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Mighty Hawkwind Classics 1980 - 1985

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Though “Hurry on Sundown” and “Sweet Mistress of Pain” turn the clock back to Hawkwind’s late-'60s and early-'70s period of blasting astral space-rock jams through hulking, stacked amplifiers, the instrumental, horn-laden “Kings of Speed” and the Lemmy Kilmister–sung “Motorhead” kick out tougher, muscled jams. The nearly eight-minute “Valium Ten” continues to muse on the band members’ vices of choice, with noticeably more Moog freakouts and a gradually ascending horn section. At times, “Night of the Hawks/Stonehenge” sounds like Dave Brock and Nik Turner had fallen under the arena-rock spell of KISS, while the solid-state synthesizers and fantasy-based lyrics of “Dragons & Fables” sounds like the song was aimed at lonely kids rolling multi-sided dice in their parents’ dens.

Customer Reviews

Great Album. Hawkwind is genius.

Alsome album. Purchase this album and smoke a whole lot of weed and listen to hurry on sundown. Motorhead is a classic from lemmy as well. Hawkwind rips!

Only for the fanatics

This is an album of rare tracks, B-sides, etc. Most of which are not prime Hawkwind. The only notable tracks are Sweet Mistress of Pain, which should have been on the first album, Dragons and Fables and Night of the Hawks, both of which are excellent 80's tracks. Otherwise, this is only for the most hardcore of fans.

Good Compilation

A good Hawkwind compilation album. Now I don't want you to panic, but one of the standouts for me is "Valium 10," a great hard rocker that doesn't show up on very many albums or compilations.


Formed: 1969 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Any sci-fi fan with a long memory probably remembers those 1970s' DAW paperback editions of Michael Moorcock's sword-and-sorcery novels, with their images of heavily armored, very muscular warriors carrying large swords and standing against eerie landscapes and starscapes. Take that imagery, throw in some names and terminology seemingly lifted from the Marvel Comics of the era (and particle physics articles of the period), and translate it into loud but articulate hard rock music. That's more or...
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