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Audio Fidelity - AFZLP 208 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl -
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio - Limited Edition - Pressed at QRP
Kevin Gray remastered this time for Audio Fidelity, which issued it in an attractive gatefold package. And again, this latest edition blows the doors off the previous two in every imaginable way.If you don't have a copy of this, it's worth getting, musically and sonically. And if you have an original, you will be surprised by how much better this reissue sounds compared to the original.
Sound 9/10 Music 9/10 Michael Fremer Analogue Planet
This is the finest album from Michael Hedges, the man who is responsible for the greatest revolution in solo acoustic guitar playing since Leo Kottke. There are moments on Aerial Boundaries where it seems literally impossible that so much music is coming from one man and his guitar. Attacking his instrument, snapping strings, banging on the fingerboard with his right hand, Hedges plays supremely beautiful music with the technique of a deranged lunatic. It has been said that genius is at least one part madness -- although a questionable assertion in general terms -- when applied to Hedges and his music, the analogy holds.
The songs on Aerial Boundaries are all beautiful and haunting in their own right; and it is this emphasis on composition over technique that makes this such an important recording. Hedges makes the breadth of his musical interest known by the inclusion of the extremely interesting electronic piece, "Spare Change." Even though the liner notes assure the listener that the guitar is the origin for every sound heard, Hedges has electronically manipulated some of them to an almost unrecognizable point, yet he has still managed to create music of untarnished beauty.
There is something of the music of minimalist Steve Reich's (thanked in the liner notes) in this track, as the cycling, overlapping guitar tracks are almost trance-like in their repetitiveness, yet utterly musical in their constant revelations. Aerial Boundaries is simply one of the finest acoustic guitar albums ever made, and deserves a place in the library of all serious music fans.
180g Pure Virgin Vinyl! The acoustic guitar re-invented... a musical flight of fancy!
Aerial Boundaries is unquestionably one of the most groundbreaking albums in acoustic guitar history. This recording introduced Michael Hedges to the world as the ultimate acoustic guitar visionary, stretching the limits of the instrument to accommodate his exceptional musical ideas. There are moments on the record where it seems impossible that so much music is coming from one man and his guitar. Rich in classical harmony and master of fast finger techniques, Hedges' tracks feature layers of musical complexity and every performance expands the dynamic range of the instrument.
The songs on Aerial Boundaries are all beautiful and haunting and it is this emphasis on composition over technique that makes this such an important recording. Stirring, complex compositions like "Rickover's Dream", "Spare Change" and an ingenious instrumental take of Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush" are on full display. He could be seductively quiet and suddenly explosive... slow or fast, timid or thunderous.
"There was simply no one like him," Bonnie Raitt said of Michael Hedges following his untimely death in 1997, "a very gifted performer, arranger and composer whose music sounded like nothing that had come before it." Aerial Boundaries remains Hedges' seminal work, and its innovations in technique, tuning, tone, and intensity combined to produce music of untarnished beauty.
1. Aerial Boundaries
3. Rickover's Dream
5. After The Gold Rush
6. Hot Type
7. Spare Change
8. Menage a Trois
9. The Magic Farmer
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Engineers Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray use their 30 years of expertise to create the best sounding versions of the music ever released.
Our Vinyl series of 180g Virgin Vinyl 12” LPs features some of the classic recorded concert performances of all time. These are both single or double-gatefold album packages that include all the details and imagery of the recorded performance. The titles in the series include albums at both 33 1/3 rpm as well as some soon to be released at 45 rpm for the peak in quality of sound. This unique set of recordings truly lives up to our name by offering the ultimate sound experience, absolute Audio Fidelity.
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