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The planet Gong





marrs
Are there any gong fans here?
GONG is a Space/Canterbury Rock group formed by Australian guitarist (formerly of SOFT MACHINE) Daevid Allan in Paris, France in 1968. He did not do it alone though, he & his wife, Gilli Smyth are the whole nucleus of that band with numerous band line-ups. "Magick Brother, Mystic Sister" is GONG’s first release & the line up consists of: Didier Malherbe (sax), Christian Tritsch (guitar), Pip Pyle (drums) & of course, Daevid Allan (guitar & lead vocals) while his wife Gilli performed the spacey vocals. GONG’s second release: "Camembert Electrique" is the beginning of Allan’s ideas of Pot Head pixies, Radio Gnome’s, & Octave Doctor’s featured on later albums of "The Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy" along with the Protagonist Zero The Hero, which consisted of "Flying Teapot" (1972), "Angel’s Egg" (1973) & "You" (1974). After "Camembert Electrique" release also saw a new line-up & a steady one. The line-up consisted of: Didier Malherbe (sax) Mike Howlett (bass), Pierre Moerlen (drums), Steve Hillage (guitar), Tim Blake (synthesizers) & of course, Daevid (vocals & guitar) & Gilli (space vocals). This line-up would last until "You". When Allen, Smyth, & Blake departed due to dissatisfaction of being an instrumental band this led Pierre to be the leader & released "Shamal" in 1976. Hillage lost faith in the group & departed as well.

All of the "Radio Gnome Trilogy" albums & "Camembert Electrique" are great places to start for anyone interesting in GONG. "Magick Brother, Mystic Sister" is very raw, & not as technical or jam worthy as later GONG, but the Canterbury humor is still there. "Shamal" is the beginning of their Fusion sound that would be later presented on later albums. "Gong Live" features a good compilation of tracks performed live would also be good starter album.
The Mitchell
yes i am a huge gong fan. in fact i am actually lectured by mike howlett who i believe still plays some gigs on bass with gong. really nice guy actually. he taught me music industry stuff last year.
marrs
One of my all times favorites which I resonely required on cd is Gong Fairy Tales.
Originally released in 1979, Gilli Smyth ('Mother Gong') with the help of Nik Turner (Hawkwind) among others, takes three children's fairy tales "Wassilissa," "The Three Tongues," and "The Pied Piper" and uses her own haunting voice and music to bring out their unspoken dark sides. Warning: you may never be able to sleep peacefully again.
zeitgeistsa
Hey!! I love Gong, I live in Afica and have only come across one other person here who has ever heard of Gong!

I only have two of their albums - not easy to find here:

Angel's Egg
Expresso II
marrs
zeitgeistsa wrote:
Hey!! I love Gong, I live in Afica and have only come across one other person here who has ever heard of Gong!

I only have two of their albums - not easy to find here:

Angel's Egg
Expresso II


Hey zeitgeistsa
Both the gong albums you have heard really dont express the true feeling about gong you should check out these albums:
Daevid Allen's Gong - Magick Brother
Gong - Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible, Pt. 1)
Gong - You (Radio Gnome Invisible, Pt. 3) [Virgin Bonus Track]

But probably the best bet would be to track this super 3 cd set out
World of Daevid Allen and Gong
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