Thursday, September 22, 2016

Steve Hillage to Release 22-CD Career Spanning Box Set

via Press Release

Searching For The Spark is a 22-disc box set celebrating the work of award-winning guitarist, Steve Hillage.

Since he began playing guitar in the early 1960s, through his time with Gong and beyond as a solo artist and one half of System 7, Steve Hillage has embodied what it means to be a truly progressive musician.

One of the most respected and beloved players arising from the Canterbury Scene, Searching For The Spark shines a spotlight on his solo work, chronicling his very first recording in 1969 through to 1991's self-titled debut with System 7.

In addition to gathering his eight solo albums, Searching For The Spark also houses seven albums of live material and no less than four discs of demos and archive recordings, many previously unreleased, direct from Steve's own personal collection.

Brimming with rare photos, press clippings, reviews and commentary from Hillage himself, the box set includes a lavish, hardback 188 page book documenting Steve’s life and times written, with Steve's full co-operation, by acknowledged Gong expert, Jonny Greene.

Musical Highlights from Searching For The Spark include:

  • Over 40 minutes of previously unavailable material from 1972's Khan mkII line-up.
  • Numerous rarities from Hillage's archive of demo recordings ranging from pre-Fish Rising through to post-For To Next.
  • Unfinished tracks from the '80s and numerous demos leading up to System 7 also shed new light on Hillage's pioneering work as a composer and ambient musician.
Searching For The Spark is an ambitious, immensely detailed retrospective.


For existing fans, it offers unprecedented access to the guitarist's archives. For the new generations coming to Hillage through his ongoing work with System 7, it provides everything needed to explore Steve's unique musical universe. For old and new admirers alike, everything from his formative years to his mature work as an unflinchingly forward-looking musician is gathered together in one truly encyclopaedic collection.

Searching For The Spark is nothing less than the definitive statement upon an impressively rich and diverse career.

The set includes:
  • Arzachel
  • Khan's Space Shanty, 1972
  • All eight of Hillage's classic Virgin Records solo albums – Fish Rising, L, Motivation Radio, Green, Open (and Studio Herald), Rainbow Dome Music, Open, For To Next (and its companion And Not Or) – plus bonus tracks.
  • System 7 (first album)
  • Live in Deeply Vale, 1978
  • Two BBC performances from The Paris Theatre recorded in December 1976 and November 1979
  • Eight CDs featuring recordings taken from Steve's personal archive, including four superb concert performances (Brighton Dome November 1977, Munich April 1979, Hammersmith Odeon November 1979, The Steve Hillage Band Live At The Gong Family Unconvention 2006) and four discs (Sparks Volumes 1-4) packed with previously unheard and unreleased tracks, demos and alternate takes
Accompanying the recordings is a magnificent 188 page 32,000 word coffee table book. Written and assembled by Steve Hillage and Gong family expert Jonny Greene, the book contains hundreds of rare and previously unseen photographs and cuttings.

In addition there are three reproduction promo posters, two lyric booklets, a high quality enamel badge, a 60 page scrap book containing more photographs and cuttings, and a certificate of authenticity signed by Steve Hillage and his creative partner Miquette Giraudy.

Please note that this superb Steve Hillage package is strictly limited to 2500 copies globally!


The track list:

