Vinyl Review: Aerial Boundaries by Michael Hedges February 10 2016, 0 Comments

Is this really only Michael Hedges playing solo acoustic guitar?

 

Michael Hedges – Aerial Boundaries

 On 6 of the 9 tracks, yes it is. But frankly I do not think you will believe it. Hedges got more out of an acoustic guitar than any human before or since. Trained at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, he developed a style of playing that some have called percussive guitar. He appears to actually attack his instrument yet stay beautifully  musical at the same time.

Aerial Boundaries is an astounding album that defies categorization. Hedges recorded on the Windham Hill label but his music was like nothing else they released. His records were nominated for Grammys in the New Age category but they did not really fit there. So listen with an open mind, especially Rickover’s Dream and Ragamuffin. The album is surprisingly varied including a touch of electronica in Spare Change and there is even a cover of Neil Young’s After the Goldrush with bass accompaniment.

Needless to say, it is also extremely well recorded and actually won a Grammy for best engineered album. The space and depth of the sound combined with the musicality make this one of the best listens ever.

A 180 gram lp is available at Elusive Disc (www.elusivedisc.com).

Hedges included vocals in subsequent albums and released one live album – Live on a Double Planet in 1987. Unfortunately he died in an automobile accident in 1997, leaving a notable absence in the music world.