Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Hawkwind - X In Search Of Space CD (album) cover




Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.64 | 384 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Tom Ozric
Prog Reviewer
4 stars Hawkwind are a bunch of amazing Space Cadets - Dave Brock and Co. never cease to amaze me, album to album, with ever shifting line-ups and different approaches to their brand of psychedelic Space- Rock. 'In Search Of Space' is their 2nd offering, and is so much in line with Krautrock, sometimes I think I'm listening to an Amon Duul II album with this one. Starting out with sweeping synthesiser ( Del Dettmar on a VCS3, if I'm not mistaken, but electronics whizz/Lemmy's Speed-Freak partner Dikmik is credited with 'Audio Generator' as well, adding to the trippiness), the band takes us on a relentless journey throughout the cosmos, with repetitive chanting and endless jamming - 'You Shouldn't Do That' is totally hypnotic. I can really speak highly of Nik Turner's manipulated Sax sounds and ex-Amon Duul II Bassist Dave Anderson contributing a simple but effective Bass-line to the proceedings. Next up is an almost 'Floydian' work-out with 'You Know You're Only Dreaming', with slightly jazzy drumming from Terry Ollis, Turner's wah'd Flute playing, and spacious, liquidy guitaring from Brock. 'Master of the Universe' is a live classic, seemingly played at almost every gig to this day, is no less brilliant - Dave A's excellent Bass-riff is just so catchy. Fantastic song. 'We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago' is a jangly 12-string acoustic 'hippie' number (possibly from Brock's busking days) and is fitting with their counter-cultural direction. 'Adjust Me' is a fully democratic composition, credited to 'Hawkwind', and is almost a free-form 'rock' jam (as opposed to blowing, 'Jazzy' free-form) and quite representative of the Space-Rock genre as it existed in 1971. The final track 'Children of the Sun' is another hippie tune with a very stoned sounding Turner at the mic. Highly recommended.
Tom Ozric | 4/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this HAWKWIND review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.