What a nice surprise this album is to me. I´ve never heard of this band before I read a review in Prog Archives. This means that I had never heard of Steve Hillage before either. BIG MISTAKE. What a fantastic guitarist he is and a great singer too. Steve sounds a lot like Rob Halford ( Judas Priest) when he sings in mid-range ( Not his high pitched screams) and sometimes like Ozzy. Actually the whole band is bloddy magnificent. There are other hints to early Judas Priest ( Rocka rolla and Sad Wings of Destiny) along the way, but these are only hints. Don´t expect Heavy metal on Space Shanty though only some really mean hard rock riffs.
The compositions on Space Shanty are 6-10 minutes, and in these minutes much happens. There are both some of the meanest hard rock riffs I have ever heard, great rock/ jazzy instrumental passages, nice vocal melodies and an overall feel that these musicians are having fun. Too bad they only made this one album.
- Nick Greenwood - bass, vocals
- Steve Hillage - guitars, vocals
- Eric Peachy - drums
- Dave Stewart - organ, piano, skyceleste, marimbas
1. Space shanty (8:59)
2. Stranded (6:35)
3. Mixed up man of the mountains(7:14)
4. Driving to Amsterdam (9:22)
5. Stargazers (5:32)
6. Hollow stone (8:16)
Best known as the album that first brought the guitar playing talents of guitarist Steve Hillage to public prominence, Khan’s sole album is a splendid example of a fusion of Canterbury flavoured rock combined with jazz and space rock influences. Originally released in 1972 by Deram Records, the Eclectic Discs reissue is the album’s first appearance on CD in Britain for over ten years and has been remastered from the original master tapes. This expanded edition includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks and extensive liner notes and is sure to appeal to all fans of Steve Hillage.
Jazz-space progrock with the absolutely Highlight of Stevie Hillages guitar work!
Rip from CD 256@ (artwork included)