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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 May 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dojo
  • ASIN: B000025V5V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ATOMHENGE, the home of HAWKWIND s catalogue
from 1976 1997, continue their series of definitive
reissued editions of these classic albums with the release of
The album, originally released in 1982 by RCA Active, began
life during sessions for Sonic Attack in 1981 and continued
into the first months of the following year. The resulting
album was a very different HAWKWIND release which
utilised synthesisers and electronic music to great effect.
Fused with Hawkwind s unique space rock style, the album
gave the band another Top Thirty UK hit album and laid the
ground for the Choose Your Masques album later in the
This Atomhenge reissue includes five previously unreleased
recordings from the album sessions and fully restores the
limited edition lyric booklet, included with initial pressings of the original album. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Starfighter on 29 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
... with a little charm (and quark) as well.
T A Vidamour's review of the music to be found inside the church is a fair indication of what to expect. If you're a Hawkwind fan then this is the early eighties line-up having fun with electronics. If you're new to the Hawks then I'd say stay away: go listen to "Levitation" or "Black Sword" instead. This album is enough to push some people over the edge. Come back later when you've served your apprenticeship...

With regard to the CD re-issue though, why have they mucked about with the track order? Adding bonus tracks to the end of a CD is all well and good, but when they get plonked in the middle of one of your all-time favourite albums - screwing up the running order (and therefore the musical flow) of the original piece - teeth start to grind. The fact that somebody has had to fade out the end of "Some People..." to make room for the Dave Brock solo track "Damage of Life" simply beggars belief. We then have to wait another 4 tracks before it fades back in again to continue with "Light Specific Data" (which is mis-named here). Of course, this is quickly remedied with the push of a few buttons on your player, but it does make me wonder what the hell they're up to in the office.
Gawd - listen to me moaning like an old git. I can remember when all this was fields!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I think that it was Muzic magazine that had a top 100 influential bands type thing on modern dance music and hawkwind got in there somewhere. Listening to this album its really not surprising.
This is very much a love/hate recording to Hawkwind fans. It consists of a number of Demo's that Hawkwind leader Dave Brock had got together that some or all of the rest of the band played on (Huw Lloyd Langton, Harvey Bainbridge, Martin Griffin). So its really an electronic album with some occassional guitar, drums, bass etc rather than a rock album.
I think the album creates an aura of its own, again unlike any other Hawkwind album. There are some excellent real sound clips of sightings of luminous objects and the assassinations of Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald and some very strange synth/keyboard sound effects.
There's some very weird stuff on this but see if you can get a listen first before buying because it is very much a love / hate affair.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Graham Hawker on 26 April 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Some reviewers seem to have reviewed this prior to release so whether or not we agree with them they have only heard the original album. Thought I'd better wait for the whole album.

It sounds like a Dave Brock solo album with the rest of the band contributing various stuff to finish it off. I'm very fond of Mr Brock's early 1980s solo synth and guitar fiddling as exemplified on the Weird 7 album. It's perhaps a precursor to where Hawkwind went once they got out of the 1981-1985 malaise and certainly beats Sonic Attack by some distance, the album they had originally planned to record but did this instead (I think someone was ill at the time).

So we get synth and guitar workouts such as Nuclear Drive, Star Cannibal, Fall of Earth City, Light Specific Data and Looking in the Future (which was on the Weird 7 album). We get synth pieces such as Phenomenon of Luminosity, Joker at the Gate and The Last Messiah. I must admit this all sounds much better than I remember. Lyrics are bit weak in places but not so much as some other tracks of this period.

For the bonus tracks we get an extend version Angel Voices. It's the most pointless track on the album so extending adds nothing, Harveys Sequence which is a nicely atmospheric synth piece, Fall of Earth (alternative version) might be the better version, Water Music (Light Specific data) which is a messier version and a similar version of Looking in the Future which morphs via a synth section into an alternative version of the excellent Virgin of the World, one of the highlights of Sonic Attack.

Overall rather splendid stuff, though not classic stuff, and besides Choose Your Masques perhaps the best Hawkwind album of the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alextorres on 23 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Atomhenge's excellent series of Hawkwind and Hawkwind-related releases continues with this remastered, expanded version of 1982's "Church of Hawkwind". The band for this album comprised Dave Brock (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Harvey Bainbridge (bass, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals), Huw Lloyd-Langton (lead guitar on about half of the tracks only) and Martin Griffin (drums, again on about half of the tracks).

The album was released during a turbulent time for the band, and it is perhaps doesn't rank amongst Hawkwind's best albums, but its mix of rockers, synthesizer-driven numbers, sung and spoken vocals is nevertheless typical of the band, although more weighted towards the synthesizer end of things than previous works, and is extremely pleasant when measured against many other bands' output. The slightly whacky "Some People Never Die", very theatrical and tension-building, is the highlight of the album for me.

The sound on this remastered version is first class, as are the essay and artwork in the excellent CD booklet produced by Atomhenge. All five bonus tracks are interesting too, making this package a must for all Hawkwind collectors, as well as for any fans who might have missed the album the first time round.
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