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Steve Hillage


Canterbury Scene

4.12 | 452 ratings

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4 stars Steve Hillage's debut album.

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Steve Hillage had already been involved in some notable albums before releasing this album. Uriel, Egg, Khan and most notable Gong. You will find his guitar on some of the best albums this scene has seen. And that was before he recorded this, his debut album. In short, he was a veteran.

Gong is a keyword here. He took with him some of the best people from Gong and most of it's sound too. Fish Rising is a Gong album with Steve Hillage as the boss. A solo album yes, but fans of Gong cannot overlook/ignore this album.

Steve Hillage had/has his own visions which differs from Daevid Allen's visions and that is very evident on this album. The guitars are in the forefront here and so is guitar riffs and hooks. Still plenty of Gong'isms left though. The songs here also has a far more symphonic prog buildup than Gong ever had. This is perhaps something Steve brought over from Egg.

And then we have some truly great tracks too. The Salmon Song is superb and has one of the best guitar riffs the prog scene has ever witnessed. The opener and seventeen minutes long Solar Musick Suite is also superb. The rest is also very good stuff. But those two pieces is in it's own class. This makes this a great album and one of the better ones from the Canterbury scene.

4.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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