Thursday, November 16, 2006

Steve Hillage

Steve Hillage is a great guitar player, the hippiest among the musicians that emerged from the Canterbury scene. He recorded some fine psychedelic music in the late sixties with the bands Khan and Arzachel, then he ended up playing for some time with another group of freaks: the Gong.
The spacey jazz-rock music of his first solo works, in the second half of the seventies, certainly owes much to the typical Gong sound, with the addiction of a very interesting use of electronic keyboards. There are three keyboard players in these clips, Miquette Giraudy on sinthesizer offers a very important contribution to the band, she had already played with the innovative Tonto's Expanding Head Band and with Todd Rundgren.
These two jams are taken from the German Rockpalast festival of March 1977. Salmon Song is from his first, and maybe also his best record Fish Rising, from 1975, while the cover of Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man appeared on the second one L, produced by Todd Rundgren in '76.
Hillage disappeared from the scene for about a decade, then he returned in the early nineties with a totally new style: a trippy electronic trance music. He and Miquette Giraudy play now as duo called System 7.

Steve Hillage - The Salmon Song (1977)
Steve Hillage - Hurdy Gurdy Man (1977)





Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meravigliosi ! Fantastico ! Grazie Mirco !

11/16/2006 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Hillage clips!

11/17/2006 6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grazie e ciao

11/17/2006 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Douglas Clifford said...

The Salmon songs rocks. Its Eric Idle playing Jesus as a rock star!!!

11/18/2006 6:13 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

LOL! Nice comment Douglas, thank you!

11/18/2006 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Douglas Clifford said...

Thanks for these awesome vids Mirco. Yer blog is one of my favs. Keep up the good fight!!!

11/20/2006 4:21 AM  
Blogger Basil & Tracy said...

Steve has also recently reunited with Gong to play a one off gig in Amsterdam, including a set from the "Steve Hillage Band"

11/23/2006 3:15 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Beautiful photos, thanks! It must have been a thrill to see them play together again.

11/23/2006 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1/24/2007 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Born2rant said...

Hello There

I just found your blog with some delay!
I wrote a bit about Steve Hillage in my blog. I've met him a few times over the years and I posted a clip of him playing in Amsterdam. I also write about mad music events and political things I've been involved with the past 25 years or so.
If you are interested come to

thanks for your blog I will read more posts!
Love and Peace

11/21/2007 10:31 AM  

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