FIRST PICTURES: Hawkwind / This is Your Captain Speaking… box set


Due for release in just over a week here’s an exclusive early look at Parlophone’s new Hawkwind box set. The title in full is This is Your Captain Speaking… Your Captain is Dead: The Albums and Singles 1970-1974.

This is an 11CD box containing the following albums are included: HawkwindIn Search of Space, Greasy Truckers’ Party (2CD) Doremi Fasol LatidoThe Space Ritual Alive in Liverpool and London (2CD), Hall of the Mountain Grill, The 1999 Party (2CD) and this set also comes with a bonus disc collecting rare single mixes called Of Time and Stars – The Singles.

It’s nicely done and as you can see from the photo gallery below there are four gatefold sleeves amongst the eight albums. There is a full track listing on the final image in the gallery. You can click on any image to enlarge.

This is Your Captain Speaking is released on 23 March 2015. Pick it up on Amazon Italy for about £21 which is a decent saving over the UK price which is currently £30.

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The only problem with this box set, and several others that have mini LP covers, is the discs are very difficult to extract from the sleeve without touching the playing surface.
Also its a shame they haven’t replicated the sleeves like the Japanese papersleeve editions do. So no zig-zag split down the front of X-In Search Of Space and no huge fold out cover on Space Ritual. Not a single replicated inner sleeve or booklet either.
However, that said, if all you are looking for is the music then this box set is excellent and sounds very good too.


I can’t see the name “Hawkwind” without thinking of Neil from The Young Ones shouting at a TV, “Crap!!! Play some Hawkwind or Marillion!”

No disrespect to the band!

Simon F

Had originally thought to give this a miss; at £16 it sounded very cheap and tatty. But having seen the photos am now definitely reconsidering!
Thanx Paul.


Just noticed the latest comments on SDE’s original article of 11 Feb.

Jörgen says: “The remastered studio albums sound fabulous. Vastly improved compared to my ’96 remasters. ”

psychrome says: “The box says ‘Mastered by Peter Mew & Nigel Reeve at Abbey Road Studios, London'”


Great, thanks for spotting that!


The original annnouncement (SDE, 11-Feb-15) said that the studio albums were new remasters.


Are these new remasters compared to the 1996 ones?


These sleeves do look better than certain other “vinyl replica” collections. There are no borders around the front cover artwork and the spines do not all have matching fonts (I don’t have the vinyls though, so I can’t compare them to the original spines). Hopefully the track listings on each album are shown as “Side 1”, “Side 2” etc.


My pre-order with Amazon UK is still standing at its originally listed price of £16.91 (including postage). Hopefully it will honour that price and not cancel my order.


This looks great and we all know it will sound great. Looking forward to getting it from Amazon Germany for less than £17.


Me too – packaging looks great and those Germans had a fab price which I expect has long since gone.