "Brain Salad Surgery" and Side B had a copy of HAWKWIND's "Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music". I loved both albums, but Hawkwind went on to be the band that I saw live again and again.

To me, this still represents probably my favourite album of theirs - indeed it is one of only two vinyl albums I still own even without a means of playing them! The cover of the vinyl was marvellous with its depiction of Britannia with her hand on an old-fashioned radio with a giant leaf of a certain plant behind her. The dust cover is a joy, with its fake small ads which evoke the era of the sci-fi comics that the album's title recalls.

Musically, listening again after all these years, there are some wonderful tracks. The instrumentals are gorgeous soundscapes which are a world away from the harder rocking of earlier albums, but they really stand out. The weakest of those is the Aubergine That Ate Rangoon, but you can forgive them just for having a track with a title like that! City of Lagoons is peaceful, languid and beautiful and acts as a wonderful counterpoint to the preceding track, but my overall favourite instrumental and track on the whole album is the marvellous Chronoglide Skyway. I particularly like the way it is offset against Kadu Flyer which is also up there at the top of the album.

When it comes to the other tracks with vocals, Reefer Madness is a rant against the hyperbole of the excessive anti- drug messages of the sixties, and yet still seems to belie a reservation about drug abuse. This is a powerful track. Steppenwolf shows off Calvert's superb lyric writing but, to me, is over-long in terms of there being insufficient variation. Finally we have Kerb Crawler, one of the weaker tracks - but still not a bad track, just one I would not seek out especially.

Overall, the album marks a change in Hawkwind's sound from the previous albums which ran for the next few albums. The sequence of albums they made under the Charisma label remain, for me, their best: from ASAM, through Quark, 25 Years to PXR5. This album was the start of that sequence. Interestingly, a very good friend of mine said, a while after PXR5 was released, that the only Hawkwind album he still listened to regularly was ASAM.

Musically, I would put this album just on the border of five stars - it has its weaknesses, for sure - but once you throw in the wonderful sleeve of the vinyl and the special place it has in my heart a definite five star album for me.

 Warrior On The Edge Of Time by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.10 | 601 ratings

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Warrior On The Edge Of Time
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars The Warrior In The Threshold Of Time

Hawkwind was a kind of precursor to what we call now Space Rock. The band was not the creator of the sound, but definitely the one that carried the flag the most.

On their fifth album, 'Warrior On The Edge Of Time', still with Lemmy (future Mot'rhead) on bass, the band goes on with their - at that time - already traditional sound. Mixing ambient and space sounds with saxophone and flute (thanks to the excellent Nik Turner) and a vigorous kitchen that had two drummers - Simon King and Alan Powell - and the already mentioned Lemmy on bass (this would be his last album with the band before being summarily fired), and unlike what he would show with his Mot'rhead later in 'Warrior On The Edge Of Time' Lemmy shows a more melodic side, even if he uses chords in his bass several times.

Hawkwind, for me, has always been a little complicated, musically speaking, the records I've heard from the band so far (the records that precede this one), did not make anything for me, really. The records are good, they have great moments, but they usually fall into the common abyss of records of this genre, especially those of the first half of the 1970s: 'infinite-improvisations-that-never-end-and-ended-up-being-very-boring '.

When Hawkwind bets on more concrete songs like "Assault & Battery Part I", "The Demented Man" and "Magnu" 'Warrior On The Edge Of Time' is great. However, when the band goes on with their mad endless improvisations the record just get lost on me. Maybe it's the fact that I don~t do drugs and Hawkwind's music is highly 'drugged', I do not know. The fact is that I do not get this side of their music.

Overall a good record, but that does not go beyond the average. However, let's give Hawkwind the credit they deserve. The band has recorded incessantly since 1970, and in 2017 the band released their album number 37! Band leader Dave Brock, at the height of his 76 years, continues to release music that is not commercial and without fear of becoming successful or not. Impressive!

