Robert Calvert ‎– Captain Lockheed And The Starfighters

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United Artists Records ‎– UAG 29507
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
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Robert Calvert's 1st solo project. A concept album: Music/Theater - Captain Lockheed alternates between octane guzzlers in the classic Hawkwind vein and Monty Python-like vignettes.

Title embossed on cover in silver foil print.
Aircraft in artwork embossed on both front and back covers of gatefold jacket.
Printed (black paper) insert containing lyrics and dialogue stapled to inside center of gatefold.

Printed inner sleeve with German eagle in light blue on silver background.

GL|GL|74 Printed on lower left corner of back cover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout - stamped): UAG 29507 A-1U
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout - stamped): UAG 29507 B-1U
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A & B runout - etched): RTB-KIP

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progfan97402

progfan97402

October 12, 2011
This is essentially another Hawkwind album, as many of the members appear on the album, even Dave Brock. Plus Twink, Jim Capaldi, Adrian Wagner, and Arthur Brown make an appearance here. The music regards the German Air Force purchasing the Lockheed F-104 with upgrades that rendered the aircraft unsafe and prone to crashing. Of course take it to Mr. Calvert to give the album a humorous twist, with comedy dialog not unlike Monty Python in between Hawkwind-like songs. Songs like "Aerospace Inferno", "The Widowmaker", "The Right Stuff" and "Ejection" can pass for classic Hawkwind, while "Song of the Gremlin" is less Hawkwind like, especially the the electronics and Arthur Brown's voice, at times reminding one of Arthur Brown's band Kingdom Come. I really dig "Catch a Falling Starfighter" with those vocal harmonies. "Ejection" has became a live Hawkwind staple, even after the unfortunate passing of Calvert in 1988.

If you're to get the LP, pass on the 1977 American version on Import and go for the British original on United Artists as it features superior packaging, with embossed cover, silvery lettering, and a stapled-on booklet (I noticed there are many United Artists titles with gimmick packaging, which lead me to show great respect for the label, because their willingness to manufacture gimmick LP packaging and the many great titles on the label). There's no getting around it, if you're a Hawkwind fan, you need this album!
splitenz0074

splitenz0074

February 6, 2010

Foldout album with silver lettering on front, liner notes and track 7, 8, & 9 lyrics inside. Silver inner sleeve with crest on both sides.