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The group returned for a third tour of North America in September, but on their fifth date at Hammond, Indiana on the 7th, their equipment was impounded by the IRS and they were issued a bill for unpaid taxes from their previous tour.
Retrospective reviews have been generally positive. Though they were critical of the title track, Allmusic called Hall of the Mountain Grill "The band's best studio album" and "the quintessential guitar-oriented space rock record". They added, however, that the album's two live tracks are highlights of the Hawkwind catalogue. All songs written by Dave Brock except where noted.
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Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. But IMO seven out of ten is more accurate. Blending hard rock and 70s heavy metal tenancies with spacey sounds and psychedelic song construction, this album blends the familiar Hawkwind of old with a new style that they perfect here.
Where as on previous albums the sound came off as almost an ocean of inscrutable and messy sounds and that worked well for what they were doing they playing here is much cleaner, and the vocals actually have a place where there was little for them before. All in all, this album shows Hawkwind at a perfect time in their career. Right of the clean riff of Psychedelic Warlords you can tell that the band has changed a lot. It helps too because let's be honest - none of those guys are fantastic vocalists, but put together they make for an interesting mix.
The songs seem to have taken on a tighter structure which is neither good or bad, just different, because their previous works on albums like In Search Of Space had a much more improvisational feel and it worked in context of the album.
In this case the tight structure works in context. We're getting more to the song by song feel rather than an album on the whole, but the album still works as a whole anyways. Segueing seamlessly between vocal based songs and instrumentals with their trademark spacey whooshes this album always feels consistent. The instrumentals on the album actually feel more like an evil version of Pink Floyd than what Hawkwind usually does. Songs like Winds Of Change and the title cut have a very spaced out feel to them while still keeping the Hawkwind surge of energy.
Standouts on the album include the impressive opening song with it's heavy riff and vocals, the charging D-Rider with its impressive energy captured within the song and the apparently recorded live excellent You'd Better Believe It.
If you're looking for a heavy journey through space but didn't like the apparent lack of direction in some of the band's earlier albums then look no further than this album. Impressive to say the least, this one makes for an excellent addition to any prog rock collection, especially those more interested in the final frontier. There were hundreds of much better bands around in the 70's and still today that deserve those two star ratings more so than Hawkwind does so only one star from me for this album.
It's dead easy to write Hawkwind off as one-hit wonders The thing with Hawkwind, well, the thing with Hawkwind is that you either get it or you don't - and if you don't, it's probably a mystery why they have such a devoted hardcore of fans.
See, Hawkwind isn't about the notes. Well, they kind of are - the insistent, driving space punk riffs that underpin the delicately shifting cosmic rays of the electronic washes that create Hawkwinds oft-imitated but never bettered atmospheres of outer space and beyond, and the strong, almost monotone melodies are coloured far more by dynamic and improvisation than composition. It's like looking at one of those 3-dimension pictures you see in pop art galleries - some people see it first time, while you stand there crossing your eyes until the tears leak down your cheeks - but that picture remains elusive.
But on the surface, all those 3d pictures just look like a never ending repeating pattern of very simple, psychedelically decorated ideas. And that is exactly what Hawkwind's music is like. Hall of the Mountain Grill is an astonishing album in every sense - the dynamic is stronger here than on any other, the players entering that rare mind-reading realm where every sound counts.
Apprently, the name of the album came from a cafe in Ladbroke Grove - so let's open the menu and check out the tasty treats that await. I suppose this is more the greasy spoon of Prog than a cordon bleu restaurant - but who wants haut cuisine all the time? If you like your egg and chips in large portions, with plenty of grease and ketchup, and a free refill on your cup of tea, then this is the album for you.
Psychedelic Warlords appears on almost as many albums as versions of Brainstorm , but this is without question the best version, twisting and turning through many more than the usual 4 dimensions, adn literally exploding into the bleak soundscape of Wind of Change , the Hammond heralding something like a darker version of A Saucerful of Secrets the vocal section , beautifully built up, Lemmy's bass providing a huge amount of drive, and aching chords sweeping across the multiverse from Simon House's plaintive Mellotron.
Space is deep, and this track proves it. The trip continues with D-Rider - a slightly dodgy drop-in, but nonetheless, the music feels like a continuation of a whole, rather than a haphazardly arranged collection of random songs.
The heavily-phased, swirling vocals evoke the psychedelic era, while the crashing, thunderous chords suggest much later heavy metal, the fizzing drums and rich accompaniment boldly going where no band has ever gone before, into the inner dimensions of your mind, yet somehow linking that to the external universe, Nik Turner's ethereal sax and Brock's sharp rhythm attacks brightly piercing through the dense noise fields, all the while, Lemmy's bass lines twisting and winding streams of consciousness through the ethers of the ever-chirping and shrieking tone generators.
