|Guide to Hawkwind albums
This isn't a discography. It's meant to be an exhaustive listing of the core official Hawkwind albums, with
a description of each one, a note as to its' availability (as of Feb 2002) and a rating, in the form of marks
out of ten. What is an "official Hawkwind album"? For the purposes of this page, it's an album released
by Hawkwind's (then) current record label, for which the band receive royalties. Rip-offs and bootlegs
are excluded. Legitimate but retrospective live albums / compilations are listed at the end. And of course
this is just my opinion: plenty of people would disagree with some or all of what I've written.
|Thanks to Bernhard Pospiech and Rainer Wangler for their detective work on Live 1990
This page was last updated on 16/10/13
Official Hawkwind Albums
Anything that hasn't been mentioned so far is either a useless compilation with no otherwise unavailable
tracks (some of these are official albums and are thus not exactly 'dishonourable', but they are
redundant), something I've overlooked, or a hideous mess in terms of sound quality. Many in this latter
category are in effect bootlegs and the band receives no money from them. See Bring Me The Head
Of... for the lowdown on these
It's only my opinion, but everything that I *have* mentioned above is the essential Hawkwind, and there
are good reasons for not going outside this list!
Honourable Mentions - Retrospective Live Albums
There are some live albums which were retrospective releases but are legitimate, i.e. the band gets paid for
them. These are the best ones:
Honourable Mentions - Compilations
There are a very few compilations that are worth a second look because they offer something not
otherwise easily obtainable. Except where noted below these are not currently available on CD:
34.Spaced Out In London (2004)
Live from the 2002 Christmas party at Walthamstow Assembly Halls on 13/12/02.
This is yet another live album but manages to sound completely different again from
the preceding two issues. Has more punch than the Canterbury album, and a
different line-up (Arthur Brown, Brock, Blake, Davey, Chadwick) which achieves
more than expected (see detailed review). The setlist varies quite a bit from
Canterbury / Yule Ritual, too. Another essential. 8/10
35.Take Me To Your Leader (2005)
Hawkwind in 2005 get to grips with modern recording technology, resulting in their
best-produced album and a roster of material that's 90% new and 75% quality...
perhaps their strongest performance in twenty years, this integrates smooth jazz and
techno into Hawkwind's traditional space rock, and possibly indicates that theyâ€™ve
mastered the art of making decent trance music. (See also the detailed review).
Essential? Of course!. 8/10
36.Take Me To Your Future (2006)
A transitional album that bridges the recent past, cleaning up the remaining material
from the Take Me To Your Leader recordings, and the near future, presaging various
projects that are currently in the works, mostly connected with archival live material.
Feels more like a compilation or even a promo than a core album (see the detailed
review). For the committed fan rather than the casual buyer. 7/10
The Brock / Calvert Project
It's very tempting to put this in with the core Hawkwind albums, because what
could be more Hawkwind than a collaboration, albeit semi-posthumous, between
Bob Calvert and Dave Brock? There's even a Hawkwind track here, "Long Time
Friend". But, it hasn't been billed as a Hawkwind album and so I'll put it in a
category of its' own. That's also almost the case musically, with the true
provenance of this album being the latest development of Brock's solo work. It
hasn't the thrust of a proper Hawkwind title, but does boast a degree of
sophistication you won't find on many of the core albums. 7/10.
by incorporating their virtues.
Others (not illustrated): The Friends & Relations series had some rare but not very good tracks. Dawn
of Hawkwind contained pre-Hawkwind bluesy material. The Elf & The Hawk married an Alan Davey
EP with some rare minor Hawkwind tracks. And 'White Zone' by the Psychedelic Warriors was a techno
crime against humanity...well, perhaps time has mellowed me...this has been reissued by Atomhenge and
it's not quite so awful as I would have had you believe. See the detailed review.
