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Steve Hillage - L (1976)

Artista: Steve Hillage
Álbum: L
Año: 1976
Género: Escena Canterbury
Duración: 43:48
Nacionalidad: Inglaterra

Lista de Temas:
1. Hurdy Gurdy man
2. Hurdy Gurdy glissando
3. Electrick gypsies
4. Om Nama Shivaya
5. Lunar musick suite
6. It's all too much
7. Eight Miles High (backing track)
8. Maui (previously unreleased)
9. Shimmer (Single B-side, 1976)

- Steve Hillage / electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, vocals, synthesizers, shenai
- Don cherry / trumpets, bells, voice, tamboura
- Miquette Giraudy / voice, vibes
- Larry Karush / tabla
- Sonja Malkine / 15th century hurdy gurdy
- Roger Powell / piano, synthesizers
- Kasim Sulton / bass
- John Wilcox / drums

La gente pide cosas por el chat y Alberto presuroso les trae sus reliquias, esta vez le tocó al gran Steve Hillage, compañero de rutas de gente como Robert Wyatt o Daevid Allen, entre muchos otros, pero vamos al comentario de Alberto que aquí es el que vale:

Nos dice la Historia: "corria el año 1976 cuando nacia o se daba a la luz este proyecto de Steve Hillage denominado simplemente "L". Procucido por su amigo de banda Todd Rundgren.
En aquellos años no hubo ningún comentario adverso por los medios de turno cuando se analizó este trabajo, todos coincidieron que el disco era una obra muy buena, una vuelta de tuerca al movimiento de rock de la epoca,un disco con un concepto musical orientado al induismo,con toques muy progresivos y con una linealidad en las baterias inusuales para la época, pero bueno... ya se venían los ochenta, Hillage venia del palo mas fumón y jipón de aquel entonces, también el mas experimental, Soft Machine, Gong, Utopia, pero ya navegaban en el océano del inconciente colectivo obras como "Dark Side of The Moon", "Close to The Edge", o sea el caldo en plena ebullición, y éste proyecto no hacía más que ponerle un poco más de color al panorama de entonces.
Existe un hilo coductor entre las diversas movidas musicales y por allí transitan sólo gente del palo, en este caso la onda viene por el palo de Robert Wyatt, Daevid Allen y Steve Hillage con "L" no desentona para nada.
El disco muestra momentos muy progres, de vuelo, otros muy intensos y oscuros, y otros con momentos "tipo trascendentales" o épicos, pero siempre conservando esa deformidad tan característica del palo antes mencionado.
Un disco que si le das tu espacio y tu tiempo seguramente va a quedarse en tu rígido mental por mucho tiempo, al Cabeza de Moog Sr. CucaTrap, su pedido nos trajo muy buenos momentos, che nos estamos poniendo viejos o que?.

Aquí algunos comentarios del disco, para que no se aburran...

After a stint with Gong as their trippy, hippy, new agey guitar guru of cosmically and extremely raga-esque trance rock and improv heaven, Steve Hillage went solo. He branched out to carry his own version of the Gong gospel of personal freedom via his special blend of cosmic brotherhood, Eastern religion, new age, pyramids, ley lines, crystals, and some ferocious jazz fusion and progressive rock guitar blended with space rock synths. Hillage reinterprets some well-known tunes by other artists like Donovan and George Harrison here as well as penning some of his more memorable sonic treats. His awesome riffing and speedy solos on his Fender Strat rival those of Hendrix and Frank Marino but go further compositionally via exotic scales from other cultures. Add in Todd Rundgren's engineering and production genius, his Utopians guesting, and several others like Don Cherry on brass and Tibetan trumpet along with a 15th century Hurdy Gurdy and you have a wild romp into eclectic rock. The 12-minute-long "Lunar Musick Suite" is the pinnacle moment of the release and "Om Nama Shivaya" comes in a close second for Hillage's most blissed-out trance rock. Both Gong and Hillage's solo career have brought such superb musical echoes and legends such as veteran space rockers, the Ozric Tentacles.
John W. Patterson

