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Hawkwind advice please
May 10, 2017, 12:44
Having just finished reading Ian Abrahams' excellent Sonic Assassins book, I now feel I need to gradually expand my Hawkwind collection - as the most fascinating parts of the book were the bits covering the lineups and albums I haven't heard (which is usually the opposite for me).
So, obviously, I have the UA years covered already (up to Warrior On The Edge of Time and including Calvert's Captain Lockheed album), but have often read that beyond this point it is advisable to 'proceed with caution' as Sethman puts it in an Unsung review.
Ian Abrahams gives a good overview and critique of the later albums but one man's gold is often another man's shit (and vice versa).

So advice/recommendations need on;

1. The Calvert fronted RCA years?

2. The Arista Years (Levitation, Sonic Attack etc)?

3. The Black Sword albums - I'm drawn due to the Moorcock connection but I've sort of gathered that the studio album is patchy and over-produced so I'm thinking of opting for Live Chronicles instead, probably the 2CD Atomhenge release. Am I barking up the right tree?

4. Anything beyond this point (the free-festival years, 90s, 00s etc).

It strikes me that approaching Hawkwind's back catalogue must be like a newcomer to Cope's work but across a greater time-span, in that there is a regular evolution of approach yet with certain consistent factors (Brock ha ha), and different key members (eg, Alan Davey, Richard Chadwick) inspriring updates and shifts in style throughout the years.
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