37.Knights Of Space (2008)
Another live album, recorded at the London Astoria on 19/12/2007. While the
performance was solid, under difficult circumstances, the sub-professional sound
quality and indifferent mix make this one of the least exalted of their career. See the
detailed review. 5/10
Spirit of the Age Anthology 1976-1984
The first release (in October 2008) under the Atomhenge imprint, created for
reissue of the 1976-1997 back catalogue by Cherry Red Records. This and a
companion volume called The Dream Goes On Anthology 1985-1997 were
intended for casual buyers. Unlike The Dream Goes On, Spirit Of The Age
1976-1984 contains some otherwise unobtainable alternate mixes and edits,
making it of interest to Kompletists and the like. It also obviates the inclusion of
the 1988 Spirit Of The Age and 1992 Tales From Atomhenge titles in this list (see
38. Blood of the Earth (2010)
A new studio album released in 2010, 5 years after their last such effort. An
excellent relfection of the current line-up's strengths, though Dave Brock's influence
needs to be stronger. Disappointingly, it contains reworks of two old songs. See the
detailed review. 8/10
Dave Brock's favourite album, but atypical. Memorably described as "undistinguished
street folk", it features primitive electronics mixed in with one-riff acoustic jams.
Currently available on CD with extra tracks, of which "Cymbeline" (a cover of the
Pink Floyd song) is the best. 6/10.
2.In Search of Space (1971)
A development of the first album's sound into a more "tribal" feel, with greater musical
finesse and one genuine space-rock number: Master Of The Universe. Currently
available on CD with extra tracks, the Silver Machine (A-side) / Seven By Seven
(B-side) single and the single version edit of Born To Go. 7/10.
3.Doremi Fasol Latido (1972)
Lemmy arrives and the move from street-folk to space-rock is completed. A great
album, pounding and throbbing, with a fantastic version of Lord Of Light. Currently
available on CD with extra tracks including Urban Guerilla and Brainbox Pollution (A-
and B-side of banned 1973 single) and a previously unreleased version of Ejection.
4.Space Ritual (1973)
The greatest album in the world. Double live recorded in December 1972, featuring a
perfect blend of power and trippiness - pure space rock. The opening tracks, Earth
Calling/Born To Go, are tighter than anything anyone ever recorded in a studio.
Currently available on CD with 3 extra tracks: the amazing live version of You
Shouldn't Do That, previously only available on the Roadhawks compilation; and the
live cuts Master Of The Universe and Born To Go from the almost unobtainable
Greasy Trucker's Party album. 10/10.
5.Hall Of The Mountain Grill (1974)
More musical, due to the influence of Simon House who joined as keyboard player.
Stylistically patchy but no bad songs on this album. Currently available on CD with
extra tracks including the single edit of Psychedelic Warlords (somehow more
effective than the full-length track) and the B-side of that single, It's So Easy - which
hasn't been available on an album before, except for a 1977 compilation called Master
Of The Universe. 9/10.
6.Warrior On The Edge Of Time (1975)
Vies with Space Ritual for the title of best Hawkwind album. A recent compilation
review described the opening track Assault and Battery as "a lost trance-rock
classic". Like it's predecessor this album is stylistically patchy but does have 3 bum
tracks, all of which are Michael Moorcock-penned spoken-word errors of judgment.
The Wizard Blows His Horn is so bad it's almost good. Everything else is top quality
and represents Hawkwind at the peak of their creative powers. Sadly this is not
currently available on CD. It has been issued on CD twice. The commoner version is
on the Dojo label and includes 1 extra track, the Hawkwind version of the song
Motorhead. This was originally the B-side to the Kings Of Speed single. It has
Lemmy's vocals and the full band on it. (There is another Hawkwind version of
Motorhead which is later, is more of a demo and features Dave Brock's vocals.) The
Dojo CD issue was mastered from a vinyl copy of the album. Rarer and therefore
more desirable is the U.S. Griffin label version, mastered from the original recording
studio tapes. This also has the original version of Motorhead. 10/10.
