Price: £7.99
Format: cd
Artist: Steve Hillage
CatNo: SMACD1146
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steve hillage dusseldorf 2cd gong live
Mid-price double CD edition of the pioneering guitarist's live concert performance from 1979.
 
In brilliant jewel case with 16-page booklet.
 
Includes the only known live recording of Talking to the Sun.
 
Some gigs are simply meant to be out there - even if they take decades to actually make it into our hands. This is, without doubt, one of those concerts; recorded at the Philips Halle, Düsselsdorf on the 28th March 1979 during the Live Herald Tour.
 
Released following the AIM-nominated deluxe box set from Hillage, Searching for the Spark, this new Düsselsdorf double CD showcases the Steve Hillage Band's prowess with excellent sound quality - a quality so high that you'll forget that it's a live recording until the applause. This is a band at the height of its powers, with Steve in great voice throughout, and most obviously utterly enjoying themselves. The vibe is completely infectious and doesn't let up throughout the entire gig.
 
Featuring Steve's own adventurous compositions and covers of Beatles and Donovan classics, all are approached with a joie-de-vivre and high sensibility. The trademark heady combination of vibrant psychedelic rock interwoven with an irresistible full blooded groove, interspersed with the smoothest of deep-space synth/guitar trips gathers all before it in a tsunami of uplifting music. 
 
With the benefit of hindsight, Steve's musical trajectory from the creative space riffs of Gong to the trance and techno of System 7 is made instantly clear.
 
 
DISC 1
1. New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype) (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [08:36]
2. Hurdy Gurdy Glissando (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [10:07]
3. Light In The Sky (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [05:43]
4. Unidentified (Flying Being) (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [10:01]
5. Radio (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [09:17]
6. The Dervish Riff (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [04:33]
 
DISC 2
1. Hurdy Gurdy Man (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [06:38]
2. Motivation (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [06:24]
3. 1988 Aktivator (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [02:25]
4. Crystal City (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [03:26]
5. Activation Meditation (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [01:31]
6. The Glorious Om Riff (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [06:35]
7. Meditation Of The Dragon (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [02:51]
8. It's All Too Much (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [06:53]
9. Encore 1: Electrick Gypsies (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [07:27]
10. Encore 2: Talking To The Sun (Live at Philips Halle, Dusseldorf) [07:05]