Hawkwind ‎– X In Search Of Space

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The 2nd album by Hawkwind, released in the UK 8th October 1971. Recording began briefly at Air Studios [Master Of The Universe], then moved to Olympic Studios. The innovative sleeve design was by Barney Bubbles [Colin Fulcher]. An 8-page fly-out (unlaminated card) printed full-color on the front and black & white half-tone on reverse. When opened out, the die-cut sleeve forms a bird shape with outstretched wings - rather like a hawk. When folded, the die-cuts interlock at the front center, the shapes and print forming an 'X', per the initial character of the title. The folded form thus creates an open-top wallet for the disc.

Regarding the 'X', the "Optics/semantics" credit on this is probably quite profound in retrospect. The visual semantics of Barney Bubbles' design and creativity in the sleeve art has led to much conjecture regarding the true title of this work. To those in the Notting Hill cradle of the 'underground movement' and in its music press at the time, the work was commonly known (from its cover art text title »X IN SEARCH OF SPACE«) as "X In Search Of Space". Indeed, the 'X' form also appears behind the title of the sleeve and in the background of the Log Book cover. The Log, developed by the artist and Bob Calvert was fundamental in the resulting imagery and 'philosophy' of the band by the time of Space Ritual and beyond, further aided by input from Michael Moorcock. However, despite the visual evidence of the title - designed by an artist of high regard and displayed in galleries as "X In Search Of Space" and also referred to as such in MOJO magazine's 2010 Book of The Year Award "Reasons To Be Cheerful" - the various issuers of this work have consistently titled it "In Search Of Space", for reasons so far unknown. There is even 'kerning controversy' that the title may be "Xin Search Of Space", but the Discogs' database simply opts for the inclusion of the fact that the 'X' exists in the title, until it doesn't.

The UK disc is in a UA imprinted liner, accompanied by a 24-page 'Hawkwind Log Book' (printed black & white) detailing the minutiae of the band's 'flight' through space & time. This was not present in subsequent issues, although the 1996 CD remaster reproduces both the Sleeve & Log. Initial copies of the log were on off-white 'newspaper quality' paper, later issues appear to be on a cleaner white with a blue tinge to the black print. There is a distinct difference in the two, the latter of better quality - issued with the paired A1/B2 pressings & thereafter.

Versions (59)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29202 UK 1971 Sell This Version
U-8368 Hawkwind In Search Of Space(8-Trk, Album) United Artists Records U-8368 US 1971 Sell This Version
U-8368 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(8-Trk, Album) United Artists Records U-8368 UK 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAG 29202 Israel 1971 Sell This Version
SUAL-934417 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records SUAL-934417 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
UAS 29 202 I Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 29 202 I Germany 1971 Sell This Version
UAS 7086 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 7086 South Africa 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202, UAS 29 202 I Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records, United Artists Records UAG 29202, UAS 29 202 I Europe 1971 Sell This Version
LLP-80663 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Gat) Liberty LLP-80663 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29202 UK 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29202 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202, UAG 29.202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Gim) United Artists Records, United Artists Records UAG 29202, UAG 29.202 France 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29202 France 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29202 France 1971 Sell This Version
LLP-80663 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Liberty LLP-80663 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
LP-80463 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Sin) Liberty LP-80463 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
UAS 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Gim) United Artists Records UAS 29202 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29202 Portugal 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29202 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29202 UK 1971 Sell This Version
UAS 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 29202 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
LYC 1252 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) Liberty LYC 1252 South Africa 1972 Sell This Version
UAS 5567 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Gim) United Artists Records UAS 5567 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
SUAL 934417 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Sin) United Artists Records SUAL 934417 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
UAS-5567 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, w/L) United Artists Records UAS-5567 US 1972 Sell This Version
none Hawkwind X In Search of Space(LP, Album, RE) United Artists Records none US 1972 Sell This Version
HUS 061-92 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records HUS 061-92 Spain 1973 Sell This Version
LW-5567 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) Liberty LW-5567 US 1980 Sell This Version
UAS 5567 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS 5567 US 1980 Sell This Version
LBG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, RE) Liberty LBG 29202 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FA 3192 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, RE) Fame FA 3192 UK 1987 Sell This Version
FA 3192 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, RE) Fame FA 3192 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CDLL-57474 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album) One Way Records (6), CEMA Special Markets CDLL-57474 US 1991 Sell This Version
TOCP-6798 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album) EMI USA TOCP-6798 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
CD-FA 3192, CDM 7 52025 2 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, RE) Fame, EMI CD-FA 3192, CDM 7 52025 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CDM 7 52025 2, CD-FA 3192 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, RE) EMI, Fame CDM 7 52025 2, CD-FA 3192 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CDLL-57474 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, RE) One Way Records (6), CEMA Special Markets CDLL-57474 US 1991 Sell This Version
7243 8 37553 2 5 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, RM, Dig) EMI Premier 7243 8 37553 2 5 UK 1996 Sell This Version
SVLP 266 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, RE, 180) Simply Vinyl, EMI SVLP 266 UK 2000 Sell This Version
7243 5 30030 2 9 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, RE, RM) EMI 7243 5 30030 2 9 UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
7243 5 30030 2 9 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, RE, RM) EMI 7243 5 30030 2 9 UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
7243 5 30030 2 9 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) EMI (2) 7243 5 30030 2 9 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
TOCP-95060 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Liberty TOCP-95060 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
RCV011LP Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gat) Back On Black RCV011LP Europe 2011 Sell This Version
RCV011LP Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red) Back On Black RCV011LP Europe 2011 Sell This Version
RCV011LP Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi) Back On Black RCV011LP Europe 2011 Sell This Version
IECP-10324 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, RM, Pap) Parlophone, Wowow Entertainment, Inc. IECP-10324 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
WPCR-17305 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Parlophone WPCR-17305 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
TC-FA 3192 Hawkwind In Search Of Space(Cass, Album) Fame, EMI TC-FA 3192 UK Unknown Sell This Version
7243 5 30030 2 9 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) EMI 7243 5 30030 2 9 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
TCK-0368, TCK 0368 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(Cass) United Artists Records, United Artists Records TCK-0368, TCK 0368 UK Unknown Sell This Version
TCK 29202 (0368) Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(Cass) United Artists Records TCK 29202 (0368) UK Unknown Sell This Version
L-34417, UAG-29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records, United Artists Records L-34417, UAG-29202 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
UAG 29.202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29.202 France Unknown Sell This Version
266 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Ltd, Promo, TP) Simply Vinyl 266 Unknown Sell This Version
LBG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, RE) United Artists Records LBG 29202 UK Unknown Sell This Version
UAG 29.202, LBG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, RE) United Artists Records, Liberty UAG 29.202, LBG 29202 France Unknown Sell This Version
UAS-5567 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, RP) United Artists Records UAS-5567 US Unknown Sell This Version
LBG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Unofficial) Libertad (4) LBG 29202 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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Hippy885

