Guitar Legend Steve Hillage To Re-Release 'Live in Amsterdam 2006 at the Gong Family Unconvention' CD and DVD
The first live performance of The Steve Hillage Band in 25
he Gong Family Unconvention at the
Melkweg club in Amsterdam in November 2006 was a unique 3 day event
in which all the original members of the legendary psychedelic band
Gong came together and performed their own individual sets. Guitar
legend Steve Hillage, who was a prominent part of the "classic"
Gong line-up of 1973-75 felt it was a great opportunity perform
again some of the songs from his 1970s solo albums. Steve Hillage
is widely considered a guitar innovator, and is associated with the
Canterbury scene, working in experimental domains since the late
1960s. Besides his critically acclaimed solo recordings, along with
Gong, Steve has been a member of the ensembles Khan and System
Steve's live set at the Gong Family Unconvention in 2006
provoked a rush of excitement and emotion at the event, and this
was beautifully captured on film and recording - and is now
available on this DVD and CD.
Performing with Steve were his long-time musical partner
Miquette Giraudy on synthesisers, Gong bass player Mike Howlett who
played on Steve's 'Fish Rising' album from 1975, and Gong drummer
Chris Taylor who started playing with the band in the 1990s. Also
guesting was Basil Brooks on synthesiser, who played in Steve's
band in the '70s.
Tracks played were as follows:
1. Hello Dawn (from the album 'Motivation Radio')
2. It's All Too Much (the Beatles cover - from the album
3. Aftaglid (from the album 'Fish Rising')
4. Solar Musick Suite (from 'Fish Rising')
5. The Salmon Song (from 'Fish Rising')
6. These Uncharted Lands (from the album 'For To Next' and never
before played live)
In addition the audio CD has 4 exclusive bonus tracks from
Steve's 1970's archive.
Tracks recorded live at Amsterdam's Sonesta Koepelkerk on Dec
14th 1979 just a few days before the the 1970's Steve Hillage Band
stopped touring are:
7. Palm Trees
8. Unzipping the Zype
9. Healing Feeling
And finally an interesting early version of one of Steve's 'Fish
Rising' classics performed before it was recorded with the band
10. Solar Music Suite (early version)
The DVD has bonus material in the form of a substantial
interview with Steve and Miquette, and background clips from around
the Gong Melkweg event.
The audio for the CD and DVD was mixed by Steve in his A-Wave
Studio and has a rich, warm sound. The video DVD was edited and
authored by long time friend and Gong family member Harry
Williamson in his Spring Studio in Melbourne Australia.
The artwork was put together by Z3 who do the artwork for Steve
and Miquette's dance music project System 7.
If indeed Steve does create some more music in the psychedelic
rock sphere this powerful and unique live recording can be seen as
a launch pad. Steve currently sees his System 7, Mirror System, and
Steve Hillage Band entities as operating in parallel and has been
writing some new rock-based material for a possible Steve Hillage
Band album for release in 2013/14.
For more information: http://www.facebook.com/stevehillageband
To pre-order Steve Hillage - 'Live in Amsterdam 2006 at the Gong
Family Unconvention' CD & DVD:http://www.planetgong.co.uk
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