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FAIRY TALES

Mother Gong

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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5 stars This is one of the very best albums of all time and in my personal top three. Vocalist Gilli Smyth, she of the space whisper from Gong, tells three fairy tales, and the band supplies the necessary moods to these tales with their music. Everything about it is just right - the way Gilly Smyth tells the tales, the way the band follows every twist of the tales and makes the images appear before your eyes, and above all an almost supernatural Ddier Malherbe on flutes and saxes. Whether he illustrates the tunes the Pied Piper plays on his flute (you would have followed him too!), imitates the sounds of rats, lets a frog croak, dogs bark, or sends Wassilissa flying over a landscape - he is always perfect. Not that the rest of the band are slouches, but Didier Malherbe just outshines them all. Oh, and this album is also the very best if you want to get your little kids interested in prog. It is the favorite album of our kids Dorothy and Alice (both age 6). Don't hesitate, buy it now!

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Send comments to BaldJean (BETA) | Report this review (#69029)
Posted Saturday, February 11, 2006 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Well, I´m not really an expert in prog music, but I used to listen to some bands when I was younger. Nowadays I mainly listen to classical music (from Bach to Stockhausen), but I still love bands like the early Pink Floyd and Van der Graaf Generator. I think "Fairy tales" is a lovely album. Some tunes are like Middle Age dances making a good match with the lyrics. There is also a tune from Ravel´s "Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet", that suites very well the atmosphere of the tales.

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Posted Monday, February 20, 2006 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Well, not much I could add to BaldJean's excellent review, just left to say: A very exceptional record! Three fairy tales with some nice educational messages accompanied with high-class Canterbury style music blending perfectly jazz, rock, folk and classical music. The music fits very well and emphasizes the told stories. Really just awesome and both the concept and the composition of the music to fit perfectly to the tales are really well-done. I've to agree that Didier Malherbe shines absolutely over the rest of musicians although those are definitely excellent as well. The only tiny critisism I'm able to put is in fact that the voice of evil Baba Yaga sounds a tap too much hilarious but that's really marginal.

A definite must-have for everybody loving this kind of music AND fairy tales, and suitable for BOTH kids and grown-ups! A real MASTERPIECE - and this did not happen often during the end of the seventies!

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Send comments to hdfisch (BETA) | Report this review (#77857)
Posted Thursday, May 11, 2006 | Review Permalink
3 stars This is mother gong`s first album, which is basicly gilly telling fairytales with incredible gong music over it, sounds refreshing, and could be a gong album if daevid allen had sung some on it, the first story is about Wassilissa who must enter the forest to get some wood, there she meets a witch and so on, the other fayritales are also nice, Probably very intresting to play for kids, For gong fans this is a must, for other check out Angels Egg and You.

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Send comments to zebehnn (BETA) | Report this review (#84285)
Posted Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars This Lp was presumably meant to be played to our children whilst we lay around in a gong and bong induced coma. If there was no lyrics it might be a fairly ordinary LP as it is the spoken lyrics are not really bad but do not really fit in with the music. The moment the Witch arrives on the scene for a brief moment the two (music and Lyric) work together and hint at what perhaps should have been. As it is this is possible the best "mother Gong" record. A flawed but noble experiment perhaps is the kindest thing that I can say about this record. The choice of story's is pretty interesting and the moral nature of these fairy tales might even have been quite well intentioned. Not an LP to my taste though and not one I would recommend to those wanting to get an accurate impression of Mother Gong. If you have very young Children and you are indeed a Gong fan buy this and you might even enjoy the experience of playing it to your kids once or twice. Older children will not be so impressed I suspect.

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Posted Monday, October 02, 2006 | Review Permalink
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5 stars This album is unlike anything i've ever heard before in my life. Gilli Smyth from GONG and Harry Williamson have created something very special here.Three Fairy Tales are told with samples, affects and most importantly with some incredible music. Nik Turner (HAWKWIND) plays aboe, Didier Mahlerbe (GONG) adds woodwinds and reeds, Eduardo Niebla (ATILA) guitar plus there are many other guests. It's difficult to describe what's going on here because I won't do it justice. Gilli is simply perfect as the narrator for these three stories. And while I pretend to be an adult I am completely taken in by these stories. Who doesn't love hearing a good story right ? And as I mentioned the music is fantastic as we get guitars, drums, uilleann pipes, woodwinds, bass, harp and keyboards. Everything is done so extremely well i'm a little bit at a loss to know what to say here. I just wish I had this when my kids were younger, but you know what I still think they'd like this.

This is a one of kind album in my collection that is done perfectly.

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Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#403169)
Posted Friday, February 18, 2011 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Mother Gong - Gilli Smyth's own branch of the extended Gong family - started off humbly, offering up this triptych of fairy tales narrated by Gilli as a range of Gong and Hawkwind alumni jam away in the background in a broadly thematically and tonally appropriately manner. It's decent enough for what it is, though what it is is a collection of children's stories set to psychedelic music, and in some respects the formula trips itself up - the music distracts from the stories and at points overwhelms Gilli's narration, whilst Gilli's narration often obscures some of the more interesting things the band are doing.

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