 Into The Woods by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.62 | 33 ratings

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Into The Woods
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mortte

4 stars Over three months when this excellent album was released and no reviews? Hawkwind-fans, where are you? I am not a huge Hawkwind-fan, but I really love Hawkwind albums made 1970-75 (Lemmy in four of them). Their later outputs I have heard only Levitation, which I also love and the Xenon Codex, which I think is ok album, but too cold & modern sounding to me. Naturally I hadn┤t got any expectations when started listening this new one, but they fulfilled wholly! Just like predecessor album "the Machine Stops" this is at least in some parts based on E.M. Fosters book. After this album I listened also that album, but I have to say this new one is just so much better! In this album Hawkwind has gone into very organic soundworld that reminds a lot their great seventies albums.

Tittle song opens the album with a short piano overture, but soon you are into very rough, psychedelic Hawkwind- boogie. Brock sings through some effect and sounds very much Nik Turner. Psychedelic atmosphere continues in next "Cottage in the Woods", but more peaceful way. "Have You Seen Them" is very melodic piece and has hit potential. Cosmic "Ascent" is one of my favourites in this album. "Space Ship Blues" is updated "Silver Machine" with more country atmosphere. Big Bill Barry is playing fiddle in the very same way as Simon House. "Vegan Lunch" is again boogie with melodic parts. "Dark Land" is also one of my favourites reminding "Hall Of Mountain Grill┤s" "Wind of Change". There are also few sound collages with spoken words that make album just even more interesting. The ending instrumental jam "Magic Mushroom" is good finish into this great album, it reminds a little bit "Levitation"- song.

I am not a space rock fan at all except Hawkwind. I am glad my needs of spacerock seem to fullfill complitely, if Hawkwind continues to make as qualified albums as often. One of my great moments were, when Hawkwind and Mot÷rhead played in the same festival. In Hawkwind┤s encore there were two basses and Lemmy singing "Silver Machine". It was over 10 years ago, there are no Lemmy anymore, but I will be glad if I will see this old classic band on the stage once more.

 Warrior On The Edge Of Time by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.10 | 601 ratings

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Warrior On The Edge Of Time
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review N║ 120

"Warrior On The Edge Of Time" is the fifth studio album of Hawkwind and was released in 1975. It's a very special album in their long and rich musical career and it came to be considered, by many, the musical pinnacle of their entire career. Indeed, the band's fifth studio release turned out to be their most ambitious album ever. The cover of the album that folded out into a large shield shape, was just the first clue. In reality, never before or after that had Hawkwind, or any other group for that matter, better blended such old fashioned fantasy elements with futuristic sci-fi and space elements into their music, as they did. By the other hand, the musical material on the album, and not at least the musical arrangements, was some of the group's best ever. This is really a truly tour de force from Hawkwind.

To the lyrics Hawkwind hired sci-fi writer Mike Moorcock to help them with some lyrical concept and to read several poems in between the tracks, on "The Wizard Blew His Horn", "Standing At The Edge" and "Warriors". In reality, the lyrics are based on the concept of Moorcock's "Eternal Champion", which is a fictional creation of the author and is a current feature in many of his novels. Moorcock is an English writer primarily known by his sci-fi and fantasy novels.

