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Steve Hillage
'L'
Virgin CDVR2066 || 2007-01-15 (1976) || £10.64 USD  EUR  JPY  + p+p +tax

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"Dedicated to all optimistic visions of the future." …Steve's second album re-mastered, plus 3 bonus tracks.

Wonderful covers of Donovan's 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' and George Harrison's 'It's All To Much' and Steve 'n' Miquette's luminous and mighty 'Lunar Musick Suite' are among my favorites on this, the most commercially successful of his albums, but then there's also 'Hurdy Gurdy Glissando' and 'Om Nama Shivaya' - oh it's all great stuff.

Recorded in Woodstock at Todd Rundgren's studio and using the excellent tried and true Utopia band, and with the late great trumpeter Don Cherry making a telling contribution amongst the other musicians.

The three bonus tracks are 'Shimmer', which was the B side of the 1976 'It's All Too Much' 7-inch single (how does it sound? - the clue is in the title), and two previously un-released tracks recorded during the 'L' sessions in Woodstock, a cover version of another of Steve's favs, the Byrds 'Eight Miles High', and 'Maui', which is an early version of 'Palm Trees', the final version of which was released on Steve's album 'Green'.

With a 16 page illustrated booklet with liner notes by Mark Powell with loads of input from Steve himself.

Tracks: [57'06]
  1. Hurdy Gurdy man [6'32] (Donovan P. Leitch)
  2. Hurdy Gurdy Glissando [8'54] (Steve Hillage/Miquette Giraudy)
  3. Electrick Gypsies [6'54] (Steve Hillage)
  4. Om Nama Shivaya [3'33] (music: Kesar Singh Nariula; lyrics: Uma Nanda)
  5. Lunar Musick Suite [11'59] (Steve Hillage/Miquette Giraudy)
  6. It's All Too Much [6'26] (George Harrison)
Bonus tracks:
  1. 8 Miles High (backing track) [4'34] (G.Clark/J.McGuinn/D.Crosby)
  2. Maui (early version of 'Palm Trees') [4'41] (Steve Hillage/Miquette Giraudy)
  3. Shimmer [3'50] (Steve Hillage/Tim Blake)
Personnel:
  • Steve Hillage {Guitar synthesizer, ARP and EMS synthesisers, Voice, Shenai}
  • Miquette Giraudy {Lady voice, Isis vibes}
  • Don Cherry {Trumpet, Tibetean trumpet, Tambura, Voice}
  • Roger Powell {RMI keyboard computer, Moog synthesizer, acoustic piano}
  • John Wilcox {Drums}
  • Kasim Sulton {Bass}
  • Larry Karush {Tabla}
  • Sonja Malkine {15th century Hurdy Gurdy}
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