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Michael Hedges — Aerial Boundaries
Album: Aerial Boundaries
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8.1

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Total ratings: 2022








Released: 1984
Length: 4:39
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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This music never ceases to amaze me. A modern genius.
If you people like this you should really listen to Calum Graham, a young guitar player but really talented. The song Nomad is one of my favourites, I really hope it will be played by RP some day!
Back when this was released, CDs -- the first digital audio format -- were just being put into production.  Working midtown Manhattan and seeing a Sony CDP101 compact disc player with a short stack of the very first CDs for sale in the US, I brought home a player and this album. Good stuff!
Well hell to this yeah! Enjoying it very much. Seems there's much to enjoy, as I think this is the same number that started when I walked in the house... about 3 hours ago. 
 david16 wrote:
There are soooooo many guys out there doing this better... Come on RP, get with it!
 
I believe they were most likely influenced by him, as he pioneered this technique.  Someone correct me if mistaken, but I'm pretty sure.
 
There are soooooo many guys out there doing this better... Come on RP, get with it!
I used to DJ at our local community radio station
in the 80s
I wore this record out
Mezmorizing.  Fluid.  Beautiful.
 Imkirok wrote:

Not real obvious for me.  Cool stuff, but not "godlike" IMO. 

 
I think you have to watch Michael Hedges play to appreciate him fully. Did you know, Imkirok, that most of the notes you hear played on this track are coming from his left hand on the frets? As far as I know, Hedges originated that technique. (Other artists followed him, of course).

Hedges was frikkin' amazing! And way ahead of his time. (RIP)

This is one of those tracks that makes me wish I could rate it 11, "Beyond the Gods."

 RonF wrote:
10 - obviously

 
Not real obvious for me.  Cool stuff, but not "godlike" IMO. 
10 - obviously
A regret in life that I didn't get to see this guy play. 9>10.
Superb, beautiful.
 ljhumbix wrote:
"10 - Godlike". What else?

 
nothing else. 10 + infinity
"10 - Godlike". What else?
First heard this back in the mid eighties on a Windham Hill sampler cassette.  Loved it then and love it now.  As others have noted, there have been many imitators since then, but no one has bettered what Hedges, Will Ackerman, Liz Story, Shadowfax, or Nightnoise were doing thirty years ago when WH was founded by Ackerman to feature contemporary instrumental music.
{#Sunny}
 I remember the first time I heard this - around 1984 on a turntable. I didnt know that it was possible to create brilliance like this. I  was lucky to see him before he died. Nowdays there are a multitude of fingerstyle players emulating this and I've heard most of them - IMHO no one has what he had - he was first and foremost a composer not a technician.
What a huge huge loss.  Tragic.
11... oh wait! Is not 11 available to vote?
Used this song in the soundtrack of a multimedia show "The Grand Canyon of the Midwest." (About Chicago architecture.) heard it here now almost 30 years later and had flashes of wonder at the song and PTSD at keeping 36 slide projectors running. 
I remember when he died.  Car wreck in Albion if I recall.  Used to have this album on vinyl back in the day.
Outstanding!  when he played it often sounded like 2 guitars.  watching him live was truly a treat.  
 bluematrix wrote:
One of my only 10's here on RP. Just... beautiful. 

 
What you said. He created his own style which not has surpassed since. Given all the superb guitarists out there you'd think that would be impossible, but Michael Hedges really stands alone.
 Pedro1874 wrote:
RIP Michael.  Utter genius and exemplifying the true meaning of the word.  Just beautiful.  {#Sunny}{#Notworthy}
 
EVERY time his music is played the volume MUST go up!

Wish you would have been a better driver Michael

Your creations are appreciated for all time!
RIP Michael.  Utter genius and exemplifying the true meaning of the word.  Just beautiful.  {#Sunny}{#Notworthy}
This man redefined what you can do with an acoustic guitar.
Plays with a similar style as Fink.
As I so often write, there's a fine line between elegaic and ho-hum. This song was the wrong side of it on first hearing, and has now slipped into elegaic. It's all down to mood, I guess...
10, next
There are so many acoustic guitar players attempting this style....please stop! This is it.
One of my only 10's here on RP. Just... beautiful. 
 Stingray wrote:
Good, but prefer CHRIS HEDGES!

