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on 29 November 2010
for years i wasn`t sure about this album, being a fan of space ritual onwards hawkwind. but this is a different, pre-lemmy hawkwind who were still ladbroke grove freaks, still gave free shows almost anywhere and still indulged in long freakout jams wherever and whenever the mood took them. this is exemplified on the opening cut "you shouldn`t do that" which is a laid back groove for 17 minutes (their longest ever album track), powered by dave brocks insistent fuzz-box power riffing, delicate percussion and nik turner`s avant-garde jazzy sax playing. "you know you`re only dreaming" is a real psychedelic freakout of a track, the revelation being dave anderson`s funky bass playing. this extends to the next track, "master of the universe", quite different and very funky compared to later versions. (this laid back groove disappeared with the arrival of lemmy and resurfaced briefly with the paul rudolph/allan powell rhythm section on "astounding sounds, amazing music" before dave brock put it to rest once and for all). "we took the wrong step years ago" is basically an acoustic dave brock busking tune, but very effective. "adjust me" is the wierdest track on an album full of weird tracks. basically it seems to be coming from the point of view of someone who is going insane and leads to an excellent jam with dave brock delivering some superb psychedelic guitar (he is the most underrated psychedelic guitarist on the planet!). this end abruptly and nik turner`s lovely "children of the sun" ends the album. his flute solo is superb. bonus tracks include "silver machine" (released in 1972), "seven by seven" (slightly different to the "b" side of "silver machine", the guitar solo on that version faded in rather than the abrupt, clanky start to the solo on this one).still a top hawkwind track, though. " born to go " is here in an edited version of the "greasy trucker`s party" recording and is superb , as always. "(x?)in search of space should not be compared to other hawkwind albums. it is a one - off, all on it`s own. they were at their most freaky and experimental on this album and with the departure of dave anderson on bass and terry ollis on drums would never sound the same again (interestingly, nik turner`s space ritual captures some of the feel of this album, in particular, their excellent "satiricon" live dvd recorded in 2004.). i grew to love this album perhaps more than any other hawkwind album ,with the exception of "the space ritual", it has such a laid-back power and rhythm to it that sets it apart. highly recommended.
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on 21 August 2008
Don't take drugs. Let Hawkwind take them for you. This was definitely the turning point. Riffs, chants, sounds, Space lyrics and in the middle of it all is the madness of 'Adjust Me'. Including the fan fave 'Master of the Universe' plus bonus single 'Silver Machine' and B-side '7 by 7' this could be all you need to begin your Hawkwind journey. Originally released in 1971, the Hawkwind had risen from the underground and were claiming ground on the surface. Fantastic!
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on 12 September 2011
A classic acid / space rock adventure courtesy of the prime exponents of the genre. Opener "You Shouldn't Do That" sets the scene perfectly - an elongated, psychedelic experience laced with electronic pulses and manic chants. The album contains pernennial favourite "Master of the Universe". The opening swoosh of the sound generator leads into guitar, drums, bass and then bursts into full flow. One of the band's hardest rockers, "Master of the Universe" remains a personal favourite. The rest of the original album is made up of some good songs, particularly "You Know You're Only Dreaming", although none hit the heights of the two song previously mentioned. Extras include the band's biggest ever chart hit. "Silver Machine", a favourite of 'Greatest Ever .....' compilers everywhere. The versions of "7x7" and "Born to Go" are OK but not a touch on those on Space Ritual.

Overall, this is a great example of early Hawkwind and 70's Space Rock. If you are new to the genre, it is an album I would recommend. If you are an old afficianado, you probably already have this!
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on 5 August 2014
Circa 1973 I purchased a vinyl copy of In Search of Space by Hawkwind from HMV down Putney High Street, with money I earned doing a part-time job during the school summer break. More than 40 years on it still stands as one of the best albums ever. Few LP's have managed to leave such a deep indelible impression on my psyche as this slice of god-given space rock has. Here are a few words which describe In Search Of Space trippy, haunting, weird, sci-fi psychedelia, heavy and otherworldly. The nights I have listened to this on head-phones played at full volume watching my green Mathmos oil lamp with yet another large vodka and tonic in my hand is priceless. The modern age does not make them like this anymore and the world is the lesser for it.

