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Hawkwind are an English rock band, one of the earliest space rock groups. Their lyrics favour urban and science fiction themes. They are also a noted precursor to punk rock and now are considered a link between the hippie and punk cultures.

Formed in November 1969 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Brock, Hawkwind have gone through many incarnations and styles of music. Critic Jim ... Read more in Amazon's Hawkwind Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Eastworld
  • ASIN: B003JTFXWE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Seahawks
2. Blood of the Earth
3. Wraith
4. Green Machine
5. Inner Visions
6. Sweet Obsession
7. Comfy Chair
8. Prometheus
9. You'd Better Believe It
10. Sentinel
11. Starshine

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BBC Review

Hawkwind's first studio album proper in five years marks a staggering 26 outings for the space rock stalwarts. They may not be as prolific as they once were, but they remain as influential as they are triumphantly unfashionable, and they've outlasted virtually all of their peers. After over 40 years in the business, however, no one could blame them for ending it here. They've not, but questions need to be asked regarding the group's quality control. Blood of the Earth simply isn't up to standards they've previously achieved.

The complete Hawkwind experience has always involved a communal ritual staged in a darkened room, band and audience as one, swaying wildly to the music's organic oscillations or crouching on the floor in an almost foetal position as waves of sound crash all around. Even in their 1970s heyday, classic albums such as Doremi Fasol Latido and Hall of the Mountain Grill were trumped by the in-concert masterpiece Space Ritual, clearly demonstrating where the group's strengths lay. In the decades since, their recorded work has been as erratic as it has been copious, and the stage has remained their natural domain. That's not about to change.

Blood of the Earth is dominated by electronica, which in itself isn't necessarily a problem. There are, however, virtually none of the simplistic, repetitive, driving rock riffs which propelled classics such as Born to Go, Brainstorm or Master of the Universe. Solos are as likely to be taken by keyboard as guitar, and when the band does kick up some dust it's thanks to You'd Better Believe It and Sweet Obsession, both re-recordings of songs eons old. It's a longstanding Hawkwind tradition to rework material in this way but they shouldn't be the energetic high points.

Occasional Hawkwind collaborator and all-round synth genius Tim Blake is the one weaving the electronic fabric which holds the album together, and his flourishes span from ethereal and entrancing to sinister and unsettling with masterful ease. It's just a question of balance. There's not a whole lotta rock. None of the three-chord warp drive needed to take this into orbit. Certainly the eerie atmospheres that the band once conjured like so many cosmic wizards are nowhere to be seen or heard. As the album sails off into the outer reaches of the galaxy on a glittering carpet of new age stardust, is the good ship Hawkwind finally sputtering to a halt?

--Greg Moffitt

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By stevek on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
After last years concert I was looking forward to hearing this new album. The snippets I'd heard of the tracks didn't disappoint. A great album, with a varied feel to the tracks. Its the first Hawkwind album I've bought for years & in my humble opinion its a real return to form. The packaging is excellent as well :-)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. A. Cameron on 18 July 2010
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I'm not going to elaborate too much as regards this recent release, other Hawkwind fans have already contributed very worthy reviews so I just want to tell it as it is, brief and to the point.

I bought both CD releases as I've always tried to be very supportive of the band in every little way I can, they deserve it. Apart from having to practically fight to open the box on the double disc issue, the packaging/art is top notch, full marks there.

I was slightly disappointed with the studio effort at first...but wait for it, it's a real grower and I think they have delivered with this and rediscovered their vigour, just give it a chance. Personal favourite has to be 'Comfy Chair', it's got Dave Brock written all over it and has that acoustic/hot electronic feel that dominates earlier classics like 'Space is Deep'/'Demented Man'/We took the wrong step years ago', builds beautifully. 'Wraith' is a real stomper, it has that traditional 'Magnu'/'Angels of Death' kick in the guts feel about it.

It's the 'Live' disc that really has balls and doesn't let up enough to allow the listener to take a breath, it's outstanding, I was in awe the first time I listened to this, it really blew me away. I'd like to say the drive here washes over you, but it's more like being flattened by a steamroller, they actually play with the hard enthusiasm of a band far far younger.

It's a bloody good buy, fab in every way, ten out of ten.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graham Hawker on 16 July 2010
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Although I've reviewed the single CD version the addition of the live CD in this version gives me a chance to witter away again and consider the value of the live material.

I'm not going to exactly repeat myself but I've now listened to the studio album numerous times. The standout tracks are the heavy rock of Wraith, with it's more techno rock central section, the beautiful instrumental Green Machine, Tim Blake's Inner Vision, Comfey Chair where more beauty lies, You'd Better believe It which really pounds along with great style although the quiet middle doesn't join so well with the rest, and the even more beautiful Sentinel which for me is the best track. All the band members are throwing themselves into the mix with great boldness. Prometheus seems to be getting good reviews but I find it a bit of a heavy rock plodder and my least favourite of the new songs. However the very messy rework of Sweet Obsession is by far the worst track on the album. It's true that Seahawks and Blood of the Earth are not the strongest openers but it's pounding beat and bass and ambient finish leading into the short ambient Blood of The Earth gives both tracks merit.

As I write the MP3 download includes the bonus track from the single CD, Starshine although Amazon have called it Sunship (a bonus on the vinyl version).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joolz on 16 July 2010
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Recent Hawkwind albums have tended to be patchy and inconsistent affairs but Blood Of The Earth sounds more coherent, though still containing a healthy mix of styles from atmospheric beauty [Green Machine], through techno [Inner Vision], to powerhouse blanga [Wraith], with the opening 4 tracks sounding as if they were conceived as a self-contained suite. My favourites are the slow-paced space ballad Sentinel, and especially Prometheus, a superb heavier ballad with some wonderful guitar work.

One or two negative issues: I feel Dibs' singing voice is merely adequate [3 tracks]; 2 old songs re-recorded is really 2 too many, even if they are both pretty good; the bonus track Starshine is a rambling ambient instrumental that does nothing for me.

Overall, though, it is a good album, with a family resemblance to Distant Horizons and definitely a return to form after a couple of disappointments.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Electric Gypsy on 13 July 2010
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After a five year wait I was looking forward to this album, and overall I think there's plenty here to show Hawkwind still have the inventiveness that has made them one of the great maverick bands. Whilst not in the same league as the incomparable 73 Space Ritual album, this is still very listenable. Track One and the title track are perhaps a little abstract, in places being slightly 'Krautrock'. Wraith is stronger and Green Machine is a very nice slice of Hawkwind's often lesser known melodic side. Inner Visions is a little darker with some nice riffing and synth. Sweet Obsession is a lighter,faster and catchier number with classic Brock vocals. Comfy Chair has a Syd Barrett-esque opening which leads in to a spacy latter half. Prometheus has an arabic flavour with a definite prog feel. The reworking of You Better Believe it is, in my mind, well worthwhile - not better but different. The studio disc closes with Sentinel, a strong track with 70s overtones.
The bonus Live CD is a good taste of the band's live prowess, with an excellent version of Angels of Death and Levitation. The reworking of Magnu is also rather good. The only criticism of the live CD is the Interview 2010 track - would have been better to have a straight interview video or some band footage if space was available
All in all a decent album and I look forward to more new material from this incarnation of the band/
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