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Hawkwind

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. You Shouldn't Do That (15:43)
2. You Know You're Only Dreaming (6:33)
3. Master Of The Universe (6:15)
4. We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago (4:48)
5. Adjust Me (5:45)
6. Children Of The Sun (3:13)

Total Time: 42:17

Bonus tracks on 1996 release:
7. Seven By Seven (5:21)
8. Silver Machine (4:39)
9. Born To Go (5:05)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Anderson / bass, acoustic & electric guitars
- Dave Brock / vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, audio generator
- Del Dettmar / synthesizers
- Dik Mik / audio generator
- Terry Ollis / drums, percussion
- Nik Turner / alto sax, flute, audio generator, vocals

Releases information

LP United Artists UAG 29202 (1971)

CD EMI Premier HAWKS 2 (1996, remastered)

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3.55
(263 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
22%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars "This is your captain speaking, your captain is dead"

"In search of space" was the album which set Hawkwind on the road to mass appeal. The packaging no doubt helped, complete with a multiple fold out sleeve, plus an excellent booklet entitled "The Hawkwind log".

Even with all the innovation and rapid progression happening in music in 1971, this album was truly original. It starts with the 16 minute "You shouldn't do that", a jazz rock track (though not in the Chicago/Blood Sweat and Tears sense), starting with the futuristic sound of the "audio generator" before diving into a pounding rhythm and chanted vocals.

"You know you're only dreaming" is a softer more melodic affair, while the classic Hawkwind number "Master of the universe" restores the pace. The remaining tracks are conventional Hawkwind (if there is such a thing), including some great acoustic guitar on "We took the wrong step..".

The remastered CD is beautifully presented in a digipak fold out cover, and includes a shrunken version of the log (you'll need your reading glasses though!). It also has 3 extra tracks including the surprise hit single "Silver machine".

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Posted Monday, March 08, 2004

Review by Sean Trane
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3 stars Probably my fave from Hawkwind , but if you can believe that the lesser track on here is the better known on. Effectively , Master of the Universe is not fantastic (at least in this version) and sounds rather sloppy (in a very relative way as this is Hawkwind) . Shouldn't Do That and Children and Adjust Me are the highlight. I think it is important to get a listen at the rythm section as this is not Lemmy and Simon King - they will come in with the next album. It is clear that the foundation of this band had been layed out before Lemmy and House.

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Posted Monday, April 19, 2004

Review by Carl floyd fan
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4 stars Very different from the first and a lot more trippy. The first track is a little repetitive but catchy and gives you an idea of what to expect for the rest of the album. Pick this gem up, it is very good! psychedelic at its best!

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Posted Monday, April 19, 2004

Review by Certif1ed
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3 stars The Final Frontier

It's only got a couple of chords - how can it be Prog Rock?

This is the question that Hawkwind answer with aplomb.

Like the rest of Prog, Hawkwind grew out of the psychedelic scene - but unlike the rest of Prog, Hawkwind didn't go for pretentious ideas of grandeur, such as borrowing from Classical music or high-brow literature, didn't stick with the Moogs, Mellotrons and Hammonds, didn't attempt dazzling displays of virtuosity and certainly didn't try to sell out stadiums - playing, as they often did, for free outside the gates of organised events.

Hawkwind's vision was completely different - they weren't trying to write Prog Rock, but the ideas of grandeur that they did have were heavyweight perceptions of Space Rock, founded in the early experimentations of Pink Floyd and such late 1960s luminaries as Twink. The music has more in common with Krautrock than "Symphonic" Prog, and as such is largely minimal and trance-like rather than expansive in terms of the musical parameters. On a casual listen, this will seem extremely repetitive - and more often than not, plain wierd.

Where Hawkwind's music IS expansive is in the explorations of germs of ideas - for despite the enormous amount of room left for improvisation, this is no simple jam session. When the music catches you in the correct receptive mood, it has a significant power that simply cannot be found anywhere else - except, maybe the genre of Krautrock.

Here, Hawkwind boldly go where no man has gone before - indeed, if you consider Stacia's contribution, then they also go where no woman has gone before... painting vast canvasses of remote corners of the universe, populated with strange and often destitute creatures of the future - presumably human - and their interactions with space and technology.

