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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.

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  • Audio CD (15 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI Music
  • ASIN: B00362DRNQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Brainstorm (Johnnie Walker Radio 1 Session;Mono) 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Silver Machine (Johnnie Walker Radio 1 Session;Mono) 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Countdown (Live At The Paris Theatre;Mono)0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Born To Go (Live At The Paris Theatre; Mono)11:26Album Only
Listen  5. The Black Corridor (Live At The Paris Theatre; Mono) 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Seven By Seven (Live At The Paris Theatre; Mono) 7:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brainstorm (Live At The Paris Theatre; Mono)10:17Album Only
Listen  8. Electronic No. 1 (Live At The Paris Theatre; Mono) 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Master Of The Universe (Live At The Paris Theatre;Mono) 7:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Paranoia (Live At The Paris Theatre; Mono) 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Earth Calling (Live At The Paris Theatre; Mono) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Silver Machine (Live At The Paris Theatre;Mono) 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Welcome To The Future (Live At The Paris Theatre;Mono) 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Countdown (Live At The Paris Theatre;Stereo) 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Born To Go (Live At The Paris Theatre; Stereo)11:22Album Only
Listen  3. The Black Corridor (Live At The Paris Theatre;Stereo) 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Seven By Seven (Live At The Paris Theatre; Stereo) 7:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brainstorm (Live At The Paris Theatre; Stereo) 6:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Electronic No. 1 (Live At The Paris Theatre; Stereo) 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Master Of The Universe (Live At The Paris Theatre; Stereo) 7:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Paranoia (Live At The Paris Theatre; Stereo) 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Earth Calling (Live At The Paris Theatre; Stereo) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Silver Machine (Live At The Paris Theatre; Stereo) 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Welcome To The Future (Live At The Paris Theatre; Stereo) 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Hawkwind At The BBC 1972 captures the band just after the surprise of the UK number three hit single in July with the classic "Silver Machine", and before their live experience Space Ritual which was recorded on tour later in the year.

Whilst the bulk of this double CD release is made up of the live set recorded for the BBC In Concert programme, it opens with a previously unreleased session recorded for Johnnie Walker featuring a shortened version of the Doremi Fasol Latido album classic "Brainstorm" and a version of the then hit single "Silver Machine", featuring Lemmy on vocals as per the single.

The In Concert itself, a hypnotic continuous performance, is presented in both mono and stereo versions. The mono version was previously released by Windsong on CD in 1991 and has been remastered and re-indexed to include all of the pieces originally performed, and the concert itself in its entirety.

The stereo version has long been in the domain of the bootleggers as an off-air recording known the as "Broadcast" version. This mix was in fact distributed by the BBC for broadcast internationally and features an edited "Brainstorm", missing approximately 4 minutes from the front of the song, a shorter "Welcome To The Future" and "Electronic No. 1" (not indexed on the previous CD release), but a longer "Countdown" introduction. Officially released for the first time, apart from being in stereo, the sound quality is superior to the mono version and the mix is generally more exciting.

Whilst the CD racks and on-line listings are full of unofficial and poor Hawkwind live recordings, this set is a prime chunk of space rock from the band at the peak of their powers and is an essential addition to the band's huge discography.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Cotterill on 22 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Nice to see the stereo edition of this Radio One in Concert from 1972 finally seeing an official realease.
Although poet & swazzle were missing as Bob Calvert was absent from the mothership at the time, Nik Turner
makes a valiant effort to fill his shoes. The concert and the previously unreleased BBC sessions were recorded
just after Silver Machine gave Hawkwind their first and biggest hit single and an appearance on TOTP.
The session is credited as being for Johnnie Walker, who along with John Peel would be the DJ's at radio one
who were most in tune with the music of Hawkwind, however the voice you hear is that of Mr "Sounds Of The 60's"
himself, none other than Brian Matthew! The content speaks for itself, almost an hour (on the mono disc) of a
typical set Hawkwind performed at that time, just prior to the "Space Ritual" tour to promote the "Doremi" album.
The session tracks are Silver Machine and a heavily truncated version of Brainstorm. The mono sound on disc one is about the best I have heard and the remastering tries its best to mask the condition of the tapes which although very listenable show signs of tape damage during the concert. The Stereo disc is an edited version of the concert.
The rationale in 1972 being; Radio One shared an FM frequency with Radio Two and was very much the junior partner, only being allocated a miserly number of stereo slots.Consequently, the concert was broadcast in full in mono on AM. However, as was the policy from late 1971 / early 1972, all concerts were recorded in stereo for the overseas markets. The stereo version had to be edited to allow for advert slots for the commercial radio stations of the world.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anders on 18 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
Superb release with Hawkwind in concert showing them at their tightest and extremely well-rehearsed. Arrangements are very tight as well, as opposed to any other concert recordings of the band from the period.
It is interesting to have both the mono and stereo mixes with, as pointed out by another reviewer, a much fuller soundscape in the stereo mix.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Xenomorph - Denmark - Hawkfan on 2 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
HAWKWIND: HAWKWIND AT THE BBC-1972 (2CD - Mono+Stereo Mixes & Sessions )