One of my first concerts was seeing Hawkwind play at the East Ham, Granada in 1975. I think Nik Turner was dressed like a frog, Lemmy was still with them shooting at the audience with his bass guitar held like a gun and the beauteous dancing Stacia dressed in a toga. The music was loud aggressive and lots of flashing lights. Happy days.
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on 3 April 2009
not having heard a complete Hawkwind album before , this was recommended to me and i have played it just more than the once in the last couple of weeks .
Great album and great music for solo journey's in the truck !!!!!!
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on 23 November 1999
"In Search of Space" is much better than the bands first effort and includes two classic tracks "You Shouldn't Do That" and "Master of the Universe". It's with this album that Hawkwind started to develop the classic early Hawkwind sound of their stint with EMI. Not as polished as their later albums, but the slightly rough edges add excitement.
The CD release has extra tracks added, something I'm not keen on as it changes the structure of the album. Still they're free and you can always stop the CD player at the original end of the album.
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on 23 July 2012
The second album. The first was a bit messy and no near a reflection of their live sound. This though starts off down the runway with nearly 16 minutes of busy, driving space rock "You shouldn't do that". In 1971,on vinyl it did your head in-the swooping, whooshing soundscapes and Terry Ollis's urgent drum beat. Even more intense on "Master of the Universe". The almost bluesy "We took the wrong step years ago" with David Brock's acoustic, mabe the track most similar to "Mirror of Illusion and Hurry on Sundown" from the first album. "Adjust me" a wadge of Michael Moorcock is perhaps the most space filler (excuse pun) track. A sign of Hawkwind things to come I fear. But this is a more stand alone complete album full of electronic twirls and Nik Turner piercing electified sax. Remastered it still sounds good. Not sure why I don't put this album on more often, particularly the first three tracks. Bonus tracks ok but "Silver Machine" a precursor to Lemmy and his big greasy motorcycle sounds.Still give it a five for drive.
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VINE VOICEon 9 October 2007
Like German rockers Amon Duul II, Hawkwind make music that you have to make your own mind up about. Love it or hate it. It tends to consist of simple, repetitive riffs that they work mysteries around, not just with conventional rock instruments, but also with sax, flute and what are described in the notes as audio generators. It comes across as relentless rather than repetitive, though.
The 15-minute opening track, 'You Shouldn't Do That,' begins with the band winding up into the simulation of a spaceship taking off. Then the guitar chugs in, reminiscent of the opening to Pink Floyd's debut album on 'Astronomy Domine.' Are Hawkwind looking to take up what Syd Barrett left unfinished? Not at all. They have their own manifesto, nihilistic to the extent that they reject the Earth order in favour of freedom. The drums take this track to a high tempo, whereupon the vocals create an insistent, rhythmic dialogue. It takes a little getting used to, but it is brilliantly conceived and performed. Most of the tracks have that up-and-at-em tempo, drive and ingenuity. There are a couple of acoustic-based tracks, but even on these there is an otherness lurking in the background.
The three bonus tracks are all singles, high quality tracks that slot easily into the end of the album. Nothing need be said about their hit, 'Silver Machine,' but 'Born To Go' is worth mentioning, being as fiery as anything on the album. A marvellous one-hour trip.
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on 29 July 2007
...this is your captain speaking: Your captain is dead.
With these words, written in proto-computer type on the back cover, Hawkwind unleashed their second album onto the unsuspecting Earthlings. The world has never been the same since.
Their debut album was essentially a live jam in the studio, bookended by two songs that still showed a fair amount of Baron Brock's busker influences. What came next distilled the filling of this cosmic sandwich into something with much more of a kick, while the bread on either side was toasted until black and brittle. All-time live favourite "Master of the Universe" makes it's first appearance here, and it's probably the closest the Hawks had come to a straightforward rock song so far. Elsewhere the spaced-out and laid back sounds of "We took the Wrong Step Years Ago" and "Children of the Sun" remind us that this thing first appeared in 1971 - oh yes - with "Wrong Step" in particular giving the impression of Dave and crew busking for the Ladbroke Grove shoppers. The other three tracks (on the original release) are Hawkwind at their scariest: picking things up from where "Seeing it as You Really Are" left off. "You Know You're Only Dreaming" and "Adjust Me" are both attempts to freak-out the listener (play 'em with the lights out and the volume up) but the stand-out track is the opener "You Shouldn't Do That". Over 15 minutes of tribal chanting, whispering/screaming vocals, whooshing effects, honking horns, chugging guitars and relentless drumming. This song has been called (amongst other things) the world's first trance track. It only took the rest of the music biz another quarter of a century to catch up. But all these descriptions are not really enough: Hawkwind's music cannot really be described - you have to hear it yourself.

So, what about the re-issue? If you're new to this 2 dimensional floating ship, then hurry-up and buy it. The extra tracks are all good'uns (although us old lags already have them on countless compilations) and the music sounds as scary today as it did then. One small complaint: no matter how many times this beast gets re-released, the record companies still can't get the album's title correct. Take a look at Barney Bubbles' cover - there's an X in there ;¬)
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on 16 January 2013
bought after hearing a track on rtadio 6 music. Loving it, it's really listenable-driving beat without being heavy rock, loads of stereo effects; really listenable!
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