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EXPRESSO II

Gong

 

Canterbury Scene

3.73 | 246 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Daevid Allen was out and jazz/fusion was in.

There is very little here that reminds me about the rather weird combo also called Gong. The Moerlin's and Allan Holdsworth took over. Is the Mick Taylor listed here the same as the Rolling Stones guitarist ? A quick Google research does indeed confirm that it is the same Mick Taylor. He does all the solo guitars here. Wow.... A Rolling Stone on a Gong album. I did not expect that.

Anyway, this is a fusion/jazz album with it's main focus on rhythms and xylophones. There is no keyboards here at all. But Darryl Way does an excellent job on violin and the same does Mr Holdsworth on guitar. Mick Taylor also does a great job on solo guitars.

I have to admit this album did not make a favourable impression on me during the first listening sessions. But it has grown a lot on me. The music is organic, very dynamic and infectious. It is a one heck of a party. It is a bit bland and faceless at times. But I have warmed big time to this album and it is a great addition to my record collection. It is a great album in my estimations.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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