Thursday, August 20, 2009

Steve Hillage: L (4.5/5)

: 1976
Genre: Progressive Psychedelic Space Rock
Label: Virgin
TRT: 44:01

With Todd Rundgren manning the board and Utopia along as backup band, ex-Gong member Hillage sets the controls for an electrified hippie-prog land of new age spiritual wonder on "L". Bookended by two appropriate covers in Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and George Harrison's often overlooked Yellow Submarine contribution, "It's All Too Much," the album applies a stoned '67 outlook to a clean and shimmery '76 production job by Rundgren, and while "L" occasionally reaches some intense levels, it's not so overstuffed as to leave one with the ice cream headache often associated with a really tripped out progressive band.

Throughout, Hillage lays down some tasty, fluid guitar work, sorta coming off like a more coherent, focused variation on most of the space-rock formulas....filtered through a heavy dose of Eastern mysticism. This is a great album to sit back and chill to.

01. Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan Cover)
02. Hurdy Gurdy Glissando
03. Elecktrick Gypsies
04. Om Nama Shivaya
05. Lunar Musick Suite
06. It's All Too Much (George Harrison Cover)

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