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Canterbury Scene

4.14 | 716 ratings

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5 stars Being the second part of the Radio Gnome trilogie, the storie needs no real introduction, some teapot flying pothead pixies radiate radio gnome waves into the ether, in an attempt to spread the good word, while doing so, they encounter all sorts of people and the music explores different aspects of space progressive rock, with a high Canterbury caliber.

Does humour belongs in music? well Gong uses it a lot, and the answer to the question is in this case, it not only belongs in music, but when done intelligently and with regards to the music, in the right amount it can be an intricate part of the music. Humour seems to be a big part in Canterbury music, if only in the song titles, but also in the lyrics and the fun way the music is played. Blending Space progressive Canterbury music, with world-music influences, and some Jazz, Gong has established themselves as a highly original, skillful, fun band to listen to.

The music is fairly soft and gentle, with soft delicate drum and bass, with the melodies played by saxophone, guitar and flutes, some piano and very important the vocals. It's Night, it's not night, I'm happy, I'm not happy, I'm sad, I'm not sad, these lyrics combined with an alternating french versus Arabian tune, make up Prostitute Poem, one of my favourite songs, with a very sexy vocal from Gilli Smyth, it displays the double faced prostitute happy on the outside, but sad on the inside great song.

I could go through the motion and say something about each song, but whatever I say, the best way to understand and like this music, is to listen to it yourself. Oily Way, Prostitute poem, I never Glid Before are my favourite songs, but all songs have some unique quality.

Do yourself a favour, if you've never heard this before, go out and get it. Believe me it's worth it. Five stars with a huge recommendation, and while your at it, complete the Radio Gnome Trillogie, for all three albums are great.


DeathRow | 5/5 |


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