First Volume of Unreleased Hugh Hopper Recordings Now Available
Hugh Hopper and Soft Machine fans worldwide are rejoicing to the news of the pending release of HUGH HOPPER - DEDICATED TO HUGH, a 10-CD Archival Celebration of the music of bass guitarist, composer, Hugh Hopper comprised of previously unreleased Hi-Fidelity recordings. Compiled by Michael King, a Canadian Hugh Hopper Scholar, the CDs will be released individually, beginning with Volume One, entitled 'Memories'.
This ten part series is to compliment a heretofore large body of work (over sixty titles) by presenting previously unreleased concert and studio recordings, with a focus on Hugh's compositions as performed by groups under his leadership. All proceeds are to benefit Hugh's Hopper's family.
HUGH HOPPER - DEDICATED TO HUGH 10-CD set features:
Volume 1 - Memories Hugh introduces a selection of rare tracks from across his career
Volume 2 - Frangloband Live at Triton Club, Paris 2004
Volume 3 - North & South co-credited with Scottish drummer Mike Travis (Gilgamesh) Live in Aberdeen 1995
Volume 4 - Four by Hugh by Four One-off quartet live at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, 2000
Volume 5 - Heart to Heart Co-credited with guitarist Phil Miller (Hatfield/National Health/In Cahoots) Studio duet performance, Amsterdam, 2007
Volume 6 - Special Friends Rare concert recordings, 1992 through 1995, of Hugh's project with Phil Miller, Didier Malherbe (Gong), Pip Pyle & Elton Dean - a.k.a. Short Wave.
Volume 7 - Soft Boundaries Triton, Paris concert recordings with Elton Dean, Sophia Domanich & Simon Goubet 2005
Volume 8 - Bass On Top Improvised studio session with pianist Slava Ganelin & drummer Aahron Kaminsky, Israel 2007
Volume 9 - Anatomy of Facelift Five live performances of Hugh's signature composition, Facelift, as performed by Soft Machine, 1969 through 1971. Includes extracts from Lois Frith's University Thesis: Anatomy of Facelift
Volume 10 - Was A Friend Various rare tracks, including duets with drummers Chris Cutler (Henry Cow) & Seb Rockford and concluding with Hugh final musical performance: Was A Friend, performed by Denis Colin Trio, 2008