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4.27 | 638 ratings

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4 stars What a nice surprise this album is to me. Iīve never heard of this band before I read a review in Prog Archives. This means that I had never heard of Steve Hillage before either. BIG MISTAKE. What a fantastic guitarist he is and a great singer too. Steve sounds a lot like Rob Halford ( Judas Priest) when he sings in mid-range ( Not his high pitched screams) and sometimes like Ozzy. Actually the whole band is bloddy magnificent. There are other hints to early Judas Priest ( Rocka rolla and Sad Wings of Destiny) along the way, but these are only hints. Donīt expect Heavy metal on Space Shanty though only some really mean hard rock riffs.

The compositions on Space Shanty are 6-10 minutes, and in these minutes much happens. There are both some of the meanest hard rock riffs I have ever heard, great rock/ jazzy instrumental passages, nice vocal melodies and an overall feel that these musicians are having fun. Too bad they only made this one album.

I donīt know if I would catagorize this as canterbury prog rock, but genres donīt matter when you are dealing with music like this. Itīs really good. Iīm not sure if this is a 5 or a 4, but on second thought it will be a 4, as it lacks the last things to be a complete masterpiece. This is a very worthy purchase though and a great surprise for me.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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