12 October 2007

Another Robert Calvert Release

It’s been a good year or so for fans of the late, great Robert Calvert, what with the release of a number of live recordings (okay whether these are good is debatable – the quality of these recordings is generally rather poor) , the re-release of his first two solo albums Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters and Lucky Leif and the Longships and the The Brock/Calvert Project Brock/Calvert Project.

Now record label Voiceprint has just released a limited edition (500 copies) of Calvert’s poetry collection Centigrade 232. Originally published in 1977 Centigrade 232 brings together 49 of Calvert’s poems. Some of them, will be well known to Hawkwind fans: part of The First Landing of Medusa appeared as The Awakening on the Space Ritual; Centigrade 232 was appeared on Choose Your Masques as Farenheit 451

The book comes with a CD of Calvert reciting these poems. This was originally released on cassette in 1986 and sold through his mailing list. It is good to see this re-release as original copies of the book and cassette are now very hard to find and change hands for substantial sums.

If you have never heard anything by Robert Calvert a good place to start is a live concert recorded in Carlisle in 1986. It is available as a free download here, courtesy of former Inner City Unit guitarist Steve Pond

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