The Album:

"In Search of Space" serves up a barrage of insistent rhythms and powerful riffs, with lashings of spacey synth sounds, tempering these perfectly with dark ambience that you simply will not hear anywhere else. The band work constantly as a single unit, which is always the most amazing thing about almost any of Hawkwind's studio offerings - the way that the instrumentalists react to each other and colour the lyrics and vocals beyond perfection and into Hawkwind's sole domain where they rule absolutely. While much of their early material sounded somewhat rough and ready, discerning ears will "get" the sonic soundscapes that the space punks painted, with a vivacity and power that is sometimes frightening.

Unfortunately, the boxy production lets the whole thing down a bit, and Turner's infernal and incessant noodling spoils "You Shouldn't Do That" for me. Fortunately, the brilliant ambience of "You Know You're Only Dreaming" and the cosmic power of "Master of the Universe" more than make up for this. "We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago" is a kind of "Hurry On Sundown II", or some kind of freaked-out Roy Harper song, but provides a necessary respite before "Adjust Me" runs the cosmic gauntlet.

"Children of the Sun" is an essential for your Sun-God ritual - don't enter the temple without it. The raw and earthy primaeval nature of this song seems rooted in Jethro Tull at times, although Turner in no way tries to imitate Ian Anderson. The best is clearly saved until last.

The Bonus Material:

The bonus tracks fit naturally to the end of the album - which makes a very nice change indeed, as most albums feel like gaffer tape has been liberally applied, and the so-called bonuses end up detracting from the overall experience.

"Seven by Seven" is a haunting slice of dark matter, that was the flip-side to the hit single "Silver Machine" - which everybody knows as the greatest space-rock song of all time. Chronologically, of course, this is out of place here, as the driving bass and gravel voice of Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister testify. The production and remastering also give this song a gloss and escape from the boxy production of the album - but in context, returns the power where it belongs.

"Born To Go" is a reasonable choice to round off these bonus tracks, and flows on well from Silver Machine - however, I feel that it gives an air of saminess to the overall experience of this collection, and the choice of bonus tracks does not allow the breathing space and ebb and flow in dynamic that the album in its original form would have had.

To Summarise:

Darker and more powerful than - and a distinct progression from its predecessor, "In Search of Space" nevertheless feels more flawed - a band with a powerful vision that almost but not quite manages to give the necessary execution to that vision. One third of the album is almost ruined by directionless Sax playing, and your ears will probably need to do a lot of compensating for the production before your mind goes "ping!" and you get it - like looking at one of those cheap 3-dimensional pictures that looks like nothing but randomness until you see it with your eyes slightly squinted and stinging from the effort.

The original album had an intriguing cover, courtesy of the famous E.J.Day Group, that took the form of a pair of zig-zagged doors that fastened together with a tab in the middle, and a log book. If you have a turntable, and can actually track down a little-used copy, then get this, as it's part of the whole Hawkwind experience. This cheapo CD case just is not the same...

The award:

3 stars is a bit mean - if you're into Hawkwind's music, then this is an essential album - and as I would recommend 2/3 of this album to anyone else, 3.5 would be a better score.

However, your Prog Music collection will do just fine without it - but check out Hawkwind's later albums.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I think the reason I like this album so much is because it does have this Krautrock flavour to it. It's trippy, hypnotic and repetitive but oh so enjoyable.This is HAWKWIND's second album and this is where they chart their course to the far reaches of the galaxy. Count me in !

"You Shouldn't Do That" is a psychedelic jam with lots of spacey synths, sax, bass and drums keeping that hypnotic rhythm going. We don't get vocals until almost 5 minutes in. This is truly a trip ! We get another good jam on "You Know You're Only Dreaming", and more guitar this time. Vocals, vocal melodies, bass and spacey sounds early before the guitar and flute come in when the vocals stop.The song just sort of winds down to end it.

"Master Of The Universe" rocks out pretty good, heavy pulsating bass drives the tune. It opens with spacey sounds that rise up and build. Riffs follow, sax comes in late. "We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago" has some amazing acoustic guitar in it. I really like this tune, it's kind of folky with a message. "Adjust Me" is spacey to open. Spoken words after a minute as guitar comes in. It settles back when the guitar and words stop 2 minutes in. It starts to get spacey again and stays that way to the end. "Children Of The Sun" features strummed acoustic guitar as the reserved vocals of Nik Turner come in. Flute follows after 1 1/2 minutes as the sound gets louder.

