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3.54 | 23 ratings | 3 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1990

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Am A Tree (4:40)
2. Lament (3:36)
3. Hands (3:15)
4. Ally (4:11)
5. La Dea Madrí (7:05)
6. Owly Song (6:36)
7. I Am My Own Lover (14:31)

Total time 43:54

Bonus track on 1989 & 2002 CD releases:
8. Love Poem (4:59)

Extra bonus track on 2004 release:
9. Coda Wave (2:01)

Line-up / Musicians

- Gilli Smyth / vocals, speaking voice
- Harry Williamson / synth & guitar (1-5) producer
- Robert Calvert / saxophones (1-5)
- Conrad Henderson / bass (1-5)
- Robert George / drums (1-5)
- Daevid Allen / vocals, glissando & acoustic guitars (6,7)

- Georgia O'hara / vocals
- Wandana Turiya / harmonium & voice (6,7)
- Tim Ayers / bass (6,7)

Releases information

Artwork: Paul Younghusband

LP Demi Monde ‎- DMLP 1019 (1989, UK)

CD The cd Label ‎- CDTL 012 (1989, UK) With a bonus track
CD Voiceprint ‎- VP278CD (2004, UK) With 2 bonus tracks

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MOTHER GONG Mother Gong & Daevid Allen: The Owl And The Tree ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (48%)
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Review by snobb
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4 stars I really love Gong Egg's Trilogy - for their psychedelic craziness, few later PM Gong albums as excellent jazz fusion works. Numerous side-projects starting from late 70-s are of very different quality, from great to almost unlistenable.

Mother Gong is original Gong's singer Gilli Smyth side-project, based on participation of multi-instrumentalist Harry Williamson and some Gong family members. On "The Owl And The Tree" two more great artists participates - Daevid Allen and Catapilla's sax player Robert Calvert .

What we have here is excellent Gilli Smyth-led project - aerial, spacey music with touch of Canterbury, plenty of excellent jazzy sax soloing and psychedelic atmosphere. If you liked Gilli's moments on Egg Trilogy, but didn't had her participation enough, just take this album! Excellent concentrated Gilli's spoken/singing poetry, fantastic atmosphere, and less Allen's craziness. Fantastic light'n'bright poetic work, full of sax in air.

The only problem with this album for me is David Allen's two songs somewhere in the middle. Not like he sings badly, but his two compositions are out of place and destroy common album's atmosphere. Without these two songs, the album could be almost excellent. But Daevid's 14 minutes-long "I Am My Own Lover" ( the song that could be nicely placed on some Allen's solo album) just break that light and mystic atmosphere by it's regular craziness.

So - one of really great post original-Gong album, very recommended, especially to fans of Gilli's voice and spacey mystics.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Daevid Allen guests on this album, but as with all Mother Gong releases it's very much Gilli Smyth's show. The inclusion of Catapilla saxophonist Robert Calvert (not to be confused with the poet, solo artist and occasional Hawkwind vocalist!) enables Smyth to explore a different avenue of jazz-influenced Canterbury than the fusion-oriented Pierre Morelen's Gong; Mother Gong's music here is more based around spacey free jazz and gentle, organic atmospheres. It's undoubtedly a good album, but the particular musical vision it's chasing isn't quite my cup of tea, and the material isn't quite strong enough to overcome that. A worthwhile piece chasing up if you liked the dreamy space whisper segments from classic Gong albums and think an entire album along the same vein would be an awesome idea.

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4 stars I am not entirely sure about the whole Gong history here. But as far as I understand it, Gong went with Moerlin's jazz and the original Gong weirdo sound became homeless. Well, until Gilli Smyth established Mother Gong, that is. On this album at least, you will find a lot of Gong's weirdness f ... (read more)

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