HAWKWIND guitarist HUW LLOYD-LANGTON passed away December 6th at the age of 61. Huw had been battling cancer for the past several years and died peacefully at home in England with his devoted wife Marion by his side.
The band has now released the following update on Huw’s funeral service:
“As you can imagine there has been an overwhelming response to the very sad news of Huw’s passing. We have had thousands of messages from all around the world.
There are so many folk who would have loved to come and pay their respects to Huw in person on Thursday, but practicalities would not allow.
Marion and Kirsty have expressed their wishes that those people from around the world, who cannot be present, light a candle at 12 noon and say a few words in Huw’s memory.
If you would like to follow the service, we will be publishing the Order of Service on Thursday morning on the Hawkwind website
As previously reported, before Huw Lloyd-Langton passed away, he had put the finishing touches on a very personal, very unique collection of tracks from his private vault. On January 29th, Cleopatra Records will release Huw Lloyd-Langton: Rare & Unreleased Anthology 1971-2012. This 2CD set includes seldom or never-heard gems that highlight Huw’s legacy of dynamic and melodic guitarwork.
Rare & Unreleased Anthology features unheard solo acoustic recordings of 'Rocky Paths' and 'Damn Shame' (later recorded by Hawkwind and THE LLOYD LANGTON GROUP), full-band recordings from side projects MAGILL and JAWA, and brand new acoustic recordings from 2012 being released for the first time here.
Self-taught guitarist with mind-bending scope and range, Lloyd-Langton joined Hawkwind as a teen in 1970 and immediately made his mark by contributing his unique guitar stylings on the band’s groundbreaking self-titled debut album, considered one the first space-rock albums to be released. While maintaining an important albeit inconsistent role in Hawkwind for many years, Lloyd-Langton expanded his personal creativity with heavy focus on songwriting and via bands he formed, like Magill.
Comfortable and exceptional playing all styles of music – from hard rock to classical to blues – Lloyd-Langton toured with LEO SAYER before co-founding acclaimed UK hard rock band WIDOWMAKER. He taught himself classical music composition, and always stayed aware of newer music climates. As a much-loved member of the Cleopatra Records family, Lloyd-Langton had been a significant part of projects, like working with THE KINKS legend Dave Davies on a track for THE BLACK KEYS tribute album Black On Blues, and with Joe Elliott, Rick Wakeman and Carmine Appice on Who Are You, an all-star tribute to THE WHO. His innovative guitar work was featured on the Space Rock Invasion DVD taken from the 2011 Space Rock Invasion tour.
Rare & Unreleased Anthology, curated by Lloyd-Langton himself, is now, sadly but beautifully, a remarkable tribute to the life’s work of a musical genius whose broad-minded explorations offered so much to so many.
Disc 1: Rare & Unreleased 1971-2012
Solo Acoustic Recordings 1971:
'Got A Love (Blues)'
'I Can See It All Again'
'Things Just Ain’t The Same'
'The Morning Dove’s Song'
'Damn Shame' *
'Love You Wear A Pretty Face'
'Painted Evergreen' (a/k/a 'Night Air')
'Little Girl' *
'Battle Of Battles'
Magill with Pete Scott, John Clark & Rob Rawlinson (1973):
'Feed Your Friends With A Long Handled Spoon'
'I Can’t Be Satisfied'
'Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood'
Jawa with Simon King & Nic Potter (1979):
'Rocky Paths' ** (listen below) https://soundcloud.com/brosseaupr/rocky-paths-huw-lloyd-langton
'Heart Of Stone'
'Damn Shame' *
'Dark, Dark Night'
'Hurry On Sundown' (Unreleased Hawkwind tribute track)
* Later recorded by LLG
** Later recorded by Hawkwind
Disc 2: Instrumentals 1985-2012
From Night Air (1985):
From Like An Arrow...(Through The Heart) (1987):
'On The Move'
'Can You Feel'
From Elegy (1991):
From River Run (1994):
'All Jigged Up'
From Chain Reaction (1999):
'5 To 4'
'Who Went Before'
From Hard Graft (2010):
'So Long Baby'
New Acoustic Tracks:
'12 String Shuffle'
'Into The Storm'
'Out Of The Storm'
'Fast Lane To McFaden'
'She Moves Through The Fair'