And now our trip is now over.

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Posted Monday, October 23, 2006

Review by Atkingani
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4 stars Leaving no indication of what lane the band should take in their previous and debut album, HAWKWIND's "In Search Of Space", their second official release, clearly sets the band's course in the direction of the so-called space-rock - a genre where HAWKWIND would soon become the lords, the masters, the kings. The search ended and it took only 2 albums and less than 2 years.

The starting point, 'You shouldn't do that', leaves no doubt that we are departing to the stars. What a trip (apparently in all senses)! A miscellanea of sounds, strong guitar and bass, weird sound effects, haunting voices and much more - all done exactly to catch the hearer.

'You know you're only dreaming' while still a space-rock is frankly connected to band's roots related to psychedelics (and psychotropics, no?). Initial vocals are fine but song's middle section is a bit dull and fatiguing. The following track, 'Masters of the Universe', takes us again to the galaxies. Surely one the most known HAWKWIND songs: a classic in its genre. Music tunes are basic, simple and plain but the result is agreeable.

'We took the wrong step years ago' brings some folk touches which reminds us their debut album. A certain smell of 'Hurry on sundown', their first hit is felt here. The song however goes more frantic and crude only to finish in the same folk way it started. 'Adjust me' is only a flushing of madness looking like a filler but very characteristic of the band. The rock part is interesting. 'Children of the Sun' mixes folk & rock and once again psychedelia. Recorded probably to be a radio-friendly track, something went wrong here and the song didn't happen.

CD bonus tracks are noticeable: the quaint 'Seven by seven' together with two HAWKWIND standards, the easy 'Silver machine' and the live version of the impacting 'Born to go'.

Evaluating album original tracks plus the bonus tracks, we may hear at least 4 band's classics here and the rating increases consequently. Total: 4.

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Review by Modrigue
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4 stars As the second album from Hawkwind, In Search Of Space clearly shows a change of musical direction and a big evolution for the band. The sound is rawer, more agressive, more powerful and floating. However, jazz inflences are still present. In fact, Hawkwind begins to define its own personality and touch.

The opener, You Shouldn't Do That features nothing but simply 16 minutes pieces of heavy jazz rock psychedelia. Pulsing bass playing, energic sax, electronic effects, bizarre vocals and catchy guitar reverbs make this song unique in terms of spaciness. You Know You're Only Dreaming introduces a softer music to then develop a kind of ambient sonic jungle gathering various types of intruments. Very enjoyable. Then comes the killer track of the disc, one of the first space metal song in history, the destroying Master Of The Universe. Slower than its different future live versions, the melody is terrific and could easily serve as an anthem for galaxy warriors. The introduction with instrument appearing one by one is great, vocals brings a mystical touch and jazzy improvisations in the middle of the song work very well. Mindblowing ! Back to calm with the acoustic oriental and relaxing We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago, and then to freak'n'roll with the weird acid Adjust Me. The record finishes with Children Of The Sun, which ressembles to a softer version of Master Of The Universe.

About the bonus tracks, they are well worth the try. Seven By Seven and Born To Go are two Hawkwind's essential powerful space rock songs that will be played live on Space Ritual. And... there is also the hit single Silver Machine !

In Search Of Space is one of the most rock-oriented album from the space crew (with Doremi Fasol Latido) and develops Hawkwind's trademark sound of the 70s'. Stoning !

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Posted Monday, April 09, 2007

Review by Queen By-Tor
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3 stars While still searching musically, Hawkwind finds a niche.