Hippy885

December 12, 2018
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Album, Gim, UAG 29202
I've got the copy with the log book still intact and in good condition, i've got 35 hawkwind albums many ltd editions but would never part with them lol
aristotle011

aristotle011

November 10, 2018
referencing X In Search Of Space, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi, RCV011LP
My copy was awesome. Everything sounded full and detailed. The grooving sounds so clean. I might be biased, but I love this pressing.
Martinal

Martinal

September 4, 2018
referencing X In Search Of Space, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi, RCV011LP

Sorry to hear that, tommyvercettigang, my record plays clean and the mastering is also very good. I hope your experience is not typical for this release!
mogambo

mogambo

July 16, 2018
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Album, Gim, UAG 29202
Looking for an original issue "Log Book". If anyone is willing to part with theirs hit me up!
totallyvinyl

totallyvinyl

January 22, 2018
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Album, RE, LBG 29202
EMI also released the Liberty reissue above in their FAME series-presumably they had some old Liberty stock and put them in the Fame budget label cover. Not the first time that has been done.
totallyvinyl

totallyvinyl

January 22, 2018
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Album, Gim, UAG 29202
All copies have 'In search of space' on the spine and labels. A graphic designer adding something does make the title change. It is ludicrous that you listing this with an 'X' prefix. If the correct title is 'X In search..' then the various companies have had over 40 years to correct the label and spine titles. They haven't ! Why-cos 'X In search..AIN'T the title. There are myriad examples of the cover title being different to the label etc but you don't change the titles in other listings. Fantasy.
Hawkfum

Hawkfum

September 17, 2017
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Album, Gim, UAG 29202

Music doesn't get better than 'You Shouldn't Do That'. Truly an exceptional album.
Just a shame they were tripping their rocks off when they mixed it :).
SpeakYourTruth

SpeakYourTruth

September 6, 2017
referencing X In Search Of Space, 8-Trk, Album, U-8368
I'm pretty sure the image shown is the original Canadian 8 track tape. Get it right! A lot of Canadian 8 track tapes from the early days have that yellow stripe down the side of the label. I've seen the original UK 8 track up for sale on ebay a few times....
tommyvercettigang

tommyvercettigang

May 30, 2017
referencing X In Search Of Space, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi, RCV011LP

i was pumped when i opened this and found it was a 2 disc version on white vinyl until i played it , too much surface noise and so so mixing . had to send it back for refund.
rhorhorho

rhorhorho

August 17, 2016
referencing X In Search Of Space, CD, Album, RE, RM, 7243 5 30030 2 9
My copy has Matrix / Runout: EMI UDEN 8375532 @ 1 1-1-6 NL and Mould SID Code: ifpi AAH23.