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Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters Import

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Digitally re-mastered and expanded edition of the former Hawkwind member's 1974 album including three bonus tracks. Recorded for United Artists Records, this concept album featured classic songs such as 'Ejection', 'The Right Stuff' and 'The Widowmaker' interwoven with humorous satirical dialogue from Calvert, Jim Capaldi and Viv Stanshall. The musical guests include Hawkwind, Arthur Brown and Brian Eno, making for a unique and legendary album. Atomhenge. 2009.


1. Franz Josef Strauss, Defence Minister, Reviews the Luftwaffe in 1958. Finding It
2. The Aerospaceage Inferno
3. Aircraft Slaesman (A Door in the Foot)
4. The Widow Maker
5. Two Test Pilots Discuss the Starfighter's Performance
6. The Right Stuff
7. Board Meeting (Seen Through a Contact Lense)
8. The Song of the Gremlin (Part One)
9. Ground Crew (Last Minute Reassembly Before Take- Off)
10. Hero with a Wing
11. Ground Control to Pilot
12. Ejection
13. Interview
14. I Resign
15. The Song of the Gremlin (Part Two)
16. Bier Garten
17. Catch a Falling Starfighter
18. The Right Stuff (Extended Version)
19. Ejection (Single Version)
20. Catch a Falling Starfighter (Single Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B002RBNNM2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on September 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I heard this CD reissue for the very first time, I thought, "what the...?". Originally released in 1974, the purchaser SHOULD keep in mind of course that 'Captain Lockheed...' is a concept lp by Robert Calvert, who was the resident poet for Hawkwind through out the '70's. Maybe to conceptual for some. For one thing, there's plenty of dialogue. This may be so, but there are some tunes here, that truly hold the test of time. The ORIGINAL versions of "Aerospaceage Inferno", "The Right Stuff", "Ejection" and "Song Of A Gremlin, Part 2". This may not technically be a Hawkwind lp, but the players backing Calvert (R.I.P.) on this effort are: Dave Brock, Nik Turner, Lemmy, Del Dettmar and Simon King. Need I say more? A great Calvert solo title to have.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Recchia on June 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I just recently bought this album on cd and I'm really enjoy-
ing it.This is one of the most entertaining concept
albums I've ever heard! The story behind it( a TRUE story, as one
of my co-workers told me) is tragic and almost unbelievable, yet
CALVERT and his co-horts make it humourous! The dialogue is VERY funny and very MONTY
PYTHON-like(and slightly HOGAN'S HEROES-
LIKE); I keep waiting for the SPANISH INQUISITION to show
up while I'm listening to it! The songs themselves are terrific
and very HAWKWIND-like; this is no surprise considering how many
HAWKWIND members perform on it! My favorite song at the time is
AEROSPACEAGE INFERNO, a very heavy rocker which shares almost the
same bass line as the song MOTORHEAD. WIDOWMAKER is another hard
rocker and it's VERY similar to ORGONE ACCUMALATOR.EJECTION and
THE RIGHT STUFF should be familiar to HAWKWIND fans; both of
them show up on the HAWKWIND compilation LORD OF LIGHT and live
versions show up on CALIFORNIA BRAINSTORM and THE BUSINESS TRIP.
This album has a great sense of humour about it, a sense of hu-
mour not found on HAWKWIND albums.
If you liked HAWK-
WIND during their LEMMY days, you'll love the music for this. IT'S THE GREAT STUFF, BABY, THE GREAT STUFF!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is as close as you'll get to vintage, studio quality Hawkwind in the guise of a "solo" work. Over Dave Brock's "assassin-esque" guitarwork, powered by Lemmy's thunderous bassline, Calvert's opening lyric "A flock of steel eagles tearing by, the ripped-silk scream of the rended sky..." drives this concept album on towards the inevitable "falling starfighter" anthem/dirge, providing ample testimony to Calvert's genius.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I recall the days listening to the record in the basement. Sterio cranked up, and the story with music came to life. I think this is one of the best records of the 70's. My older brother had the copy and I could never get him to sell it to me. When you hear it you'll know why it is priceless, and not for sale. Thank you for putting it on cd. I can now share it with my friends. I would recommend this cd to any one. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Necrovern on September 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Had to make it a fighter-bomber (just like the ME262). So many Hawkwind members on this, it's de facto a Hawkwind album, including "The Right Stuff" and "Ejection". The music alternates with spoken word sections, but it's all well done. I've never heard the original, so I can't compare the remaster quality. It's certainly an album that belongs in a Hawkwind collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on February 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
1974's Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters is Robert Calvert's first solo album. It was released on United Artists, no surprise, since that's the label Hawkwind recorded for. In 1977 the album received an American release on the Import Records label (I never realize that LP was available on that label until I found a copy), but doesn't have a gatefold, but does have an insert with the lyrics to all the songs, and even lyrics to the comedy bits the go between the songs. As often, the UK LP has superior packaging.

The album is about how the West German government wanted to purchase the Lockheed F-104, modified and called the F-104G, which turned out to be nothing more than a death trap, with about 30% of the F-104Gs crashing, giving the nickname "The Widowmaker".

Now, it's no surprise this album is a complete must for Hawkwind fans. Not only do these songs sound like Hawkwind, Hawkwind members make guests here, including Lemmy, Simon King, Paul Rudolph, Del Dettmar, Nik Turner, and (only on one cut) Dave Brock. Other guests include Brian Eno, Arthur Brown (he sings on "Song of the Gremlin" Part 1 and 2), Vivian Stanshell, Twink, and even Jim Capaldi. First you get treated with some comedy, before the first real song kicks in, "Aerospaceage Inferno". This piece starts off with Lemmy's unmistakable use of fuzz bass, and the song gets rocking, showing it to be just as great as the best of Hawkwind. The next two songs are in the same vein, "The Widowmaker" and "The Right Stuff". There is no getting around the Hawkwind sound, but no one is surprised, but these are classics, as far as I'm concerned. "Song of the Gremlin Part 1" is a bit different, with some nice use of synthesizer, and great vocals from Arthur Brown.
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