Welcome to space, where everyone can hear Hawkwind scream. This album may have been the first to have kicked the English psychedelics down a, albeit short, commercial road, but it is still likely one of their better offerings to date. Granted, the album does sound a lot more scattered than their later works, with some vocals and sometimes instrumental work sounding very sketchy, but that's all in the essence that is Hawkwind. Really, when you get right down to it, right into the core of the album, there is a lot to get lost in here, the progressive, spacey, psychedelic soundscapes are enough to blow your mind even if you're not on drugs. Right from the 15 minute epic You Shouldn't Do That you're blasted with bizarre instrumental directions that will course over the rest of the disc, this is a truly fanatic track that sets the stage for the album, even if the lyrics and vocals are a little less than the best. If you want to get really really into the story of the album as well, there's a whole epic to be had, as Hawkwind does, a lot to indulge in. Other standouts on the album include the excellent Master Of The Universe, and the sparatic dark-insanity of Adjust Me, which features some very interesting vocal effects, further proof that even the voices are merely meant as a way to further the spaced out sound.

There are some points where the vocals can tend to almost drag down the songs, and this is mostly in the slower track, We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago. This is the only song without the sparatic behavior of the remainder of the album, making it appear a little bit more than out of place, still a good song if you are one for the vocals, which are clearly an acquired taste as of this album (not so on later albums such as Hall of the Mountain Grill).

Ups and downs aside, this is a great point of evolution by one of the more overlooked bands gracing this genre. If you're looking for some freakiness, this is definitely a great place to look. 3.5 silver machines out of 5, a very good addition to any collection.

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Posted Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Review by Tom Ozric
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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.

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Posted Friday, February 08, 2008

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars "In Search Of Space" is a substantial improvement in comparison with their debut album.

This one is fully psychedelic during the epic track "You Shouldn't Do That". It doesn't hold brilliant passages nor subtle moments : only heavy and hypnotic beat. If ever you are allergic to repetitive music, you might get bored with this one. Don't expect any melodic portion, 'cause you won't get it. Still, this is a great snashot of a specific era. And I like it.

But still, I far much prefer " Know You're Only Dreaming". If ever you have appreciated "Piper", there are no reasons to ignore this track. The disjointed approach of "Interstellar Overdrive" sits here and it is nothing but great. I guess that to accept this wild beat and totally crazy number you really have to be in love with the psyche movement of the late mid sixties. "Hawkwind" probably came some years too late (as "Eloy" did) but regardless of this, it is a wonderful track. At least, I feel so.

The psyche mood goes on with "Master Of The Universe". It might sound as a 67-68 album but who cares some forty five years later. It is just great music IMO. But I'm keen with such records, and probably biased as well.

The second part of the album (in terms of tracks, not length) is somewhat weaker. Did you say fillers? Probably that "Adjust Me" can be considered as such. Improvised and structure less. It is not really the type of attractive track one could have expected after the three very good opening numbers. The weakest one so far. Even the acoustic "We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago" sounded OK in comparison.

The closing number "Children Of The Sun" would have deserved a longer treatment IMO. Sounds as an introduction of an epic that won't ever exist. Too bad.A good and spacey song which could have deserved much more if extended in an appropriate manner.

The bonus tracks of the remastered version don't do any harm. They are fully in line with the spirit of the original album : psyche with "Seven By Seven" and Born To Go, heavy with "Silver Machine".

Three stars for this good album.

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Posted Sunday, March 02, 2008

Review by UMUR
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3 stars In Search of Space is the second album from space rockers Hawkwind. I like their debut very much. It´s a very enjoyable album which has both normal song structures and spaced out jamming. It´s been one of the more positive surprises for me this last year. In Search of Space shifts the weight towards more spaced out jams while there are only a few normally structured rock songs left.

The music is generally psychadelic jamming with lots of repetition and spacey sounds. The first song called You Shouldn't Do That is a great example of that style while We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago and Children Of The Sun are the most normally structured songs on In Search of Space. Those three songs are also among my favorites here while the remaining three songs also are very good. There is not a dull moment on this album. Krautrock lovers should definitely be able to enjoy In Search of Space too as there are lots of similarities between Hawkwind´s style and for instance a band like Can.

The musicianship is very good. Besides bandleader David Brock´s limited but pleasantly distinct vocals and his psychadelic guitar delivery I will also note the strange spacy sounds which is think is made by synth. Those sounds add a lot to the atmosphere of the music. Some people think it´s too much, but I find it enjoyable. Nik Turner´s sax playing has to be noted as well, as it plays a big part in Hawkwind´s music.

The production is very good. Very powerful mix.