Some background first: "L" is produced by Todd Rundgren, and the band behind Hillage is Todd's own prog group Utopia. So, from the beginning, the sound is dominated by Rundgren's trademark production aesthetic (love it or hate it) and the musicianship of the Utopia crew. For any Utopia fans, this disc is a natural choice, and you'll probably love it. Now besides all that: this album is awesome. Due to the nature of the beast (a few cover songs, and some "interesting choices") it took a while for the album as a whole to bring me to a high level of appreciation, so for new listeners who would like to see where I'm coming from I would recommend skipping straight to the main feature, "Lunar Musick Suite." This is one of my favorite pieces of music. Immediately the journey begins in an electrically-charged atmosphere filled with ominous guitar riffs and pulsing synthesizers, then the (loud) drums come booming in and everything takes off, with hardly a break in the action until the song's end. One high point is about halfway through: a totally sublime section where guest musician Don Cherry sputters trumpet improvisations onto a bed of synths and tumbling drum rolls, building into a menacing climax before bursting through into a slice of musical heaven. The song concludes with some echo-drenched guitar noodling fading into silence. As far as the rest of the album, for one we have "Om Nama Shivaya," which is an Indian religious hymn... yeah, but still, the ending is an amazing multiple-layered guitar solo which can't be argued with. Then we have covers such as "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and "It's All Too Much," both which feature, among other things... more great guitar solos! The drums are also really loud and weird sounding -- overall this album has an environment and feel that I've never heard elsewhere. For anyone interested in such things, or who want some excellent, unique music by an underrated artist in general, I would recommend this great album without hesitation.

This is second album, some kind of prog space rock. There are very exotic patterns here: you can notice Arab and foreign moods by hearing tablas, tamboura, bells, shenai and vibes. There is even trumpet!! Steve HILLAGE plays some keyboards and his electric guitar sound goes well with the space floating keyboards. There are good drums and bass. The last song reminds me the BEATLES style. This is not his best album. "Fish Rising", his first one is absolutely more elaborated.

L is a good album there is no denying it but it definitely has the feel that he is not quite in control of the majority of the music composition as with his later albums. To me it was more of a metamorphosis for better things to come. Yes he was doing great things with Gong and Clearlight Symphony as well but it was on Motivation Radio, Green and Open where he really showed his true talent. A good album though, Lunar Musick Suite and Electrick Gypsies the better songs on offer.
Chris S.

I like this one. Perhaps it's not sharing the same level of complexity like "Fish Rising", but it's more approachable and full of catchy melodies. Don't be fooled by the catchiness, "L" offers some excellent musicianship, and although it's not extremely complex, common song structure ( verse-verse-chorus-bridge-verse etc.) are working fine because of not so usual solutions. Guitar work here is at it's best, reminding us of best Hillage's moments in his KHAN and GONG careers. Everything is here: Steve's trademark seagull sounds, spacey echo solos, gorgeous and expressive melodies, a touch of guitar synth. That's what I call guitar player! Perhaps not the best possible guitarist around, but this is the essence of the space rock. Sorry Gilmour, but this guy got sense of humour.
The rest of the band is on the same level. Keyboards are quite straightforward (from the space rock's point of view), no 10-minute baroque solos, just lovely harmonies with wisely chosen spacey analog timbres, providing best possible atmospheres and carpets. Hurdy gurdy fits in that story just fine.
Speaking of songs themselves - each one of them is a good pebble in album's mosaic, with very few week points. You can flow on a beauty of "Hurdy Gurdy Man", and "Om Nama Shivaya" is spicing the album up with the scent of India, until the moment when BANG! Steve's doubled guitar solo enters the song, awesome. I love "Electrick Gypsies" it's so hippie and naive, you got to love it!
"Lunar Musick Suite" is a suite indeed, but despite the fact than 95% of material is very good, there are few moments that need better development, because rhythm-section of the band is repetitive a little bit more than needed. The song is 12 minutes long, and I don't think it shouldve been be shorter or more concise, just the tiny gaps should have been filled with some non-repetitive idea.
"It's All Too Much" in this version sounds too long and - that word again! - repetitive. Slightly punky overtones, and the weakest track on album. Maybe that was author's intention, it's simply too much.
Anyway: "L" (I can't figure it out why is that album's name) deserves four and a half stars easily, but I'm hesitating to round it to five because of this minor, almost cosmetic mistakes. I like it and I hope there is more music like this around.
Moris Mateljan

