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2 stars Great band, shame about the production...

Awful production does Gong no favours - although their live improvisational abilities are beyond question, and the album does have many highlights - especially Gilli Smyth's incredible Space Whispers. Very difficult album to listen to - unless you're in the "right" frame of mind - and even then uncomfortable. Allen's vocal psychotics are either guaranteed to make you laugh or reach for the off button.

Stick with the Radio Gnome Trilogy and Camemebert Electrique - although Shamal and Gazeuse are well worth a listen! There is another live album from the same period entitled "Live au Bataclan" which, if you can track down the vinyl, has a superb inner gatefold picture - which makes it a great collection filler, although really I would write an indentical review for that too. The "Sheffield" album was also released on Green vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve with wacky cartoons.

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Posted Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | Review Permalink
1 stars I have heard far better Gong live recordings issued by GAS, this is not well recorded and it begs the question of who exactly is releasing this rubbish under the Gong name ? If you have a decent graphic equaliser and a lot of time you might be able to salvage a little from this CD. Under the dreadful sound Gong sound like they are not on one of their better nights in any case. This sounds like a poor quality bootleg and should not have received a proper release in my opinion. If you are looking for a great Live gong set a gas tape called "you don't have to give up dope" is better in every respect. Otherwise this is one for the hard core fans and for the completists not recommended to anyone else.
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