Steve Hillage 'The Golden Vibe' 2xLP
Following the AIM-nominated deluxe career-spanning 22 CD box set, ‘Searching For The Spark’, Steve Hillage is releasing nine previously unreleasedtracks of his recordings during a Capella echo guitar jam session in addition to 5tracks from the session previously only available in the box set. The recordings are part of a series of archived tapes liberated from deep storage by Hillage for the box set, and this tape was labelled ‘Wata Trip 1973’. It was recorded when Hillage was 21, living in the Gong communal house in Sens, France withMiquette Giraudy, as the band began to develop the music that would form the core of Gong’s ‘Angel’s Egg’.
The tape contained 3 hours and 12 minutes of engaging sonic wonderment,full of gorgeous crackle and hum, utilising tape echo, fuzz and sometimes also Wem copycat with every single note, guitar body bang, buzz, harmonic and bit of audio echoing into infinity and beyond. It seemed to encapsulate a vibrantmoment in Steve’s life and was like an organic, fully formed, almost naturally occurring psychedelic ambient album. These selected recordings represent abubbling, rich cauldron of motifs, sounds and themes within which can be recognised younger forms, glittering shards and even complete deep elements of future songs, some still years from conception. These are the preparatory sketches and watercolours, an appreciation of which can only enhance one’senjoyment of the of the completed ‘masterwork’, and which even have abeautiful coherent integrity of their own.
Catalogue number: SMALP1155