Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters

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Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters

Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters

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they sound like on the surface - as with all Hawkwind, you may need to dig deep for the massive payback. Let's forget Hawkwind for a minute, if you have a penchant for intelligent hard rock which embraces electronica and has humour in abundance, you need this album. Ejection" (coupled with "Catch a Falling Starfighter") was released as a single, although both songs are slightly different versions to those on the album.

A screeching electronic swirl crashes open the Hawkwind-styled “Ejection” with classic Calvert lyrics that rhyme every word with the title over repeated rhythms and omnipresent Simon King high-hat and piston-like fills.Well, this excellent concept album not only has an expanded track listing, it also has a great insert / booklet which includes an essay and reminiscences by Nik Turner, who also played on the orginal 1973 recordings.

The spoken word interludes reinforce the absurdity of the whole situation (featuring the loony Viv Stanshall) and inject a satirical wit missing from the more standard-based songs that are written from the perspective of the pilot, who, in the end must begrudgingly concede that “the radar screen’s projection/tells me I’m too late. Why spend so much time putting something like this together, only to make a mistake on the important bit?

Hardly the stuff of fluff, it’s no surprise that Calvert, who, according to the liner notes, always wanted to join Britain’s Royal Air Force (he even wore R.

The purchased fighters were converted to unconventional operational military usage for saving money, which caused many accidents. If anyone had told me that a long time favourite of mine would be a concept album that takes the WW2 era Lockheed Starfighter Jet as its theme, I'd have thought them crackers. The Widow's Song" was included in the libretto and Calvert had hoped to record it with Nico singing. Calvert calmly intones echoed lines over Rudolph’s swooping guitar lines AND his overdubbed, pumping bass riffs and Simon King’s ever-stamina drumming.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The concept was based on the German Air Ministry's purchase of the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, which was eventually nicknamed Widowmaker by Luftwaffe pilots. It's the effective combination of rock and Monty Python skits where the true power of the album lies. With more tracks, most of Hawkwind, (including Dave Brock and Lemmy), along with Roxy Music's Brian Eno, Pink Fairies Twink et al as musicians, the god of hellfire, Arthur Brown singing one track, and the Bonzo Dog's Viv Stanshall as an actor / character within the dialogue, what more can a fan want? Recorded at about the same time as Calvert’s first and only studio release with Hawkwind during their tenure on United Artists, the “Urban Guerilla” / “Brainbox Pollution” single, Hawkwind all appear here (minus the recently-departed Dikmik.



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