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Performs Mike Oldfield’s Hergest Ridge
London 1974 [no label, 1CD]

Orchestral Hergest Ridge. Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; December 9, 1974. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to econeywaaa for sharing the show at Dime.

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Like The Orchestral Tubular Bells before it, The Orchestral Hergest Ridge was arranged and conducted by David Bedford. The BBC recorded the premiere, performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Steve Hillage (a member of the Kevin Ayers band) on guitar, on December 9 1974. This was broadcast on television in early 1975.

A performance by the Scottish National Orchestra at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow on May 5 1976 (also featuring Hillage, Andy Summers - later of The Police - took part in other performances) was recorded by Radio Clyde. Virgin purchased the rights to this recording, with the intention of releasing it.

The album was never released, possibly for several reasons. The Orchestral Tubular Bells was not a commercial success, and Mike Oldfield was absent from all recordings of the Orchestral Hergest Ridge. Watching the television broadcast of the 1974 performance, Mike laughed at Steve Hillage’s playing, and so he may have vetoed its release for this reason.

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These tracks have been arbitrarily split for easier access.

Track 01. Hergest Ridge A - Part 1 7:22
Track 02. Hergest Ridge A - Part 2 12:33
Track 03. Hergest Ridge B - Part 1 8:05
Track 04. Hergest Ridge B - Part 2 9:08
38 mins

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  1. One Response to “STEVE HILLAGE - LONDON 1974”

  2. Thank you very much BigO.

    By Derrick & the Dominos on Jan 14, 2023

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