Saturday, August 2, 2014
Steve Hillage Rainbow 1977 Gonzo 2014
Steve Hillage remains one of the most recognizable and influential guitarists in the world!
Brent Black / www.critialjazz.com
Steve Hillage gained world wide attention for his work with prog legends Gong. Long associated with the infamous Canterbury scene and successfully pushing his own harmonic boundaries in bands such as System 7, Steve Hillage is the perfect example of the evolution of the modern guitarist. Between 1976 and 1979, Hillage released several critically acclaimed records including this long lost treasure live from the Rainbow Theatre in London.
What immediately works is the overall sound of the band. The natural inclination would be that a 1977 recording is going to sound well...dated. Rainbow 1977 sounds as though it could have been done in the last few years. There is a crisp forward motion in the material, Hillage is at the very top of his game while an oddly spiritual vibe runs through the entire set. An ethereal quality lacking pretentious overkill is a tough tightrope to walk, Hillage makes it look effortless. Winning tracks include Octave Doctors, Radio and Hurdy Gurdy Man.
Six string aficionados not familiar with Hillage since the death of the traditional album rock radio will be blown away.
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