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Topic: Quick question regarding a couple of Gong albums
Posted By: MillsLayne
Subject: Quick question regarding a couple of Gong albums
Date Posted: February 28 2012 at 10:31
I'm looking at picking up Gong's Camembert Electrique and Flying Teapot, both on CD.  Does anyone know any details regarding the various releases over the years?  Basically, which versions have superior sound quality, packaging, etc.

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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: March 07 2012 at 13:11
Hi,
 
Flying Teapot is a Trilogy that goes 3 albums, of which "You" is the 3rd one. Camembert is before the trilogy and very different and if I remember correctly a couple of those cuts were soundtracks to a couple of different things.
 
Gong is an entity on its own through and through ... and for my tastes I would say just get all three in the trilogy and listen to it in order ... and enjoy it.  When you listen to Camembert and then grab the Trilogy ... it doesn't make sense and I'm not sure that you can "deduce" that history that this band became. But listening to it after the trilogy, you can see the glissando taking form and being used to make sure that Jimmy Page was not the only person that used a stick across the strings! 
 
This is my preference ... but I like to tell people that Gong is an acquired taste, because some folks don't like zen laced stuff that has a knack of sticking to your head in its cleverness!


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Posted By: Dean
Date Posted: March 07 2012 at 13:32
Originally posted by MillsLayne MillsLayne wrote:

I'm looking at picking up Gong's Camembert Electrique and Flying Teapot, both on CD.  Does anyone know any details regarding the various releases over the years?  Basically, which versions have superior sound quality, packaging, etc.
There have been many re-issues over the years. Best bet is to go to the Gong website and have a nose around: http://www.planetgong.co.uk/" rel="nofollow - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/  ... and check out the http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/gasmain.cgi?dept=archives&desk=discographies&title=Archives%20:%20Discographies&page=discographies/releases&menu=discographies/menu" rel="nofollow - Gong Discography . I recommend buying direct from the Gong website than using Amazon if only to ensure Gong gets to earn some cash from the sale. 
 
There were certainly a remastered Japanese mini-LP gate-fold sleeve versions available that had excellent packaging, and versions of those released on Snapper that weren't quite as good, but more affordable, and others in jewel-cases that were adequate, but unfortunately most variants are "unavailable". So really what you are "stuck" with is what is currently available rather than being able ot pick and chose different remastering and reissues.


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If you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then just behave like they would - Neil Gaiman


Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: March 07 2012 at 13:36
I am now utterly convinced that Moshtiko doesn't read a post properly before he writes his random answer.LOL

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Posted By: Dean
Date Posted: March 07 2012 at 13:38
We all do that from time to time Shocked

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If you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then just behave like they would - Neil Gaiman


Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: March 07 2012 at 13:40
Embarrassed

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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: March 07 2012 at 13:45
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Originally posted by MillsLayne MillsLayne wrote:

I'm looking at picking up Gong's Camembert Electrique and Flying Teapot, both on CD.  Does anyone know any details regarding the various releases over the years?  Basically, which versions have superior sound quality, packaging, etc.
There have been many re-issues over the years. Best bet is to go to the Gong website and have a nose around: http://www.planetgong.co.uk/" rel="nofollow - http://www.planetgong.co.uk/  ... and check out the http://www.planetgong.co.uk/cgi-bin/gasmain.cgi?dept=archives&desk=discographies&title=Archives%20:%20Discographies&page=discographies/releases&menu=discographies/menu" rel="nofollow - Gong Discography . I recommend buying direct from the Gong website than using Amazon if only to ensure Gong gets to earn some cash from the sale. 
 
There were certainly a remastered Japanese mini-LP gate-fold sleeve versions available that had excellent packaging, and versions of those released on Snapper that weren't quite as good, but more affordable, and others in jewel-cases that were adequate, but unfortunately most variants are "unavailable". So really what you are "stuck" with is what is currently available rather than being able ot pick and chose different remastering and reissues.



What he said.

Oh and I have the Japanese mini-LP versions and the sound is crisp and vibrant. I strongly recommend you go for thoseThumbs Up


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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: March 08 2012 at 11:28
Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

I am now utterly convinced that Moshtiko doesn't read a post properly before he writes his random answer.LOL
 
Yeah ... not intentionally ... you just made me read it again! And no more or less random than your replies!!! LOL (... which I like, btw ... )
 
All in all, I still like the originals, even on CD ... and yeah, the Gong website is best for it all, including the inevitable re-masters -- if they are around.  But the comments still are valid. I think the "impression" that the album made THEN is what makes it. The album NOW (obviously) is not as valid, or important, and I have a feeling that our ability to think these better or more important would be impaired quite a bit. It is wonderful material either way we look at it, and I tend to overlook that recording information and the supposed this and that. For me, the "experience" can not be changed with some new EQ and other trix! Thus, for me, I have yet to find a re-master that is worth its money!


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... none of the hits, none of the time ... you might actually find your own art, or self, instead of paying for a guru or church or social program!



www.pedrosena.com


Posted By: timothy leary
Date Posted: March 09 2012 at 11:31
LOL



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