7.Astounding Sounds Amazing Music (1976)
A radical departure from earlier Hawkwind albums. At the time of its' release, ASAM
was criticised as having no direction. Dave Brock: "I threw it out of my house, like a
frisbee....there were *too many* directions." The songs are all excellent with the
exception of The Aubergine That Ate Rangoon, an ill-advised venture into jazz-funk -
a trend which subsequently resulted in the expulsion of Alan Powell and Paul Rudolph,
according to an interview with Bob Calvert. This album is not currently available on
CD, but it is sometimes possible to find the now-deleted Griffin CD reissue on E-Bay.
This is worth having because of the extra tracks, Honky Dorky (B-side of the Kerb
Crawler single) and Back On The Streets / The Dream Of Isis, the A- and B-side of
the band's first single after the departure of Nik Turner. 8/10.
8.Quark Strangeness & Charm (1977)
Another musical peak, representing a further development of some of the directions of
Astounding Sounds. Cerebral and humorous with some of the most sophisticated
music Hawkwind have ever made. Again, not currently available on CD and unlikely
to become so in the forseeable future (see the Hawkwind FAQ page) 10/10.
Often (erroneously?) referred to as "25 Years On", this is another step in the
development of the Hawkwind sound, representing a return to a more basic and
hard-hitting musical direction. No poor tracks, but quite a bit of stylistic variation.
Not available on CD, and used copies trade on E-Bay for big $$. 8/10.
A contract-filling album that got Hawkwind out of their deal with Charisma. The
legend on the cover "This is the last but one" refers not to this being Hawkwind's
intended penultimate album, but to the fact that it actually predates the Hawklords
album despite being a later release. All over the place stylistically but solid material
with several gems. This album really started the Hawkwind tradition of semi-live,
semi-studio albums, although Hall Of The Mountain Grill had ventured a step in that
direction. Not currently available on CD, although 2nd-hand copies do appear from
time to time. One odd thing about this is that the CD version (Virgin, 1989) contains a
different vocal on the track "High Rise" - not as good as the vinyl original IMHO. 8/10.
11.Live 79 (1980)
A live album featuring the return of Huw Lloyd Langton and pitching Hawkwind in a
new, more metal-oriented direction. This album has a fairly raw feel to it and some
dodgy playing in places. The overall pace of the band is wound up several notches
from everything they've done hitherto. This album is available on CD, in both its'
original form, which was recorded at St. Albans' on 08/12/79, and as a Voiceprint
Collector's Series reissue called Complete 79 (see detailed review), featuring the same
St.Albans version of Shot Down In The Night, plus the entire gig from the
Hammersmith Odeon on 1st December 1979. 7/10.
The last truly great Hawkwind studio album. One of the first digitally recorded albums
ever, its' lush sound is at odds with the long, blurry instrumentals that are Hawkwind's
trademark. This is still available on CD (as a digipack). 9/10.
13.Sonic Attack (1981)
Has more in common with the metal-oriented Live 79 than with its' immediate
predecessor. Starts off with an unsuccessful remake of Sonic Attack, starting another
Hawkwind trend - re-recording of old material. There are still a few good tracks on
this album, but for the first time they are outnumbered. Can still be found on CD.
14.Church of Hawkwind (1982)
Really a Dave Brock solo album and better than the contemporary Hawkwind albums.
More electronic in character. This seems to be still available on CD, as a Griffin
reissue, with 3 extra tracks: Damage Of Life, Mists Of Meriden and Indentimate.
Rather than bolt these onto the end of the original running order, the entire track
sequence has been changed, which somewhat spoils the flow of the album. 8/10.
