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TIME IS THE KEY

Gong

 

Canterbury Scene

2.87 | 74 ratings

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Slartibartfast
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4 stars Cheap Thrills.

That was the name of the record store where I first heard this album playing on their audio system. The year was 1979. Oddly enough the store sold records, cassettes, etc. and was a "head" shop (accessories for smoking pot.)

But that's neither here nor there other than Gong's many pothead lyrics that came before this album.

Pierre did make the distinction of labeling it "Pierre Moerlen's Gong". Daevid Allen has graciously stated that he considers all Gong lineups to be legitimate Gong even if he and Gilli weren't present.

So what do you get with this 1979 incarnation? Well, for me it was love at first hear. Fanatics of Daevid's period will likely never get it. The pieces are short and all instrumental and mellow. Maybe a bit too mellow for some. Some cameo appearances by Darryl Way and Allan Holdsworth. The most notable presence is Hansford Rowe on bass and Bon Lozaga on guitar who would go on to the offshoot Gongzilla and also played with Happy Rhodes.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |

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