Title - 'Live In Madison Square Garden 1977'
Artist - Steve Hillage
Steve Hillage is, as I'm sure you are very aware, an English musician, best known as one incredible, and world renowned guitarist. Indeed, he is associated with the Canterbury scene and has worked in experimental domains since the late 1960s. Besides his solo recordings he has been a member of Gong, Khan and System 7.
Not to understate it, but Live In Madison Square Garden 1977 is a quite excellent vintage live performance from the Gong guitar guru and one of the most innovative guitarists of his era! It is a crystal clear soundboard recording that captures Hillage at the height of his powers with performances from his second solo album - including a psychedelic cover of Donovan's 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' plus the epic length 'Hurdy Gurdy Glissando', 'Lunar Musick Suite' and so much more.
1. The Salmon Song
2. Hurdy Gurdy Glissando
3. Hurdy Gurdy Man
4. Lunar Musick Suite
5. Meditation Of The Dragon
6. It s All Too Much
7. Are We To Believe? with Rick Wakeman (Exclusive Version)
8. Rocket Man with William Shatner (Exclusive Version)
Now, as much as I could waffle on about both Hillage and this live show, how about I print what Hillage himself has said about this wonderful, revitalized new recording: "Todd Rundgren came to the Madison Square Garden show,” Hillage remembers, “and I'm pretty sure he joined our sound engineer at the mixing desk and added some extra Harmonizer drum effects to 'It's All Too Much'. It certainly sounds like that on the recording!"
He goes on to add that, "I was waiting for a good moment to release this US gig recording in the US on an American label. Cleopatra, with whom I’ve had a long relationship, asked me if I had any good available archive material and it immediately struck me that this moment had arrived!”
This previously-unreleased live recording truly stands the test of time, as Hillage - won the "Visionary" award at the 2013 Progressive Music Awards - is on fine form here. It was his first tour of the US and, as it turned out, he was also playing to audiences who mostly didn't know his music too well either! As you can tell though, he and the boys let it rip that night, the band firing on all musical cylinders, so to speak.
FYI - Aside from Steve Hillage's Live In Madison Square Garden 1977 being released on CD in a mini-LP sleeve, it is also being released on a very special limited edition opaque orange vinyl pressing with full color insert and sleeve!
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