Atlantic SD 18205
Released: January 1977
Chart Peak: #130
Weeks Charted: 9
Which is not to say that Hillage is as solipsistic as bands that gave acid rock a bad name. Indeed, he is a virtual anachronism, retaining all the guileless optimism and joyful spontaneity that made this kind of music worth listening to in the first place. His guitar style combines Hendrix-inspired production technique with virtuoso soloing ability.
L moves away from the amphibious exoticism of Hillage's first post-Gong experiment, Fish Rising, into more conventional territory. Accordingly, two late-Sixties period pieces frame the album; Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and the Beatles' "It's All Too Much." The arrangements aren't changed so much as dismissed; Hillage sings a throwaway vocal, then gets down to some fierce guitaring.
Producer Todd Rundgren uses this session to show off his new studio; and the layered textures of double- and triple-tracked guitars and synthesizers work as well for his purposes as for Hillage's macrocosmic designs, especially on the electrifying "Lunar Musick Suite."
- John Swenson, Rolling Stone, 3/24/77.
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