This Hawkwind 12" is really an homage to themselves and an ode to their relationship with the Stonehenge Free Festival; a festival that was certainly at its biggest when this was released in 1984.
It was essentially the last of the Stonehenge June festivals as the following year ended in what has now become infamous history.
The title track is joyful, celebratory; even Lemmy lends voice to the football-chant-style chorus.
Brock does his typical piston-like lower arm oriented riff while Huw Lloyd-Langton's floaty lead guitar notes dance gracefully over the top.
'Green Finned Demon' is a strange beast.
Penned by Brock and Bob Calvert, it's a kind of 50's B movie, of the monster variety, in sound.
You'll get what I mean when you hear it.
'Dream Dancers' reveals Dr. Technical's love of electonica and avant-garde experimentation; segueing nicely into Huw Lloyd-Langton's 'Dragons & Fables', sounding very much like a typical Lloyd-Langton Band number rather than a full blown Hawkwind take.
So a bit of a mini-Ummagumma really; the big joint effort juxtaposed with some individual pieces.
As a whole it makes for a good listen.
It was a good period for Hawkwind. The Mother Ship had returned to a positive course; and I believe inspired many a band from around this period to journey off on their own voyages of cosmic exploration.
Hawkwind - Night of the Hawks (1984)
Night of the Hawks
Green Finned Demon
Dragons & Fables
This e.p. was dedicated to Barney Bubbles, leaving Planet Earth in 1983.
Excellent vinyl rip @320kbs
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