15.Choose Your Masques (1982)
Successfully integrates the more electronic bias of Church of Hawkwind with the
metallic leanings of Sonic Attack. A fairly decent album with one real gem (Arrival In
Utopia) and a number of good tracks - but ominously, remakes of Silver Machine and
Psychedelic Warlords which do not improve on the originals. This one can still be
found on CD, and the CD has a pointless extra track, the full-length remake of Silver
A half-live, half-studio album - IMHO one of the worst official Hawkwind albums
ever. Can still be found on CD, often coupled with the This Is Hawkwind, Do Not
Panic live album - see also the detailed review of this coupling. 3/10.
17.This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic (1984)
A live album featuring performances from 1980, which are generally excellent and
show the band in bombastic mode. The high quantity of live- over studio- albums
dates from this 1983-84 period. 7/10.
18.Chronicle Of The Black Sword (1985)
A surprising return to form - a studio album comprising wholly new and good quality
material. The subject matter is pure sword-and-sorcery and this was Hawkwind's
most mainstream and least spacey period, so it's not everyone's favourite :-) "Cheesey
80's metal" is one description. The original Flicknife CD issue had Arioch (b-side) and
two live tracks (Assault & Battery, Sleep Of 1000 Tears) as extra tracks. The Dojo
reissue from 1992 has a great live version of "The War I Survived" from the 22/04/88
Hammersmith Odeon gig, and "Voices In My Head", a jam on the Brainstorm riff. Not
currently available on CD, as far as I know. 8/10.
19.Live Chronicles (1986)
Another live album - great playing and contains more material than was on the
Chronicle Of The Black Sword album. Including some excruciatingly bad narrative
pieces. Now available on CD again, and the CD has extra tracks including 2 crappy
narrations, a good version of Assault And Battery and Sleep Of 1000 Tears. (The
latter 2 tracks were only previously available on the B-side of the 12-inch Zarozinia
EP.) Standout track is Huw Lloyd Langton's Moonglum, not available elsewhere. 8/10.
20.Out & Intake (1987)
Or just outtakes. A hodge-podge of substandard material, none of which is essential
(or even worth owning). Similar albums in this vein, released on the Flicknife label at
around the same time include Independent Days, Independent Days 2 and Travellers
Aid Trust (which has only 1 Hawkwind track). Avoid all of these. Independent Days 1
& 2 has been reissued as a single CD (see detailed review), and Out & Intake is also
available on CD (see detailed review) with 2 extra tracks: a so-so live version of
Coded Languages and Warrior On The Edge Of Time (Moorcock rant). 5/10.
21.Xenon Codex (1988)
Continuing Hawkwind's descent through the 1980's, this was at least an attempt to
issue a new studio album of all new material - but inspiration was lacking. Neon
Skyline is a decent track but not much else is. Other things wrong with this album are
some wretched drumming by Danny Thompson, and a grotty, grungey production.
Still available as a digipack CD. 4/10. But see alo my detailed review of the
remastered version, which got a much higher rating!
22.Space Bandits (1990)
The beginning of the revival. Another patchy album, but Images and Out Of The
Shadows are good space rock numbers. Enlivened (?) by Bridget Wishart,
Hawkwind's first-ever female vocalist (and only one, unless you count Sam Fox).
There are still some stinkers on this album, though. 5/10.
23.Palace Springs (1991)
Another live album, but indispensable if only for Treadmill, which is unavailable
elsewhere. Good sound and excellent playing with some classic 70's numbers
alongside contemporary material. This would be a good album to lend to somebody as
an all-purpose introduction to Hawkwind - see detailed review. Still available on CD
24.Electric Tepee (1992)
Hailed by many as another return to form, contains 4 excellent space rock tracks
(LSD, Blue Shift, Mask Of The Morning and Right To Decide) but most of the rest are
duff. A very lush, full-sounding album despite being made by what was now a 3-piece
band. Still available on CD. 7/10.
Here's another view from Graham: I've just been listening to Electric Tepee and
checked out your review. It says there are four good space rock tracks including Blue
Shift. However Blue Shift is a typical Alan Davey ambient keyboard piece. Actually this
album is better than I remember. Admittedly Secret Agent is one of Dave Brock's
worst ever compositions, Garden Pests and Rites of Netherworld are really terrible and
Electric Tepee completely pointless. Take these out and live with the ambience of Blue
Shift, Space Dust and Going to Hawaii and it's a far better album. Shift Mask of
Morning and Don't Understand, which is an excellent piece of techno space rock
noodling, between Death of War and Space Dust makes a far more balanced album.
25.It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous (1993)
Different from everything else they've done. Described as an "ambient drone", there is
hardly any guitar on this album. Very techno-sounding and not my cup of tea at all.
Many Hawkwind fans hate this album. Digipack CD still available. 3/10.
26.The Business Trip (1994)
A superior live album with limited new material. Altair is a brief synth intro to a
dirge-paced version of Quark Strangeness & Charm. The album has excellent versions
of Green Finned Demon, You Shouldn't Do That and You Know You're Only
Dreaming (retitled as The Dream Has Ended). The Day A Wall Came Down is
sub-techno. Berlin Axis is a lush, synthy instrumental. The Dream Goes On is another
treatment of the Iron Dream riff, prefiguring its' appearance on Alien 4 but without the
lyrics ("silicon chip in my head"). The album ends with This Future, which is yet
another retitling, this time of Welcome To The Future; nicely unsettling, though. The
vinyl version contained an extra track "Terra Mystica" This album is not currently
available, unfortunately. 7/10.
27.Alien 4 (1995)
A good album featuring all-new studio material (and a remake of Death Trap, which
*is* an improvement on the original). This album inaugurates a new punky/thrashy
element in Hawkwind's music, but there are 3 classic tracks untouched by this:
Xenomorph, Sputnik Stan and Festivals. This album is an essential part of any serious
Hawkwind collection, but it doesn't seem to be currently available at all. 7/10.
28.Love In Space (1996)
Basically the live album of the Alien 4 tour. Good sound quality and playing, but no
new material, and heralding another hiatus in Hawkwind's creativity. Not currently
29.Hawkwind In Your Area (1997)
A half-live, half-studio album originally issued only in the USA by Griffin. The new
material is mostly keyboard- and ambient-based stuff. Nothing on this album jumps
out at the listener except for yet another live version of Brainstorm. Not currently
30.Distant Horizons (1997)
A new studio album that was released prematurely. Love In Space and Waimea
Canyon Drive are the best tracks. The others continue the thrash that first raised its'
head on Alien 4. Not a success and not currently available. 5/10.
As the title suggests, more of a Dave Brock solo album, and often compared to Church
of Hawkwind. The original mispressed version of this album contained the Agents of
Chaos' version of 'Damage of Life' from the Traveller's Aid Trust album. Most of the
material would appear to be reworked versions of previously released songs. The few
new pieces are mostly brief, unremarkable and keyboard-dominated - see detailed
review. Still available. 6/10.
32.Yule Ritual (2001)
A live recording of Hawkwind's Christmas 2000 gig. Great sound, if you can stand
the excessive boosting of the bass in the mix, and powerful playing but no new
material. As live albums go, this is better than Love In Space and even Live 79 -
probably on a par with This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic. Still available. 7/10.
33.Canterbury Sound Festival 2001 (2002)
Another live album, from 18/08/01 at the Canterbury Sound Festival. The sound
quality is nearly perfect, and the band played a stormer of set that day, which is
captured here in its' entirety. A large number of the songs here are also on the Yule
Ritual album, but the different line-up gives this a completely different flavour...if Yule
Ritual was the late 90's line-up on steroids, this is 21st century Hawkwind free of all
artificial stimulants but still rippling with muscle. An essential album. 8/10.
Weird CD's. There are 7 of these, mostly live and spanning most of Hawkwind's
career, and they are reviewed separately on this site.