Disc 1 (Arzachel - Arzachel (1969))
  • Garden Of Earthly Delights
  • Azathoth
  • Soul Thing
  • Leg
  • Clean Innocent Fun
  • Metempsychosis
Disc 2 (Khan - Space Shanty (1972))
  • Original Album
    • Space Shanty
    • Stranded
    • Mixed Up Man Of The Mountains
    • Driving To Amsterdam
    • Stargazers
    • Hollow Stone
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Break the Chains
    • Mixed Up Man of the Mountains (First Version)
Disc 3 (Fish Rising (1975))
  • Original Album
    • Solar Musick Suite
    • Fish
    • Meditation Of The Snake
    • The Salmon Song
    • Aftaglid
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Pentagrammaspin (2006 Remix)
    • Aftaglid (Power Trio Backing Track)
Disc 4 (L (1976))
  • Original Album
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    • Hurdy Gurdy Glissando
    • Electrick Gypsies
    • Om Nama Shivaya
    • Lunar Musick Suite
    • It's All Too Much
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Eight Miles High (Backing Track)
    • Maui (Early Version of Palm Trees)
    • Shimmer
Disc 5 (Motivation Radio (1977))
  • Original Album
    • Hello Dawn
    • Motivation
    • Light In The Sky 
    • Radio
    • Wait One Moment 
    • Saucer Surfing
    • Searching For The Spark
    • Octave Doctors
    • Not Fade Away (Glid Forever)
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Leylines To Glassdom (T.O.N.T.O. Version)
    • The Salmon Song (Power Trio Backing Track)
    • The Golden Vibe (Alternate Mix)
Disc 6 (Green (1978))
  • Original Album
    • Sea Nature
    • Ether Ships
    • Musik Of The Trees 
    • Palm Trees (Love Guitar)
    • Unidentified (Flying Being)
    • U.F.O. Over Paris
    • Leylines To Glassdom
    • Crystal City
    • Activation Meditation 
    • The Glorious Om Riff
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Unidentified (Flying Being) [Live at Glastonbury 1979]
    • Not Fade Away (Glid Forever) [Live at The Rainbow Theatre 1977] 
    • Octave Doctors [Live at Glastonbury 1979]
    • Meditation Of The Snake (Alternative Mix)
Disc 7 (Live Herald (1978))
  • Original Album
    • The Salmon Song [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • The Dervish Riff [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • Castle In The Clouds/Hurdy Gurdy Man [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • Light In The Sky [Live at Oxford Poly May 1978]
    • Seaching For The Spark [Live at The Marquee Club August 1978]
    • Electrick Gypsies Solar Music Suite [Live at The Rainbow Theatre November 1977] 
    • Radiom/Lunar Musick Suite/Mediation Of The Dragon [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • It's All Too Much/The Golden Vibe [Live at Oxford Poly May 1978]
  • Bonus Tracks:
    • Solar Music Suite [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
Disc 8 (Rainbow Dome Music (1979))
  • Garden Of Paradise
  • Four Ever Rainbow
Disc 9 (Studio Herald (1978) / Open (1979))
  • Studio Herald
    • Talking To The Sun
    • 1988 Aktivator
    • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype)
    • Healing Feeling
  • Open
    • Earthrise
    • Open
    • Definite Activity
    • Getting Better
    • Day After Day
    • Getting In Tune
    • Don't Dither Do It
    • The Fire Inside
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Don't Dither Do It (1974 Power Trio Backing Track)
    • Four Ever Rainbow (Part 3 Alternative Mix)
Disc 10 (For To Next / And Not Or (1983))
  • For To Next
    • These Unchartered Lands
    • Kamikaze Eyes
    • Alone
    • Anthems For The Blind
    • Bright Future
    • Frame By Frame
    • Waiting
    • Glory
  • And Not Or
    • Before The Storm
    • Red Admiral
    • Serotonin
    • And Not Or
    • Knights Templar
    • Still Golden
Disc 11 (System 7 - System 7 (1991))
  • Sunburst
  • Freedom Fighters
  • Habibi
  • Altitude
  • Bon Humeur
  • Fractal Liaison 
  • Dog 
  • Thunderdog
  • Listen
  • Strange Quotations
  • Miracle
  • Over And Out
Disc 12 (BBC Radio 1 in Concert 1976)
  • BBC Radio 1 in Concert 1976
    • The Salmon Song
    • Hurdy Gurdy Glissando
    • Meditation Of The Dragon
    • It's All Too Much
    • Encore: Not Fade Away (Glid Forever)
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Aftaglid [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • Electrick Gypsies [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • Not Fade Away (Glid Forever) [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
Disc 13 (BBC Radio 1 in Concert 1979)
  • Electrick Gypsies
  • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype)
  • Light In The Sky
  • Unidentified (Flying Being)
  • Radio
  • 1988 Aktivator
  • Crystal City
  • The Glorious Om Riff
  • It's All Too Much

