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Live Herald

1 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 1979 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1979 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:04:06
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  • ASIN: B002A4OVUY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,102 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album in '79 and thought then it was the best live album I had. I bought the cd recently and my opinion hasn't changed much.With losts of live albums in my collection now it is still in the top five. The only downside or upside depending on your liking is that the fourth studio side was ommited because of space. The two gems are the Lunar Music Suite and Searching for the Spark with its awesome fast riff. Harrison's Its All Too Much and Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man add to the diversity. Steve's vocals occasionally are off key -but nealy everything else is perfect,some of the delay pedal effects are excellent and I would recommend this cd to anyone who likes what was called at the time "stoned hippie rock" but if you do you probably own it already.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By on 21 Nov 1999
Format: Audio CD
A summary of Steve's work to date reving the memories of one who was there 20 years ago. A joyous rendition of music from a carefree age
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Hillage at his best. 5 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Steve Hillage's finest solo moments. This brilliantly executed live disc allows him to shed some of his studio overindulgences and cut loose with some inspired, innovative and skillful playing. The backing band is more than up to the task. Strong compositions. Fine addition to your progressive rock collection. Highly recommended...Simon
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Steve Hillage - 'Live Herald' (Caroline) 6 Dec 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Even better than his 'BBC Radio One Live' disc (see my review) although both releases SHOULD be had by all Hillage / Gong fans. Was recorded at two separate gigs from March, 1977 and August, 1978. The overall sound quality of 'Live Herald' is superb and Hillage's playing is both spontaneous and brilliant. Total of seven tracks with a duration of 64:14. Tunes I enjoyed the most are the opener "Salmon Song", the well-written "The Dervish-Castle In The Clouds-Hurdy Gurdy Man", "Electrick Gypsies" and the fifteen-minute epic (love these lengthy tracks) "Lunar Music Suite", which features a great guitar solo that just may make it necessary for die hards to keep a wetnap handy. Recommended.
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Excellent CD 26 Oct 2001
By Stephen F. Brecht - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of Steve Hillage's best collections of music, and proves his virtuosity outside of a studio setting. It has a more spontaeous feel than some his best studio recordings, such as Green and Fish Rising. This album is a must for Hillage fans, and those who love spacey sounding guitar riffs.
Live 70's prog at its very best 21 Oct 2003
By Michael Laimo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
LIVE HERALD by Steve HIllage may very well rank in the top ten in many different categories. One: this is an exceptionally recorded Live Album. The mix is incredible, with a truly heavy sound that plays great at low volume as well as high. Two: prog lovers unite! The 70's never had such an inventive musician as Hillage. He surrounds himself with amazing musicians (Todd Rundgren's Utopia) that adeptly perform HIllage's intricate (and quite heavy) tunes masterfully. Three: Guitar!! Steve, at the time, was perhaps the most underrated guitarist. His lead work is superior to many of his constituents, and will leave any guitar lover smiling at his chops, wondering how he pulls them off so cleanly and adeptly--remember, this was recorded in 1977!!
Well, what about the songs? We open up with the Salmon Song, that quietly crescendos into a wonderfully simplistic yet enjoyable riff. The song rocks its way into a four minute structured jam that will simply delight the listener. Next, we have an excerpt to the Solar Music Suite that fades in then segues into Hurdy Gurdy Man with a little interlude, Castle In The Clouds, from HIllage's Gong days. Light In The Sky is next, a rocker about UFO's that ends with a nice little nod to Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. Searching for the Spark is next, which gives the listener a taste of the type of techno music Hillage had in mind for the future. The songs are awesome, Electrick Gypsies, and then the Lunar Music Suite followed by a ten minute guitar solo that mimics Brian May a bit with overlaying echoes. Lastly, we have a cover of the Beatles tune It's All Too Much.
All in all, a wonderful live recording for guitar, prog, and hard rock enthusiasts alike. Enjoy.
Heralding Hillage 7 Nov 2013
By Peter Jackson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is missing Side 4 of the original 1979 double album release. Side 4 comprised the following studio cuts from the forthcoming "Open" album: Talking To The Sun, 1988 Aktivator, New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype), and Healing Feeling. No matter, since it would probably have made more sense to include the live Solar Musick Suite rather than these cuts which are a little out of place. (I note that this is exactly what they did in the 2007 remastered release). This is space rock at its finest with absolute superb "glissando" guitar playing by Steve. If you have not been exposed to Steve Hillage's work, this is a good starting place, as are the albums Fish Rising and Green - probably his strongest and most accessible work. Stick on the 'phones and be transported. Another '70s masterpiece, and one of the best live albums of all time. Outstanding stuff.

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