乐评：Hawkwind《Warrior On The Edge Of Time》
"Warrior On The Edge Of Time" is the fifth studio album of Hawkwind and was released in 1975. It's a very special album in their long and rich musical career and it came to be considered, by many, the musical pinnacle of their entire career. Indeed, the band's fifth studio release turned out to be their most ambitious album ever. The cover of the album that folded out into a large shield shape, was just the first clue. In reality, never before or after that had Hawkwind, or any other group for that matter, better blended such old fashioned fantasy elements with futuristic sci-fi and space elements into their music, as they did. By the other hand, the musical material on the album, and not at least the musical arrangements, was some of the group's best ever. This is really a truly tour de force from Hawkwind.
《Warrior On The Edge Of Time》是Hawkwind的第五张录音室专辑，发行于1975年。这是在他们漫长而丰富的音乐生涯中非常特殊的专辑，在很多人看来这是他们整个生涯的音乐巅峰了。确实，乐队的第五张专辑被证明是他们最有雄心的专辑。专辑的封面被折叠成一个巨大的盾的形状，这是第一条线索。事实上，在这之前或之后，无论是Hawkwind还是其他乐队都没有更好地在音乐中混合老式的幻想元素与未来的科幻和太空元素，但他们做到了。另一方面来讲，专辑中的音乐材料和安排，或许在其他乐队来说是最好的。这真的是来自Hawkwind的一件精心大作。
To the lyrics Hawkwind hired sci-fi writer Mike Moorcock to help them with some lyrical concept and to read several poems in between the tracks, on "The Wizard Blew His Horn", "Standing At The Edge" and "Warriors". In reality, the lyrics are based on the concept of Moorcock's "Eternal Champion", which is a fictional creation of the author and is a current feature in many of his novels. Moorcock is an English writer primarily known by his sci-fi and fantasy novels.
在歌词方面，Hawkwind聘请了科幻作家Mike Moorcock来帮他们写一些概念，以及在歌曲之间独白一些诗歌，比如"The Wizard Blew His Horn", "Standing At The Edge" 和"Warriors"这三首。事实上，歌词是基于Moorcock的当前的科幻创作《Eternal Champion》而作的。Moorcock是知名的英国作家，主要写科幻和幻想小说。
"Warrior On The Edge Of Time" has eleven tracks. The first and second tracks, "Assault And Battery ? Part I" and "The Golden Void ? Part II", floats into each other and these are probably Hawkwind's most majestic and biggest sounding tracks ever. The arrangements here have to be heard to be believed. Tons of mellotron and you know that I love the sound of it, synthesizers and distorted saxophone and flute create a very unique sound that actually sounded like no other band. The guitar is toned unusually much down here, but it would be more dominant in the sound later on the album. They're really two great amazing tracks. The third, seventh and ninth tracks, "The Wizard Blew His Horn", "Standing At The Edge" and "Warriors", are respectively three very special tracks. They aren't properly three musical tracks. They're essentially composed by short poems read by Moorcock completed with pounding kettle drums, cymbals and some electronic sounds all over the tracks. They serve essentially to link all the concept of the story. The fourth track "Opa-Loka" took its name, perplexingly enough, from a town in Florida and not some of any mythical planet that ties in with the vague Moorcock's conceptual story line. It's a hypnotic, energetic and dreamy space rocker instrumental on what its thumping bass and synthesizer blips and bleeps, takes you soaring to the stars.
