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Monday, 26 November 2012


United Artists Records
It’s been 40 years since legendary space rockersHawkwind released what many fans consider their finest album, ‘Doremi Fasol Latido.’ Though merely a footnote here in the US of A, Hawkwind reign supreme throughout the galaxies of underground rock and roll fans everywhere.
Formed in 1968, Hawkwind began life playing blues-based rock and roll. That path didn’t last long as the band began to stretch the boundaries of their approach, ultimately hitting on a winning formula. Combining hard-charging rock and roll and spaced-out psychedelia, Hawkwind created their own signature sound, forever to be known as “space rock.” While that’s selling the beast a little short, the tag sticks to this day.
After releasing a relatively subdued debut album (produced by Dick Taylor of the Pretty Things), things fell into place on the band’s second effort, the 1971 release ‘X In Search Of Space.’ Then, in the summer of 1972, the unexpected happened. These long haired, greasy dope heads found themselves riding high in the singles chart with a song called ‘Silver Machine.’ Sung by their new bass player, who you might know better as Lemmy Kilmister, the song took off and became a surprise hit, riding up to No. 3 on the UK charts. The band continued to work on their third album, which was released in late November of 1972.

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