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Aerial Boundaries (24bt)
Genres: Folk, New Age, Pop
It's been called the album that opened "a new chapter on steel-string guitar playing," and it's unquestionably one of the most groundbreaking albums in acoustic guitar history. Though Hedges had released the excellent Brea... more »
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It's been called the album that opened "a new chapter on steel-string guitar playing," and it's unquestionably one of the most groundbreaking albums in acoustic guitar history. Though Hedges had released the excellent Breakfast in the Field on Windham Hill in 1981, the Grammy-nominated Boundaries came as an unexpected revelation in 1985. On stirring, complex compositions like "Rickover's Dream," "Spare Change," and a deft instrumental reading of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush," Hedges unleashed a stunning new vocabulary of finger-tapping, hammering, and harmonic slaps--processed with electronics and reverb--that still resounds today in the playing of artists from Ani Di Franco to Preston Reed. Steeped both in classical harmony and the fingerstyle guitar tradition of Leo Kottke, Martin Carthy, and John Renbourn, Boundaries remains the late composer-guitarist's seminal work, and its innovations in technique, tuning, tone, and intensity remain key texts in modern acoustic circles. --James Rotondi
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I hate to add another five-star review, but. . .
Bryan Douglas | Midlothian, VA United States | 03/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The biggest problem with any Michael Hedges album is that few stereo systems will do his sound any justice. Hearing him perform live in close-quarters setting forever changed the way I listen to solo guitar. He was an eccentric and very entertaining performer, and his absence leaves an unfillable cavity. I'll never forget his much-improved version of Madonna's "Lucky Star" or him spinning around and around in a tight circle--a smoking cigarette stuck in the end of his guitar--dizzying the audience with his weird, wacky style and amazing talent. It would have been a cheap gimmick if almost anyone else had done this, but Hedges had the soul of a child who truly loved making music for our enjoyment.Just listen to the sample tracks provided by Amazon and you'll know whether or not you "get" Michael Hedges. Master of fast finger techniques, his tracks lay down layer upon layer of musical complexity and every piece stretches the dynamic range of the instument. He can be seductively quiet and suddenly explosive. Slow or fast, timid or thunderous, Hedges' playing almost never bores you if you know how to listen. But active listening isn't required: This album won't punish or distract you if you just pop in this familiar CD for background music for other activities. A must-have for those who like alternative instrumental music."
This is the beginning...
Samuel S. Lewis | Sugartown, LA United States | 03/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...of my appreciation for what it means to let a guitar dance. In 1985 a friend with whom I shared an appreciation of Will Ackerman's records, told me to follow him into a room else where. I arrived and heard "Aerial Boundaries." The title track took flight in a way that is difficult for me to describe with words. Then the variety of hand dancing styles on other tracks make this an album to listen to from beginning to end.
Around 1998 I saw, for the first time, videos of Michael Hedges playing gigs. He danced while his guitar music danced.
I've seen hours and hours of Trip Wamsley's gigs. He plays with passion and an innovative improvisational style that reminds me of Hedge's dexterity. Yet Trip's body doesn't dance.
I encourage listeners to learn how to dance to the tunes of this album. This album will take you to distant places"
The Acoustic Guitar....re-invented!
Bryan Douglas | 02/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard of Michael Hedges on a Windham Hill Sampler(1984, I think). Aerial Boundaries was the song, and I was immediately interested, enthralled, and hooked...I checked the albumn's liner notes about the song, as it clearly sounded like two guitars, or three, being played at once! I was sure it was overdubbed, but I was wrong. I went out and bought Aerial Boundaries, and it clearly says that it was 'recorded live' with no overdubs. Astounding! I was an instant fan of Hedges as a result of this albumn, and now own all of his available CD's/albumns. However, I was saddenned by his tragic passing in 1997. The world lost a master of the guitar. Hedges shines in Aerial Boundaries, one of his technically best albumns. Buy it!"