The Vinyl Dreamscape’s Top 15 Hawkwind Albums

The Hard work is done. We have painstakingly compiled the definitive list: The Top 15 Hawkwind Albums of all time! It wasn’t easy. Hours of endless listening, passionate debate and ruthless analysis has revealed more then we anticipated. The hidden secrets of these Lords of Light can finally be disclosed. Hopefully this massive effort from the Vinyl Dreamscape will give newcomers a starting point and reveal a forgotten album or two for the more experienced warriors among us.

15. Space Bandits (1990): Singer Bridget Wishart takes her turn at the space rock mic. Her unique vocals sending the band’s massive onslaught of sound into a new dimension. In turn, the band brings their best set of song in over a decade. This is a version of Hawkwind hitting on all cylinders. A refreshing look at the band that should not be missed.

14. Choose Your Masques (1982): The rerecordings of Silver Machine and Psychedlic Warlords are not necessary. Although both do a fair job of updating two classics. On Masque, Hawkwind tap into such a modern, heavy-metal groove that threatens to awaken the Piper at the Gates of Atlantis. CoM proving the the band didn’t tread water for the entire decade of the eighties.

13. Somnia(2021): Post-pandemic Hawkwind? The band suprising fans across the globe with this left-field release. Dave Brock and company focusing their starship voyage within the human mind this time around. Delving into the sureal dream(scape) world of the modern life. A tense ambiance is percolating at the edges of this multi-layered record.

12. Electric Tepee(1992): By 1992 Bridget Wishart was out as singer of the band. Dave Brock moving the sound towards the studio creativity of electronic music. The band well-aware that techno and acid-house were igniting and uniting youth culture across the world. With New York, London and Tokyo leading the way forward. Electric Tepee is a personal favorite and one of the most exciting releases in the bands catalog.

11. It Is The Besiness of the Future to Be Dangerous (1993): Noticing the trend of all this nighties albums? Not only did I discover the band during the 90s but they release some damn fine records. “It is the business of the future to be dangerous. And it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for it’s duties”. A qoute by Alred Whiterhead that was first used on the Space Ritual album in 1973.

10. Sonic Attack (1981): This could be a controversial decision. Vocals provided by Michael Moorcock. Apparently, Moorcock has been standing in the shadow’s of the Hawkwind dynasty for years and was ready to step up to the mic. Sonic Attack is a heavy-rock classic. The band using the spark from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal to create one of their strongest releases of the 80s. With Sonic Attack, Hawkwind threw away the rule book and reinvented their core sound.

09. Levitation(1980): A Hawkwind albums with the presense of former Cream Drummer Ginger Baker(!) and ex-Gong player Tim Blake. Add David Brock to the mix and you could have had a difficult mix of personalities. Instead the two new members were exactly what the band was missing during the late-seventies albums. This record is filled with beautiful Eastern melodies that breathed life into the space exploration.

08. Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (1976): Another album that gets unfairly overlooked by fans and critics. Often dismissed, this is an album that truely misses the playing of bass guitar hero, Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy’s bass had given the band the thick, full sound of the band’s classic period. While Paul Rudolph has a more tradional approach. Giving the sound a cleaner and more seperated vibe. Nevertheless, Astounding Sounds is a great rock album.

07. Hawkwind (1970): There are those who have a problem with the band’s first release. It’s not for everyone. The band’s first effort gives us insight into the Hawkwind’s hippie-jam origins. The hazy, space-burn was just around the corner only occasionally coming to the surface on this album. “Seeing it as You Really Are” perhaps coming close to the band’s signature space-ritual sound.

06. Quark, Strangeness and Charm (1977): Hard is believe that Ouark is this near the mighty Top Five. But here we are. Hawkwind making a play for the pop charts on their seventh studio album. Full of great rock n’ roll riffs that push and pull the music into shape. The frantic, almost angular new-wave guitars speaking a language of their own. We wouldn’t ever hear music like this again from the band.

05. In Search of Space (1971): Hawkwind’s studio album is the music of the Gods. There is an amazing groove and power to the band’s colorful, cosmic adventures. Each length jam jumping with excitement. The repetative, layered themes of the music conjuring forth a musicical revolution that still hasn’t been topped.

04. Hall of the Mountain Grill (1974): We are now walking on holy grounds, so let’s be careful. The band moving well beyond the borders of Space Rock or Progressive Rock or Psychedelic Rock.These next four albums are the guilding force for innovative music in the 70s.

03. Warrior on the Edge of Time (1975): The position of the top three albums is nearly interchangable. Warrior is favorite for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s the last time we would see Lemmy Kilmister playing as a member of the band. Secondly, the record has a causal randomness. The songs almost seems to be falling apart from one moment to the next. Holding together be sheer force of will. Brilliant.

02. The Space Ritual Alive in Liverpool & London (1973): Here is the masterpiece at number two. This is likely high treason but Space Ritual, as brilliant as it is, misses the 01 spot. Loud, adventourous and exploding with great songs, Space Ritual put Hawkwind on the map. Let’s give this the highest of recommendation. Great exciting music that should be an important part of everyones vocabulary.

01. Doremi Fasol Litdo (1972): Before publishing the Vinyl Dreamscape list, I tested my final choice for #1 with a few local “experts” in all things Hawkwind. There was of course, a great, passionate debate. There is a magical “X” factor about Doremi. The music forming and melting structurally unlike any other Hawkwind record. The lengthy jams veering into strange, uncharted territory. Invoking a tuneless or almost avant-garde signature. With Doremi the listener is traveling to unknown worlds with the band. Together we take the Hawkwind trip