Hawklords is the eighth studio album by Hawkwindreleased in It released under the name Hawklords for legal reasons, as there was a dispute over ownership of the name "Hawkwind" at the time.
It reached 48 on the UK album charts. It was originally titled 25 Years On and the first Taras E Manias - Marco Paulo - Ao Vivo No Campo Pequeno - Tour 50 Anos pressed as this until the band decided to simply call it Hawklords.
Subsequent re-releases Automotion (Full Extended Version) - Hawklords - 25 Years On reverted to the name David Moran - Obsession EP Years On and the band also now use this name on their web site.
They were joined by Harvey Bainbridge who had played bass in Devon group Ark who in turn had performed with Calvert and Brock as the Sonic Assassinsand by keyboardist Steve Swindells who had been in Pilot.
During the Devon recording session King returned home to London and was replaced by Martin Griffin also from Ark Automotion (Full Extended Version) - Hawklords - 25 Years Onbut King subsequently returned giving the band two drummers.
Simon House had left the earlier band to join David Bowie but contributed violin to the sessions, as did noted British jazz trumpeter Henry Lowther. Road manager Les McClure also sneaked a performance in.
The music is perhaps as far removed from the generic space rock as the band would ever get, these tracks being tightly arranged pieces more in tune with New Wave of the time rather than the band's history. There's a light hearted playfulness to these tracks, only the lyrics of "The Age Of The Micro Man" hinted at the bleak cold futuristic factory workers concept that Calvert and Barney Bubbles put together for the stage show of the album see tour programme.
This programme is reproduced in the CD booklet of the Atomhenge re-release. This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia.
Robert Calvert's voice is a bit irritating and the chord progression resembles "Silver Machine"'s. Then comes "The Only Ones", a more classic song in the vein of the space ballads from "Hall of the Mountain Grill", however more concise. This track can be described as a pre-new- wave version of an imaginary 60's psychedelic tune. Singular in HAWKWIND's discography, the music is quite innovative and proves that the band was par on par with its time, exploring new directions while keeping their own touch.
Although the tracks are less remarkable than on "Quark, Strangeness and Charm", the record is overall less uneven and more coherent. If you want pure space, psychedelic or stoner rock, this album is not the one to go with. But if you're looking for unusual and original rock, pick this disc! Even Automotion (Full Extended Version) - Hawklords - 25 Years On fans may like it!
For sure, this was a daring operation, but such audaciousness allowed Brock and co. It's just a pity the cover art is their worst This is not a compilation album.
On this Hawklords record - released under a different flag due to contract issues - the band sounds even more artsy and punky. Meaning less space rock and proto metal vibes, but that's fine. This time most songs don't do much for me. The opener PSI Power has Automotion (Full Extended Version) - Hawklords - 25 Years On nice glamorous yet melancholic punk feel but drags on a bit. Free Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation has some nice bass Και Τι ΄Εγινε (Kai Ti Egine) - Πάνος Γαβαλάς - Ρία Κούρτη - Επίκαιρα Και Λαϊκά and synths but falls short as a song with its 'out there' performance of Calvert.
On the title song, 25 Years, the music drowns in its own production resulting in a cringe worthy track. Flying Doctor is a more conventional Hawkwind track but the pub-like amateurish vocals and uninteresting or dated sound pallet leave me unimpressed.
The Only Ones is a better David Bowie like track with an elegant space feel. In the two closing tracks Bowie imitations fail to work effectively.
Not the record I had hoped to find. Partly well produced and well adapted to its day and age, but lacking of substance or pleasant trippiness for that matter.
Adding up to two stars. Hawklords - 25 Years On Over the extensive duration of their career, Hawkwind has undergone many changes in their lineup and in their direction. Every Hawkwind release is accompanied by a progression in sound. While 25 Years On certainly belongs among the discography of Robert Calvert's cle I was a waiting for a new Hawkwind album and this one came along.
The cover put me off but that was the only me. My friends all gave me a funny look until the speakers began to pump this little Gem right into their faces. View all trending tracks. Loading player…. Scrobble from Spotify? Connect to Spotify Dismiss. To Dla Mych Ludzi - NON Koneksja - Eksplozja Search.
Add artwork View all artwork. Length 8 tracks, Release Date October Related Tags space rock hard rock cold art rock Add tags View all tags. Tracklist Sorted by: Running order Running order Most popular. Buy Loading. More Love this track. Play album Buy Loading. Scrobble Stats? What is scrobbling? Artist images. Hawklords 7, listeners Related Tags space rock psychedelic rock progressive rock There are two different but related iterations of the band known as the Hawklords.
The first was essentially an incarnation of the influential rock group Hawkwindrecording one album under the name in entitled 25 Years On. Automotion (Full Extended Version) - Hawklords - 25 Years On a number of difficulties duringincluding the abandonment of a tour due to the ongoing mental health problems of vocalist Robert Calvertexhausted Hawkwind co-founder Dave Brock decided to disband the group.