This was, in 1977, my induction into the world of Steve Hillage. I have to confess, I was at the time completely oblivious to his past, which was in some ways an advantage as I came to the album devoid of preconceptions. Although I was already an admirer of the great Todd Rundgren, I was also ignorant of his significant involvement in this project, along with the other three members of his band Utopia. The reality is though that Rundgren produces and engineers the album, and the three other members of Utopia (although interestingly not Todd, presumably to avoid any guitar conflicts) form the backing band throughout.
The sound and style of the album is therefore very much that of Utopia, "L" being released just before Utopia's "Ra". The music however is drawn from a diverse range of sources. Perhaps strangely, the album opens with a cover of Donovan's "Hurdy gurdy man". Bizarre as this may seem, Hillage (and Rundgren) stamps his identity on the song, the results working remarkably well. The hippy origins of the song are largely suppressed, as the band develop the track as an exciting rock number. The following "Hurdy gurdy glissando" is a controlled improvisation on the main song. Both these tracks actually sound better on the "Live herald" album, but the versions here are nevertheless worthy. The closing track on side one, "Electrick Gypsies" is a more conventional space/hippy song, but fun nonetheless.
Kicking off side two, we move into full flower power mode, with an Indian chant sung by Hillage and Miquette Giraudy (Steve's girlfriend); Hillage adds some fine guitar to this short piece. Then it is straight into the album's centrepiece, the "Lunar musick suite". This 12 minute epic sets off in blistering fashion, the drums driving Hillage's guitar to ever faster speeds. As this is brought under control, the sounds are pure Utopia ("Ra"), Hillage being but a cog in Rundgren's machinery. The intervention of the late Don Cherry on trumpet is as unexpected as it is welcome, the suite then going through a succession of ever changing moods. The album closes with another cover, this time of George Harrison's "It's all too much". Once again for me, Hillage interprets the song wonderfully bringing out many aspects which were not apparent on the original, and even managing to slip in a trumpet voluntary (on synth I believe). The song is fully developed and utterly compulsive, wonderful stuff.
We can speculate on the reason for the album's rather strange title which, it seems, has never been explained. What matters though is that on this his second solo album, Steve (and Todd) came up with a real gem which sounds as energetic and fresh today as it did 30+ years ago.
Bob McBeath

Apparently bereft of much of the energy that permeated his solo debut FISH RISING, Steve Hillage joined Todd Rundgren's Utopia and came up with something much glossier. I don't know what was going through Rundgren's mind at the time. He doesn't seem to have understood half of the artists he worked with (he completely emasculated Patti Smith for her fourth album, the dismal WAVE). Steve Hillage was also let down by his choice of material. Hillage has a rather whiny voice and is no great vocalist (a fact that was kept hidden by FISH RISING's frenetic soloing), so it was not a bright idea to include cover versions of not just one but TWO of psychedelic pop's more plaintive ditties: Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and George Harrison's "It's all too much". Hillage's own songwriting didn't prove much better. Right from the beginning (I bought L as soon as it came out) "Electric Gypsies" made me shiver with embarrasment. Where does a grown-up man get the idea to sing about something so childish? Fortunately, throughout the album Hillage's guitar playing remains remarkably eloquent. L's two extended instrumental pieces are superb. "Lunar Musick Suite" is one of Hillage's supreme achievements (the one track where Rundgren's production technique bears fruit), and in addition it's blessed with a wonderfully dreamy solo by jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, backed by lush, moonlike synthesizer washes.

