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Steve Hillage: The Hippie From Outer Space

Steve Hillage – The Golden Vibe

Steve Hillage performs on stage, London, 1977. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Steve Hillage is without a doubt a music legend, and his guitar playing is pretty unique! He was born Stephen Simpson Hillage on August 2, 1951 in Chingford, London, England. He once was a member of Uriel, Arzachel and not at least the very interesting band Khan and the seminal space fusion band Gong. Hillage`s first solo album came 34 years ago soon after he left Gong, and the album was entitled Fish Rising. After Fish Rising Hillage was very active made a series of studio album. For me the album L from 1976 stands out as the best of many very god releases, but many would prefer the mentioned Fish Rising.

Steve Hillage is often referred to as the Hippie From Outer Space. He has a huge impact of space rock and is definitely one of the main inventors of the genre. Later space prog band as Ozric Tentacles and early Porcupine Tree is inspired of Hillage music end his guitar playing.

Recently nine previously unreleased tracks of Hillage’s was discovered. This was recordings during an echo guitar jam session sit alongside 5 tracks from the same session taken from the Searching For The Spark box set. The recordings are part of a series of archived tapes liberated from storage by Hillage. This tape was labelled Wata Trip! 1973. It was recorded when Hillage was living in the Gong communal house in Sens, France with Miquette Giraudy, as the band began to develop the music that would form the core of Gong’s Angel’s Egg. The new recording is entitled The Golden Vibe.

The tape contained 3 hours and 12 minutes of engaging sonic wonderment, full of gorgeous crackle and hum, utilizing tape echo, fuzz and sometimes also Wem copycat with every single note, guitar body bang, buzz, harmonic and bit of audio echoing into infinity and beyond. It seemed to encapsulate a vibrant moment in Steve’s life and was like an organic, fully formed, almost naturally occurring psychedelic ambient album.

These selected recordings represent a bubbling, rich cauldron of motifs, sounds and themes within which can be recognized younger forms, glittering shards and even complete deep elements of future songs, some still years from conception. These are the preparatory sketches and water colors, an appreciation of which can only enhance one’s enjoyment of the completed work, and which even have a nice coherent integrity of their own.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (2941 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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