 
I totally disagree! I saw Chris Hedges live once. All he did was talk politics the whole time, and didn't play a damn thing.
Good, but prefer CHRIS HEDGES!
Genius that is! A small wood building in Davis, CA, the Palms, we were blown away.
Genious. I wish Michael was still with us. 
 BBoyes wrote:
With all the songs that have been written over hundreds of years I sometimes wonder: hasn't it all been done? It seems like there are a finite number of notes, tones, techniques, etc with which to work, especially if you limit yourself to one instrument. What can anyone still do that is original? Here's one answer, which still sounds as fresh and original now as it did when released.

 
Probably one of the best post comments I have ever seen on Radio Paradise.  Well said.
This is brilliant.  
Was lucky enough to see him at Blues Alley in Northern Virginia years ago.  Great small venue.  It was like he was in your living room and very casual. 
A brilliant musician who died way too soon. Just glad I got the chance to see him a couple times in concert. True genius. Nice to hear this. Thanks.
Always a favorite...
 sajitjacob wrote:
Blimey!  I nearly forgot to breathe for a second there. Gosh.
 
I remember that feeling well when a friend played this for me on vinyl, on a really good Hi Fi system.  I bought the album for myself as soon as I was able and still cherish it .  RIP Michael. {#Notworthy}
With all the songs that have been written over hundreds of years I sometimes wonder: hasn't it all been done? It seems like there are a finite number of notes, tones, techniques, etc with which to work, especially if you limit yourself to one instrument. What can anyone still do that is original? Here's one answer, which still sounds as fresh and original now as it did when released.
He is definitely missed. 

Beautiful music...

what happened to him is a real tragedy...

 
10+ for composition, technique, melody, rhythm, and feeling. 
Bookmarking
can never say anything bad about Michael Hedges - he was, and always will be, amazing!!
More proof that God takes the good ones.   that's why Neil Young and Van Morrison are still here.
MH also inspired Eric Roach another percussive guitarist who I once played with and was far too young to die, he went on to coach Newton Falkner et al.
I've loved this piece since I had it on vinyl in college. 
 nook wrote:
truly godlike guitar work
 
AMEN
 bachbeet wrote:
I have a lot of his CDs and this one is one of his best.  I saw him a couple times live and he put on really good shows.  Yet another musical genius who died way too young.
 
So jealous
I have a lot of his CDs and this one is one of his best.  I saw him a couple times live and he put on really good shows.  Yet another musical genius who died way too young.
 Cynaera wrote:
Please allow me to join you in your bliss....  This is just painfully, exquisitely perfect music. {#Meditate}{#Sunny}
 
Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace...

 
truly godlike guitar work
 d-don wrote:
How this can be rated anything lower than 10 is beyond me. Genius, pure and simple.
 
Yes.
 DanFHiggins wrote:

 Twice,
1st time - 10 feet from him - One Step Down  - club Wash. DC  1988?

A true magician 
 
Saw him in the Gordon Center for performing arts in Reisterstown, MD in the late 90's, so glad I got to get even just one of his shows in before he passed.  Two? I am very jealous!  The first time you are in such awe, it is hard to take it all in....
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
Any similarities to Bruce Cockburn's "End of all rivers"?
 
Nice one.
Blimey! I nearly forgot to breath, for a second there. Gosh.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this virtuoso music...
 
There are many videos on youtube displaying his talent.  Just him alone on a stage sounding like a symphony.
Aerial Boundaries...like acoustic visions
How this can be rated anything lower than 10 is beyond me. Genius, pure and simple.
Any similarities to Bruce Cockburn's "End of all rivers"?
Great work
nor even a marginal nor ho-hum............  {#Cowboy}

 oldsaxon wrote:
Not one sucko-barfo. How many songs can say that?
 


 Groogrux69 wrote:

Bummed, never got to see him.
 
 Twice,
1st time - 10 feet from him - One Step Down  - club Wash. DC  1988?

A true magician 
 sbegf wrote:

What about red Zindfandel?  That is often my wife's favorite varietal.   :)
 
Larry Turley proves your wife right.  