In Search of Space is a very good album and I think Hawkwind´s identity is heard more clearly on this album compared to the debut. I still like the debut a bit more though. In Search of Space is the kind of album I have to be in a certain mood to appreciate as it can seem a bit repetitive at times and even though this is part of it´s charm it´s also a it´s biggest flaw. I´ll rate In Search of Space 3 big stars and will be looking forward to listening to the next album from Hawkwind. SPAAAACY.

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Posted Thursday, June 19, 2008

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars You Shouldn't Do That is like an endless nightmare of noise to my ears, no tempo changes at all, not even any chord changes! Monotonous and repetitive are words that readily apply to this track, indeed the whole album, indeed most Hawkwind albums. Master of the Universe has at least a decent riff, but the drumming is horrible - even I could do better than that! - and again repetitive and monotonous to the extreme.

The only half- decent songs here are the acoustic ones We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago and Children of the Sun. But not even these two songs or Master of the Universe can save this album from the lowest possible rating. Overall, a very amateurish effort. Still, it is a major improvement over their debut!

I don't see what people like about this album.

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Posted Sunday, July 20, 2008

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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5 stars Space Rock came into the forefront of rock with this incredible effort from the Space Gods Hawkwind. A lot of the material from this album was used on the live "Space Ritual" epic. Del Mik, Brock and Anderson are at the peak of their powers on this classic.

It begins with the overlong 15 minute mini-epic 'You Shouldn't Do That' which is much better in edited form as found on some compilations. 'You Know You're Only Dreaming' is a terrific song that has a great hook and melody throughout.

'Master Of The Universe' is the first classic from Hawkwind and one of their best recordings found on every compilation. It's chug-a-chug rhythm pounds incessantly with relentless driving bass and drums and the familiar trademark metallic fuzz guitar. The lyrics are characteristically simple - forming a central theme of being the centre of the universe and space and time revolves around this figure. I adore this track.

'We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago' is a weaker track but still has drive and compelling rhythms. 'Adjust Me' is just plain weird and progressive in its structure abandoning familiar rock trademarks but fits well on the album generating ethereal soundscapes.

'Children Of The Sun' finishes the album off beautifully with a nice guitar lick and Brock's vocals are exceptional.

The bonus tracks are excellent particularly the bonafide classic 'Silver Machine'. This track is how I was introduced to Hawkwind and I have loved it as a child up to the present day. It has never lost its trance like mesmiric power as it cruises effortlessly through its 4 minutes 40 seconds. The lyrics are terrific - "Its an Electric line to your Zodiac sign." Whats it all about? Nobody really cared as long as its futuristic space theme was evident and it rocked hard. Also worthy of mention is another classic 'Born To Go', that is a heavy handed rhythmic crunching rocker. It is also featured on "Space Ritual" in an elongated form complete with weird space effects and pounding drums.

This album is a great way to be introduced to this eclectic space rock band - an absolute triumph.

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Posted Friday, October 03, 2008

Review by Prog Leviathan
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1 stars At the risk of rolling my eyes at anyone reading who may enjoy Hawkwind and/or In Search of Space-- I offer the opinion that this record is a tedious exercise in useless, trance-inducing rhythms and Buck Rogers sound effects. Add to this drug-inspired non-rock the terrible vocals and neutered guitar of Dave Brock and one has a guaranteed recipe for boredom (or anger, as the case may be).

I have genuine difficulty understanding what people see in this set of songs: "You Shouldn't Do That" doesn't ever start, ditto "You Know You're Only Dreaming". Things get slightly better in "We Took the Wrong Step", if only because there's some semblance of musicianship-- and hey, "Children of the Sun" actually has some real energy. Of course, by this point any listener expecting something other than noodley sci-fi scat will be so frustrated by this over-rated mess that they will have probably moved on to something more interesting (which wouldn't be very hard).

Bottom line-- In Search of Space is best left for two kinds of listeners: those for whom it holds nostalgic relevance... and those who are stoned out of their heads. New listeners be warned!

