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Gong - Absolutely The Best Of Gong [2CD Remastered Box Set] (2001)

Rock, Progressive Rock | Author: artmuss | 12-07-2015, 13:45
Gong - Absolutely The Best Of Gong [2CD Remastered Box Set] (2001)
Artist: Gong
Title Of Album: Absolutely The Best Of Gong
Year Of Release: 2001
Label (Catalog#): Charly Schallplatten [CDVAL 118-2]
Country: France
Genre: Space Rock, Psychedelic, Prog Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 1:37:48
Full Size: 561 mb

Combining Dadaesque jazz with very whimsical lyrics, Gong was far too unfocused a band to ever make it in the United States. For a "hippie band", though, they could play pretty well... Steve Hillage featured some tasty fusion-style guitar in this band, and drummers Pip Pyle and Pierre Motien both were very talented. Sax/flute player Didier Malherbe at times sounds uncannily like Mel Collins of King Crimson--similar influences, I guess-- and at other times (when Gong was playing 'yoga atmospherics' ) he apes Yusef Lateef.

There are times when the band plays like the Mothers of Invention, and other instances when "Islands" period King Crimson comes to mind, with Gilli Smyth's eerie wails being a bit like Pauline Lucas' siren-style vocals on Crimson's "Formentara Lady".

Gilli Smyth's distinctly feminist presence is another factor that makes Gong noteworthy.


1-1 Mystic Sister 1:52
1-2 Magick Brother 4:01
1-3 Mister Long Shanks: O Mother I Am Your Fantasy 5:57
1-4 Dynamite: I Am Your Animal 4:32
1-5 Wet Cheese Delirum 0:32
1-6 Tropical Fish: Selene 7:39
1-7 Radio Gnome Invisible 5:32
1-8 Flying Teapot 11:49
1-9 The Pot Head Pixie 3:02
1-10 Zero The Hero And The Witch's Spell 9:38
1-11 Castle In The Clouds 1:12

2-1 Flute Salad 2:44
2-2 Oily Way 3:00
2-3 Outer Temple 1:09
2-4 Inner Temple 3:21
2-5 I Niver Glid Before 5:36
2-6 Eat The Phone Book Coda 3:09
2-7 Magik Mother Invocation 1:10
2-8 Master Builder 7:18
2-9 The Isle Of Everywhere 10:23
2-10 You Never Blow Your Trip Forever 11:13
2-11 New Age Transformation Try: No More Sages 12:07
2-12 Jungle Windo(w) 6:22

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