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Steve Hillage

A guitarist who first found fame in the progressive rock era only to later resurface as an ambient techno cult hero, Steve Hillage was born August 2, 1951. In 1967 he co-founded the group Uriel with bassist Mont Campbell, organist Dave Stewart, and drummer Clive Brooks; the unit subsequently continued on as the trio Egg upon Hillage's 1968 departure for university. He did not return to music for another three years, reuniting with Stewart in 1971 in Khan, which recorded the 1972 prog rock effort Space Shanty before soon splitting.

After touring in support of Kevin Ayers, Hillage joined Gong, winning acclaim for his echo- and delay-heavy brand of guitar work over the course of the group's 1972-1975 "Radio Gnome Invisible" trilogy (consisting of the LPs Flying Teapot, Angel's Egg, and You). In 1975 Hillage went solo with the album Fish Rising, the first fruits of a longstanding writing partnership with keyboardist Miquette Giraudy. He next traveled to New York to cut 1976's L, produced by Todd Rundgren and featuring guest appearances from Utopia as well as jazz great Don Cherry.

At the peak of the punk era, Hillage's work was by no means fashionable, but he pressed on regardless; in 1977 he issued Motivation Radio, an album recorded with Malcolm Cecil (the creator of an influential early electronic project, the studio-synthesizer T.O.N.T.O.). He subsequently issued 1978's Green, 1979's Rainbow Dome Musick (an early ambient outing) and Open, and 1983's For to Next/And Not Or, but as interest in his music continued to dwindle, Hillage turned to production, helming records for the likes of Robyn Hitchcock and Simple Minds.

By the close of the 1980s, Hillage had largely disappeared from music; however, in 1989 he was visiting the ambient room of a local club when, much to his surprise, his own Rainbow Dome Musick began to play. He introduced himself to the DJ, one Alex Paterson, and soon Hillage was working with Paterson's seminal group the Orb; out of their collaboration grew a new Hillage-Giraudy project, System 7, a dance collective also comprised of club luminaries including Paterson and fellow DJ Paul Oakenfold.

After debuting with an eponymously titled 1991 LP, System 7 plunged completely into blissed-out ambient sound on 1993's 777, which reached the Top 40 on the U.K. album charts. Released in 1994, Point 3 appeared in two different versions: the first, The Fire Album, offered heavy beats and rhythms, while The Water Album featured drumless mixes of the same music. With 1996's Power of Seven, System 7 turned to Detroit techno, recruiting the services of mixers Carl Craig and Derrick May. The group continued to release studio albums for many years to follow, including Golden Section (1997), Seventh Wave (2001), Encantado (2004), and Phoenix (2008). Hillage also reunited with Gong on the album 2032, released in September of 2009. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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philippepelu s o
a true original and experimental musician! reminds me of guitarist Allan Holdsworth
Rainbow Dome Musick is a VERY important early ambient release.
Saved my life!
This Man is the Start of it, in '79 He change the way I heard Music, For Ever!
Green chile turkey in Albuquerque. S p e a k i n g of Green,one of my favorite albums along with Fish Rising. Been listening since '78 while hiking the Land Of Enchantment with friends and Columbian Gold. Check out Gong Live Etc. Choice!!!
Wow this dude shreds. Can't believe I haven't heard him until now.
nice music - its the first time I am hearing this - kind of pink floydian - I know that steve hillage produced Tony Banks-(keybo a r d wizzard of Genesis) Bank statement lp 1990 - I like!!!
26 years old and a huge Steve Hillage fan. This guy really is incredible. Kahn's "Space Shanty", his own "Fish Rising", and absolutely Gong's "YOU" are the best.
garza1233
I have been a Steve Hillage fan since the 70's. Still listen to his older music as well as his new music, heck, System 7 is almost 20 years old now. For me the new gods of music are in the band Porcupine Tree. They are probably the greatest band you've never heard of, maybe even the greatest band on the planet today. In my humble opinion, lol.
nonsensely
This site does not list his work done under System 7 or 777, some of his best work, in my opinion. Love him!
Recently turned on and now tuned into Pandora via my son Rico… The first artist I search for was Steve Hillage. I was surprise and had my socks blown off due to the music of his being here with me fave LP’s. I have been a follower of Steve and Miquette since 1974 when I was assigned in England. I have all his LP’s and CD’s up to the last one “For to Next and Not Or”. As they shifted into the next upper level I am now currently following him and her via their style as; System 7 & Mirror System.
He is Jesus on Guitar...and he made some of the best music in my opinion.
boy, am I old, I even have a first version edition to space shanty. and all the egg albums.
Wow. New to Hillage - how could we have missed him? My partner and I are entranced with Solar Musick Suite on Pandora.
nelson from be bop deluxe ? hillage rocks
seems like lots of steves music being offered here is from 25 30 years ago. thats fine with me. never really knew his stuff... getting to know you!!!!!!
tommc4 says: Vynl what?...Die Summbags

Dude, you can't even spell!! It's Vinyl, as in: the stuff music was pressed onto, before tapes and cd's, yet still being produced today. And it's, scumbag. Go back to school! Anyway, very tasteful music does Hillage produce!! Peace!
Hillage is an outstanding musician. He has a gorgeous and instantly recognizable guitar tone and his solos show a brilliant sense of melodic flow.
I really dig Hillage. He plays some of the most tasteful riffs on vinyl.

bromide01
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thereisnopil o t
Always good to hear a guitar man who is more into sound than flash. Cant wait to hear more!
zen.spy
Strange -- the link from the Bio to the album "L" brings you to the album, but it isn't showing in the above discography. . .
Wow. This is amazing stuff! Can't beleive I have missed this.
head phones and a bong.
I never heard off Egg and the off shoots until Pandora! Thank-you
Z1

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