1. PSI Power (6:06)
2. Free Fall (5:14)
3. Automoton (1:12)
4. 25 Years (4:31)
5. Flying Doctor (5:41)
6. The Only Ones (4:12)
7. (Only) The Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid (3:50)
8. The Age of the Micro Man (3:30)
Total Time: 34:20
- Harvey Bainbridge / bass, backing vocals (all except 3)
- Dave Brock / guitar, backing vocals, synthesizer, bass (4)(all except 7)
- Robert Calvert / vocals (all), jaw harp (5), percussion (6-7), guitar(7)
- Martin Griffin / drums (1-2-5-6)
- Simon House / violin (6-7-
- Simon King / drums (4-7-
, voice(4), congas (6)
- Henry Lowther / trumpet (1)
- Les McClure / whisper voice (4)
- Steve Swindells / keyboards (all except 3)
Due to contractual reasons the band changed it's name to Hawklords for this album after they re-formed with a new drummer (Martin Griffin), bass-player (Harvey Bainbridge) and keyboarder (Steve Swindells). The album contains a collection of powerful compositions - and again mostly written by the duo Dave Brock and Robert Calvert. Calvert's ironical skepticism and fascination for new technologies is again the subject of various songs and he also offers a wonderful ballad: "(Only) The Dead Dreams of a Cold War Kid" - which is sublty evoking some intense imageries and the dreary atmosphere of a post-and-cold-war European landscape.
Unfortunately after the next tour this collaboration of Calvert and Hawkwind ended. Dave Brock and Bob Calvert certainly brought the best out of each other during those much too short 4 years. None of them ever reached that musical strength again for such a long period.
Released as the Hawklords though this IS Hawkwind. Dave Brock split Hawkwind after a disastrous U.S. tour (see Ian Abrahams book for the facts). With all but one of the members leaving Simon House was left with the name , which he didn't really want!
So Dave Brock formed a new Hawkwind with Bob Calvert and decided to call it The Hawklords as a new concept, new sound, while he re-established his rights to the name Hawkwind.
What we have here is a new wave influenced Hawkwind, or you might say , Hawkwind emphasizing the influences which they had on the new wave in their own music!. It's an album with a theme on the loss of the individual and the effect of machines on society. "Psi Power: is a majestic opener , "Freefall " is stunning if not as a good as the live version on the Sionic Assassins EP , "25 Years" a great new wave/heavy rebel chant, "The Only Ones" a beautiful melodic music. "Only the Dead Dreams" on which Dave Brock didn't play , and is missed.
Great album but as it's intelligent music it didn't get much support particularly from those Hawkwind fans wanting to remain in an early 70's time warp!