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3.76 | 19 ratings | 5 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Introduction (0:36)
2. Second Wind (6:30)
3. Deep End (4:46)
4. Exotic (8:54)
5. Leave It Open (10:00)
6. Drum Alone (6:00)
7. Soli (9:22)
8. Breakthrough (6:55)
9. Xtasea (6:08)

Total Time 59:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Benoit Moerlen / vibraphone, synthesizer
- Pierre Moerlen / drums, percussion
- Hansford Rowe / bass
- Stefan Traub / vibraphone, synthesizer
- Ake Zieden / guitar

Releases information

CD Outer Music - OM 1006 (1998)
CD Musea - FGBG 4386.AR (2001, France)
CD Gonzo Multimedia - HST138CD (2013, UK & US)

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GONG Full Circle - Live 1988 ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(68%)
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Review by kev rowland
4 stars This 1988 recording was first released ten years later, then again by Musea in 2001 and then again by Gonzo in 2013 which is the version I am listening to, although I do believe they are all exactly the same. Recorded direct to cassette, this featured the rather unusual instrumental line-up of the band featuring of course Pierre Moerlen on drums, alongside Benoit Moerlen and Stefan Traub who both provide vibraphone and synthesizer, and bassist Hansford Rowe and guitarist Ake Zieden. As one might expect, we get mostly songs from the more recent albums 'Second Wind', 'Breakthrough' and 'Leave It Open', but for anyone coming across this band for the first time then this is an absolute delight.

The recording has cleaned up incredibly well, and one would not think the source was a cassette from some years earlier, while the band are on fire and there is very strong interplay between them. Their style of fusion is incredibly accessible and interesting, and I cannot actually think of another band who would perform with two vibraphone players. This gives the music a very interesting dynamic, as while the sounds being produced are often similar to keyboards, the mallet strike is very different, and they change between using keyboards and vibes. The guitar often sits right at the back, almost invisible, just coming in when needed, while the bass is often in the front with complex lines, and Pierre keeps it all together with very powerful drumming.

Pierre Moerlen's Gong were a very different beast indeed to Gong, yet very much related, and to my ears one of the most important Gong offshoots. Even now, more than 30 years on from the original concert, it is fresh and exciting and something which will happily in any prog lover's collection.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Clear through the 1980s, Gong lived on in this second iteration, and in my opinion, still nearly as strong as the mid-70s when Pierre took up the helm! I think what kept them alive, at least looking at them here, is that they were able to continue on, adjusting style appropriately, now in the ag ... (read more)

Report this review (#2650094) | Posted by DangHeck | Monday, December 6, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Excellent artifact from the Pierre Moerlen era. The sound and vibe here are far more organic than the bland Live album released in 1980. The recording is quite full and there is exquisite banter that really gives the album an exciting, intimate feel. A healthy selection of band favorites mak ... (read more)

Report this review (#2011531) | Posted by WFV | Saturday, September 1, 2018 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Quite nice live-recording of Pierre Moerlen's (Rest In Peace) Gong recorded in 1988 and released ten years later. I personally like this album because of using of mallet instruments there - and Pierre Moerlen's drumming of course. The music is not "something-very- eternal-and-aspirative" jazzrock ... (read more)

Report this review (#131499) | Posted by Rainer Rein | Friday, August 3, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a brilliant live album recorded in 1988. It starts off with a incredible version of "Second Wind" from the same album recorded earlier that year, this version is not that polished as the studio version, much better infact, the next song "Deep End" is also on the Seond Wind album, this ... (read more)

Report this review (#84147) | Posted by zebehnn | Wednesday, July 19, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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