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Church of Hawkwind is a 1982 studio album by Hawkwind released under the name Church of Hawkwind. The name change reflects the fact that this was a musical departure for the band, being a more experimental electronic offering rather than the usual heavy rock that the band were known for at the time.

Dave Brock resurrects the "Dr Technical" alias which he had previously used for production of the band's 1972 hit single "Silver Machine". This is almost a Dave Brock solo album considering the heavy bias towards his work, and none of these tracks were performed live by the band, save "Looking In The Future" which was re-recorded as "Letting In The Past" on It is the Business of the Future to be Dangerous.

"The Phenomenon of Luminosity" features a sample of John Glenn on the Friendship Seven spacecraft during the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission on 20 February 1962. An alternative version of "Experiment With Destiny" had appeared on the preceding year's Sonic Attack album as "Virgin of the World".

Although credited to Dave Brock, the track "Some People Never Die" is in fact a direct copy of the track "They Call Me Gun" on an obscure lp "On The Seventh Day" (US Mercury Records 61248, 1970), right down to the famous President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald shooting commentary. An alternative edit of "Some People Never Die" is on "SpaceBrock" (2000).

The CD bonus tracks were recorded in the 1990s and seem at odds with the overall feel of the album, and they were placed in the middle of a resequenced side 2 disrupting the flow of the album, for example the rowing that linked "Some People Never Die" with "Light Specific Data" now has 5 tracks in between.

Track listing

Side 1 – Space
  1. "Angel Voices" (Dave Brock, Harvey Bainbridge) 1:21 – Brock; Bainbridge
  2. "Nuclear Drive" (Brock) 3:39 – Brock; Lloyd-Langton; Griffin
  3. "Star Cannibal" (Brock) 5:31 – Brock; Lloyd-Langton; Griffin
  4. "The Phenomenon of Luminosity" (Brock) 2:40 – Brock
  5. "Fall of Earth City" (Brock, Bainbridge, Huw Lloyd-Langton) 3:24 – Brock; Bainbridge; Lloyd-Langton; Griffin
  6. "The Church" (Brock, Lloyd-Langton) 1:32 – Brock; Lloyd-Langton
Side 2 – Fate
  1. "Joker at the Gate" (Brock, Bainbridge) 1:51 – Brock; Bainbridge; Griffin
  2. "Some People Never Die" (Brock) 3:52 – Brock; Sperhawk; Bodi
  3. "Light Specific Data" (Brock) 3:48 – Brock; Bainbridge; Griffin
  4. "Experiment With Destiny" (Brock, Bainbridge) 2:31 – Brock; Bainbridge; Griffin
  5. "The Last Messiah" (Brock, Bainbridge) 1:27 – Brock; Bainbridge; Madam X
  6. "Looking in the Future" (Brock) 4:03 – Brock; Bainbridge; Lloyd-Langton; Griffin
CD Release
  1. "Angel Voices" (Dave Brock, Harvey Bainbridge) 1:21 – Brock; Bainbridge
  2. "Nuclear Drive" (Brock) 3:39 – Brock; Lloyd-Langton; Griffin
  3. "Star Cannibal" (Brock) 5:31 – Brock; Lloyd-Langton; Griffin
  4. "The Phenomenon of Luminosity" (Brock) 2:40 – Brock
  5. "Fall of Earth City" (Brock, Bainbridge, Huw Lloyd-Langton) 3:24 – Brock; Bainbridge; Lloyd-Langton; Griffin
  6. "The Church" (Brock, Lloyd-Langton) 1:32 – Brock; Lloyd-Langton
  7. "Identimate" (Brock) 3:45 – bonus track – Brock; Davey; Chadwick
  8. "Some People Never Die" (Brock) 3:52
  9. "Damage of Life" (Brock) 5:50 – bonus track – Brock; Davey; Chadwick
  10. "Experiment With Destiny" (Brock, Bainbridge) 2:31
  11. "Mists of Meridin" (Brock, Alan Davey) 5:13 – bonus track – Brock; Davey; Chadwick
  12. "Looking in the Future" (Brock) 4:03
  13. "Joker at the Gate" (Brock, Bainbridge) 1:51
  14. "Light Specific Data" (Brock) 3:48
  15. "The Last Messiah" (Brock, Bainbridge) 1:27


Personnel

with
  • Marc Sperhawk – bass guitar
  • Capt Al Bodi – drums
  • Alan Davey – bass guitar
  • Richard Chadwick – drums
  • Kris Tait (Madam X) – crying


Credits

  • Recorded at Rockfield Studiosmarker December 1981 to February 1982.
  • Produced by Dr Technical, engineered by Pat Moran and Ashley Howe.
  • Cover by Andrew Christian andPartridge/Rushton. Booklet illustrations by John Coulthart and Tim.


Equipment listed

  • Korg 700 Keyboard
  • Korg Analogue Seq
  • Korg MS20
  • Korg Polyphonic
  • Roland Jupiter 4
  • Roland Sho9
  • EMS Synthi
  • 2 Roland 201 Space Echoes
  • Koorlander Time Module
  • Koorlander Multichorus Delay Module
  • Pubison
  • Westone Thunder HI Guitar
  • Westone Padewak Guitar
  • Westone Thunder 1Bass


Release History

  • May 1982: RCA Active, RCALP9004 – initial copies came with a 12 page lyric book
  • Jun 1994: Dojo, DOJOCD86, UK CD
  • Mar 1994: Griffin Music, GN0932-2, USA CD


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