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2.75 | 48 ratings | 2 reviews | 6% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Flying Teacup (5:25)
2. 1989 (4:22)
3. Titti-Caca (10:10)
4. Tablas Logorythmique (1:10)
5. Negotiate (13:45)
6. We Circle Around (4:58)

Bonus track on CD editions:
7. Flying Teacup (Silly Mix) (15:49)

Total Time: 55:39

Line-up / Musicians

- Turiya "Wandana" Bruce / vocals (1,3,5,6), harmonium
- Daevid Allen / guitars, vocals
- Harry Williamson / synth, keyboards, guitar & vocals (2), arranger (5), producer
- Didier Malherbe / saxophone, flute
- Graham Clark / violin
- Conrad Henderson / bass
- Shamal Ma´tra / tablas, percussion

- Robert George / cymbal (5)
- Jenni Rodger / backing vocals (5,6)
- Robert Calvert / backing vocals (6)

Releases information

Artwork: Turyia "Wandana" Bruce

LP Demi Monde ‎- DMLP 1022 (1989, UK)

CD Demi Monde ‎- DMCD 1022 (1989 UK) With 1 bonus track
CD Voiceprint ‎- VP350CD (2005, UK) Remastered by Orlando Allen w/ 1 bonus track

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GONG Gongmaison: Gongmaison ratings distribution

(48 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(12%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (40%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

GONG Gongmaison: Gongmaison reviews

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Review by Warthur
3 stars Gongmaison - "Gong", as in the Daevid Allen-led incarnation of the band, circa the classic Angel's Egg trilogy, and "maison" as in French for "house", as in house music. The Gongmaison project saw Allen pull together a range of musicians - including Gong stalwarts such as Didier Malherbe - for an experiment in fusing the classic Gong sound with modern-day dance music.

The connection isn't as left-field as you might think - Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy would launch a second career as System 7 a couple of years down the line when they realised the potential of taking their Rainbow Dome experiments and applying those ideas to dance music, and Allen's own The Wise Man In Your Heart sounds an awful lot like a prototype of the genre to me. Still, whilst the experiment is fascinating the album simply makes me yearn for another listen to You instead of continuing with the interminable Flying T. Dance Mix.

On the whole, worth a look for Gong fans and a nice experiment in dabbling in a genre otherwise ignored or sneered at by prog musicians, and of course the partial reunion here eventually led to further Allen-fronted Gong projects down the line. But I wouldn't put it in the upper tiers of the expanded Gong discography.

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3 stars Graham Clark! I saw Daevid Allen live in Edinburgh in a small club in the fall of 1989, on his comeback tour where he introduced Gongmaison. He began the show with just himself in a Wizard costume, playing harmonium and then acoustic guitar, with the rest of the Gongmaison members slowly joining ... (read more)

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