For many years, I have heard the band Hawkwind mentioned in the same breath with the likes of Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin, Dio, and other such musical groups that have a certain gaming cachet. However, for varied reasons, I never got around to willingly exposing myself to their work (I cannot completely rule out unwitting exposure to them in college, but the haze in the dorm room’s air made it difficult to clearly see the album covers if you catch my drift). With the summer months upon us and thoughts of upcoming musical performances on my mind, I decided that it was high time to correct this situation. So, thanks to the miracle of interlibrary loan, I’ve gotten my hands on their first two albums – the eponymously titled Hawkwind and In Search of Space.
As it stands, I’m impressed. While not what I’d normally put into steady rotation, the albums have grown on me—Hawkwind more than In Search of Space, but that may simply be due to the fact I've heard more of the former than the latter—and there’s definitely a time when having this play in the background would be beneficial to the creative process. Plus I kind of dig the fact that iTunes labels their genre as “space.” And while I’m not quite ready to go out and purchase the entire Hawkwind catalogue, I am interested in hearing more.
My question then is this: Is there a quintessential Hawkwind album? Something that I would be doing myself a favor by sampling a taste of? Perhaps there’s one of the many which I might get more out of with a gaming background? Please enlighten me so I can best spend my musical budget.