'L' by Space-Guitar Zero Steve Hillage is yet another collection of kozmik tunes which shreds and pulses with colourful synth sequences and supersonic guitar playing, even some mystical textures and Hippy idealism seem to play their part throughout the album. Produced, somewhat heavy-handedly, by Todd Rundgren and featuring his band UTOPIA (Kasim Sulton - Bass, Roger Powell - Synths/Keyboards and John 'Willie' Wilcox - Drums) and various guests, the album gets off to a wonderful start with a great rendition of Donovan's 'Hurdy Gurdy Man', done in true Space-Rock fashion, Hillage's solo a treat. It climaxes into 'Hurdy Gurdy Glissando', an amazing, lengthy track reminiscent of GONG, full of Gliss-Guitar, tablas, chanting, Hillage playing 'da blues' during the intro, a fantastic rhythm then kicks in with an excellent bass line, and Powell's Mini-Moog solo segueing into some searing guitar- work, the track is a masterpiece - it goes on with a dynamic synth sequence and Steve playing a bombastic melody to close. One of the genre's definitive compositions, though in all respect, not truly Canterbury, but Space-Rock. The accessible song 'Electrick Gypsies' finishes side 1 in an almost 'pop-ish' way, and is great relief after the incredible track before it - kind of 'bringing-us-back- down-to-Earth', if you know what I mean....
2nd Side opens with 'Om Nama Shivaya', where Middle-Eastern philosophies and instrumentation help to inspire a wonderful piece of music, from the chant and tambura (an instrument similar to a sitar) at the beginning, through to Wilcox's tricky drum patterns towards the end, the song is very pleasing. The second masterpiece off the album, 'Lunar Musick Suite' (recorded exclusively during the full moon phases of May and June, 1976) is nothing less than mind-blowing. It falls just a second under12 minutes, and is another ever-shifting composition, keeping listeners on their toes with intense guitar runs, trance-like synth patterns, a quite neanderthal drum rhythm which is absolutely crushing (somewhat akin to a caveman taking to tom-toms with a wooden club - and leaves me questioning why Rundgren was such a renowned producer, solo work and Utopia aside) but the driving tempo soon descends and slows down to allow for a bizarre, dark sounding riff (by now we may as well be lost in a distant galaxy) with weird time sigs and phrasing, which gives way to a serene section with some avant trumpet playing from jazz-man Don Cherry, very light and airy indeed. From here, it's back to the unique riff which preceded it and out of the 'murky' mess an incredibly bright key change is discovered, it sounds big and profound, and then drifts off as mysteriously as it came. What an escape - only Hillage is capable of this sort of Space-Travel. A cover-version of George Harrison's 'It's all Too Much' wraps things up quite nicely, but it's not a stand- out song here. In conclusion, a strong 4 star album, coz Steve bettered this before with 'Fish', and will better it again with 'Green'!!
Tom Ozric

Steve Hillage recorded some wonderful records in the 70's with "L" rising to the top for me. His space prog spin on Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" is worth the price of the album alone ! Following in the footsteps of "Fish Rising" , Hillage built of the progressive prowess and created a more guitar driven space rock album that works on so many levels. Clearly an original through and through, Hillage collaborated with produceer Todd Rundgren and the members of Utopia to record this brilliant album. This is one of those albums that I find myself still playing over and over.
James Unger

For a long time (until I found a copy of Fish Rising) I thought this was Steve Hillage's best album. His work here with Todd Rundgren's Utopia (with Todd as producer) is fantastic. In fact, this is not so different from Todd's own albums from the same period.
Hillage's rocking version of Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man is great, and the follow up Hurdy Gurdy Glissando takes it into outer space. And don't miss Roger Powell's perfect keyboard solo. Electric Gypsies is a nice psychedelic ballad. Om Nama Shivaya an Indian inspired guitar extravaganza starts the best part of the album, and the amazing Lunar Musick Suite completes the eargasms.
I do have a problem with the cover of George Harrison's It's All Too Much. Here, Rundgren's tendency to over-produce drags the song into a mass of mushy sounds. Or was that the point? It's all too much.

Second Steve Hillage solo album is very different from his debut. Main reason is in fact all musicians there are just Todd Rundgren's Utopia band, with Hillage mostly as a guest musician (Todd Rundgren produced this album as well). And result is almost as you expect - overproduced melodic synth-based psychedelic pop-rock with Hillage guitar (often - out of place there).
Album's opener Donovan's cover is just ,,,, terrible. Later some songs are really not so bad, there are song with strong Indian raga influence, and more usual for Hillage guitar-led " Lunar musick suite". But in whole besides of some interesting moments, this album is real disappointment. By the way, I like 3 bonus tracks (coming on CD re-release) almost better that main album's material! They are obviously raw outtakes, but at least show Hillage at his best spacey guitar musicianship.
In all, album for fans of melodic, synth filled and overproduced, technically quite simple spacey pop-rock. My rating is 2,5, rounded to 3.
Slava Gliozeris

This is an excellent album. It was made in best traditions of Hillage's guitar works. It contains from very various guitar play and themes. There are influences of indian music with exotic instruments (but you won't sleep!) and some hypnotic music's elements, which can be named space style or new age. Also, his guitar solos are beautiful and this play is one of the best of all time. The more you listen, the better you undestand and like it. Sometimes music is inexpressive and monotonous. It applies to rhythm sections, but not Steve.

