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.

Tracklist

You Shouldn't Do That 16:15
You Know You're Only Dreaming 6:47
Master Of The Universe 6:35
We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago 4:56
Adjust Me 5:58
Children Of The Sun 4:08

Versions (42)

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
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
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
UAG 29.202, LBG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) United Artists Records, Liberty UAG 29.202, LBG 29202 France 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 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, Gat) Liberty LLP-80663 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
UAG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Gim) United Artists Records UAG 29202 Netherlands 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 UK 1971 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) United Artists Records UAS-5567 US 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
HUS 061-92 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album) Hispavox 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) 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
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
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, RM) EMI 7243 5 30030 2 9 UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
TOCP-95060 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) 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
TC-FA 3192 Hawkwind In Search Of Space(Cass, Album) Fame, EMI TC-FA 3192 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
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
LBG 29202 Hawkwind X In Search Of Space(LP, Album, Unofficial) Libertad (4) LBG 29202 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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smokering5

smokering5

April 14, 2016
referencing X In Search Of Space, CD, Album, RE, CDM 7 52025 2, CD-FA 3192
Why is there an X in the album title as far as I know it's just called In Search Of Space?
SirPeter

SirPeter

February 22, 2016
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Album, Gim, UAG 29202
I would say that the first is of pale blue printing.
But certainly black is the latter edition that are after the colour variants.
vlb1964

vlb1964

February 3, 2016
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Album, HUS 061-92
Apparently, the spanish edition from 1973 is the only non-reissue featuring "Silver Machine".
terje.aasdalen

terje.aasdalen

October 28, 2015
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Gim, UAG 29202
First UK issues labels have always "Liberty - United Artist" on the rim writing up to 1977 when it was changed to "United Artist" as was used to 1979 when the "EMI LTD" was used. In 1980 EMI cashed out all other owners and used "EMI" only. From 1981 the catalogue numbers changed from UAG or UAS to LBG and a grey label was used to 1987 when the "FAME" series was released.
SteveDoG

SteveDoG

September 24, 2015
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Album, Gim, UAG 29202
The "log book" came in two versions. The original version was printed in a dark blue on the cover and was an old style "British" sized paper folded booklet. Later versions were the newer "continental" sized paper folded booklet and the print colour had changed from a dark blue to green tinge. An early British pressing should have the dark blue larger sized booklet.
dlgale1974

dlgale1974

December 16, 2014
referencing X In Search Of Space, CD, Album, RE, RM, 7243 5 30030 2 9

If ever the whole was greater than the sum of the parts, it's on some of Hawkwind's earlier work. This is a brilliant combination of heavy, psychedelic rock, folk music and early electronica. OK, individually they're not virtuosos, but they conjure up this album of cohesive, driving intensity.
bobarob

bobarob

December 23, 2011
referencing X In Search Of Space, LP, Album, Gim, UAG 29202
I think this is the version I have, but I'm not sure. Mine has the catalogue number UAG 29.202 on the vinyl label. Can anyone confirm this?