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (recorded 1972)
Same era material but uniformly sub-Space Ritual in quality. A bootleg version of
this recording has also been released under the name Space Rock Live From
London, allegedly with a better mix than the BBC version. See detailed review
At the BBC 1972
Doubling up the mono recording of "BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert" with its' stereo
bootleg blood brother ("Space Rock from London"), this is the definitive document
from the BBC-taped performance at the Paris Theatre on 14th October 1972. Also
thrown in are two contemporaneous recordings from a BBC radio sesion that was
never broadcast. Buy this and the two other titles can be considered completely
The 1999 Party (recorded 1974)
Hall Of The Mountain Grill material done in a more muscular style, recorded live in
Chicago. Fairly good sound quality, pretty good playing.
Thrilling Hawkwind Adventures
Griffin (USA) version of two almost identical live albums from 1976 - see
Atomhenge 76, below. Both albums contain "Time For Sale" which is unavailable
elsewhere - it's a Calvert rant undermined by jazz-funk noodlings.
The Voiceprint (UK) version of Thrilling Hawkwind Adventures, with a more
extensive tracklist from the same recording. See detailed review
Amongst their punkier moments. Great version of Spirit Of The Age, very faithful to
the studio version on Quark Strangeness and Charm. A very tight performance
(recorded in 1977 - the other tracks date from 24/11/78). This album was released
as a tribute to Bob Calvert after his death.
Hawklords Live '78
Released by Atomhenge, this covers most of the same ground as the Hawklords Live
album, but adds some previously missing tracks and omits the splendid Hawklords
Live version of Spirit of the Age. A must-have - see the detailed review.
Collector's Series Vol 2 - Live 1982
Also known as "Choose Your Masques Live", this 1982 live recording covers a
greater range of material than just Choose Your Masques - see the detailed review.
Undisclosed Files Addendum
Live material from 27/11/84 and 1988, including Damned By The Curse Of Man,
unavailable elsewhere. The '84 stuff is generally on the weak side, and is fronted by
Nik Turner in full frontal Wild Man of Space Rock mode. The promo version of this
album ('Undisclosed Files' without the Addendum, with the colurs inverted on the
cover) has 2 fewer 1984 tracks and 2 more from 1988 instead. See the detailed
The Friday Rock Show Sessions - Live At Reading '86
Live at the Reading Festival in 1986. Powerful sound and performance, but not
spacey - almost straightforward hard rock. Lemmy guests on Silver Machine,
providing his usual silky vocals... Is this the worst Hawkwind album cover of them
Live album from 1990, very similar to other early 90's live albums (in terms of the
setlist), with the exception of Reefer Madness - rather an odd version, with Bridget
Wishart singing. Dave Brock's guitar is very prominent on this album, and he
seemed to have a flanger plugged in the whole time . There's no Simon House,
either, unlike other live albums of this period. See detailed review
This has just (June 2002) been released and is a 2-CD set of 2 different gigs in 1990.
One of them is the 25/01/90 Nottingham performance documented in the Classic
Rock DVD and video, which itself has previously appeared as a VHS release called
"Live Legends" and originally was broadcast at 3am on an ITV programme called
Bedrock. It is now (Jan 2009) thought that the other gig took place at Manchester
Apollo on Monday 22/10/90, thanks to a painstaking process of elimination by
Bernhard Pospiech and Rainer Wangler. This is one of the better live albums, with
the Nottingham set outclassing the other set by some distance. See detailed review
Not a Hawkwind album per se, but for many years this was a hotly sought item
because it contained live versions of Born To Go and Master of the Universe that
were recorded at the Roundhouse in 1972. These are now available as bonus tracks
on the EMI Space Ritual CD reissue. The 1971 Glastonbury Fayre album (not
illustrated) is similar and contains the original recording of Silver Machine featuring
Bob Calvert's vocals. This got reissued as a 3CD in 2007 - detailed review
The first, and possibly best compilation of Hawkwind's career, this album included
an otherwise unobtainable live version of You Shouldn't Do That, and a remixed
version of Silver Machine (its' first appearance on any album). As with the Greasy
Truckers album above, it has been superceded by the CD reissue of Space Ritual,
which includes the live version of You Shouldn't Do That as a bonus track.
