Hawkwind: This Is Your Captain Speaking... 1970-1974
Oil lights, synths, urban guerillas, naked dancers! Wake up, Captain, it’s one of the box sets of the year!
Signed to Liberty as the 1960s faded away, Hawkwind’s zoo was tended by acid-crazed keepers. The boracic, busking Dave Brock was nominal leader, but their debut album (1970) was left in the hands of ex-Pretty Thing Dick Taylor who got all the ingredients together, just not in the right order. Even so, the track Seeing It As You Really Are justified the space-rock obsession that they mixed with raw synths and a progressive peculiarity that matched the early krautrockers.