John Harrison of Hawkwind?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by mcblahflooper94, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    So I've been listening to Space Ritual today for the first time, and I heard the first track "By 7" and I thought "damn, this guy is seriously ripping! Why haven't I heard of him before??" I was very impressed. :bassist: sucks that he passed last year though. I wish I could have heard of them sooner!
  2. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    Wow, 72 views but no one has anything to say about him? :scowl:
  3. Didn't Lemmy play bass on that album?
  4. 64jazzbass


    Sep 5, 2002
    Chicago, Il
    I saw Hawkwind in Chicago in the mid seventies. I wish I could remember the show but there was a lot of smoke in the air if you know what I mean. I bought one of their albums after that and wore it out. Cool band, but very few people have heard of them.
  5. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    I know exactly what you mean :) Been to more than a few Hawkwind shows myself over the years.

    They're a festival/stoner fixture in the UK that never seemed to make it in the US. My favourite material is from the Lemmy and Calvert years, I've not been as impressed with their more recent work.

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  6. In my lifetime, I've seen thousands of shows - through pleasure and work, and have only ever walked out of one gig. In the late seventies, West Runton Pavilion (very popular then), and it was HawkwindI have no idea if it was just a bad gig, but they were terrible - a complete mess of discordant individual contributions - especially weird analogue synths.
  7. hawkwind from around 72-75 was all Lemmy on bass.

    Space Ritual was in 72 but still featured a lot of content from their first two albums that John Harrison played on. In my opinion, the greatest live album ever released.

    Probably the most underrated band ever, especially since it was the best thing a very famous bass player ever did.

    things weren't so good outside of that era though, their first two albums are great even sans lemmy but in 75 when david brock started to kick everyone out of the band, the biggest loss being nik turner and of course lemmy, it was all over really.

    If you like hawkwind check out the documentary on them called Do Not Panic.
  8. omie


    Apr 5, 2011
    There is eaaa BBC Hawkwind Documentary on YouTube where Lemmy says Space Ritual is the best live album ever. Great doc, great album, enormous bass playing. Highly suggested viewing for Hawkwind fans.
  9. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010
    Yeah, John Harrison played some great stuff but was only on their first album. He was replaced by Dave Anderson (former Amon Duul II bassist) for In Search of Space and then by Lemmy during the tour that followed that.