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4.14 | 716 ratings

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4 stars As a Christmas gift, I recieved this album, like six months ago, as an introduction to this crazy band GonG and the Canterbury Scene. Then, I decided to take this disc with me on holidays, and hear it on the beach, park, etc etc. Since then, I started to like this album more and more until I love it, and after a listening tonight I decided to make a review.

Gong was a completely unknown band to me until I saw occasionally a video of the band on a bizarre TV comic show. I was impressed by the weirdness of their sound, so I heard an mp3 on this site and then got this album, and, yes, what an introduction! What makes me love this disc is the bizarre it is: weird voices, some of them comical; very psychedelic sounds and moments, like the intro with no shape "Other Side Of The Sky"; a song that seems a group of guys singing drunk on a bar; as well as some strange, if not childy ("Love Is How You Make It"), melodies. In addition to that, the base is very, very good, with excellent drumming (specially on "Oily Way") and that low, atmosphere bass, that contributes very much to that unique 'Gong' ambience, with the occassional but great guitar solos by Hillage. Having said this, I can't find any other band that sounds like Gong, they're an unique experience on my CD collection and that makes me want to hear more from them. Since to me it's not easy to describe very well their music, you have to hear to believe! But I'll say what are the standouts here: "Sold To The Highest Buddha" drives me completely crazy and, as a very good opener, blows my mand with that "Hang on to your head" chorus, great moment!; I love the voice of Gilli Smith on "The Prostitute Poem" as well as the main melody with very mellow and sweet sax; "Flute Salad" serves as an introduction to the great "Oily Way" (which is possible to hear on this site), that COMPLETELY blows my mind, crazy, catchy, amazing!; the last two and the bonus track, that features a very strange title, are incredibly good, heavier and catchy. To summarize, here you've from quiet, psych songs, to more, I don't know if 'rocker' is the correct term, but heavier fits well with the description of 'the other side' of this album.

Overall, an album (and band) that shouldn't be missed in your collection. I'm looking forward to more albums from Gong. Crazy and nice music, specially for those who are looking for something different into the Prog Rock genre. Highly recommended.

Rating: 4.1/5

Barla | 4/5 |


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