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4.14 | 716 ratings

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5 stars Zero the Hero seeks ways to spread what he has learned from Planet Gong and Radio Gnome Invisible. What a theme for an album! This is outstandingly good spacey jazzy rock with fun goofy lyrics, like no other band or artist has ever made, to my knowledge. Excellent jams! Or, to quote an old college roommate, it's "stonerific!" Warning - don't bother with this album if joking about drugs and dopers is offensive to you; go back to your Barry Manilow records.

Recorded by the classic Gong lineup including Shakti Yoni's space whisper, Zero on vocals, Steve Hillage on guitar, Pierre Moerlen on percussion, and Bloomdido (Didier Malherbe) on flutes and saxes. Hillage's licks and Moerlen's contributions are excellent throughout, and the workings of Bloomdido are especially fabulous on Flute Salad. If you fancy spacey jazzy prog rock, this scores perfectly.

The one odd track of the original album, Givin My Love to You, is very different stylistically, but oddly fits in with the flow of the tracks of the album. The CD reissue contains a "bonus" track, Ooby Scooby Doomsday" that was probably recorded much later, and truly does not fit with the other tracks. I prefer the vinyl recording that captures the cohesiveness of the original work without additional clutter.

Together with the third album You, the latter 2/3 of the Gong trilogy rank among my all time favorites, and have for over 30 years - great entertainment from start to finish.


Flemdido | 5/5 |


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