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15 Jan 2007

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  • Original Release Date: 31 Oct 2006
  • Release Date: 31 Oct 2006
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 56:59
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  • ASIN: B001IP2FJA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,529 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 13 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
After leaving Gong, Steve Hillage undertook what became a very successful solo career. After the critical and relative commercial success of "Fish Rising", which was recorded while still a member of Gong, it was clear by all concerned that Hillage was a man of huge talent. Putting Hillage together with producer Todd Rundgren was a masterstroke. Using Rundgren's own band at the time, Utopia for the recording sessions the combination of Hillages stratospheric guitar playing and new age bravura and Rundgren's commercially richly textured production techniques was a hit. The resulting album "L" was sharp and focussed, mixing original material and covers of songs by Donovan and George Harrison, which Hillage made his own.

Though many may argue this stuff was very much of it's time (remember how it was featured in "The Young Ones"!), but today listening to "It's All Too Much" can still put a beatific smile on your face. There is still something special about this music, maybe made more so when placed within today's much more cynical world.

The standout track is clearly the lengthy and mainly instrumental "Lunar Musick Suite". Purportedly recorded at full moon, Hillage's synth guitar playing is ecstatically searing and the trumpet solo by Don Cherry is soulfully sublime as it leads up to the hugely satisfying climax!

The remastering by Paschal Byrne is very well done as Rundgren's production is quite toppy! Paschal has managed to get lots more oomph out of this to make it sound more fuller and warmer compared to the original CD edition. Of the bonus tracks, of particular note is the instrumental "Shimmer", an early piece recorded with Tim Blake on synths.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DSR VINE VOICE on 27 Mar 2007
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It's unlikely I'll ever have the chance to meet Steve and Miquette to personally thank them for the wonderful music they've produced over the years, including the very different vibes they're exploring in their System 7 work, but if they ever get to read this, can I just say a huge THANK YOU for these records, which have been played many times over the years and given very much enjoyment. They sound better than ever now too, as well as the latest releases having good bonus tracks...

This was the first Steve Hillage album I ever heard, thanks to an old mate from school. I immediately bought a copy for myself and the original issue LP got a good deal of playing in the years that followed, along with the other releases from this supremely talented guitarist.

The music and musicianship are of the very highest order as always, lifting the listener into a higher and happier frame of mind and I bought these albums on CD as soon as they were released.

I must confess to only noticing the severe (!) distortion on the original CD release very recently, as the music always took over from any criticism of the sound. The original CD was really quite badly done to me, with too much "top end" and nasty distortion here and there, especially on the sung parts of the second track. THIS remastered edition has got it about perfect I think, the sound balance corrected to bring it into line - well done and many thanks! I also thank Mark Powell too, for his excellent essays inside the CD booklet, gradually expanding the Hillage story with each successive release.

I love this album and would urge anyone with the earlier CD or a worn LP to give this release a go. The bonus tracks are fun too, the track "Shimmer" showing how under-rated Tim Blake seems to be as a "synthesist."

AN UNRESERVED RECOMMENDATION!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Regor on 9 Feb 2011
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At last, a version of Hillage's great "L" without the rattly, tinny sound that marred his vinyl and initial Virgin CD release. The remastering on this is excellent (restoring my faith in a process that usually amounts to little more than adding a bit of bass) and vastly improves an already excellent album. One disappointment though. I was looking forward to hearing Hillage and Tim Blake together again on Shimmer, one of the bonus tracks. But I don't think Blake actually plays on the track. According to Hillage's liner notes, the track, which was released as a B side to It's All Too Much in 1976 (which was some time after Hillage and Blake had gone their separate ways after Gong) was "an extra completed track from the L sessions that didn't quite fit on the album [and which was] originally composed with Tim Blake". There is no mention of them recording it together. And the credits on the remastered CD put Hillage, Miquette Giraudy and Roger Powell as the only synthesiser players on the L album. Added to which, I do not hear Blake's synthesiser on the track. I love Blake's stuff and have loads of his recordings but this does not sound like him. Still, the album is still worth it for the remastering - and the secondhand copy that I ordered came in pristine condition.
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