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5 stars Im really greatefull to prog archives for discovering me this awesome group called GonG. How it was possible that a freak as me didnt knew anthing of this bunch of loonies? For a time i was shocked and just keep on playing their albums and reading about them and Daevid Allen like a madman. Ok they are from the canterbury scene but instead of going to the lyrical british tolkienesque psychedelic side like Caravan, they went the hard anarchist spacey cosmic side. Thats why the goofyness humour of caravan turns here to be whimsismical acid assaults to all kind of cliches arround psychedelia. Caravan humour compared with that is very light and soft. In fact theres something very weird about GonG , they seem to be members of a religion of madness and complete freedom tresspassing the verge of mental sanity. And whimsismical humour is the ground were they can offer they mistery, because you first think they are just joking and then your blown out because you realize they are not faking, they are as crazy as they seem to be. Daevid Allen was completly on the other side or he was not?......I dont know for sure but what i know is that their music is not an introduction to british wonderland as caravan in the land of grey and pink is music from the planet Gong pure spacey weirdo, hilarious and funny to the point your unable of listen to this music without feeling like a joker of the most blown-out specie. Is a cosmicaly stunning assault: you can hear savage space rock mantras were the humour tends to get near madness and whimsismical psychedelia turns to be mystic monuments of space rock. For me they are the better space rock band by the hand! The music is clearly enough but their anarchist humour and the stupid boldness they have to make the camembert and the trilogy ( wich i think is as fantastic in overall concept almost as the freak brothers comics, well just a little bit less). Is fantastic how they jump so naturally from the whimsismical to the monumental mysticism. One thing i know for sure their music just feels like always increasing freedom. Floating anarchism.

Ok the music of this absolutely essential disc: "Thoughts for naughts" and "A.p.h.p advice" are goofing songs wich are superb , your heart laughs and thats the good type of mood for the barbarian "Master Builder" to begin trough the "Macick mother invocation". Their space rock is just the best, always going up , getting delighful, weird, and intense as it goes. Master is driving , stunning space rock with a pharaonic sound , the hard side. "A sprinkling of clouds" is unique! Theres a lot of reviews were people dissmis these song......... I think is wonderfull , something i love from this music is that is not functional in anyway, is not new-age music, is not foor relaxing , is not for dance, you dont know any social situation were this music could be put without causing pure chaotic bliss ( i always think of putting the song in a yoga-like meditation, the first part would seem alright then they would kick my ass out of there), you dont know if you have to sit or stand-up. Anyway for sure its cosmicaly tripping of the wildest kind. "Perfect mystery" is a joke for taking a breath and keep with the trip. "The isle is everywhere" is wild and smooth psychedelic perfection, with its funky laidback bass and all this space whispers ( trademark of Daevid and company) and then after 10 minutes of pure groovy joy, you come to a monstruosity called "You never Blow Your Trip Forever". The introduction shows that you have landed the weirdest side of Gong planet with these sesame street kinda voices but... completly freaked-out! The song is full of changes and it seem you are always getting further and further in the rabbit hole of blissfull madness. Great disc, great group, great style. Ill give it 5 stars

shockedjazz | 5/5 |


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