Songwriting: 1 Instrumental Performances: 1 Lyrics/Vocals: 1 Style/Emotion/Replay: 1

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Posted Monday, May 11, 2009

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars The great thing about In Search of Space is that Hawkwind have found their own spot in musical history. They stopped sounding like anybody else and reached an entrancing groove that was truly their own, a very original blend of 33% catchy strumming hard-rock, 33% improvisation and experimentation and 33% psychedelic essences. On this album they also retained some of their anarchistic kraut poise.

The not so great thing about it is that they still appear very insecure of what they're doing. As if they were all trying very hard not to play too loud in order not to get noticed. Suppose somebody could hear this? What would mom say?

Hawkwind lacked the confidence and oomph to pull off their ambitious space rock to optimal effect. Of course this is largely due to the production. Whoever was on the knobs here, he didn't know how to make this immense wall of sound come alive. A second reason would be that one more ingredient was missing in their space stew: they needed somebody to kick them out of their lethargy. That somebody would be Lemmy, who made his introduction on the forceful Silver Machine.

I'm a bit in doubt with my final verdict. I've never been entirely enthused by this album and it has never really grown on me. However, the re-mastered edition from 1996 has added 3 essential tracks to this package and sounds just a bit better. Given this is Hawkwind's most original statement it surely deserves 3.5 stars.

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Posted Saturday, October 10, 2009

Review by seventhsojourn
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2 stars In Search Of Space (1971) is one of the iconic albums of the early '70s but I've never been able to appreciate its cosmic-tribal meanderings. Juxtaposing primitive single chord jams with trippy electronic soundscapes, space-rock pioneers Hawkwind fail to really take off on this album. For me, the level of musicianship falls short of excellence and songwriting seems to take a back seat, with unremitting hard rock riffs dominating the album. They do however manage to lay the groundwork for future sci-fi exploits with the space-themed Master Of The Universe.

The basic nature of the music is exemplified by You Shouldn't Do That, which features lengthy monotone jamming and a relentlessly pounding rhythm. Synthesizers warble and burble like percolating magma, but it's all too repetitive for my liking. You Know You're Only Dreaming is in a similar vein, but there's finally a bit of melodic interest with Master Of the Universe. This features a nice bass line and good guitarwork, some stop-start moments, and there's even a bit of phasing thrown in for good measure. The acoustic folk-rock of We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago is a lament for the direction mankind has taken, while Adjust Me consists of rather aimless noodling. Children Of The Sun is much better, featuring a slow riff and some spacey flute. Of the three bonus tracks the classic Silver Machine is the obvious highlight, but it can't save the album from mediocrity. In my opinion there are far better Hawkwind albums out there for prog fans, most notably those involving Simon House. I think this one is best left to fans and collectors.

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Posted Monday, April 05, 2010

Review by Cesar Inca
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3 stars Hawkwind's sophomore release "In Search Of Space" was the official statement of affirmation and maturation for the sort of space-rock standard that thsi combo led by Brock & Turner was aiming to achieve. Now that the seacrh was over, the next step in the band's musical mission was to reinforce its elements and strengthen teh whole framework: so, all thing considered, this album happens to install the Hawkwind ideology in its first full fruition. The long opener 'You Shouldn't Do That' is a magnetic delivery where frenzy and good vibrations combine among a display of black magic and electronic surrealism. Ollis' drumming and the guitar's constant riffs are samples of how deeply rooted in the immediate legacy of garage rock and 60s psychedelia the band's essential motifs were, but also there are signs of moving forward toward new, weird territories in the way that the whole band manages to build an unearthly atmosphere, and more specifically, the relevant audio generator input that encapsulates both the excitement and the terror of travelling through space across a mysterious darkness that might as well bring you joy or destruction. Sometimes the resulting cacophony sounds captivating, other times it tends to appear amateurish, but one thing is clear, it is defined by a serious commitment to psychedelic explorations in music. 'You Know You're Only Dreaming' starts a bit less crazy although it retains mush of the emotional tension of the preceding track, only that it is framed in a more reflective mood: definitely, the sound production makes it sound overwhelmingly cosmic. In fact, once the guitar settles in after teh sung section, the track displays a better accomplished sense of darkness and doom. More caustic and edgy, 'Master Of The Universe' opens up the album's second half with a catchy display of sheer dirty rock flourished with intruding sax solos and augmented by Anderson's thundering bass lines. In my opinion, the album's second half is the better one, and so, 'We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago' brings quite a convenient change of pace with its dominant acoustic guitar passages, in this way leaning a bit closer to acid-folk. 'Adjust Me' is just amazing, a half-chaotic half-dramatic instrumental set of cosmic moods in which the distorted sax and the audio generator synthesizer take center stage among the wild sonic scheme that goes on developing with an iron will. Hawkwind states a sonic allaince with "Ummagumma"- era Pink Floyd and their German krautrock cousins. FInally, te halbum ends with Anderson- penned 'Children Of The Sun', an acoustig guitar-driven chant about the dreams of spiritual freedom, very hippy indeed. It will be in "Doremifasol Latido" and other following albums that Hawkwind will concretize its musical voice in its ultimate definition, but "In Search Of Space" shows that the band is not only right on track, it is seated on the right spot from where the culminatio and subsequent progress can be properly started. I give it 3.3 stars.

