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3.12 | 6 ratings | 1 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Craig's Distended Train Ride (3:59)
2. Complications At Work (5:00)
3. An Inescapable Encounter With Mrs. Pery (5:21)
4. Yearning For The Stolen Hour (5:54)
5. Long Drive (4:53)
6. An Unregulated Sunset (4:10)
7. A Sideways Peek At Dreamtime (5:51)
8. Snide Wisdom Involving The Immateriality Of Time (5:40)
9. Stuff He Sees (5:57)
10. Mia's Timely Emergence From The East (5:58)
11. Compatibility (4:09)
12. Sharig The Stolen Hour (4:11)

Total Time 61:16

Line-up / Musicians

- Hugh Hopper / bass, guitar, rhythm loops, Midi programming (5)
- Matt Howarth / "The Stolen Hour" comic, included as PDF file

- Jan Ponsford / vocals (7)
- Robert Wyatt / cornet (1,6,10), voice loops (10)
- Pierre-Olivier Govin / saxophone (1,2,4,5,9,11,12)
- Frank van der Kooy / saxophone (2)
- Simon Picard / saxophone (3,7,8)
- Didier Malherbe / flute loops (7)
- John Marshall / drum loop (12)

Releases information

Artwork: Matt Howarth

CD Burning Shed - bshed 0204 (2004, Europe)

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HUGH HOPPER The Stolen Hour ratings distribution

(6 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
Good, but non-essential (67%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Kotro
3 stars Well, not quite

Hugh Hopper's 2004 multimedia collaboration with graphic artist Matt Howard The Stolen Hour is a groovy full on acid-jazz record, so some of its appeal to progheads might be lost. It is mostly instrumental, with bass grooves and saxophone leads almost exclusively carrying it through. The occasional famous guest (*cough cough* Robert Wyatt *cough cough* Didier Malherbe) drops by but remains largely unnoticed, as musically there is really nothing that memorable here.

The graphic side of the project is perhaps the most interesting. Included on the CD is a PDF file containing a 22-page comic strip by Matt Howard to which the music serves as a soundtrack (each track on the album can easily be attributed to a specific section in the comic strip). Listening to album combined with the comic seems indeed the best way to approach both, as each individually might fall a bit flat.

While the title The Stolen Hour refers to the plot of the comic strip, one can hardly resist using it as a cheap pun to describe the listening experience (the album clocks at just over 61 minutes). However, this isn't entirely the case - while not my cup of tea, it is an interesting project worthy of more than a couple of listens/reads, or even just as snazzy background music.

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