Hawkwind
Hawkwind


3.5
great

Review

by Matthew Hopkins USER (45 Reviews)
April 10th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hawkwind start off their long career with a folky aspect and do well, but are let down by bad production a lack of a coherent structure.

Hawkwind – A trip through Space.

Space Rock and Hawkwind go hand in hand, but it wasn't always so. Back in 1970 they released their first album the self-titled Hawkwind, which is in a more folky tone, but still holds some of the key aspects of what would later become the space rock genre.

Hawkwind was formed in 1969 when Dave Brock and Nik Turner joined forces and formed Hawkwind. After playing a gig where they turned up with no band name nor any idea what songs they were going to play, they managed to get signed on by Liberty records, and produced their first album the year after.

On this album Hawkwind is.

Dave Brock – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Nik Turner – saxophone, flute, vocals
Huw Lloyd-Langton – guitar, vocals
John A. Harrison – bass guitar, vocals
Dik Mik (Michael Davies) – Synthesizer
Terry Ollis – drums

Hawkwind was done live in the studio, so the sound quality can be a little off from times, and the instruments can blend into one at some points, but this helps to add to the spacey sound that rumbles through the album. Another thing to note is that all the songs on this album began their life as ram shackled jams, thus adding to the overall style of the music.

The opening track is very country blues, with folkish guitars and a sweet ol' tune on the wind sections. But due to the way the album was recorded, it is very hard to pick out the bass and drums at several points and the wind section seems to over power parts of the song. From the sounds of the first song, it would appear that this might end up nothing more than a simple folk rock album from the early 70s, but this is Hawkwind and they ain't done yet.

From the second track onwards the synthesizer really kicks in and it helps to hold a spacey theme that lasts the rest of the album. 'Be yourself' is a track filled with distorted guitars, a wild blasting sax and spaced out vocals. The sounds of space lasers blasting around accompanied by the shaking of maracas, bring the song to it's humble closure.

Then you have 'Paranoia' and 'Seeing It As You Really Are' are much different to the rest of the album, with flowing orgasms of sounds that web and flows across the next fifteen minutes of the album, the drums go off on their own, the guitars grind and blast, the wind sections sprials high and low. But the vocals are nearly non-exsistant and so is the bass guitar. These songs show both the best and worst parts of the space genre. They are experimental and diverse, but they have no direction or sense. They are truly jams in all sense of the word.

The album rounds off with the more structured 'Mirror of Illusion'. In amongst the sounds of the song, the guitars strum away happily whilst the drums and the synthesizer have the lions share of the song.

In conclusion, Hawkwind's Hawkwind is a mis-mash of amazing sounds and wonderful music with many interesting parts, however it is prone to losing track of itself particularly towards the end, in addition the bass is non-existent and can't be heard above the rest of the instruments due to the way the album was recorded. However Hawkwind is still a good album, and is a good album to get into if you are interested in Space Rock, or Hawkwind in general.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jethro42
April 10th 2013


12646 Comments


I'm always not familiar with that band. I'll try to change that.
Good review.

Mad.
April 10th 2013


4205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good to see a (great) review of this.

Warrior on the Edge is on my to-buy list...

Hoppoman
April 10th 2013


656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Either Warrior or Hall are my favourites, I going to start reviewing all the Hawkwind albums from start to finish when I can spare the time.

ViperAces
April 10th 2013


12504 Comments


im guessing warrior is the place to start for this band?

Mad.
April 10th 2013


4205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Go for it. Warrior could do wit a better review, Tarkus' isn't brilliant. No offence bro.

Hoppoman
April 10th 2013


656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's several albums down the line you'll have to wait I'm afraid.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013


1922 Comments


Nice to see this criminally underrated band covered. Me and my dad are both massive fans of Hawkwind, so it goes without saying that I like this album anyway. 'Paranoia' is just plain bizarre but 'Hurry on sundown' is sweet. That album cover must have been drawn by someone on LSD. Also, good job on the review. Pos'd.

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2013


4458 Comments


Hawkwind is excellent. This is a great album, not my favourite of theirs but indeed an enjoyable one.

@Viper
Warrior or Mountain Grill are great places to start. Those are their more famous ones, if you like proggy-space rock, Hawkwind is your band.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2013


4458 Comments


Also, POS'd on the review, man.

Gard3n
July 21st 2013


302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's quite obvious you have to be on heavy drugs to understand this. 3 just because the historical relevance.

Hoppoman
July 21st 2013


656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not always heavy drugs, everything above salvia should be sufficient.

Mad.
July 22nd 2013


4205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The last couple of tracks are brilliant

Hoppoman
July 22nd 2013


656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Last two tracks are pretty damn funky.

tommygun
July 25th 2013


25425 Comments


bought a sweet hawkwind boxset (first five albums) yesterday for $15

can't wait to jam

Mad.
July 26th 2013


4205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

DAMN WHERE I GOTTA GET THAT SHIT

tommygun
July 26th 2013


25425 Comments


if you're in australia then jb hifi

Mad.
July 26th 2013


4205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ah I'm at the opposite end of the world, yet don't sell good stuff like Hawkwind in UK stores. I just checked on Amazon, there's a few boxsets but I can actually buy them separately cheaper

tommygun
July 26th 2013


25425 Comments


right on dude

Hoppoman
July 26th 2013


656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have in search of space, dormei falso latido, hall of the mountain grill and quark on vinyl. One day I will have them all....

Mad.
December 29th 2013


4205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sitting at a high 3 atm, could go up. Like you said it lacks direction... I have the remaster version which seems to fix some of the production problems you mentioned, perhaps get that one?



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