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Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Featuring Amon Duul II's Dave Anderson's powerful riffs on bass (before the legendary Lemmy of Motorhead fame took up the position), the second Hawkwind album is a clear and impressive step up from the band's debut. The band attains its spacey atmospheres not through quiet keyboard noodling but through loud, hypnotic, pulsing bass and drum patterns which form a framework from which guitar, keyboard, sax and flute solos emerge and fade back into, with the singing on offer here being more like a tripped-out chant at points (the opening You Shouldn't Do That being a case in point). The overall impression is of a cross between the more repetitive, drone-like elements of Krautrock and the more riotous psychedelic-era Pink Floyd material, resulting in a fusion that sounds light years away from either.

The first truly top-flight Hawkwind album might be overshadowed by the albums following it, but it's still more than good enough to recommend to anyone wanting to explore the band's work. Four stars.

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Review by Sinusoid
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3 stars I like Hawkwind's sound and style and I like several moments of their sophomore IN SEARCH OF SPACE. That space between my ears has heard Hawkwind through later releases and is either bored with how little the overall change has come along or disappointed that a chronological journey wasn't taken into this group. It's the same feeling I have about Koenjihyakkei's second effort; I would have enjoyed it much more had I discovered it earlier.

''You Shouldn't Do That'' got old, not because the jam is bad, but because the song has less to offer than later jams that are shorter. Hawkwind jamming out a song was always an unsure thing, but here it sounds slightly transparent. Beneath the raucous exterior, we get slightly better than average ideas extended for a bit too long. That or maybe the production is somewhat thin. ''Adjust Me'' and ''We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago'' are perfect examples of the band letting the tape run for too long. I never have figured out the former track, especially the odd poem recited at the beginning which goes through someone fooling with the knob that controls the playback speed.

The acoustic moments are nice, especially the closing ''Children of the Sun'' (the high point of the album). ''You Know You're Only Dreaming'' could have been the same way except it goes into familiar Hawkwind territory (and for too long). I enjoy the proto-psych-metal sound of the whole album like on ''Master of the Universe'', but by now you know my familiar gripe. I think I've burnt out my love for Hawkwind on DOREMI and WARRIOR to the point where I start phasing out on other Hawkwind releases.

The Hawkwind people are nice enough to give us some bonus material to fawn over, even if they aren't really THAT worthy of fawning over. Of note is their big number (I don't know if ''hit'' is the right word to use) in ''Silver Machine'' with a tempo that seems to pull a BATMAN THEME in that I can never figure out what the tempo really is.

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5 stars "We are the children of the sun, and this is our inheritance" For my 50th review on progarchives, I decided to review one of the classic albums in my vinyl collection. After little thought, I decided on Hawkwind's space-rock masterpiece "X In Search of Space", a record which I consider to be ... (read more)

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3 stars This is a quite lopsided album in my opinion. Fortunately, the good parts (Master of the Universe, Children of the Sun, We took the wrong step), outnumber the bad parts (2/3s of You Shouldnt Do That, and all of Adjust Me). I like the start of You Shouldnt Do That. It really gives you the imp ... (read more)

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4 stars This was the record where the magic started to happen. The band managed to move onwards from the incipient psychedelic delirium to something more solid, producing some of their classical material. This record also marked the beginning of the band's collaboration with Robert Calvert, whom would st ... (read more)