Masters of the Universe
A 1977 compilation issued on UA after the band had gone to Charisma. This is
another one that was a 'must have' for many years, as it included "It's So Easy"
(B-side to the Psychedelic Warlords single). Given the availability of this track on
various other albums (HOTMG CD reissue, Sonic Boom Killers etc) there's no real
reason to have this album now. Nice cover, though
Stasis - the UA Years
Includes some rarer single mix versions of familiar material (the rarest being a 1976
remix of the studio recording of 'Seven By Seven') and is generally regarded as one
of the best Hawkwind comps
A 1980 compilation put out by Charisma after they had lost Hawkwind - includes the
Back On The Streets single and some good single versions of 25 Years and Psi
Power; these are not remixes but alternate recordings. 25 Years On in particular is a
vast improvement on the album version. It has never been released on CD.
Spirit of the Age
There are two compilations with this title. The one illustrated is from 1988 on Virgin
Records. It's chief virtue is that it contains, on CD, the original version of High Rise
which can only otherwise be found on a vinyl copy of PXR5 [and on subsequent
compilations, which actually render this redundant...]
Tales from Atomhenge
A 1992 compilation of Charisma era material that includes the rare B-side Honky
Dorky, plus the A- and B-sides of the Back On The Streets / The Dream of Isis
single. The only other way to get these tracks on CD is if you can find a copy of the
now-deleted Griffin reissue of the Astounding Sounds album, copies of which sell on
E-Bay for over forty quid. This title was actually a revamped reissue of the 1988
'Spirit Of The Age' Virgin compilation (see above) and thus also has the preferred
version of 'High Rise'_ [Since made redundant by various Atomhenge reissues.]
Sonic Boom Killers
A 1998 compilation from Germany, subtitled "Singles A's and B's, 1970-1980" It
doesn't contain every single from that era but many of these tracks are otherwise
hard to find, especially if you don't want to buy the EMI reissues of the classic 70's
albums, which usually include these single A- and B-sides as bonus tracks
Golden Void 1969-79
A 1999 compilation that includes all the Earth Ritual EP tracks, none of which are
available on any other album, apart from a 1989 compilation called Night Of The
Hawk, and a 30-minute Dave Brock interview, which was originally included in the
Flicknife 'Official Picture Book Log' boxed set.
Released by EMI in 1999 to mark Hawkwind's 30th anniversary and reissued
periodically since. There are two versions of this compilation; a single-CD set
subtitled 'Ultimate Best Of' and a 3-CD set subtitled '30-Year Anthology' - see
detailed review. Neither contains anything unavailable elsewhere but they're
cracking releases, and ideal for those who don't want to go out and buy all the
Masters of Rock
A 2002 EMI compilation that includes two otherwise unavailable live tracks culled
from the Autumn 2001 UK tour - 'Lighthouse' and 'Love In Space'
39. Onward (2012)
New studio album, including some old numbers remade. Some really strong songs
and a notable development in their talent for integrating the hard rock, jazz and
space-synth elements that are the basis of Hawkwind's sound in the 21st century.
See the detailed review. 8/10
41. Spacehawks (2013)
One fifth of it by duration is fresh material with the remainder being updated
revisitations of classic numbers, remixes and two prevously released tracks.
Intended to complement the Warrior 2013 tour, Spacehawks instead serves as a
moment in time - Hawkwind in 2013. See the detailed review. 7/10
40. Stellar Variations (2013)
40 not out! Billed to "the Hawkwiind Light Orchestra", the Brock-Hone-Chadwick
trio compensates for the slimmed-down lineup by opting for overly lush
arrangements, making a connection to 1990's Hawkwind. Stands up alongside their
other albums of recent years. See the detailed review. 8/10