Album of STEVE HILLAGE released in 1976 "L". It is the second solo work. The sound is Spacey that takes ethnical and the Europe traditional to a peculiar pop sense. It is psychedelically music, so to speak. The fifth tune is a masterpiece that unites the trip sense like GONG with grand jazz-rock. The final tune is George Harrison's masterpiece "It's All Too Much". The power of expression of the guitar of STEVE HILLAGE like the first tune is still wonderful.

Totally esoteric, in a special way! I am not Steve Hillage fan, but this record is masterpiece. Nice lunar energy and masters of many instruments are here in their best edition. Strange combination of jazz and hard rock groove.This is the record for my TOP 20 of progs!

I rate this album an overall masterpiece of guitar work, and the icing on it is the solo at the end of the Beatles cover, "It's All Too Much" This solo ranks, in my opinion, as one of most blistering and melodic of any guitar player and belies more than Hillage's technical mastery of the instrument, with his astoundingly unique style. The solo also reveals an incredible amount of heart and soul that resounds throughout. ( This is something Todd Rundgren - L's producer - has never quite been able to convey in his own, technically brilliant, guitar solos) In all of Hillage's work, this solo alone would instantiate Him as a "lead guitar player's guitar player" on par with all the guitar greats. Any aspiring guitarist should listen to this one.

Because of the fact that I've never been a great fan of Gong, I didn't expect much from this record, the first I ever heard by Steve Hillage. Big mistake: the stuff is really excellent. The cover of Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy" is a beauty, but also "Om nava shivaya" and "Lunar musick suite" are wondwrful tracks. Hillage's solos are stunning, but credit must be given also to the great Don Cherry. I wouldn't label this one as one of my favourite guitar album like mr. corbet (my fave remains Malmsteen Rising Force and McLaughlin's Extrapolation), but surely as a great effort by a great musician.

I don´t care what other reviewers are saying. This is a fine example of a four stars CD: "Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection". Mine included, of course.
I know, I know, I have a soft spot for Hillage. Whenever I hear his guitar I am reminded of someone who is free, He is a gipsy after all, and I am very jealous of him.
The music here is infused in a Utopia enviroment (listen to the keyboards) but to hear Don Cherry on the trumpet against a layer of keyboard music is superb and the guitar playing, as I said, is just marvellous.
Sorry, this is just as good as the first one. Get It soon.

Those who are fans of the genre of progressive rock music will be familiar with the work of Steve Hillage. Hillage, who has worked with the likes of Gong and Egg, is a canterbury scene musician that has ventured into the realms of psychedelic rock, jazz fusion, and electronic trance music. L is a transitional release in Hillage's discography, since this is his first solo album that does not feature an extensive list of Gong's band members. The overall sound of the album is rather less spiritual and immersive that Hillage's previous album, Fish Rising, sporting a sound that is rather more riff driven and grounded than the bubbly new age sound of its predecessor. This is in no way a weakness, in fact one of the strengths of this album is its raw hippy tendencies which comes from the patchiness of the album as a whole.
The album begins with a cover of Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man", a rather less aggressive and softer version than the original. It is clear from the very opening of the song that this album does not feature the bubbly new age tendencies of Fish rising. The Hurdy Gurdy is used in this track, adding a nice flavour. "Hurdy Gurdy Glissando" is very different to the previous track, beginning with a mellow guitar solo that is backed with a swirly combination of guitars and bells. It is evident that Hillage chose to imitate the ancient "aum" mantra with his guitar sound, and this is an idea that he explores in his following releases, most notably the 1978 release "Green". The track soon progresses into a percussion driven vocal section, where the swirling guitars grow ever more intense, further highlighting the choice of the "aum" mantra sound. The track soon moves into a bass-driven jam. This track is reminiscent of some of Gong's earlier work, particularly in the ethereal guitar backing. "Electrick Gypsies" is a whimsical affair, placed rather insensitively alongside the more spiritual sounding "Hurdy Gurdy Glissando". This track is driven by silly lyrics and a standard rock riff that is rather uncharacteristic of Hillage's other work. This is the album's weakest point, but while this track does fail to reach the heights of Hillage's other work, this new sound is fun and a pleasant listen.
Side two opens with "Om Namah Shivaya", an incredible track that is unique among all of Hillage's songs. Origionally written by Kesar Singh Nariula and Uma Nanda, this song is one of the album's highlights, simply for its retro sound and unique indian flavour. This track is a blend of swirling sitars, brass, indian chants and some of Hillage's best guitar work. This track incorporates the sacred Hindu chant "om namah shivaya", a chant which translates to "adoration to Śiva". "Lunar Musick Suite" is another unique track, recorded exclusively under the full moon. Jazz trumpet player Don Cherry was taken on board to embellish this track with a spacy improvisatory solo, which paints an exquisite painting across the canvas of synths and swirling guitars. Hillage's guitar is used rather minimalistically here (with the exception of the manic synth driven opening and the final guitar solo), and once again, he uses his guitar sound to imitate the "aum" mantra, creating a superb musical soundscape that is delivered with both a strong sense of direction and a vague, ethereal subtleness. Hillage closes the track with his charming vocals, concluding the affair with lyrics somewhat reminiscent of those in his previous release. The album is brought to an upbeat and sentimental conclusion with a cover of The Beatles' "It's All Too Much", which would be compatible with the ethereal "Lunar Musick Suite" if the transition was not disrupted by a disconcertingly loud chord from the band. This is one of the weaker tracks on the album, but it's upbeat and joyous mood make it a fitting and worthy end to the album.
There is no denying the patchiness of this album as a whole, particularly in contrast to the previous release, Fish Rising, which stands as one of psychedelic rock's greatest albums. Many of the songs do not flow well into each other, which creates a feeling of hurriedness in the production. However, this album was obviously not intended as an exercise of coherence, and there are some incredible compositions to amend any damage done by the lack of unity that exists between some of the songs. L's highlights are the retro fusion classic "Om Namah Shivaya", and the ethereal gem "Lunar Musick Suite".
L is an excellent album and a worthy addition to any psychedelic music collection.
The Mystical

