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RAINBOW DOME MUSICK

Steve Hillage

 

Canterbury Scene

3.27 | 57 ratings

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4 stars I was a bit hesitant buying this album, being released in 1979, an era of punk, disco and new wave. But I'm glad I did. Here HILLAGE does something completely different from what he did before and go totally electronic. It's him on guitar" onmouseover="window.status='guitar'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">guitar and synthesizers, and Miquette Giraudy (his wife? his girlfriend?) providing additional synthesizers. This album is often thought of as trance or chillout, and it's from 1979! Yes, there is a hypnotic quality to it, and no doubt '70s electronic fans should enjoy this album. I love the opening of "Garden of Paradise". It starts off with the sound of flowing water, with some dreamy use of electric piano'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">electric piano. Eventually a synth pattern starts and continues on, with string synths in the background, creating a hypnotic effect. HILLAGE's guitar pops up. "Four Ever Rainbow" is a really mindblowing piece, really dramatic with HILLAGE giving us a lot of glissando guitar. Just imagine GONG stripped of its vocals, drums, and wind instruments, with just synthesizers, glissando guitar, and some guitar, and this is sorta of an idea you'll get with "Rainbow Dome Musick". The album was named "Rainbow Dome Musick" because it was intended for a festival in London called the Festival for Mind, Body, Spirit in which the "Rainbow Dome..." was one of the attractions. Great stuff.
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