i LOVE Hawkwind, but i'm really picky/specific on the stuff i like. Anything until 1976 is pretty much Bullet-Proof, be it an entire LP or a one-off 45. after that, i dont care much for their official recorded output outside of "Hassan I Sabbah" on Quark Strangeness & Charm. theres a live video from like 1983/4 that is a line-up i dont care for on vinyl, but the live performance on this is Really Special, and TOTALLY KICKS ARSE!!!
ive seen Hawkwind 3 times; Sort Of. 2 different times in 1993/94(?) i saw Nik Turners Space Ritual...Freakin' Amazing!!! even though the 2nd time it was Nik Turner, Del Detmar(!!!), and Simon House being backed-up by the band Pressure Hed. played for Damn Near 3 hours and it was ALL the classics in a 500-capacity 'ballroom' setting...i was smashed-up close to the stage in front of Del the whole time...watching that Man with his 'Neanderthal' gear (broken mellotron, a literal Axe Handle with a guitar string attatched to it, some black-n-white TV sets, a couple proper keyboards)...WOW!!! afetr they played "Brainstorm", i just jumped at him and shook his hand and yelled out "THANK YOU!!!" as he just looked dazed,confused,spaced-the-fukk-out, but did manage a cross-eyed smile,, and just made a 'noise' back to me somewhat sounding like "ERRRRGGGGHHHHYYYYAAAAAEEEERRRRR" and Ferociously shook my hand with a gracious look in his eyes...and seeing Nik Turner walking about 2 feet to my left at the end of the set, fully clad in his space-suit & helmet. arms stretched-out...i HAD to be a 'Fan-Boy' and just reach out to touch his shoulder as he brushed pass...
the one time i saw an 'official' Hawkwind line-up was in like 1996/7. Dave Brock, Tree, and 2 others i dont know who. a small 1,000 capacity theater that had about 20 people in the entire place. NOBODY was there. they started with "Assault & Battery", and that was quite good.then they went into stuff i wasnt familiar with, and just went into a 'void' that was NOT Golden. and it really sucked. i got in for free (a then-bandmate of mine was a reviewer for a local paper and got me in), so i geuss i should just leave it as "you get what you pay for", but it was REALLY Awful; almost as bad as the one time i saw Pink Floyd in 1988(but thats a different story). i can still see the chubby 'dancer girls/groupies' the band had in tow attempting to 'dance' on the front of the stage during certain songs just literally Fighting with eachother on missing various moves/accents to the songs being played. one of the WORST live shows ive ever seen, and thats saying quite a bit.
that being said, im very much a 'newbie' to Hawkwind. im a HUGE Motorhead fan from since i was a kid, and had always had heard about them thru that, but it wasnt until 1991~2 when someone i used to buy weed from left a tape of "Space Ritual" with me...it changed my life!!!
since then, ive been Rabid for their stuff. my favorites include-
"The Text Of Festival 1970-72" CD/2LP
"Space Ritual" 2LP
"Space Ritual Vol 2" CD
"Doremi Fasol Latido" LP
"In Search Of Space" LP
"Hawkwind Zoo" 12ep
"Urban Guerilla b/w Brainbox Pollution" 45
BBC Live October 1972 FM Broadcast
"Greasy Truckers Party" CD with the Complete Set
and the 6 or 7 1971-75 live bootleg shows i have in varying degrees of horrendous-quality sound
dammit, theres GOT TO BE MORE live shows out there.
this band is NOT "Prog". they are Pure Sludge From Space.
and they rock HARDER than any miserable 'Rock' band from that era, or beyond.