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Gong - Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1 - Flying Teapot CD (album) cover




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3.94 | 536 ratings

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4 stars This is the first part of the strange and amusing Radio Gnome Invisible. The concept is rather abstract and you can feel this only by having a look over the cover. A flying green teapot with two creatures(pot head pixies, the inhabitants of Planet Gong). I dont know if there is any mystic significance behind this story or if one should find any deep meanings. There is no technical aspect even if we are talking about a remote planet with cranky inhabitants or space ships but only a kind of absurd mythology and at times theatrical. Almost every song has naive and funny parts.

Radio Gnome Invisible is the first songs and the listener is introduced in the story both musically and lyrically(if we can discuss in that respect).

The second song Flying Teapot is the longest one. A spacey intro of more than 2 minutes. After the song has a very good rhythm with repetitive vocal parts. The sax is going very jazzy thereafter and makes me think that Gong were able to mix jazz and psychedelic music in a good manner. This song is a good example of this.

When you think that things are going serious on The pot headed pixies the song is getting into a childish and silly direction.

The octave doctors and the crystal machine is the shortest piece here with almost 2 minutes of psychedelic and vibrating sounds.

Zero The Hero And The Witch's Spell is my favourite song. Didier Malherbe performance on this one is great on both flutes and saxophone. I always thought that these instruments are a great addition and this album wouldnt probably be what it is without these instruments. The last part of the song is simply great and probably the best moment on this first part of this extravagant story.

Witch's Song, I Am Your Pussy is not a bad song but those which screaming sounds are a bit annoying for me.

Overall there are a few good moments on this one. Probably not every body's cup of tea. Even if the concept and music may look silly this is a rather esoteric and hard to get into release.

petrica | 4/5 |


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