Aerial Boundaries

by Michael Hedges

(1985) Windham Hill

Personnel Michael Hedges - guitar; Michael Manring - fretless bass; Mindy Rosenfield - flute
Description Acoustic pioneer Michael Hedges' debut album, deceptively classified as "New Age"
Posted By Tony Cook (2424)
Directory Recordings: Acoustic/Folk
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Overall Rating: 5.0 (of 5)
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On 6/25/2003, Greg Wallace (57) posted:
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I was able to see Michael Hedges live a few times before his tragic death. He put on one of the greatest one-man shows that I have ever seen (athough Phil Keaggy really is serious competition)! His playing was original and technically stunning - and he had a great sense of humor! All his recordings are great, especially the early ones!
On 5/5/2003, John Beam (95) posted:
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I agree with the first review of this, Hedges really grabs your attention from the first notes, and never lets go throughout. 'Spare Change' is a personal fave (any tabs on that?:), you just shake your head and wonder just what's going on there. Great compositions and awesome playing, hard to believe it's almost twenty years old now - the first from a very influential player.
On 10/30/2001, Tony Cook (2424) posted:
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From the hammered opening chords of the first (and title) track, you can tell this guy is different. While still hammering the chords away with his left hand, he proceeds to tap a melody with his right. If you've never heard Michael Hedges, Aerial Boundaries is a good place to start. The acoustic wizadry never subsides on this album. He taps, pops, beats his guitar, and above all, produces great music. Also of note is bassist Michael Manring's beautiful accompaniment on several cuts, especially the haunting cover of Neil Young's After the Gold Rush. I assume this album was classified as "New Age" because it has a flute on a couple of tracks, and it was released on the Windham Hill label. Don't let that scare you away. It is mellow, but the compositions are powerful. Hedges is a man worth listening to, and if you fancy yourself an acoustic guitarist, his work in indispensable. Aerial Boundaries ranks among his finest.