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Hawkwind

Postby GoogaMooga » 29 Oct 2023, 04:28

I don't know much about Hawkwind, not even sure if they would be filed under prog, but they sound prog to me. Even this prog-hater will make a few exceptions, and Hawkwind is one of them, judging by the songs on Anthology vol. 1, released on the unbeknownst-to-me French label, Samurai. I landed on vol. 1 and 2 yesterday, and I hope to find vol. 3 as well. Apparently they are scarce CD's; amazon uk doesn't have them, and I for one had never come across them before. They are not my first, though, I have a few of the key albums as well, but may only have played them once, because I buy a lot of stuff. Anyway, two tracks in, and I like what I am hearing. The songs don't progress in fits and starts like so much inferior prog, but roll along nicely, with a good groove throughout.
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Re: Hawkwind

Postby Swiftie » 29 Oct 2023, 09:26

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"Pink Floyd on acid" was how the Melody Maker described them on the release of their first album.

I am seen them live umpteen times from a week before the release of their fine debut album until a few years ago when I saw them with BCB Theo.

One of the greatest bands that ever walked the planet!

As for Anthologies - I don't do them - I have no 'best ofs' or compilations in my collection accept Tamla Motown Chartbusters Volume 3 which I treasure - they do not flow

You need the proper albums - three come to mind that reflect the progression/changes in the band.

X in Search of Space
Warrior on the Edge of Time
Quark, Strangeness and Charm


There are others - but these three for a start

(The latest remixed) Space Ritual is one of the greatest albums ever made

As for the 'prog-hater' statement you surprise me Googs. I would expect that from you-know-who but you dear friend....??

As Zappa said: 'there are two types of music, music you like and music you don't like'

Enough said




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Re: Hawkwind

Postby GoogaMooga » 29 Oct 2023, 10:01

You are right about anthologies, C, they do not flow the way the proper albums are thoughtfully sequenced. That's the drawback... On the plus side, you often get exclusives - single mixes, B-sides, rarities, live cuts, so they have got a place in my collection. Also, it can be a very costly endeavor if you must have substantial runs of every artist that you happen to like. I wouldn't go so far as saying I *hate* prog, for I own a good smattering of the genre, certainly more than I do heavy metal. The only genre I hate almost entirely, is techno, Goa trance, or whatever. But even there we have got Underworld. :)

Anyway, I am on vol. 2 of Hawkwind now, they are a trip. :D
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Postby Swiftie » 29 Oct 2023, 10:08

Buy the proper run of albums by an artist or band you enjoy and forget about all the tons/tonnes of nonsense you buy at the charity/thrift shops!!

It's cheaper lad!

Yes, cheaper!!



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Postby Obvious Alf » 29 Oct 2023, 10:10

I'd start with In Search of Space, paying special attention to Terry Ollis's beautiful drumming then head to Doremi Fasol Latido, the next album but with a new rhythm section that included Lemmy for the first time, and glory in the runaway juggernautness of it all. As I've said before, it sounds like they're navigating a black home in a transit van. After that, you've got Hall of the Mountain Grill - a more varied and refined album.

They're not prog. They're Hawkwind. A national treasure.
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Re: Hawkwind

Postby GoogaMooga » 29 Oct 2023, 10:13

Obvious Alf wrote:They're not prog. They're Hawkwind. A national treasure.


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Re: Hawkwind

Postby GoogaMooga » 29 Oct 2023, 10:15

C wrote:Buy the proper run of albums by an artist or band you enjoy and forget about all the tons/tonnes of nonsense you buy at the charity/thrift shops!!

It's cheaper lad!

Yes, cheaper!!



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Those Hawkwind anthologies were from an antique shop, where I had to pay 20 DKK for each (appx. £2). I also bought some Black Sabbath and some reggae. So, not nonsense. ;)
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Postby Swiftie » 29 Oct 2023, 10:16

Obvious Alf wrote:
They're not prog. They're Hawkwind. A national treasure.


Griff, I love a bit of labelism me....



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Re: Hawkwind

Postby Matt Wilson » 29 Oct 2023, 18:56

Big fan here too. At least from '70 - '80. I can hang with any of their LPs from that era.

