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Hawkwind

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:

  1. Space Rock from London
    Superbly recorded (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)
  2. Space Ritual
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    - live double album from 1972 - quintessential Hawkwind at their best.
  3. Doremi Faso Latido
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    - in the studio with crisp versions of some of the Space Ritual material.
  4. Hall of the Mountain Grill
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    - classic tracks, still with the classic lineup.
    Simon King-featured excerpts featured here: Wind of change (426k)
  5. Quark, Strangeness and Charm
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    - their first album after the vagaries of 'Astounding Sounds', and a good return to rocking and songwriting form.
  6. Warrior on the Edge of time
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    - more classic tracks, plus Michael Moorcock narrations.
  7. Live 79
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    - 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 or compatible handheld, here are some iSilo hypertext databases covering web-gathered material on Hawkwind (mainly press articles and reviews):
A_Hawkwind_scrapbook.PDB
Blanga_Guide.PDB
BlueYonder_HW.PDB
Hawkwind_a_worldwide_discograph.PDB
Hawkwind_Lyrics_a-z.PDB
Hawkwind_Lyrics_n-z.PDB
Hawkwind_Record_Reviews.PDB
(apologies 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)

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