If you want full details and discographies, see my (well
Golden Void's) Hawkwind Timeline 1969-1997 or sites
on my Links page! One day, I'll get round to revamping
this section and producing a bigger tribute to the band that has influenced us
all so much...
Here, however, is a brief rundown of (in my opinion) the
very best albums they've created over the years. In approximate order of
preference, and with a few very brief excerpts:
- Space Rock from London
(BBC?) session, from 1972. The band was having fun and the spontaneity is
awesome. This one's very rare, but worth tracking down. Simon King-featured
excerpts featured here: Born To Go (913k)
- Space Ritual
- live double album from 1972
- quintessential Hawkwind at their best.
- Doremi Faso Latido
- in the studio with crisp
versions of some of the Space Ritual material.
- Hall of the Mountain Grill
tracks, still with the classic lineup.
Simon King-featured excerpts featured
here: Wind of change (426k)
- Quark, Strangeness and Charm
first album after the vagaries of 'Astounding Sounds', and a good return to
rocking and songwriting form.
- Warrior on the Edge of time
classic tracks, plus Michael Moorcock narrations.
- Live 79
- another live recording, with their
heaviest feel of all. Also see the 'Complete 79' Voiceprint 'bootleg', which
has lots of extra tracks, if not of quite the same hi-fi quality.
I'm sure there are others you'll discover, if you haven't
already, including a huge number of bootlegs, compilations and other rarities.
But the above should stand you in good stead.
If you own a Palm OS handheld, here are some
iSilo hypertext databases covering
web-gathered material on Hawkwind (mainly press articles and reviews):
to the copyright holders, but these Palm format files are here for my own
backup as much as anything. See my Links page for the
original documents and sites)