Friday, October 2, 2015

CD Review: Purple Pyramid Digs Up Live Show From Guitarist Steve Hillage

English guitarist Steve Hillage has had a successful career as a member of the bands Gong, Khan and his latest System 7, but his solo career is when his talent for playing guitar excelled. Since 1975, Hillage has released fifteen solo albums (three of them were live albums) as he continues to create and explore new territories in rock music. His latest release is a live album that dips back to his popularity in the seventies as it captures his performance at Madison Square Garden in 1977.
The new eight-song release features six songs from that show and two bonus tracks. Beginning with "The Salmon Song," Hillage's guitar playing and band are on point in this up-tempo rocker. What follows is a twelve-minute space exploration piece entitled "Hurdy Gurdy Glissando" as the band flies through Hillage's amazing guitar solos. The fan favorite "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and "It's All Too Much" display the pure energy that was felt in the Garden that evening. The two bonus tracks that are added to this release features the legendary Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman on the recent collaboration, "Are We To Believe?" and actor/singer William Shatner on a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man." To find out more about the latest release from Steve Hillage, "Madison Square Garden 1977," please visit his Facebook page at

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