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For many people Robert Calvert was Captain Lockheed. Captain Lockheed and The Starfighters was the title of Robert Calvert's debut solo album in 1974. Of course prior to that Robert had been a member of the ultimate "Space Rock" band Hawkwind. Robert Calvert would spend his time in and out of Hawkwind during the seventies and also record his first two solo albums (Captain Lockheed and The Starfighters and Lucky Leif and The Longships) Following an album and tour as The Hawklords, Robert Calvert once again departed Hawkwind for a solo career which would continue through the eighties until his death in 1988
During the early eighties Robert also guested with Nik Turner's band Inner City Unit and members of that band guested on the albums he recorded during this period, which included amongst others Freq. It was rumoured in 1988 that Robert was once again about to rejoin the band he was most famously associated with. He was also said to be on the verge of publishing another novel and considering other solo albums. All these plans came to a halt with Robert Calvert's sudden death from a heart attack in August of 1988. In 1986 Robert Calvert and Maximum Effect played at the Stars & Stripes venue in Carlisle. The recording was made direct from the mixing desk to a chrome cassette. Amongst the material covered at the concert was solo Calvert material including Acid Rain, Ned Ludd, Lord Of The Hornets and Radio Egypt alongside selected Hawkwind classics associated with Robert such as Orgone Accumulator, Quark Strangeness and Charm, Robot and Damnation Alley. This recording has been previously available as download but makes its first official outing on CD with this release.