Exposé Online banner

Alan Davey's Psychedelic Warlords — Hall of the Mountain Grill Live (London 2014)
(Cleopatra CLO1400, 2014/2019, CD / LP / DL)

Alan Davey's Psychedelic Warlords — Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters Live!
(Purple Pyramid CLO1399, 2014/2019, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2020-06-17

Hall of the Mountain Grill Live (London 2014) Cover artCaptain Lockheed and the Starfighters Live! Cover art

Fans of classic Hawkwind have had plenty to celebrate in recent years. In addition to new music from various people associated with the band, Alan Davey in particular has been revisiting the band’s 70s catalog with live performances by his band Psychedelic Warlords. At hand we have two recordings from 2014 covering the albums Hall of the Mountain Grill (1974) and Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters (1974). OK, I know Captain Lockheed was actually a Robert Calvert solo album, but given the personnel, I don’t think anyone will argue that it counts as part of the Hawkwind canon. Anyway, Davey and his crew perform the albums in their entirety, and in the case of Captain Lockheed, even include the spoken scenes in between songs. The recording quality is decent if not stunning, and the performances are spirited and energetic, with Davey on bass, backing vocals, and synthesizers. He is joined by Billy Fleming (drums, backing vocals), Nigel Potter (electronics), Simon Wilkins (guitar, backing vocals), Zoie Green (keyboards), and Craig High (lead vocals, saxophone). Both albums were recorded the night of 18 December, 2014 at the Underworld in Camden, London. Really only two things are important about albums like this: 1) Do they do the original material justice? 2) Do they bring anything new to the music? I’ll give them a “Yes” on the first question. These players handle their parts well, and no one who loves the originals should have any cause for disappointment. For the second question, I lean towards “No.” They treat the source material faithfully, probably staying closer to the studio albums that Hawkwind did in their live shows of the 70s. As far as I know, Captain Lockheed was never performed in its entirety by Hawkwind, though the band included a few of its songs in their live sets, so this is the first live release of most of the tracks. Most of Mountain Grill has endured as Hawkwind staples in live shows, though hearing the album straight through is a treat. In short, these two live recordings will appeal to hard-core Hawkwind fans and probably have little to offer a newcomer, who should start with the original material first.


Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases, 2014 recordings

Related artist(s): Hawkwind / Hawklords, Robert Calvert, Alan Davey / Hawkestrel

More info
http://alandavey.bandcamp.com/album/captain-lockheed-the-starfighters-live

Latest news

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

2021-02-10
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Pink Filth - Seventeen Bubblegum Smashes! – Um. This is not Pink Floyd, it is Pink Filth. The name is not only a clever pun to fool high school stoners into buying the album (if they could find it in any store on this planet) but it also is a...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues