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L

Steve Hillage

 

Canterbury Scene

3.66 | 166 ratings

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poito
5 stars 4.5 Second solo album by Prog guitar hero SH after departing from underground totem band GONG. Apparently indifferent to the tides of punk and disco that were erasing all trace of good music and good taste in both sides of the Atlantic, SH remained tightly in his own track, evolving refractory to the ongoing musical scenario. The album named under a cryptic letter L, is more varied than the amazing FISH RISING. There is more singing here. Some tracks are heavily immersed in Indian flavors, like the opening Hurdy Gurdy Man and the following Hurdy Gurdy Glissando, both with an exceptional guitar work. The next track Elektrick Gypsies may give an idea of how SH saw himself. It has several very different parts, as in a wondering gypsy life. The track begins with the sirens of a big boat in a harbor, and continues with a light tune for the lyrics, but listen carefully to the background in which SH plays his characteristic riffs behind the voices, not to miss, because it is there where his mastery shows up. SH is one of those few guitar monsters that can make a guitar speak as a human. There are also some excerpts of jazz, and a delightful final section with a guitar floating over a monotonous acoustic bed. The following track is a kind of Tibetan mantra or something, which closes circle with the former and somehow reconstructs the origins of European gypsies to India. The next track is a 12 min long suite called Lunar Musick Suite with several sections, in which SH experiences with different blends and atmospheres, some spacy, some jazzy, some rockier, which at times appear improvisational, but most likely they weren't. The closing track It's All Too Much has a background that could have been signed by Bruce Springsteen, a catchy rhythm with easy arrangements and a floating background of keys, unusual in SH's, that ends in a sound that reminded the band Boston, but of course with a final great guitar work that makes it special. This might well be an anthem for live shows. That's all that contained my original tape. The remastered CD version added some bonuses that in my view degrade the spirit and the quality of the original. A big mistake indeed. Let's forget about them and keep the masterpiece alone.
poito | 5/5 |

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