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Steve Hillage


Canterbury Scene

4.12 | 451 ratings

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4 stars Steve Hillage debut solo album and his best work till now. In fact, this work could be named "Steve Hillge's Gong" besides many other Gong tree projects. Hillage was really important figure in early Gong period (especially Egg's Trilogy), and there are big team Gong related musicians on his debut.

Sax player Didier Malherbe, drummer Pierre Moerlen, Gilly Smyth - great Gong cohort, supported by great Canterbury keyboardist Dave Stewart between others. No strange music of this album is quite similar to Egg's trilogy (Gong). Almost 17 minutes opener is excellent musical piece with complex structure, great musicianship ( it reminds me softer and more spacey version of UK debut album's music). The Salmon Song is all time Hillage classic and Aftaglid (with Gilly Smyth characteristic singing) is absolute Gong's song.

I can characterize this album in whole as Gong version without Daevid Allen ( what means lesser dozen of freaky psychedelic) and with Hillage as a leader ( more guitar sound, better structurized music). I think everyone who likes Egg's Trilogy will like this album as well.

snobb | 4/5 |


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