Hawkwind - The Charisma Years 1976-1979 album review
A leap from deep space to other astounding sounds from Hawkwind
For many people, Hawkwind will forever be the band who, at the dawn of the 1970s, blasted off into the cosmic void and created a uniquely heavy and propulsive take on space rock – as Lemmy eloquently put it, “a black fucking nightmare” of stun guitar riffs, primitive electronics and madman-at-the-controls drumming.
But that’s definitely not the whole story of Hawkwind’s first decade. By 1976, they’d left United Artists to sign to Charisma and were barely recognisable from the band that had made Silver Machine – Lemmy had been kicked out, while brilliant if erratic sci-fi poet Robert Calvert had re-joined as singer and conceptualist-in-chief. The Charisma Years 1976-1979 collects together the four albums that Hawkwind recorded for the label, and includes many of their finest songs.
25 Years On is perhaps the hidden classic in their catalogue…