White Zin, however?  Ugh. Might as well drink Gallo Jug wine or Yellowtail.
Not one sucko-barfo. How many songs can say that?
and now : feel good only  {#Yes}
 jmassoglia wrote:
 Cynaera wrote:

Here - have a glass of chilled White Zinfandel. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon with a set like this one... {#Cheers}
 Friends don't let friends drink Zinfandel!  {#Group-hug}

 
What about red Zindfandel?  That is often my wife's favorite varietal.   :)

 Cynaera wrote:

Here - have a glass of chilled White Zinfandel. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon with a set like this one... {#Cheers}
 Friends don't let friends drink Zinfandel!  {#Group-hug}

 ronniegirl wrote:


Again.  Just closed my laptop and lost all stress.  Where is that wine?
 
Here - have a glass of chilled White Zinfandel. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon with a set like this one... {#Cheers}
One of the reasons I LOVE radio Paradise SO much, is that EVERY time I tune in, there is such an amazingly eclectic mix of old & new, it sounds like an awesome mix-tape me or one of my friends would make. Thank You, Radio Paradise, for making my life better through music <3
 ronniegirl wrote:
Oh my, what a set.  Mark-Almond The City, then Michael Hedges.  I am very blissful.
 

Again.  Just closed my laptop and lost all stress.  Where is that wine?
 dpvest wrote:
saw him play at the palms in davis and the crest in sac-town.  miss u michael...
 
Bummed, never got to see him.

 vicariance wrote:
Normally, this high of an average rating would be shocking to me, but in this case, I totally understand the universal appeal.  It's like elevator music, but perfect.
 
Unfortunately, some people classify any piece of music which is slower than 140 beats-per-minute, as "boring" or "elevator music".

 Dave_Mack wrote:

Me tooooooo!  Early 80s, yes? Do you remember seeing Tuck and Patti there too?  Not as amazing as MH, but very nice too.

 
Saw T&P in there in 80 or 81, when we lived a few short blocks away and  old Palo Alto was semi-affordable

saw him play at the palms in davis and the crest in sac-town.  miss u michael...
 Sorcha wrote:

Used to see him play in the outdoor courtyard of the New Varsity Theater in Palo Alto (now it's a Borders Books :( ... )

RIP, Michael


 
Me tooooooo!  Early 80s, yes? Do you remember seeing Tuck and Patti there too?  Not as amazing as MH, but very nice too.

I remember this song so many years ago...still a classic!!!
It only sounds like elevator music if you don't realize it's one guy all by his lonesome. {#Meditate}

Rest in peace, Michael. *sigh*
 ronniegirl wrote:
Oh my, what a set.  Mark-Almond The City, they Michael Hedges.  I am very blissful.
 
Please allow me to join you in your bliss....  This is just painfully, exquisitely perfect music. {#Meditate}{#Sunny}
Believe I heard this about 25 years ago on a Wyndham Hill sampler bootleg tape purchased in Dubai.  Still outstanding
Oh my, what a set.  Mark-Almond The City, they Michael Hedges.  I am very blissful.
 LastChance wrote:
This is one of those songs that makes me stop what I'm doing and listen. Every time I hear it.
 
Exactly! Just did the same... down tools and tune in - a really nice piece. Thxs RP!

Saw him with Leo Kotke when I was just a lad. Great show, from what I remember. This music will always remind me of my childhood and simpler times...

Used to see him play in the outdoor courtyard of the New Varsity Theater in Palo Alto (now it's a Borders Books :( ... )

RIP, Michael


Saw Mr. Hedges live in Chico years ago. One person on stage, making incredible music, this tune included. In some senses, yeah, he's just another really good musician who died young. But it worked for me. 9.
This had me transfixed the first time I heard it.  Beautiful to this day.
This is one of those songs that makes me stop what I'm doing and listen. Every time I hear it.
 spigolli wrote:
Very nice guitar but my first thought at seeing such high ratings was that the artist must have had a tragic end to his life. 
 
He did, but I still think it's a great piece of music.

 vicariance wrote:
Normally, this high of an average rating would be shocking to me, but in this case, I totally understand the universal appeal.  It's like elevator music, but perfect.
 