Here is my review of L...There are 2 cover songs..''Hurdy Gurdy Man''(Donovan)and ''It's All Too Much''(George Harrison),which both sound great.''Electric Gypsies''sounds on the GONG- side,with a pop edge.''Om Nama Shivaya''is a guitar rock song,with Indian music influences.The album highlights are ''Hurdy Gurdy Glissando''(8:54),which starts off with synthesizer sounds for the first 2.5 minutes,then turns into a guitar rock song,with jazz,Indian music,and keyboard influences,ending in a fast tempo during the last 1.5 minutes of the song.''Lunar Musik Suite'',which is 12 minutes long,starts out in a guitar rock way,with a somewhat fast tempo during the first 2 minutes and 40 seconds,then slows down to a steady tempo for the rest of the song,with swirling keyboards,and some jazz influences throughout the song.Overall,a great album.
Jason Paul Weinstock

In this album we witness the guitar hero (or should I say zero) begin to create his own style. Steve begins to distance himself from GonG's sound with the help of producer Todd Rundgren (not a bad guitar player himself). Hillage's sound is spacier than his debut, and the production is much more... polished. Also, the use of Rundgren's Utopia brings an interesting taste to Hillage's sound.
First off, this album is loaded with covers. Out of the six songs on the album, Steve covers two songs (exluding the Indian chant), and he probably betters both original versions. The first cover and first song on the album, Hurdy Gurdy Man, captures Donovan's hippie vision while making Steve's own. As an added bonus, we get to experience Hillage's amazing solo on this song; it will make your jaw drop.
However, Hurdy Gurdy Man isn't the only song with extraordinary solos in it; all the songs have superb leads on them. Hillage's playing isn't flashy, though, and his humble yet melodic and fluid style creates a euphoric atmosphere on this record. His solos are in a blue-influenced style, but he also adds bebop and post-bop phrasing and standard jazz fluid playing into his leads.
Don't just get this album for Hillage's guitar playing; the songs he writes are what the album is worth buying for. Electric Gypsies is an almost prophetic vision of the future with bizarre motorcycle-like sounds wrought forth from Steve's guitar (similar the sounds in Free Form Guitar by Chicago's Terry Kath). Also, The Hurdy Gurdy Glissando is a great spacy psychedelic romp with a great vocal melody and interesting percussion. It becomes an intersting frenzy towards the end. Om Nava Shivaya adds an interesting vibe to the album, but it is a bit pointless.
None of the other songs compare to the epic Lunar Music Suite. The song has a great pulsing rhythim for the first several minutes, and the melody changes over time to keep the listener engaged. The song progresses into several mindblowing solos (including one from trumpet ace Don Cherrry). Finally, the song leads into vocals, and the vocals are just eerily beautiful. I can just see the full moon when he sings those lines (by the way, this song was recorded exclusively on two full moons).
Overall, this album is an essential representative of not only Steve Hillage, but an excellent prog album for every prog fan. It's an amazing album, one of my favorites.
Alex T.