Legendary space-rock outfit Hawkwind have maintained an extremely loyal fan base and amassed 14 Top-40 albums throughout the 5 decades they've been active. Their re-issues continue to sell well, with the last 'live' album re-issued on EMI - 2007's 'Space Ritual' - selling 5k units OTC to date.
'Hawkwind At The BBC-1972' captures the band just after the surprise of the UK no. 3 hit single in July with the classic: 'Silver Machine', and before their 'live' experience: 'Space Ritual' which was recorded on tour later that same year.
Whilst the bulk of this Double CD release is made up of the 'live' set recorded for the BBC In Concert programme, it opens with a previously unreleased session recorded for Johnnie Walker featuring a shortened version of the 'Doremi Fasol Latido' album classic: 'Brainstorm' and a version of the then hit single: 'Silver Machine', featuring Lemmy on vocals, as per the single.
The In Concert itself, a hypnotic continuous performance, is presented in both MONO and STEREO versions. The Mono version was previously released by Windsong on CD in 1991 and has now been Remastered and Re-Indexed to include all of the pieces originally performed, and the concert itself in its entirety.
The Stereo version has long been in the domain of the bootleggers as an off-air recording known the as "Broadcast" version. This mix was in fact distributed by the BBC for broadcast internationally and features an edited: 'Brainstorm', missing approximately 4 minutes from the front of the song, a shorter: 'Welcome To The Future' and 'Electronic No. 1' (not indexed on the previous CD release), but a longer 'Countdown' introduction.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NortyNicko on 15 Nov 2011
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I pondered over this one. Xenomorph is correct...much of this 'new' release must be the same material as the 1991 Windsong International release on CD 'BBC Radio One Live in Concert Hawkwind', the sleeve notes of which show the same recording dated '28th September 1972 - The Paris Theatre' and 'Broadcast 14th October 1972'. There are 'extra' tracks shown on this new CD but that's only because they were omitted from the original listing. The first track 'Countdown' is a very genteel bit of BBC radio pantomime with a voice intro into Born to Go and you might raise a faint smile at its innocence or maybe you'll just cringe.

Female Android Voice: 'Mothership Control in readyness. Sonic Assassins cleared for space flight. Countdown starting - Now! 30...' [The female voice - which is Stacia by the way - continues the countdown in the background every 5 seconds...oh what fun they had! Presumably the BBC wouldn't allow her to dance in her usual fashion!]
Male Android Voice 1: 'Countdown started. All units prepare for activation. Production Androids activated - Now!'
Male Android Voice 2; 'The tape is rolling, the Red Orb is glowing!' [Yes, really exciting isn't it! Is your red orb glowing yet?]
Male Android Voice 1 [again]: 'All Audience Receptor Units activated - Now!'
Audience Receptor Units cheer together!
Male Android Voice 1 [yet again]: 'Music Distribution Equipment activated - Now!' [10, 9 8... etc from Female Android voice in background]
Male Android Voice 1: `All units Activating, countdown Terminating. All units Functioning. Movement Commencing. We have Lift-off. We have Music. We have HAWKWIND!'

Fantastic!!

Is it worth getting this if you've the earlier release just for the one and a half mono Johnny Walker tracks?
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