When I find me an elevator that plays stuff like this I'm slingin the hammock and kickin off the sandals. 9

Normally, this high of an average rating would be shocking to me, but in this case, I totally understand the universal appeal.  It's like elevator music, but perfect.
A beautiful piece of work from Mr. Hedges. RIP to a great artist. His music definitely lives on and passes the test of time.
Love this.
Ran across this album being used to demo a set of ribbon speakers. Nice speakers, incredible music. I got a chance to see Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke live in Tempe, AZ. What a show. Still can't believe that some of these songs are be played be one guy.
Nice. Perfect music when at work.
Very nice guitar but my first thought at seeing such high ratings was that the artist must have had a tragic end to his life. 
Not only an extraordinary guitarist, but a very vivid stage presence too. Put the "live" in "live." About 20 years since that performance, but I haven't forgotten much of it.
 BikeCoachDave wrote:
I discovered Michael Hedges via an Eddie Van Halen comment back in the 80s. Eddie claimed Michael Hedges was his favorite guitarist and so I went to the local music store and bought this C.D. to find out what had inspired that comment from the likes of a guitar legend like Van Halen. I still have and listen to this C.D., but not so much my Van Halen anymore, even though I still like it. Guess that says something.
 
I can hear that influence, particularly on the Fair Warning album.

 DDB61 wrote:
I still own a vinyl copy of this.
 
Me too, one of those expensive types ($30 in 1985) that claims to be either/all direct-to-disc, "all digital," half-speed-mastered (or some such) on Windham Hill. . .


I discovered Michael Hedges via an Eddie Van Halen comment back in the 80s. Eddie claimed Michael Hedges was his favorite guitarist and so I went to the local music store and bought this C.D. to find out what had inspired that comment from the likes of a guitar legend like Van Halen. I still have and listen to this C.D., but not so much my Van Halen anymore, even though I still like it. Guess that says something.
Hedges is the master.  Check out his protege Stefano Barone on the YouTube.  Good stuff.  

He records on Candy Rat with other guitar phenoms like Don Ross.  If you like Hedges, you'll love CandyRat.

-tl
RIP Michael.  Thanks for the music.
This is missing something - a 2010 comment on its greatness!
His guitar playing still amazes me every time I hear it - as much as it did the first time I heard it.
What a tremendous loss.
Leave aside the hippy dippy ness of his approach and listen to what his FINGERS created with STRINGS.
Keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle.
I still own a vinyl copy of this.
I was blessed to see him twice... once at a small jazz club in DC.
HE WAS MAGICAL!

Amazing guitarist - and this is one of my favorites by him. Sucks that he died so young - for a whole lot of reasons.


 EssexTex wrote:
This is really nice
 
And you really think this does justice to it?

 Gatlinburger wrote:
If you like this, you should check out William Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records.  A personal favorite is his "Past Light" album.  There's a track called "Visiting" (I think that's the one) that is incredible.  It got some airplay on KJAZ in the early '80's and that prompted me to buy that and several other "New Age" albums.  (Mr. Ackerman reportedly HATED the "New Age" label.)  Everything from Windham Hill is incredible.
 
Ackerman is nowhere near the genius of Hedges... He himself would be the first to admit that.  The label is great and I appreciate Ackerman greatly but his guitar work is amateurish in comparison. 
Wow...Nice to hear Hedges on RP.
 jamesbradley wrote:
saw him at bogarts in cincinnati with leo kottke as i was watching michael play the guitar i remember at one point becoming aware that my mouth was open — i looked around and noticed that several people were slackjawwed - the guitarist from another planet, a well deserved title.
 
You dog, I'm jealous.  I've seen kottke a few times in Bloomington, IN.  Saw Jane's Addiction at Bogart's once.

 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/510K29VYJSL._AA240_.jpg
 
Yeah, another great CD!

Wow, somewhere I have a copy of this album.  Michael's been gone a long time.
 The_Enemy wrote:

For those using Firefox, right click on the graphic.  One of the items in the pop-up menu is 'Block images from ".  They built this feature specifically with manbirdesperiment in mind.
 
Thank You!! You've made me the happiest person I can be.  Hope there aren't any pictures from 'leftcoastgraphics' that I might actually want to see...


Got a hand it to Bill for that masterful segue from the Equation song - Hard Underground. {#Clap}

This is really nice