Astonishing song. The mood is lifted with a little gospel-style piano, and thick vocal harmonies by the Web Weavers - all the while, Hawkwind's famous electronic soundscapes taking an otherwise fairly simple song to cosmic proportions. You'd Better Believe It begins with some synth work that sounds almost avante-garde, but ultimately rests in open 5th and octave fanfares to introduce the song, Simon Kings masterly drumming providing rhythmic confusion until the vocals start. The vocals are provided here by Dave Brock and Lemmy in harmony, and the quasi-Eastern melodies evoke parts of Brainstorm.
There's a strange optimism shining through the dark soundscapes and disturbing, owping synth voices, as the rhythms speed up and slow down proving that unsettled feel familiar to all Hawkwind songs, Lemmy and King working perfectly in tandem beneath Brock's power chords providing the ultimate in drive. The sumptuous textures of the title track are a kind of lush, Satie-esque introduction to Lost Johnny , a bleak and spine-chilling tale recited by the Lemmster and later intensified by him on Motorhead 's first album s , and is allegedly about a character that hung out in the Ladbroke Grove.
The constant drug references make this a particularly harrowing account of the darker side of this famous late s underground scene in London.
Continuing with this theme - one track serving as the intro to the next, Goat Willow is a haunting short instrumental with a sumptuous echoed flute duet that feeds straight into what is probably the best track on the album. Paradox starts out with what you might call a typical Hawkwind riff, Lemmy snaking one of his famous bass lines around Brock's hammered guitar rhythms.
Then come the harmonised vocals and string sythns, the drums making their presence barely felt until nearly a minute and a half, at which the song explodes into space-punk fury, mellowing out for the hypnotic lines Down, down, round and round you go - and, relaxing into the music allows you to feel this ever-sinking, whirling, spinning feeling, available from virtually no other band in the history of rock music. There is no band that takes you to the places that Hawkwind does - and if they don't on first listen, then you ain't listening right, or maybe you just don't want to go.
Too scared, maybe. Or in need of relaxation This album clearly shows why, when documentaries of Prog are made, Hawkwind always get mentioned.
It clearly shows why people say of a band; Oh, they sound a bit like Hawkwind - but you never hear of people saying that Hawkwind sound like someone else.
Pink Floyd fit this oft- misunderstood category too - if they ever made the moulds for these bands, then they broke them straight afterwards. Hawkwind were unique, and this is the album to own, if you only ever buy one. Although Space Ritual is a p[retty good choice too.
The music is still unmistakebly Hawkwind. Insistant relentless beats, psychadelic sounds and heavy rock bottom. With the addition of former High Tide member Simon House on Keyboards, Mellotron, Electric violin and backing vocals Hawkwind also adobted a very symphonic approach which really sets Hall of the Mountain Grill apart from their previous albums. Being totally new to Hawkwind I have reviewed their albums from an end and I can honestly say that this one is easily my favorite among the first four studio albums.
Wind of Change is a symphonic song where Simon House violin is dominant. The musicianship is great even though I think I hear a couple of mistakes by drummer Simon King. This is definitely the best performance from Hawkwind so far.
The production is excellent. Grand and symphonic when it needs to and rocking hard when that is needed. Hall of the Mountain Grill is an excellent progressive rock album of the psychadelic kind and the new symphonic direction Hawkwind has taken on this album is really successful IMO. This is very recommendable for fans of psychadelic progressive rock. This album is one of the best Hawkwind albums and each track merges in to one another to provide an overall sound experience unlike any other Hawkwind album.
Before we get in to the music, the cover alone has become an icon of rock, voted as one of the all time best album covers in many respected album lists. The Hawkwind spaceship has crashlanded on this cover, a prophetic symbolism perhaps of albums to follow that at times miss the mark.
It begins with the awesome 'Psychedelic Warlords' that has that patented chug-a-chug rhythmic pattern that has become a statement of space rock. Del Mik, Brock and Anderson have an amazing sense of timing as they churn one track after another.
The lyrics are characteristically simple with driving bass and drums forming mechanised hypnotic rhythms. In fact every time I hear it, this track sounds uncannily like the theme to "Picnic at Hanging Rock" where the school girls climb the mountain to their fate mysteriously disappearing off the planet.
Listen to both and you will be amazed. It is a 7 minute prog blitz. This is one the band loved to perform live on many occasions. Simply wonderful. This album is another one of the Hawkwind fan faves and with good reason. It is bettered by previous releases but this was one of the last times everything seemed to work perfectly for Hawkwind.
You'd Better Believe It! The Psychedellic Warlords is a Hawkwind classic; with their typical rhythmic guitar strumming and the simple but effective pace of it.Hawkwind - Hall Of The Mountain Grill (Full Album+Bonus Tracks) () Marcus Askew; 13 videos; 8, views; Last updated on Sep 6,