    Disc 14 (Live At Deeply Vale, July 1978)
    • Saucer Surfing
    • Searching For The Spark
    • Octave Doctors 
    • The Salmon Song 
    • Crystal City
    • Radio 
    • Palm Trees
    • Light In The Sky
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    • Lunar Musick Suite
    • Sun Song (Reprise)
    • Activation Meditation
    • The Glorious Om Riff
    Disc 15 (Live At The Brighton Dome, November 1977)
    • Octave Doctors
    • It's All Too Much
    • Light In The Sky
    • Radio
    • Aftaglid
    • Electrick Gypsies
    • The Salmon Song
    • Solar Musick Suite (Part 2)
    • Motivation 
    • Saucer Surfing
    • Searching For The Spark
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    Disc 16 (Live at Schwabinger Brau, Munich, April 1979)
    • The Salmon Song
    • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype) 
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    • Unidentified (Flying Being)
    • The Dervish Riff
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    • Motivation
    • 1988 Aktivator
    • Crystal City
    • Activation Meditation
    • The Glorious Om Riff
    • Meditation Of The Dragon
    • It's All Too Much
    • Encore: Electrick Gypsies
    Disc 17 (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon November 1979)
    • The Fire Inside
    • 1988 Aktivator
    • Crystal City
    • Activation Meditation
    • The Glorious OM Riff
    • Day After Day
    • Getting In Tune 
    • Palm Trees
    • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype)
    • Healing Feeling
    • Open
    • Saucer Surfing
    • Searching For The Spark 
    • It's All Too Much
    • Encore: The Salmon Song
    Disc 18
    • Live At The Gong Family Unconvention, November 2006
      • Hello Dawn
      • It's All Too Much
      • Aftaglid
      • Solar Musick Suite Part 1
      • The Salmon Song
      • These Unchartered Lands
    • Bonus Tracks
      • Palm Trees [Live at the Sonesta Koepelkerk December 1979]
      • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype) [Live at the Sonesta Koepelkerk December 1979]
      • Healing Feeling [Live at the Sonesta Koepelkerk December 1979]
      • Solar Musick Suite (Early Version) [Live with Gong at Hammersmith Palais October 1974]
    Disc 19 (Sparks Volume 1)
    • Goblin [1970 Demo made in Canterbury]
    • Escape Of The Space Pirates [1971 Khan Demo and Early Versions]
    • Hollow Stone (Acoustic Demo) [1971 Khan Demo and Early Versions] 
    • Stargazers (Guitar Demo) [1971 Khan Demo and Early Versions]
    • Canterbury Sunrise [1972 Rehearsal Recording from Khan Mk II with Dave Stewart]
    • Madman's Rap [1972 Rehearsal Recording from Khan Mk II with Dave Stewart]
    • Wiring Out The Ground Loosely Now [1972 Rehearsal Recording from Khan Mk II with Dave Stewart]
    • Five Piece [1972 Rehearsal Recording from Khan Mk II with Dave Stewart]
    • The Dervish Riff [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    • The Golden Vibe [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    • Water Trip [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording] 
    • Leyline Drips [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording] 
    • Pre-Glid [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    • Hanging Lead [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    • Melting Leadatron [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    Disc 20 (Sparks Volume 2)
    • Don't Dither Do It [1974 Pre-Fish Rising Home Demo]
    • All The Time In The World [1974 Pre-Fish Rising Home Demo]
    • Beginning To See The Light [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Fish [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Light In The Sky [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Electrick Gypsies [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Aftaglid (Tambura Backing Track Mix) [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Pentagrammaspin [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man (Early Version) [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft]
    • It's All Too Much [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft]
    • Om Nama Shivaya [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft]
    • Electrick Gypsies [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft]
    • Hurdy Gurdy Glissando [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft] 
    • Lunar Musick Suite (Part 2) [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft] 
    Disc 21 (Sparks Volume 3)
    • Hurdy Gurdy Glissando (Gliss a Cappella) [1976 Rough from Todd Rundgren's Studio]
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man (Backing Track First Take) [1976 Rough from Todd Rundgren's Studio]
    • Light In The Sky [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Radio [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Searching for The Spark [Spring 1977 Red Demo] 
    • Saucer Surfing [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Hello Dawn [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Not Fade Away (Glid Forever) [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Don't Dither Do It [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Sea Nature [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Ether Ships [Spring 1977 Green Demo] 
    • Unidentified (Om Orgoniser) [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Leylines To Glassdom [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Musick Of The Trees [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Beginning To See The Light [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Healing Feeling [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • The Fire Inside [Summer 1979 Open Demo at Crofton Cottage]
    • Getting In Tune [Summer 1979 Open Demo at Crofton Cottage]
    • Give It Some Heft [Summer 1979 Open Demo at Crofton Cottage]
    • The Snakecharmers Ball [Summer 1979 Open Demo at Crofton Cottage]
    Disc 22 (Sparks Volume 4)
    • Time Lines [1983 Single B-Side (Studio Pre-Mix)] 
    • Before The World Was Made [1983 Single B-Side (Studio PreMix)]
    • Explosion [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Rescue Mission [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • Infomaniac [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • Forgotten Pleasure [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • No Fret [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Never Let You Go [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Everest [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • Congo Glide [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Bird's Eye View [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Crystaline [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • The Aperture [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • Set The Controls To The Heart Of The Sun [1989-90 System 7 Demo] 
    • Spanish Castle Magic [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Bon Humeur (Demo) [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Strange Quotations (Demo) [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Floating World [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Work It Out [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Glid [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Future Fifths [1989-90 System 7 Demo]

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