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Steve Hillage: Live at the Rainbow 1977
Steve Hillage Live at the Rainbow 1977 CD Album Review

Steve Hillage: Live at the Rainbow 1977

Psychedelic/Space Rock
No Score

There's been a flurry of Steve Hillage live recordings released in recent years. So many it makes me wonder if he doesn't have a label like Gonzo Multimedia in his back pocket. Okay. So here's another one to add to the soup. Live at the Rainbow 1977. And I'm beginning to wonder if the point has not already been made.

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Steve Hillage: back in the day.

Getting down to the facts, the Rainbow was the last stop on Hillage's 1977 UK tour. Both He Miquette Giraudy had already left Gong two years prior, and this tour was in support of his Motivation Radio album of the same year. While he doesn't play the entire album, he plays most of it, including Octave Doctors, Light in the Sky, Radio, Motivation, Saucer Surfing, and Searching for the Spark. That's six out of nine, boys and girls.

And this is likely the only reason to add this live album to your Hillage collection. That is if the other 25 live recordings you have don't include any songs from Motivation Radio. Otherwise you have the usual and popular Hillage tunes: Electric Gypsies, It's All Too Much (actually from George Harrison), The Salmon Song, a part from the Solar Musick Suite and, of course, Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man. Damn. I hate that song. I don't care who sings it. Oh yeah. Another reason to get this live album: this sound clarity is amazing. Almost too amazing that I'm wondering if somebody was messing with the original recording. It's hard to believe something nearly 40 years old can sound this good. Hillage fanatics rejoice. You're going to love this live album.


Steve Hillage - Live 1977 (Not at the Rainbow)



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In Short

Another vintage Steve Hillage live recording? You don't say? I do say. Hillage fanatics rejoice. You're going to love this live album.

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