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Jake E.
5 stars 1.Other Side Of The Sky::::::::::::::Starts off as a real spacy atmosphere with Smyth providing the space whispers, then come the horns and synthesizers becomming more and more active, then comes the soothing sound that gong is known for, like a electronic bath it feels like, it sounds way ahead of it's time (1973). As the song goes on more and more structure is presented and the band goes into a trippy little trance like jam, with some good guitaring from Steve Hillage.

2. Sold To The Highest Buddha::::::::::::::Is a weird rock song, with the sax almost imitating Deavid Allen's voice at the very start. Lots of sythesizer layers and background effects, good guitar once again from Hillage, great lyrics, and a easy feel good sing along chorus.

3. Castle In The Clouds:::::::::::::Extremely Jazzy, free jazz with electronics colouring the background.

4. Prostitute Poem::::::::::::::::A real good intro, next comes the heart of the song; bass and Smyth taking over lead vocals. This song remindes me of Roxy Music's A Song For Europe. Prostitute Poem also includes a very beautiful saxophone parts, and the lyrics are hallucinated. Strange parts and beautiful parts is how you describe this song.

5.Givin' My Luv To You::::::::::::::::Givin' My Love To You is a short song that sounds like something everybody in a pub would drunkenely sing. It also sounds alot like Bershire Poppies from Traffic's first album Mr. Fantasy.

6. Selene::::::::::::::::Compared to the previous songs, this is the most "normal sounding" song on the album so far, reminds me of early Pink Floyd, strong bass and vocal presentation make this song stand out.

7. Flute Salad:::::::::::::::This one sounds like an ancient india flute song, at first, then it progresses and sounds more and more psychedelic and even has song synthesizer to help out.

8. Oily Way:::::::::::::: Starts with the ancient sounding flute again...then come the interesting drum beats, and the jazzy/acid feeling. Very obscure lyrics drive this song, making reference to the pot head pixies again. "It's not the Milky Way, it's not the only way, it's not the English way" sounds like a prime example of "hippie music".

9. Outer Temple::::::::::::::Maybe the most strange song that starts out with a creepy/humourous voice saying "good evening", and makes direct references to tea, this song is short and blends into...

10. Inner Temple::::::::::::::: Another space rock song with strong jazzy overtones that are presented in the drums, bass, and of course the sax, you play that sax Malherbe!

11. Percolations:::::::::::::::: Simply trippy short space filler that sets up...

12. Love Is How Y Make It:::::::::::::::::The best song on the album, starts off with an oreintal feeling starting soft with all sorts of relaxing percussions with pretty lyrics, then suddenly the drums kick in and you realize this song is great, it sounds really good and has a great beat and messege.

13. I Never Glid Before::::::::::::::::::Starts off with with strong guitars, sax, and unreconized instuments at times. Possibly the most accessible and rockish songs with a red hot guitar solo from Hillage.

14. Eat That Phone Book Coda:::::::::::::::::::::Free Jazzy once again, a good relaxed feel good song that leaves a good feeling inside your head as the great album comes to a close. I especially enjoy the end of this song.

Jake E. | 5/5 |


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