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Canterbury Scene

3.16 | 137 ratings

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3 stars Much anticipated recent album from the 'classic' line-up of this most unique of bands.

All the ingredients are there. Spiralling guitar lines courtesy of Mr. Hillage, space whispery from Gilli Smyth, tales of Radio Gnomes & Octave Doctors from the irrepressible Daevid Allen.....but (there's often a 'but' isn't there) some how the ingredients don't quite mix into an Angel's Egg.

I have thought long about this and I think a lot of the appeal of Gong is hearing them for the first time and once enamoured with the amazing combination of music-hall, jazz, psychedelica, rock etc. that defines them musically, you can take your wellies off and dive into their incredible world of PHP's, Zero the Hero and the other cast members. Then you can tell your mates and it becomes a cult, a nudge nudge thing, an in-joke if you like.

But now things have moved on and there's other things to become immersed in. I guess what I'm really trying to say is that Gong are a nostalgia act (NOT dated) and return us to an age of innocence.

Some tracks stand out such as Escape Control Delete and the whimsy of Dance With The Pixies but it's nothing new.

I love this album and I love Daevid (in his many forms) for his inexorable march onwards, head held high and pointy hat set jauntily on his knowing forehead, but at the end of the day it's my copies of Radio Gnome, Angel's Egg, Gong Est Mort etc. that I'll be returning to.

raggleman | 3/5 |


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