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The Mystical
4 stars A great album and a strong fusion lineup.

This album is a milestone in the history of the Gong family, as it marks the full transition into the lineup known as "Pierre Moerlen's Gong". The album is lush and groove heavy, and it is bursting with exotic fusion flavours. There is a definite step up in the strictness of the playing, but it remains very groovy and the mallet percussion of Pierre Moerlen is very tasty. No, this is definitely not the wacky wonderful world of Daevid Allen. The transition from Daevid Allen's psychedelic/space rock lineup into Pierre Moerlen's lush fusion lineup was not instantaneous, and "Shamal" is wedged between "You" and "Gazeuse", making the transition a bit wonky. But the crazy psychedelica is not completely gone, and there is some definite space rock hiding within the lush fusion licks on this album.

There is little to complain about on this album; it has a strong lineup of talented musicians, it contains a set of well written tracks that all contrast yet fit together well, and of course, there is the great musicianship of Allan Holdsworth, Pierre Moerlen and Didier Malherbe. However, occasionally i find Allan Holdsworth's guitar sound a little monotonous and final track "Mireille" I find to stick out a little. But the wonderful musicianship and the wonderfully crafted songs make up for any of the small imperfections.

This is a great album, and a must have for serious fusion collectors.


The Mystical | 4/5 |


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