Third installment of the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy, and the final proper Gong album to feature Daevid Allen (the band would continue on, in a markedly different direction led by Pierre Moerlen). This album has less outright Allen weirdness, but plenty of heavyish space-jamming via Blake & Hillage and a good celestial psych feel for the period (1974).
From ProgressiveRock : Allen playfully introduces the stage for the third and final of Gong's Radio Gnome Trilogy. For the most part though, the Gong band forgo song format of the previous Angel's Egg for the loose jamming built over the rock solid grooves of their ace rhythm team of Howlett and Moerlen. It's no surprise that this is Gong's strongest release yet, its focus is on exactly what they do best. The mantra of "Master Builder" ignites with Hillages' formidable lead. "A Sprinkling of Clouds" creeps out of Blake's pulsing synthesizers, building again into an instrumental tour-de-force. The second side starts again playfully, but descends into the mega-riff of "Isle Of Everywhere", probably the penultimate example of what Gong did best. Both Malherbe and Hillage have plenty of room to solo over the head-nod groove. From there Allen winds up the cosmic adventure fittingly with "You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever." Gong's Radio Gnome trilogy remains some of the most original and lasting records of the progressive era. Allen's command would end following a bad trip before a gig in England and with it an entire era. With Smyth and family, he would retire to Majorca for an altogether different musical path. Hillage would embark on a highly successful solo career, while Howlett would form the embryonic Police, but not before guiding the interim Shamal album, also released by Virgin. From there a Moerlen-led Gong would carry on producing euro-fusion. In 1977, Virgin released a double album Live Etc documenting the Trilogy era Gong
from RsychedekicShark : From this album [You] with the Daevid Allen lineup that features one of the best drummers I have ever seen, Pierre Moerlen, to the Gong lineup without Daevid Allen which is lead by drummer Pierre Moerlen, some of the best psych-prog-rock is heard. These guys did & do not get credit they deserve as being innovative. Just give'em a listen. Try cd's "You", "Shammal", "Live" & for more of a fusion-prog soundlisten to "Expresso-[Gazusse], "Expresso II".
A lot of the Pierre Moerlen Gong features some great guitar by Allan Holdsworth & the bass of Hansford Rowe.
Give it a try. The Daevid Allen lineup still tours & will probably be in US in fall.
1. Thoughts For Nought [Gong] (1:33)
2. A P.H.P.'s Advice [Gong] (1:47)
3. Magick Mother Invocation [Gong] (2:06)
4. Master Builder [Gong] (6:06)
5. A Sprinkling Of Clouds [Gong] (8:55)
6. Perfect Mystery [Gong] (2:27)
7. The Isle Of Everywhere [Gong] (10:20)
8. You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever [Gong] (11:23)
2004 cd bonus:
09. A PHP's Advice (Alternate Version) (Bonus Track)
Daevid Allen (voc/g)
Gilli Smyth (voc/space whisper)
Didier Malherbe (ts/ss/fl/voc)
Steve Hillage (g)
Tim Blake (syn)
Mike Howlett (b)
Pierre Moerlen (d/vib)
Mireille Bauer (vib )
Benoоt Moerlen (vib )
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