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RADIO GNOME INVISIBLE VOL. 3 - YOU

Gong

 

Canterbury Scene

4.24 | 926 ratings

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Walkscore
5 stars Awesome Conclusion to the Trilogy.

Focussing a lot more on the music, this album cranks up the complexity factor, while also extending the jams considerably. Perhaps the band decided to end the trilogy with a musical bang, and to de-emphasize the story a bit, but there are fewer vocal tracks here, and much more instrumental music, all of high quality. This is psychedelic progressive rock to perfection, with complex time signatures, fantastic drumming (by Pierre Moerlen), crazy space effects (thanks to Tim Blake), humorous sax lines (Didier Malherbe), and wonderful trippy guitar solos (by Steve Hillage). The music here takes the time it needs to build, and stays around long enough for us to really get into it. Allen's vocals are great, of course, too, and quite funny at times. But they are not the focus, and only take up a small amount of space on the longer tracks, leaving the band to show its chops. The album builds on itself and flows very well, making the listening experience like a single long journey, and it is very satisfying. Musically, this is the best Gong album (while lyrically, I like Flying Teapot the best). Obviously essential. I give this 9.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 5 PA stars.

Walkscore | 5/5 |

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