Hawkwind – In Search Of Space (1971/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Hawkwind – In Search Of Space (1971/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:31 minutes | 872 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

“In Search of Space” is the second studio album from Hawkwind, released in 1971. In April 2006 it made No. 83 in Classic Rock’s “The 100 Greatest British Rock Albums”, noting that “drummer Terry Ollis and bassist Dave Anderson could hit an awesome groove, allowing the rest of the band to cut loose on their acid-fuelled sonic adventures without fear of losing themselves or their listeners.” In the same issue, Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson placed it at No. 2 in his top 5, adding “it’s an extraordinary whirlpool of cosmic sound, the definitive space-rock statement. I love the album’s repetitive, almost pagan feel. It dispensed with the idea of soloists and has a real sense of ‘otherness’.”

In Search of Space strengthened Hawkwind’s science fiction-type brand of progressive rock, gaining bass player Dave Anderson and galactic poet extraordinaire Rob Calvert, while losing John Harrison at the same time. The album opens with the mind-numbing galactic haze of “You Shouldn’t Do That,” a spooky little 15-minute excursion that warps, throbs, and swirls with Dik Mik’s “audio generator” and the steady drum pace of Terry Ollis. Then comes the ominous whispering of the title, set to the pulsating waves of Dave Brock’s guitar and Turner’s alto sax, with Dettmar’s synth work laying the foundation. Wonderfully setting the tone, “You Shouldn’t Do That”‘s improvisational looseness and rhythmic fusion smoothly open up the album into the realm of Hawkwind. The peculiarity never ceases, as “You Know You’re Only Dreaming” and “We Took the Wrong Steps Years Ago” delves even deeper into obscurity, sometimes emanating with the familiar jangle of the guitar which then has its acquaintance overshadowed by the waft of the keyboard. Just as “Master of the Universe” chugs and rolls with a foreboding rhythm, “Adjust Me” retaliates with its moaning verse and tonal fluctuations fading into oblivion. The groundbreaking sound which Hawkwind achieved on In Search of Space helped to open up a whole new avenue of progressive rock. This album would lead to their most successful release in Space Ritual, coming two years after In Search of Space, with their interplanetary groove already set for takeoff. ~ Mike DeGagne

1-1. Hawkwind – You Shouldn’t Do That (2015 Remastered Version) (15:41)
1-2. Hawkwind – You Know You’re Only Dreaming (2015 Remastered Version) (06:35)
1-3. Hawkwind – Master Of The Universe (2015 Remastered Version) (06:17)
1-4. Hawkwind – We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago (2015 Remastered Version) (04:50)
1-5. Hawkwind – Adjust Me (2015 Remastered Version) (05:46)
1-6. Hawkwind – Children Of The Sun (2015 Remastered Version) (03:20)

Dave Brock – vocals, electric guitar, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, harmonica, audio generator
Nik Turner – alto saxophone, flute, vocals, audio generator
Del Dettmar – synthesizer
Dik Mik (Michael Davies) – audio generator
Dave Anderson – bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars
Terry Ollis – drums, percussion




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