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Postby Swiftie » 29 Oct 2023, 19:07

Matt Wilson wrote:Big fan here too. At least from '70 - '80. I can hang with any of their LPs from that era.


Agreed the first 10 studio albums up to 1980 are essential.

Then the Hawklords take over

Levitation the last of the great run, has Peter Baker aka Ginger on tubs - he really drives things on

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Re: Hawkwind

Postby Swiftie » 04 Nov 2023, 09:32

X In Search of Space or In Search of Space....??

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Re: Hawkwind

Postby robertff » 04 Nov 2023, 10:18

C wrote:
As Zappa said: 'there are two types of music, music you like and music you don't like'

Enough said.

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Apparently Duke Ellington coined much of this aphorism in 1962: “There are two kinds of music good music and the other kind’.



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Postby ChrisB » 04 Nov 2023, 10:22

I know which Hawkwind is, then

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Postby Swiftie » 04 Nov 2023, 10:28

robertff wrote:
C wrote:
As Zappa said: 'there are two types of music, music you like and music you don't like'

Enough said.

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Apparently Duke Ellington coined much of this aphorism in 1962: “There are two kinds of music good music and the other kind’.



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Not the same Rob.

Ellington, by implication, suggests there is bad music.

Frank didn't think so and I agree

There is music I don't like eg The Crooners - Sinatra, Martin et alia but I don't consider it 'bad' music - it just isn't to my taste





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Re: Hawkwind

Postby robertff » 04 Nov 2023, 10:58

C wrote:
robertff wrote:
C wrote:
As Zappa said: 'there are two types of music, music you like and music you don't like'

Enough said.

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Apparently Duke Ellington coined much of this aphorism in 1962: “There are two kinds of music good music and the other kind’.



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Not the same Rob.

Ellington, by implication, suggests there is bad music.

Frank didn't think so and I agree

There is music I don't like eg The Crooners - Sinatra, Martin et alia but I don't consider it 'bad' music - it just isn't to my taste.

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Kind of conjures up the same thing to me - music I like (so good music) and music I don’t like (bad music) - it is all subjective after all.



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Postby ChrisB » 04 Nov 2023, 11:05

Ellington was part of the same group of musicians and vocalists (eg Buddy Rich, Sinatra) who were the musical mafia and they defined "bad" music" as youg kids playing rock n roll. Elvis and their ilk were a threat to their livelihoods and these "real" musicians were vindictive as well as being musical snobs.

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Postby Swiftie » 04 Nov 2023, 11:05

robertff wrote:
C wrote:
robertff wrote:



Apparently Duke Ellington coined much of this aphorism in 1962: “There are two kinds of music good music and the other kind’.



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Not the same Rob.

Ellington, by implication, suggests there is bad music.

Frank didn't think so and I agree

There is music I don't like eg The Crooners - Sinatra, Martin et alia but I don't consider it 'bad' music - it just isn't to my taste.

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Kind of conjures up the same thing to me - music I like (so good music) and music I don’t like (bad music) - it is all subjective after all.



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Sorry Rob - they are not the ‘same thing’

Would anybody in their right mind say that Frank Sinatra’s music was ‘bad’ or that he couldn’t sing

Of course not

I suggest, my friend, that you are being somewhat obtuse

Yes, somewhat obtuse



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Re: Hawkwind

Postby Swiftie » 04 Nov 2023, 11:13

ChrisB wrote:Ellington was part of the same group of musicians and vocalists (eg Buddy Rich, Sinatra) who were the musical mafia and they defined "bad" music" as youg kids playing rock n roll. Elvis and their ilk were a threat to their livelihoods and these "real" musicians were vindictive as well as being musical snobs.


Well said Chris lad

Well said

Calling any piece of music 'bad' is indeed crass, elitist hogwash

[with the exception of Brian Eno which is obviously justified]





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Re: Hawkwind

Postby The Slider » 04 Nov 2023, 12:07

Great till 75* - ok till 80
Uninterested past that point

But I am Now Playing Xin Search of Space



* I am not a fan of Calvert so I much prefer the tracks on which he is silent or absent
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Postby The Slider » 04 Nov 2023, 12:10

and anyone who thinks there is no such thing as bad music has never heard The Grateful Dead
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