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GREEN

Steve Hillage

 

Canterbury Scene

4.00 | 130 ratings

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4 stars Pretty much follows in the same footsteps as "Motivation Radio", although I think this album is a notch better. Album was produced by Nick Mason, of PINK FLOYD (who also produced GONG's "Shamal", as well). Despite the album being released in the punk and disco dominated world of 1978, the lyrics tend to be hippie-oriented, with that "talk to the trees" and "Mother Earth" theme found throughout the album. Here, HILLAGE experiments with tape delay, especially on "Ether Ships", using tape delay to play duets against himself on guitar. This is very much the same style you hear on PINK FLOYD's "The Wall", or some of the earlier works of OZRIC TENTACLES (like "Dissolution" from "Pungent Effulgent").

You can be pretty sure that "Green" had a big influence on the OZRICS sound. "Sea Nature" sounds like it came right off "Motivation Radio", but near the end is some cool glissando guitar and vocoder. "Musick of the Trees" is one of those "I talk to the trees" songs, with some mindblowing spacy synthesizers at the end. But the one thing bothing me about this album is "The Glorious Om Riff". It's basically his version of GONG's "Master Builder", but without lyrics, so you know what to expect here (funny that the OZRICS had their own version of the song off their early "Live Ethereal Cereal" cassette). If you like "Motivation Radio", you're certain to like this, although "Fish Rising" is of course, the better album.

Proghead | 4/5 |

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