Report this review (#277766) | Posted by Luís de Sousa | Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars 3.5 stars really. This is definitely psychedelic space rock and I like it a lot, but it's relatively simple and I am having trouble thinking of this as a four star album. There are a lot of things to like here. Strange spacey noises mixed in with kool guitar riffs and some trippy lyrics. Th ... (read more)

Report this review (#192029) | Posted by digdug | Saturday, December 06, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The second of Hawkwind's [nearly countless] albums, In Search of Space, does not fail to deliver. The album(with the bonus tracks that I highly recommend getting) is unusually long in comparison to many progrock records around the early 70's, but keeps you intently listening for the enti ... (read more)

Report this review (#161980) | Posted by MTZArts | Saturday, February 16, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This was my first Hawkwind album and at first i was pretty let down by it, but it has grown on me still its not as good as Doremi fasol latido and Space ritual wich both rock much harder, this is a much softer and wierder album. It sure has Master of the universe wich has a good and heavy riff, ... (read more)

Report this review (#140393) | Posted by Zargus | Monday, September 24, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 2nd album of the spaceship Hawkwind. Far away musicly from the debut. You can't find jazz influences here. Only pure space sound. Just 6 tracks, but every one of them is a classic. Starts with the longest You Shouldn't Do That. Very hypnotic this one is. You Know You're Only Dreaming and We Took ... (read more)

Report this review (#107659) | Posted by Deepslumber | Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Some reviewers wonder how to call it progressive... well: if progressive is classical contamination and the good job of some "virtuoso", this is not the case. But if your regard "progressive rock" as equivalent to "forward looking" and "mind opening" music, this album is fully prog. "In Search ... (read more)

Report this review (#99114) | Posted by paolo.beenees | Thursday, November 16, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Reading the other reviews above I'm inclined to think that many of them were written by people who perhaps were not around at the birth of "Prog" music. Not that this is a bad thing but a little perspective is sometimes important. Hawkwind's X In Search of Space hardly qualifies as a Prog albu ... (read more)

Report this review (#95832) | Posted by Goodgulf | Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Heard the one about Hawkwind? (insert laughter). Yeah! Band too stoned to play, audience too stoned to notice!!!!! (audience collapses with laughter) Did Hawkwind invent spacerock, or merely become the best purveyors of the genre? One of their best offerings (serve with a little Space Rit ... (read more)

Report this review (#86220) | Posted by hawkbrock | Tuesday, August 08, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The Hawkwind invented "space-rock", a hybrid of hard-rock and acid-rock that united the sonic power of the former and the free improvisation of the latter (and Robert Calvert's sci-fi visions). In Search Of Space refined the idea, but theirs was a cult phenomenon that focused mostly on the live perf ... (read more)

Report this review (#79175) | Posted by Kord | Wednesday, May 24, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is my favorite Hawkwind album, with Space Ritual... Here they experiment what is to become their distinctive sound with a heavy, repetitive riff underlining strange lyrics and psychedelic sound effects. "You shouldn't do that" is one of the best songs produced by Hawkwind, with a nearly hypn ... (read more)

Report this review (#65671) | Posted by | Friday, January 20, 2006 | Review Permanlink

2 stars If you like over simplified compositions then this album is for you. Take for instance the first track "You Shouldn't Do That" 15 minutes of the same two chords and rythym track over and over again. Of coarse they throw on plenty of sound effects with riffs and noodling throughout. This seems ... (read more)

Report this review (#52579) | Posted by cmidkiff | Friday, October 21, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This to me is THE Hawkwind album. Sure there were other elements to come but they all fed off this essential concept. I know for many people the Hawks of the Lemmy era are the real ones but I think both Lemmy and the Drummer Simon whatisname brought very strong limitations to the party. So thi ... (read more)

Report this review (#36080) | Posted by | Saturday, June 11, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A really nice trippy album... But I woudn't really call it a masterpiece, I'm not sure if it's really prog rock... It's rather psychedelic hard/space rock on its early way of evolution to progressive. Nice musical ideas, and a great atmosphere but it's really hard to listen for fifteen minutes to "Y ... (read more)

Report this review (#25218) | Posted by | Wednesday, March 17, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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