Que lo disfruten y agradezcan a Alberto (y a Cuca que lo pidió).


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The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)

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Artista: The Byrds Álbum: Mr. Tambourine Man
Año: 1965
Género: Beat
Duración: 31:37
Nacionalidad: Estados Unidos

Lista de Temas:
1. Mr. Tambourine Man
2. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
3. Spanish Harlem Incident
4. You Won't Have Cry
5. Here With You
6. The Bells Of Rhymney
7. All I Really Want To Do
8. I Knew I'd Want You
9. It's Not Use
10. Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe
11. Chimes Of Freedom
12. We'll Meet Again

Ediciones con B…

Quique Sinesi & César Franov - Sonidos de Aquel Día (1987)

#Músicaparaelencierro. Alan se va acomodando y sintiéndose a gusto en el blog,  así que ya se está preparando para publicar sus propios posteos, mientras tanto nos presenta el primer disco del gran guitarrista argentino Quique Sinesi, el legendario "Sonidos De Aquel Dia" en colaboración con César Franov. He aquí el encuentro memorable entre el guitarrista Quique Sinesi (Dino Saluzzi, Raices.etc.) y el bajista Cesar Franov (Grupo Encuentro, Spinetta Jade, etc.) en este disco invalorable grabado en 1987 por dos grandes músicos. Es un disco importante puesto que es un trabajo en el que confluyen muchos géneros. Aquí, una caricia para el alma y los oídos, como para empezar bien el día.

Artista: Sinesi - Franov
Álbum: Sonidos de Aquel Día
Año: 1987
Género: Jazz rock ecléctico
Nacionalidad: Argentina

Podríamos asegurar que Quique Sinesi es uno de los mejores guitarristas de Argentina, ha estado trabajando en el folklore tirando al jazz en bandas como Alfombra Mágica o en trabajos de fol…

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part - 1 & 2 (2001)

#Músicaparaelencierro. Con su último y desgarrador disco "Ghosteen" salido hace muy poquito (el año pasado), su carrera ha sigo dramática como pocas, ya desde sus primeros discos. José Ramón sigue con su saga de Nick Cave y ahora le toca el turno a uno que vale por dos, porque son dos discos. Parido en el 2001, es considerado uno de los mejores registros de su larga carrera. Así es que seguimos en una semana a mucho Nick Cave, y ahora por partida doble, como para que no se queden con las ganas.Para que disfruten de un fin de semana largo donde descansaremos de todo menos de la pandemia, aquí tienen dos disquitos del señor Nick Cave para que se castiguen y no nos olviden.

Artista: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Álbum: No More Shall We Part 1
Año: 2001
Género: Post-Punk / Rock
Duración: 62:41 + 9:10
Nacionalidad: Australia / EEUU

El disco se abre con el single "As I Sat Sadly By Her Side" una canción que sigue la línea del que fue su último álbum en estudio hasta ese entonce…

Rick Wakeman - The Red Planet (2020)

#Músicaparaelencierro. ¿Realmente tienen ganas de sorprenderse con el que seguramente será el mejor disco que nos llegue en medio de la pandemia?. El Mago Alberto nos presenta, recién salido del horno, lo último del Gordo Rick que lleva a las seis esposas de Enrique VIII al espacio y lanza (al menos es así para muchos) el mejor trabajo de su larga carrera. Porque "The Red Planet" es un disco de puro y duro rock progresivo de principio a fin, y es nada menos que fenomenal. Con todo el espíritu de cuando compuso "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", desplegando una batería de teclados y acompañado de una agrupación de puta madre, este es precisamente el tipo de álbum que sus fanáticos han estado esperando durante mucho tiempo, y al fin se hace realidad en medio de la pandemia. Y estoy seguro de que estamos ante un nuevo futuro clásico y de que "The Red Planet" se convertirá en uno de los discos que más disfrutaremos, nosotros y nuestra posteridad, de ese talentoso…

Alejandro Del Prado - Dejo Constancia (1982)

#Músicaparaelencierro. "Cabezonas/es, esto es una obra de arte de los 80, para disfrutar hasta el hartazgo, el primer disco de Alejandro del Prado, una belleza total". Así comienza el comentario del Mago Alberto sobre este disco de Alejandro Del Prado, alguien que hacía rato tenía pensado traer al blog cabezón pero por alguna razón recién cae por estos pagos. Un inconseguible sobre poemas musicalizados por Del Prado del argentino Jorge Boccanera, que cuenta con la participación de Litto Nebbia, Daniel Binelli y Silvio Rodríguez, que fuera grabado en 1980, siendo su primer disco luego de su participación en Saloma, pero fue editado recién dos años después. De inclinaciones folklóricas y tangueras, un cantautor que reunió como nadie tango, rock, murga, milonga y más, y dejamos constancia del primer disco de Del Prado.

