Hawkwind's Ist LP begins right away showing the characteristics that would only get stranger as time wore on. Not my favorite but not the worst (my dislikes being the weird turn into ambient and trance like stuff in the 90's). Still a band getting on it's legs and without Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister's fuzzed bass and Robert Calvert's fuzzed mind, they hadn't yet hit that charming weirdness, except for Dik Mik's strange noodling on his devices. Ex - Pretty Things' guitarist Dick Taylor handles the productionAt this point(1969) they were still a hard blues rock band (but a warped one). Be Yourself and Seeing It As You Really Are (their first 10 minute plus jam are highlights.
This and the album that followed (Warrior On the Edge of Time - not posted yet) are my 2 favorite Hawkwind LPs. This one is Hall of the Mountain Grill from 1974. Rob Calvert was already gone (in more ways than one) doing his totally deranged Captain Lockheed and Lucky Leif albums (I have Lucky Leif if interested) and Lemmy was probably already plotting Motorhead. He would leave fairly soon after this. But whenever someone asks about Hawkwind this is the one to direct them to. Not a bad track among them (my favorite is Lost Johnny--the rocking guitars and Lemmy vocals do it for me) but the whole album is more of a rocker with the guitars blasting and a very cohesive band fires on all cylinders.
Covers for the above two albums, Caravan from yesterday and Kiss Alive 2 from below.
Check the comments for Space Ritual, beowulf just sent the links for it, it's one I don't have so get it while it's there!!!! Thanks beowulf!!!
Now here are some downloads I posted other places
Adrian Belew & the Bears 2002 show from Newport Kentucky
Psychodots - self titled from 1993 (Adrian Belew's Bears w/o Belew--great stuff!!!
Kiss - Alive II (128k)
Black Oak Arkansas - Raunch & Roll Live (128k)
Tygers of Pan Tang - Best of (cool southern influenced NWOBHM band)
Capt. Beefheart - Spotlight Kid
the Crazy World of Arthur Brown - same ('68 LP from really clean vinyl @256)
That's all folks!!!!!!