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Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters

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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! Rhythm section Lemmy and Simon King are present throughout, Lemmy's contribution can not be understated, hiss trademark rhythm bass ties the whole sound together magnificently. 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. Ejection" (coupled with "Catch a Falling Starfighter") was released as a single, although both songs are slightly different versions to those on the album.

Yet another example of great Space Rock from ex Hawks which surpasses recent output from the mothership. In the end, one of the more mentally anguished and drug addled albums I have ever heard - and rock n roll on par with Hawkwind where it appears.The song writing is superb, the music rocks hard, if you need a reference point, well known Hawkwind track 'Urban Guerilla' is very representative of the sound and would not sound out of place on this album. The musical guests included Hawkwind, Arthur Brown and Brian Eno, making for a unique and legendary album. For an album made in the early 70's it does not sound in the least dated, with Eno and Hawkwind's Del Dettmar on synths a track like 'Gremlins' (which also has a superbly effective guest vocal from the 'God of Hell fire' - Arthur Brown) moves into proto techno territory. And co-joined by Paul Rudolph (on 6 string and bass guitar), Twink, Arthur Brown, Adrian Wagner, Brian Eno, Vivian Stanshall and Jim Capaldi the result was a virtual Hawkwind EP peppered by spoken word skits and a two part Arthur Brown-tormenter, “The Song of The Gremlin.

Robert Calvert was best known for his stint as frontman for Hawkwind in the later part of the 70s but he did also make some highly accomplished solo albums. As a small funny detail, I noted Robert looks just like Bob Dylan in the photograph of the inner sleeve, fitting to the stance taking attitude of this neat album. Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters is the solo debut by Robert Calvert, the former singer of the space-rock band Hawkwind. S. Air Force as a light, single seater, fair weather fighter [that the German Defense Ministry had hastily converted into] heavy duty, atom bombers.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 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Yes, Robert Calvert was the eccentric vocalist with Hawkwind for some years, and this, a play with rock music, was his first solo album. Calvert calmly intones echoed lines over Rudolph’s swooping guitar lines AND his overdubbed, pumping bass riffs and Simon King’s ever-stamina drumming.

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 storyline of the record is political and related to the time when album was written, focusing to a case when German government bought jet fighters from the America. Between Calvert’s vocal renditions, the funereal nature of the song and the overall Teutonic effect makes it seem more than a possibility.

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