《Warrior On The Edge Of Time》有十一首歌。第一首和第二首"Assault And Battery ? Part I" 和"The Golden Void ? Part II"是连续的，也或许是Hawkwind听起来最雄壮宏伟的歌了。乐曲安排使我们必然听见和相信这点。一堆的mellotron（你知道我喜欢它的声音）和合成器，加上扭曲的萨克斯和长笛创造了非常独特的声音，听起来不像任何其他乐队。吉他在这里看起来不同寻常地处于下风大，在专辑后面的曲目中会占据更多的主导。它们真是两首伟大的歌曲。第三、第七和第九首歌"The Wizard Blew His Horn", "Standing At The Edge" 和"Warriors"分别是三首很特殊的歌。它们不是三个音乐作品，它们本质上由Moorcock阅读的短诗和水壶鼓的击打、钹和一些电子声音组成。它们本质上是为了连接整个故事的概念的。第四首歌"Opa-Loka"的名字来自佛罗里达的一个小镇（这非常令人困惑），没有与Moorcock模糊的概念股是有关联的部分。它是催眠的，有力的，梦幻的太空摇滚器乐，伴随贝斯的重击与合成器的声音，把你带向群星。
The fifth track "The Demented Man" ends the side one of the album. It's another of those lovely acoustic Hawkwind's tunes where the band really managed to keep the obligatory space feel. Brock's acoustic 12-string guitar and drum-fewer ballads as seagull's wheel and cry and mellotrons reinforce the whole track. It has also a nice vocal working. The sixth track "Magnu" is a very energetic track, which is really the first track on the album to feature a quite heavy riff. It sees Brock and Lemmy firing off some menacing riffs amidst dazzling violin from House, Turner's jazzy sax, and haunting keyboards. This is a very typical Hawkwind. It has repetitive rhythms and riffs lull you into a psychedelic haze, with sax, violin, and synthesizers zapping left and right through the mix. The eighth track "Spiral Galaxy" is another instrumental which shows the prototypical psyche usual stuff of Hawkwind with an added nuance of density. It has top notch space metal, has dark passages of ominous synthesizers, violin, and flute float over busy rhythms. Fantastic futuristic keyboard textures on this one, too. The tenth track "Dying Seas" is another space rock oddity featuring Turner's effects soaked vocals slithering through a dense fog of synthesizers washes. This is also a good and futuristic dark space rock with sci-fi sound effects. It ends the fantasy oriented in the main body of this classic album. The eleventh track "Kings Of Speed" follows, a catchy hard rocker led by some thick bass rumbles from Lemmy and Brock's tasty lead guitar work, with House also getting in on the action with some country styled violin flights. It was chosen as the single from the album. It's more typical of Hawkwind's proto-punk style and it's quite similar to the bonus track "Motorhead".
第五首歌"The Demented Man"结束了专辑的第一面。这是另一个Hawkwind可爱的原声乐器歌曲，乐队保持了太空感。Brock的12弦吉他、没有鼓点的民谣就像海鸥的旋转和哭泣、还有mellotrons充满了整首歌。它也有一个不错的声音演唱。第六首歌"Magnu"是非常有力的歌，它是专辑真正第一首以很重的riff为特征的歌曲。在House令人眼花缭乱的小提琴和Truner的奔放萨克斯以及令人难忘的键盘之间是Brock 和Lemmy点燃的恐吓式的riff。这是很典型的Hawkwind歌曲。它有着重复的节奏和riff，让你进入迷幻的迷宫，加上萨克斯和小提琴以及合成器，它们通过混响在左右声道快速移动。第八首歌"Spiral Galaxy"是另一首纯器乐作品，展现了Hawkwind的典型灵魂特征。它有空间金属的痕迹，有不详的合成器的黑暗篇章，有小提琴和长笛漂浮在忙碌的节奏上。还有神奇的未来主义般的键盘演奏。第十首歌"Dying Seas"是另一首太空摇滚歌曲，配合Turner似乎被浸湿的声音滑行在密集的合成器浓雾之中。它也是很好的很未来主义的黑暗太空摇滚，配合科幻般的声音效果。它结束了这张经典专辑的幻想导向。第十一首歌"Kings Of Speed"由朗朗上口的硬摇滚主导，伴随Lemmy厚重的贝斯隆隆声和Brock的引人入胜的吉他，以及House的乡村风格的小提琴段落。这首歌被选为是专辑的单曲。这是更典型的Hawkwind的朋克原型风格，非常接近于附赠曲目"Motorhead"。
Conclusion: "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" can be considered the pinnacle of all Hawkwind's musical career. It represents also my first contact with the band and it's also my favourite album from them. Dave Brock himself regards "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" as the band's crowning achievement. So, "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" can be easily considered one of the many great classic albums of the 70's. Lovers of space, psychedelic and progressive rock will love this album. It became a truly landmark album of early space rock time. The band was on their peak and certainly on their most symphonic, thanks to the presence of Simon House and some real inspired songwriting. It represents Hawkwind's finest hour, a real masterpiece. If you are new to Hawkwind, "Warrior On The Edge of Time" is undoubtedly one of the first albums you should check out from them. Listen for yourself and find out whether if I was right or wrong.
结论：《Warrior On The Edge Of Time》可以被认为是Hawkwind音乐生涯的巅峰。它代表了我第一次接触这个乐队，也是我最爱的他们的专辑。Dave Brock认为这张专辑是乐队的最高成就。所以，《Warrior On The Edge Of Time》无疑可被看作是70年代的许多伟大经典专辑质疑。太空、迷幻和前卫摇滚的爱好者会热爱这张专辑，它成为了早期太空摇滚时代真正具有里程碑意义的专辑。乐队处于他们的顶峰，也在他们最交响的时刻，感谢Simon House和和一些真正的灵感的存在。它代表Hawkwind的光荣时刻，一个真正的杰作。如果你是刚接触Hawkwind，《Warrior On The Edge Of Time》无疑是你应该最先体验的专辑质疑。你自己去听然后发现我说的是对还是错吧。