- Audio CD (22 Nov. 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Eclectic
- ASIN: B0002O39A2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Space Shanty Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
"Space Shanty" is full of complex time signatures, highly melodic songwriting and wonderful playing. This is English psychedelic progressive rock at its very best. Inventive, wistful, remarkably fresh sounding without being indulgent or pretentious. Definitely of it's time, but there is still much to admire and enjoy here.
It's clear to see why Hillage became such a star, within Gong and through his late 70's solo albums like "L", "Motivation Radio" and "Green". He is such an individual guitarist and the positivity generated through his singing, lyrics and music is charmingly disarming and so easily draws you in. Half of the tracks are over 7 minutes in length, giving ample room for the band to fully explore and develop musical ideas within the framework of each song. There is something about Dave Stewart when he lets rip on one of his thick, fuzzy organ solos that always makes me smile. He was without doubt one of the best keyboard players of that time.Read more ›
And it has been well worth the wait. All the elements that grew into the later Hillage solo albums and, yes, even System 7, are here in embryonic form, but there is nothing embryonic about Steve's guitar playing. It's tight yet free-flowing, even joyous. The other members of the band shouldn't be overlooked though. Nick Greenwood (bass), Eric Peachey (drums) and Dave Stewart (keyboards) all play their part, and the production is first-class. A lot of current bands could learn a thing or two from this album.
One final comment. Where has "Break the Chains" being hiding all these years? What a little gem! I haven't bought a single in years, but if this was released I'd have to buy it! How about it Decca?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I admit I approached 'Space Shanty' from the wrong end of the decade because to me it sounds like a mish-mash of National Health and solo Steve Hillage. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John F
This is one of the most interesting British progressive albums in rock history.My best recommendations for those who didn't yet hear this timeless artefact. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2013 by Ivan rubinic
Well written songs performed by evidently skillful musicians. Rooted heavily in the seventies, the album straddles the gap between Symphonic prog and Canterbury scene. Read morePublished on 9 July 2013 by Henry Russell
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If you like Prog then this is a no brainer. Steve Hillage well on form which contributes to one of lifes hidden gems. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2013 by Bren
I suppose I was expecting Hawkwind/Space Ritual space rock, but instead got a very tight piece illustrating the extent to which Steve Hillage was ahead of his time bearing in mind... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2010 by DAVE M
Ah, a real trip down memory lane. I always wished I had got this when it was recorded, being a great fan of Steve Hillage. This completes my collection. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2010 by Tolkeinesque