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4.27 | 711 ratings

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4 stars 4.5 stars really! I think Steve Hillage´s group, Khan, just made a very clear psychedelic disc with progresive arrangements. The music is not progresive rock ( sinfonic side) is psychedelia but just much better than the average sound of the style. All the disc is interesting, beatifull , mesmeraizing. Some of the people talk about the lyrics..( they are great poems or just rubbish) but i dont think you have to go to far once you know what the disc is about: Hippes friends going to a deserted beach to take mushrooms and having a wonderfully mystic experience.... then you know what you going to find: exaltation of friendship , nature , and god-like heartbending feelings. The lyrics are not great poems ( whatever does that mean) but they show clearly sometimes beatifully, always naively expresed ( without much more pretension than making the hippie in the trance just understand them and get in tune) the core of the experience of a good trip...better spacy lyrics than Yes one,s anyway X). Sincerily. Anyway as in Yes case is the music what its nearlly perfection, in its psychedelic beatifullnes. For me, the begining song is a kind a progresive harder introduction to the disc , that has very interesting changes but.......... has not the sunfilled aerial delightfull feeling of the hippie laydown that beggins with Stranded effervescent.. and follows in the wonderfull Mixed up with mountains and Driving to Amsterdam. The songs are beatifull in each self but the arrangements specialy of organ are like nothing in these world. These psychedelic pianos... they really deserve five stars!!

Well the first time i here these album i didnt know what i had on my mp3 ( just a lot of things a friend passed to me), i just arrived at a beatifull beach in Ibiza ( im from spain), i didnt see the sea for maybe amost two years, i was alone and althought i was not in any psychedelic, the psychedelic suit just taked my breath, as it seems to mingle aesthetically with the precious beach marvelling beauty. It almost made me cry watching the seagulls , the fantastic blues of the seas and the shinny golden of the sun reflections on the water melting with these music wich is full of light (and is quite different from other discs of steve Hillage in tone and musically totally different from Gong albums). Hope you enjoy it just the half of what i enjoyed it these time. Believe me it will be too much anyway.

shockedjazz | 4/5 |


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