"Warrior On The Edge Of Time" has eleven tracks. The first and second tracks, "Assault And Battery ? Part I" and "The Golden Void ? Part II", floats into each other and these are probably Hawkwind's most majestic and biggest sounding tracks ever. The arrangements here have to be heard to be believed. Tons of mellotron and you know that I love the sound of it, synthesizers and distorted saxophone and flute create a very unique sound that actually sounded like no other band. The guitar is toned unusually much down here, but it would be more dominant in the sound later on the album. They're really two great amazing tracks. The third, seventh and ninth tracks, "The Wizard Blew His Horn", "Standing At The Edge" and "Warriors", are respectively three very special tracks. They aren't properly three musical tracks. They're essentially composed by short poems read by Moorcock completed with pounding kettle drums, cymbals and some electronic sounds all over the tracks. They serve essentially to link all the concept of the story. The fourth track "Opa-Loka" took its name, perplexingly enough, from a town in Florida and not some of any mythical planet that ties in with the vague Moorcock's conceptual story line. It's a hypnotic, energetic and dreamy space rocker instrumental on what its thumping bass and synthesizer blips and bleeps, takes you soaring to the stars. The fifth track "The Demented Man" ends the side one of the album. It's another of those lovely acoustic Hawkwind's tunes where the band really managed to keep the obligatory space feel. Brock's acoustic 12-string guitar and drum-fewer ballads as seagull's wheel and cry and mellotrons reinforce the whole track. It has also a nice vocal working. The sixth track "Magnu" is a very energetic track, which is really the first track on the album to feature a quite heavy riff. It sees Brock and Lemmy firing off some menacing riffs amidst dazzling violin from House, Turner's jazzy sax, and haunting keyboards. This is a very typical Hawkwind. It has repetitive rhythms and riffs lull you into a psychedelic haze, with sax, violin, and synthesizers zapping left and right through the mix. The eighth track "Spiral Galaxy" is another instrumental which shows the prototypical psyche usual stuff of Hawkwind with an added nuance of density. It has top notch space metal, has dark passages of ominous synthesizers, violin, and flute float over busy rhythms. Fantastic futuristic keyboard textures on this one, too. The tenth track "Dying Seas" is another space rock oddity featuring Turner's effects soaked vocals slithering through a dense fog of synthesizers washes. This is also a good and futuristic dark space rock with sci-fi sound effects. It ends the fantasy oriented in the main body of this classic album. The eleventh track "Kings Of Speed" follows, a catchy hard rocker led by some thick bass rumbles from Lemmy and Brock's tasty lead guitar work, with House also getting in on the action with some country styled violin flights. It was chosen as the single from the album. It's more typical of Hawkwind's proto-punk style and it's quite similar to the bonus track "Motorhead".

Conclusion: "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" can be considered the pinnacle of all Hawkwind's musical career. It represents also my first contact with the band and it's also my favourite album from them. Dave Brock himself regards "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" as the band's crowning achievement. So, "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" can be easily considered one of the many great classic albums of the 70's. Lovers of space, psychedelic and progressive rock will love this album. It became a truly landmark album of early space rock time. The band was on their peak and certainly on their most symphonic, thanks to the presence of Simon House and some real inspired songwriting. It represents Hawkwind's finest hour, a real masterpiece. If you are new to Hawkwind, "Warrior On The Edge of Time" is undoubtedly one of the first albums you should check out from them. Listen for yourself and find out whether if I was right or wrong.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Live & Rare: Onward Flies The Bird by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1997
2.17 | 16 ratings

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Live & Rare: Onward Flies The Bird
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Some interesting live recordings and novelties

Composed mainly of extracts from late 70's HAWKWIND concerts, judging from the track-list ("Angels Of Death" being the only 80's track but certainly in gestation before), "Onward Flies The Bird" is overall a pleasant compilation. This disc contains a few live rarities and unfamiliar interpretations, not present on the famous releases "Space Ritual", "Live '79" or "Live Chronicles". For these reasons, and despite poor sound quality, they may interest both the fan and the newcomer.

Let's talk about the novelties first: two tracks unreleased in studio version. The trippy "Hash Cake '77" is a cool mystical and gloomy jam. Well worth the listen! In contrast, the bizarre atmospheric futuristic "Douglas in The Jungle" is rather average.

Nonetheless, the highlights are undoubtedly the particular live renditions of "Motorhead", "Angels of Death", "Magnu" and "Masters of The Universe", also included on the 1991 "Masters of the Universe" Castle edition compilation. Recorded at Barnstable Queens Hall 23rd December 1977 during the Hawklords / Sonic Assassins tour, "Angels of Death" may have been the first draft version of the track later featured on the "Sonic Attack" album. "Magnu" has rarely been so ferocious and heavy, 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.

Although not matching the quality of the HAWKWIND's well-known live releases, the other performances are quite enjoyable. With Dave Brock on vocals, "Urban Guerilla" is very energetic, and "You Shouldn't Do That" simply rocks!

There are some misses though. "Silver Machine" and "Who's Gonna Win The War" both have poor sound recording, while the flute is too present on "Space Is Deep", too lengthy. "Spirit of The Age" concludes the record but has been appended a ramshackle dissonant electronic opening.

