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    Posted: January 02 2006 at 09:49
Why isnt Daevid Allen in the Archives i just got bananamoon and thats an amazing album its up there with camembert electrique i say we put him in
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2006 at 09:56
That the guy from gong? never heard any of his solo stuff  but i'm becoming a big gong fan!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2006 at 10:01

Originally posted by Winter Wine

That the guy from gong? never heard any of his solo stuff  but i'm becoming a big gong fan!

yep hes that crazy hippy from gong

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2006 at 10:54
Did you check out those strange session cds you can find at some stores? From what I understood, they are nothing but strange studio chat or similar. Are they worth (in a Gong-fan prospective, obviously!)?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2006 at 10:56

If wacky and wierd = Prog Rock, then Allen's in. I'm a bit amazed that he isn't already.

Most of "Bananamoon" is plain daft; it's not a favourite album of mine - especially that version of "Opium for the People". "Now is the Happiest Time of your Life" has no Prog Rock on it, but it does have DA's kids talking about Pot Head Pixies and Flying Teapots... they're obviously as mad as he is.

I've seen him live a few times doing his solo stuff, and he's a great entertainer - but his folksy style doesn't even come close to Prog. even though it does have the obvious Gong angles.

Prog related, because of Gong, but almost nothing else.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2006 at 11:08
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2006 at 11:55
Wasn't he in the Soft machine?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2006 at 12:40
He was even founder of SM!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2006 at 13:02
He was a seminal figure in the early Canterbury scene and his contributions to prog with Gong are essential. I've only recently started getting into his solo stuff, which is very erratic but much better than I'd thought it would be. I think prog related is the best category for him, simply because most of his solo output only has a tenuous connection to prog, but definitely should be included.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2006 at 14:50
Yes he was a founder of Soft Machine alongside Ratelege, Wyatt and Ayers, maye he is worthy of an inclusion.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2006 at 15:03

Originally posted by Hemispheres

Why isnt Daevid Allen in the Archives i just got bananamoon and thats an amazing album its up there with camembert electrique i say we put him in

I agree, he should be included!!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 23 2006 at 15:14
Some of his solo albums are prog pure, in my opinion, like "N' Existe Pas" or "Divided Alien Playbax". But I agree not all of his albums fall into the prog category. Yet he should definitely be included, and Jean had already been working on it before we had the accident. He published a lot of collaborations with other artists, some of which even we don't own. The reason for that is nobody ever writes about him (except on the Gong homepage). So during the time before we went online a lot of his short-lived projects passed us by unnoticed.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 24 2006 at 04:54
I thought 'Bananamoon' was a load of old hogwash!Psychedelic silliness that lacked the musical suss of Gong, to my ears anyway. Not heard much else mind...I do own a book, however, which seems to be pre Soft Machine, even, of poems by Daevid Allen called 'If Words Were Birds'. Can anyone shed any more light on this, as I've had it a few years and know little about it, bar it was reissued in the 80s by 'The Gong Appreciation Society'...
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