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One of my favourite records,
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This review is from: Aerial Boundaries (Audio CD)
I first heard music from this record on the radio in 1984 while we were living in the US. I got the tape that Christmas, and played it constantly, amazed at the quality of the melody, arrangement and sound that it contained. My delight and astonishment was only enhanced when we saw Hedges in concert in London four or five years later. Right up until the point where he started playing it in front of us, I'd thought that there were two or three guitarists playing on the title track. The use of techniques like slap harmonics, tapping (with both hands) and percussive slapping on the guitar body is fairly widespread now, but they were almost unknown before Hedges started using them so assuredly.
But this record is more than a mere showcase for exotic techniques. Listen to the beautiful melody of Menage A Trois, the imaginative sound collage of Spare Change and that astonishing title track, and you should be able to see why I think this is some of the finest guitar music ever recorded. That his life was to be cut cruelly short by a car accident just thirteen years after the release of this record only enhances its value, I feel.