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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 (1 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Castle/Classics
  • ASIN: B0000040MJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Levitation
2. Motorway City
3. Psychosis
4. World of Tiers
5. Prelude
6. Who's Gonna Win The War
7. Space Chase
8. The Fifth Second Of Forever
9. Dust Of Time

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Catalogue number CLACD 129 on the Castle Communications label.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Attention all rock fans: don't be fooled into thinking that this is only 5-star music if you're an ageing hippie and/or tree hugger. This little gem is as fine an example of driving yet sophisticated guitar-led rock as you could wish to find anywhere in the Amazon music catalogue.
The musicianship throughout is top notch, with Huw Lloyd-Langton's spacey but beautiful effects-drenched guitar weaving in and out of Tim Baker's Hawkwind-trademark twiddly keyboard fills. And the juicy whole is underpinned by a thumping rhythm section consisting of Dave Brock's chuntering guitar, Harvey Bainbridge's thrumming bass and guest Ginger Baker's astonishingly inventive tub-thumping drumming rhythms.
Indeed, for me, Ginger's drumming style is one of the factors that lifts this album from the many very good Hawkwind creations into one of the best albums of all time. Apparently there was a lot of bad karma knocking about on Planet Hawkwind after the ex-Cream man had touched down for a short stay (this album only as it turned out). But, wow (man), what a kick up the pants he gave the band! They thunder through barnstorming numbers like Psychosis, Space Chase and the title track as if their very lives depended on it, throwing riffs and drum fills at each other in a mind-boggling kaleidoscope of sound. Meanwhile slower tracks like Motor Way City and Dust Of Time allow Lloyd-Langton to do his stuff, with goosebump-raising guitar breaks that remind you of Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour at his best.
All in all, I think this little masterpiece is probably the most approachable Hawkwind album for all mainstream modern rock fans curious about the space rock sound. If you like your rock gutsy but musical, you could hardly do any better. So come on you Feeder, Ash and Muse fans - why not give this one a go?
Oh, and at the risk of sounding like an ageing hippie and/or tree hugger - it sounds really great through headphones too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
During the late 70's and early 80's I was a huge Hawkwind fan but somehow this album failed to register in those days. I recently have had the chance to compare the majority of the best Hawkwind albums and this shines out as the best of the lot. In terms of quality from first to last track the album has it in quantity. Personally Hawkwind WERE Space Rock and on this album the guitar and synths reinforce my opinion. The Vocals on Levitation are so Punk rock, pure clipped brilliance. For me this gets 10/10, Quark strangeness and charm 9/10 with Warrior of the edge of time 8.5/10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
For better or worse, ex-cream drummer Ginger Baker joined Hawkwind for this fine studio album. The full line up consisted of Dave Brock, Huw LLoyd Langton, Tim Blake , Harvey Bainbridge and Baker. A quote on the cover describes this as a headphone album and play it loud so that you can hear everything that is going on. This was surely a very influential album on the likes of Ozric Tentacles. Brock and Bainbridge supply the usual Hawkwind chugging riffery but this is juxtaposed by Baker and Langtons' intricate playing of their instruments and Blakes' (ex gong) incredibly spacey keyboards. It kicks off with the very far eastern sounding title track that really rocks and that is followed by a concert favourite Motorway city, previewed on their previous album live 79.
This with chronicle of the black sword is perhaps the bands most conventional rock album, yet it has a lot more to it than that album. The last 3 tracks are intricate in their style and dust of time contains certainly one of my favourite interludes (later called the island on the album Zones) ever in rock music. Its beautiful.
For the Hawkwind fan, this album has everything, from acoustic guitar to swirling synths.
The only down sides to this album are.... a pretty awful cover, good album covers until this time, were something Hawkwind were usually renowned for. Who's gonna win the war. I wish this had remained solely as a single as i'm not sure that it really fits in with the context of the rest of the album. It also turned into a bad time for the band with Ginger Baker criticising Bainbridge and basically coming across as very egotistical. Baker left soon after. However, although this is a great album i must add that it is very different to any other Hawkwind album so perhaps its not the best one to start with.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Robinson on 18 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
As with ALL their best recordings, Levitation is no longer available. Only the dross and dregs of their erratic, though prolific career remains openly available. It seems strange that any record company would want to delete an artists best work and continue to market their worst, but I guess thats the music biz.
Levitation is Hawkwind at their very best. The album drives headlong with well played and well produced rock, punctuated with brilliantly crafted soundscapes, and not just time filling, white noise, ridden interludes to pad the album out. Huw Lloyd Langtons guitar is as melodic and inventive as ever, and for once, HW benefit from a professional standard drummer(Ginger Baker - Ex Cream) who holds the arrangements togther masterfully. Best tracks are Levitation, World of Tiers and Fifth second of forever/Dust of time. All of which are great rock tracks with elements of Prog, but with the energy and excitement of Heavy Metal. If you can lay your hands on this, you wont be disspointed.
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