Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters

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overalls onstage at times during his Hawkwind days) saw the headlines generated by Lockheed’s abysmal legacy surrounding the Starfighter F-104 as creative stimulus. ejection the single and a possibly a demo version of this song is included as for the plane I have a photograph of the starfighter on the ground at an airshow with a drip tray underneath it.

It is nowhere to be found on the album, but turned up years later on a crap Hawkwind collection with Calvert femme-vocalising. Calvert must have felt a strong affinity with them as he too was unreliable, difficult to control and unstable as hell. Former Hawkwind bassist Alan Davey revives the Psychedelic Warlords, including frontman Craig High, keyboardist Zoie Green and guitarist Simon Wilkins, for an acid trip down memory lane on this spectacular live recording!

The sketches between tracks are comedy gold, displaying a sophisticated, very British humour and help expand on the album's theme. 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 music's ok in a generic Hawkish way and its a potentially interesting subject - did the US knowingly offload the potentially lethal (to the pilot) Starfighter jet on Germany - but the sub Monty Python "Ve haff vays of making you talk! This concept album deals with the tragedy that occurred when American made Lockheed Starfighter jets were purchased in the sixties by the West German Air Force in a supreme act of folly. It's the effective combination of rock and Monty Python skits where the true power of the album lies.

Yet another example of great Space Rock from ex Hawks which surpasses recent output from the mothership. correct matrix numbers, labels and so on) but no signs that there was ever a booklet stapled/glued/whatsoever to the inside of the gatefold - no staple holes, no residues.Between the music there are humoristic dialogues of German officials inspecting the army, businessmen doing trade with Americans and some excerpts from pilot conversations from a Starfighter cockpit. The dirge-like “Catch A Falling Starfighter” is surrounded by ghostly electronics as Twink beats a funeral march over the assembled moaning of blackened Starfighter pilots. For better or worse, somewhere during the hazy decade of the 70s, the concept album became de rigueur for many bands and artists tiring of the obligatory, song-based full-length records. 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 sputtering and sprawling planes starts up the album, which portrays the West German minister of defense as a psychopath who's furious about the Luftwaffe.

I was so happy to get this remaster and glad to see that it offered three bonus tracks, including an extended version of "The Right Stuff".Alan Davey is a magician and to think if he hadn't left H/W we may never have got this beautiful work.

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