Artista: Alejandro Del Prado
Álbum: Dejo Constancia
Año: 1982
Género: Testimonial / Trova
Nacionalidad: Argentina

Trabajó de albañil, de capataz, en escuelas y hasta …

Altin Gün - On (2018)

#Músicaparaelencierro. Desde Amsterdam, Lean nos presenta a Altin Gün, unos holandeses que suenan a lo turco (es así aunque parezca increíble); los holandeses Altin Gün, formación procedente de Amsterdam que recupera el espíritu, la estética y las canciones del apogeo del funk turco en la década de los 70. Lo que sucede es que aunque todos los músicos viven en Amsterdam, en general provienen de distintos lugares como Turquía, Indonesia y hay algún holandés también, ellos han creado este proyecto como espacio para reflejar lo que hay entre estos mundos al parecer tan distintos pero que confluyen en un punto en común. Otra de las maravillas que Lean nos va presentando en su recorrida por el mundo, y se las presentamos en exclusiva en el blog cabezón.

Artista: Altin Gün
Álbum: On
Año: 2018
Género: Folk rock psicodélico
Duración: 39:05
Nacionalidad: Holanda

Funk psicodélico en su máxima expresión. La fusión magistral de Altin Gun da como resultado un LP muy agradable. Con una música que recuerda…

FFWD (The Orb + Robert Fripp) - FFWD (1994)

Otra vez tenemos un aporte de Lean que nos vuelve a traer a la palestra un disco de un proyecto entre el señor Fripp y The Orb, muy volado, muy experimental, muy ambiental... realmente una rareza que entra dentro de los discos para odiar o para amar sin términos medios, porque esto es así, no tiene grises. Otro disco para que disfruten (o no) en otro fin de semana pandémico.

Artista: FFWD Álbum: FFWD
Año: 1994
Género: Experimental / Ambient /
Duración: 57:43
Nacionalidad: Inglaterra

Retomamos los aportes de Lean, ahora sobre un disco que alguna vez, ya hace mucho mucho tiempo, trajo el Mago Alberto, en un trabajo distinto a lo que normalmente compartimos... un disco distinto, punto.

FFWD is an eponymous album by FFWD - Robert Fripp, Thomas Fehlmann, Kris Weston, and Dr. Alex Paterson.
The title is also a play on the abbreviation often used on the fast forward control of a tape deck or CD player, also referenced in the "double-arrow" graphic used on the cover.
The album peaked …

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Darwin! (1972)

#Músicaparaelencierro. Fue elegido en el año 2000 por el sitio Gnosis entre 60.000 candidatos como el mejor de los discos de rock progresivo/experimental grabados hasta entonces, eso le da toda una chapa porque para muchos sobresale incluso por entre los mejores. En este disco, los músicos de Banco del Mutuo Soccorso ofrecen una inteligente combinación de música clásica, rock, y jazz. Y así, volvemos al rock progresivo italiano que queremos tanto, que es como nuestro primer amor, algo que nunca podemos olvidar mientras estemos vivos. Y ahora, nada más y nada menos que reviviendo el maravilloso "Darwin!" que nos acompañará hasta la tumba... y quizás también más allá.

Artista: Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Álbum: Darwin!
Año: 1972
Género: Progresivo italiano
Duración: 46:47
Nacionalidad: Italia

¿Vieron cuantas entradas hay en el blog cabezón de bandas italianas? Cuenta la leyenda que el oído argentino se asemeja a esta forma de encarar la música, tan melódica y emocional, porque está en …

Ideario del arte y política cabezona

Ideario del arte y política cabezona

"La desobediencia civil es el derecho imprescriptible de todo ciudadano. No puede renunciar a ella sin dejar de ser un hombre".

Gandhi, Tous les hommes sont frères, Gallimard, 1969, p. 235.