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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is the final installment of the trilogy and in my opinion the best of the bunch. This is more spacey, jazzy and sophisticated than all their previous records. This is the peak of their most creative phase. I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like this one. The silliness of the previous two albums is almost gone as they seem to focus more on the instrumental music.

"Thoughts For Naught" features spoken male and female vocals with a spacey background. Singing after a minute to the end with flute. "Ap Hp's Advise" is a silly vocal track. Vibes and percussion a minute in. "Magick Mother Invocation" has this spacey atmosphere with chants. It blends into "Master Builder" where drums eventually join in. It's getting intense. Sax comes in after 1 1/2 minutes. Great melody. It stops before 3 1/2 minutes as we can hear birds singing. It's back and Hillage starts to light it up on the guitar, especially before 5 minutes. Vocals come in to end it. "A Sprinkling Of Clouds" has this spacey soundscape not unlike what ASH RA TEMPEL used to do. Very hypnotic. A fuller sound before 4 1/2 minutes and it kicks into an even higher gear before 6 minutes as Hillage rips it up. Sax 7 minutes in and it ends with flute and mellotron.

"Perfect Mystery" is a silly song with both male and female vocals. "Isle Of Everywhere" is spacey with throbbing bass lines as these distant sounding female vocal melodies cry out. Sax after 3 1/2 minutes leads the way until guitar takes over 7 minutes in. Percussion late as it blends into "You Never Blow Your Trip Forever". This one opens with strange vocals and sounds that come and go. It gets spacey 2 minutes in with mellotron. Vocals come in. The tempo and sound picks up 3 1/2 minutes in. Guitar starts to get aggressive 7 minutes in. Spoken words 7 1/2 minutes in as it just meanders to the end.

If you want to check out one GONG album make it this one.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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