This review is about the DVD of Hawkwind: Night Of The Hawks. Not Jimmy Dean which seems to be a cross-reference issue on Amazon.
This DVD of a concert from "Spring 1984" described on Amazon is a good period piece of the mid-1980s lineup featuring on guitars Dave Brock & Huw Lloyd-Langton, Nik Turner on vocals/sax, and Clive Deamer on drums. I'm going to guess it's Harvey Bainbridge on bass but I'm just not certain who plays bass or keyboards here as I read there were lineup changes that year and I don't have any photos of this lineup, and no musician list is available.
Information about the performance is scant but only labeled as "Live At The Gaumont Theatre, Ipswitch". No date information at all.
Labeled as Region 0 ("Region Free").
The setlist is:
1. Ghost Dance
2. Watching The Grass Grow
3. Dream Worker
5. Uncle Sams On Mars
6. The Martian Disco Stomp
8. Sonic Attack
9. The Island
11. Psi Power
12. Silver Machine
Bonus Track (only labeled "Bonus Track" but is actually "Night Of The Hawks")
The performance is rocking and typical/expected from this lineup and period of Hawkwind. Unfortunately for some will be a bit "too 1980s"; for others a delight for those more prone to 1980s hair-band head-banging. Nik Turner is outfitted in "1980s space-drag" as best I can describe it, and fronts the band most of the show and plays sax on a few numbers but overall a prancing a bit too much like Freddie Mercury (!) throughout the show. Oh well, it WAS the 1980s after all. No disrespect to Freddie Mercury, he was an original; but THIS is Nik Turner.
Sound quality is passable for the period but not exactly high fidelity and no surround sound option exists.
Video quality is passable for the period but not good enough to worry about getting on Blue Ray or other high-definition.
My main beef with this video overall is it has a laser-light type video/slide show, possibly the backdrop of the show, but whatever the case, you don't get enough of the band performing and too much of the video effects. This can be wearing and annoying after awhile. I'm OK with a front shot of the band with the video show in the background but this just short-changes the performers and the audience, in my opinion. It really makes it hard to watch sometimes.
Recommended to Hawkwind fans of this period and those who like 1980s hair-band head-banging in general.
If you don't like this period of Hawkwind, I'd avoid this one and look elsewhere.