If you're not too demanding on sound quality, there are no reason not to give a listen to "Onward Flies The Bird". The rare "Hash Cake '77", the uncommon metallic versions of "Magnu", "Motorhead", "Masters Of The Universe" and the draft version of "Angels of Death" will interest fans, while the disc might also serve well as a first flight for the newcomers. A nice little live compilation.

 Palace Springs by HAWKWIND album cover Live, 1991
3.65 | 57 ratings

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Palace Springs
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Cool studio/live Hawkwind

3.5 stars

Recorded in 1989 before "Space Bandits", "Palace Springs" is a studio/live album composed of 2 exclusive studio songs and 6 live recordings. This pleasant release marks a novelty, the arrival of a female singer in HAWKWIND, Bridgett Wishart, as well as the return of violinist Simon House.

The two studio compositions are easily on the level of "Space Bandits". To be honest I personally would have like these included on the 1990 opus instead of some other titles.... "Back In The Box" is an efficient space rocking opener, whose mesmerizing violin creates a mystical ambiance in the vein of "Magnu". Longest track of the record, "Treadmill" is a nice powerful song, in pure tradition of 80's HAWKWIND.

The live recordings cover different periods of the band. "Void Of Golden Light" ("The Golden Void") has been added trippy sound effects, whereas "Lives Of Great Men" ("Assault & Battery") possesses cool dreamy variations. "Time We Left" ("This World Today") is my least favorite title from "Doremi Fasol Latido", while "Heads" is the only representative of Englishes' last album, "The Xenon Codex". However, what will be an Hawks concert without ambient interludes with spoken words? "Acid Test" is actually the atmospheric "Dream Worker" - from the uneven "Choose Your Masques" - mixed with the electronic loop of "Damnation Alley". Quite a curious choice... This transition track offers some cool moments but is rather too long until "Damnation Alley" finally starts.

"Palace Springs" is not the first HAWKWIND live album to acquire (those being "Space Ritual" and "Live Chronicles") but remains still enjoyable, as well as a curiosity for its 2 exclusive studio tracks with a female singer. One of the good live release from the Hawks, worth the listen.

 Electric Tepee by HAWKWIND album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.75 | 115 ratings

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Electric Tepee
Hawkwind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Hawkwind - Electric Tepee (1992)

The first halve of the seventies gave birth to the most famous albums of Hawkwind. One could easily be forgiven for believing the rest of their career is dispensable when looking at the mediocre scores of most of their eighties and nineties albums. I myself found some great studio albums and live albums in their later career. Most notably Levitation (1980), Electric Tepee (1992) and the fine Alien 4 (1996) are more then worthwhile. Live records like Live Chronicles (1986), Palace Springs (1991), The Business Trip (1994), Love in Space (1996) stand out and I expect to find some more.

Electric Tepee stands out as a milestone in their career for forming the perfect bland between the spacey punk rock and their modern electronic explorations. Well produced for a change. With extended simple and effective songs as vehicles for sonic exploration the band creates a great train of though that seems to progressive without stopping at any stations. The continuity of the music makes this a particularly interesting experience in the progressive rock world, which can be quite fragmentary. In the mean while the Hawkwind beat is pumping and electric guitars thrive in the abstract environments. The electronic moments without drums, bas en guitars are like mediations between the songs. It is natural to drift away with your attention when you listen to music and Hawkwind seems to anticipate. Just when you forgot you were listening music ? which can be pleasant ? they fire up the space rock engine and lift of with a catchy tune. The last ten minutes of the record sees the band slowly drifting away from the listener with the electronic Going to Hawaii and Electric Teep (the title track), an interesting ending.

For me this is a perfect studio album, especially for when traveling. Time just flows by - as does the music. On their next album 'It is the Business of the Future being Dangerous' the band would change the formula in favor of much more electronic exploration and little rock galore, but still an interesting mix. Some songs of Electric Tepee can also be found on The Business Trip live album, but for me the essence of this record isn't covered anywhere else then on this studio album. In contrast, the core material of Alien 4 was indeed played on the Love in Space recording - and some would argue improved upon.

I tried to explain away nineties Hawkwind in this review and I hope I can excite some more listeners in this great Hawkwind line-up of Brock, Chadwick and Davey. For this release I will give the full score because of its enjoyability, interesting vision and production.

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