However, after he and Calvert performed a one off gig in December with Devon band Ark using the name the Sonic Assassins, he put t… read Automotion (Full Extended Version) - Hawklords - 25 Years On. There are two different but related iterations of the band known as the Hawklords. The first was essentially an incarnation of the influential rock group Hawkwindrecording one album under… read more.
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Yes we are far from the usual Brock fueled riff-heavy space excursion, the tracks being clearly influenced by the lyrical genius of Robert Calverta match to Michael Moorcock as far as music goes, and delivered with a fury that belies the now legendary ultra-extreme nature of the Hawkwind lead lung.
From the liner notes, one can get an idea of the weird exaltations that A-Cha - Various - Best DJ Non-Stop Hits Vol. 3 Calvert's mind:" Harvey Bainbridge went to Calvert's house, where he found the singer and lyricist dressed in World War 1 officer's uniform". The majestic "Freefall" is a synth and bass ride that swirls at the fingers of Steve Swindells and then suddenly diving into a gloomy groove, the hypnotic Bainbridge bass pummeling along, Brock unleashing a driving riff while the drums are kindly adhering to the Automotion (Full Extended Version) - Hawklords - 25 Years On drive.
Calvert gently floats about in psychedelic verbiage, tumbling words that reach for the abyss. Slow and gentle, sentimental, as Ferry would say. A chugging piece of hiccup brutality that still incites rebellion, to these ears anyway! Brock takes "Flying Doctor" on a heavenly guitar Pony On The Merry-Go-Round - Various - Whistle While You Work, the Overdrive (Instrumental) - Optimystic Tribe - The Awakening we all love and enjoy but laced with that disturbed mind that was Calvert.
Drummer Martin Griffin pounds mightily, bravely thus emulating the massive Simon King. A masterpiece tune that has been one of my "hummers", for so many decades now.
Without any mercy, the majestic "The Age of the Micro Man" comes shining through the electronic mist with swooning vocals that contemplate, as per liner notes, "the future of human beings being, pawns in the game of mechanized industry. Disc one offers three bonus tracks, a single version of "Psi Power", a madcap piece called "Death Trap" that booms along deliriously and a single remix of the title track. Disc 2 offers a live setting for 5 quirky tunes, now calling themselves The Sonic Assassins keyboards handled by Paul Hayles as the only change and tossing in a memorable Hawkwind piece as well, the imperial "Magnu".
Heavy microphone stands not withstanding weird! Brock tortures his guitar fiendishly, while the others prance in delirium. The live version of "Freefall" is ever bit as exhilarating as the studio version, more room to spread the Hawk's wings armed with Bainbridge's way up front bass, leading the charge.
Calvert expressing his perspiring fears and lunatic traumas with utter conviction, less sedate when I saw him live with Hawkwind Lemmy's last show. Obviously the nascent punk phenomenon only further incited his musical vision, shoving him into even deeper introspection. This live version certainly evokes the creepier manifestations that were simply not showcased on the Automotion (Full Extended Version) - Hawklords - 25 Years On clinical studio take.
The remaining disc contains assorted revisits, some entirely acoustic, secondary takes, demos, rehearsal stabs etc? Obviously put together with deep respect and care, the packaging and the extensive liner notes hint at a reverence that is truly deserved.
This album and one shot deal retains its podium as a unique and hence timeless exercise that dared to foresee a certain musical future, at a junction when everything was topsy-turvy in rock land. I am deeply relieved to have this in my collection. So I am not in the majority!
Thanks, Robert RIP. Unfortunately the song quality doesn't entirely measure up to it. But the real standouts for me are Free Fall and the Flying Doctor. Both are very tight and gripping songs where Hawklords found an excellent merge between their psychedelic space rock and the no nonsense attitude of punk. Those commercial sounding tracks from the previous album are still to be found here, just not as many of them.
Strummed guitar to open as vocals join in. Backing vocals on the chorus. Psychedelic voices late to end it. Guitar too. It's spacey again before 4 minutes to the end. What a great tune. This is catchy and one i've tired of quickly. A good heavy sound with vocals. The guitar is excellent. Drums and backing vocals follow. Love how this sounds. Violin 3 minutes in. The vocals remind me of late 60's Psyche.
Piano and drums standout as the vocals join in. This isn't even close to being grouped with their earlier classic albums but we do get some good songs here. In fact i've made a cdr combining my favs from this one and the previous one "Quark Strangeness And Charm". Although these songs reflected the musical climate of the time, lead vocalist Robert Calvert later disparaged, somewhat paradoxically or perhaps ironically, the conserative nature of the New Wave and its return to the 3-minute pop song format.
The UK tour that Hawklords undertook to promote the album involved an elaborate stage show with Calvert's fictional Pan-Transcendental Industries PTi at its dystopian centre. PTi's year plan sought ''absolute authority over the planet'' via the ''industrialisation of religion'' and the obliteration of Nature by ''the new psycho- technology''. There's even some wobble board in the background; who would have thought that Rolf Harris would influence prog?!
Symphonic fans should look to earlier albums but the post-punks among us should enjoy this. The album was released in October by Charisma. The album was originally released under the Hawklords monicker because of a legal dispute over the ownership of the Hawkwind name.
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