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Steve Hillage

The Golden Vibe

Madfish SMACD1155 (2019)

Echo guitar session recorded in the Gong house in 1973 - 'Wata Trip!' - as it said on the tape box. 70 minutes of Steve surfing the Golden Vibe. Media book with attached jewel-case tray and an 8 page illustrated booklet. Also available on limited edition vinyl 2LP

In May of 1973 Steve had been living in the Gong house near Sens, France for 5 months and creativity was bubbling up everywhere. The Paragong band of Didier Malherbe, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen and Tim Blake with Switch Doctor Venux de Luxe at the 'controls' were bonding and gigging, and an 'Angel's Egg' of music was in incubation. One evening in his room, with Miquette changing the Revox reels, Steve embarked on several hours of deep a-capella, echo guitar experimentation - the classic Hillage sound.

The edits included in the wonderous 'Searching For The Spark' box set (which was limited to 22 discs) were so eagerly received that they demanded to be expanded and even more released in one gorgeous musical journey. Here they are.


  1. The Golden Vibe
  2. Calling You
  3. Frame By Frame
  4. The Dervish Riff
  5. Water Trip (extended)
  6. Leyline Drips
  7. Hanging Lead
  8. Back To The Future Glid
  9. Pre Glid
  10. Scorchio
  11. Comes Alive
  12. Out There
  13. Melting Leadatron (extended)
  14. Flutterati


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