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SHAMAL

Gong

 

Canterbury Scene

3.84 | 306 ratings

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Seyo
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4 stars My first introduction to GONG was via "Gazeuse!" which I liked very much and was one of my favourite jazz rock albums. Then I checked this out and found it again interesting although slightly less prominent. The main problem for me was Howlett's singing and I did not like it. His voice lacks the charm of David Allen's. On the other hand the instrumental part of this album is excellent, particularly for fusion fans. This is the most guitarless album of GONG and Hillage's guitar is present on only two songs. But the rest of the crew, Moerlen and Malherbe in particular shine brightly. Very good album, representing the transition towards Pierre Moerlen-led jazz fusion adventure with emphasis on percussion instruments. Actually merits 3,5 stars, but for beautiful flute playing I give 4.
Seyo | 4/5 |

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