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LOVE FROM THE PLANET GONG (THE VIRGIN YEARS 1973-75)

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1: Flying Teapot - Remastered 2018:

1. Radio Gnome Invisible (5:38)
2. Flying Teapot (11:53)
3. The Pot Head Pixies (2:59)
4. The Octave Doctors and the Crystal Machine (1:55)
5. Zero the Hero and the Witch's Spell (9:36)
6. Witch's Song / I Am Your Pussy (5:10)
7. Radio Gnome Invisible (Rough Mix) (5:09)
8. Radio Gnome Invisible (Story Narration) (2:43)
9. Flying Teapot (Mix 21) (7:16)
10. The Pot Head Pixies (Second to Last Mix) (3:00)
11. Flying Teapot (Rough Mix) (9:32)

CD 2: Angels Egg - Remastered 2018:

1. Other Side of the Sky (7:32)
2. Sold to the Highest Buddha (4:27)
3. Castle in the Clouds (1:13)
4. Prostitute Poem (4:52)
5. Givin' My Luv to You (0:47)
6. Selene (3:38)
7. Flute Salad (2:09)
8. Oily Way (3:37)
9. Outer Temple (1:09)
10. Inner Temple (2:34)
11. Percolations (0:46)
12. Love is How You Make It (3:28)
13. I Never Glid Before (5:37)
14. Eat That Phone Book Coda (3:14)
15. Other Side of the Sky (Single Mix) (4:36)
16. Ooby-Scooby Doomsday or The D-Day DJ's Got the D.D.T. Blues (5:07)
17. Love Is How y Make It (1973 Vocal Mix) (3:29)
18. Eat That Phone Book Coda (Early Mix) (3:09)

CD 3: You - Remastered 2018:

1. Thoughts for Naught (1:33)
2. A P.H.P.'s Advice (1:45)
3. Magick Mother Invocation (1:57)
4. Master Builder (6:19)
5. A Sprinkling of Clouds (8:57)
6. Perfect Mystery (2:29)
7. The Isle of Everywhere (10:21)
8. You Never Blow Your Trip Forever (11:32)
9. A.P.H.P.'s Advice (Alternate Version) (1:50)
10. Where Have All the Flowers Gone (3:08)

CD4: Shamal - Remastered 2018:

1. Wingful of Eyes (6:16)
2. Chandra (7:26)
3. Bambooji (5:16)
4. Cat in Clark's Shoes (7:45)
5. Mandrake (5:05)
6. Shamal (9:05)
7. Bambooji (Out-takes Edit) (4:55)
8. Chandra (Alternate Mix) (8:01)
9. Wingful of Eyes (Out-takes Edit) (5:03)

CD 5: BBC Radio 1 Sessions and Edinburgh Live, 21st August 1973:

1. You Can't Kill Me (6:56)
2. Radio Gnome Direct Broadcast (4:19)
3. Other Side of the Sky (5:36)
4. Zero the Hero and the Witch's Spell (11:09)
5. Flute Salad (1:32)
6. Oily Way (3:21)
7. Outer Temple (1:03)
8. Inner Temple (5:18)
9. Castle in the Clouds (1:34)
10. 6/8 Tune (2:59)
11. Radio Gnome Invisible (7:30)
12. Zero the Hero and the Witch's Spell (Live) (14:05)
13. Flying Teapot (Live) (12:13)

CD 6: Paris - Bataclan Live, 20th May, 1973 (pt. 1):

1. Other Side of the Sky (11:33)
2. Dynamite / I am Your Animal (5:57)
3. 6/8 Tune (2:11)
4. I Never Glid Before (6:47)
5. Zero the Hero and the Witch's Spell (12:55)
6. Ooby-Scooby Doomsday Or the D-Day DJ's Got the D.D.T. Blues (5:42)
7. Est-Ce Que Ju Suis? (5:18)
8. I've Bin Stone Before (4:46)
9. Mr Longshanks / Oh Mother (2:30)
10. I Am Your Fantasy (4:51)
11. You Can't Kill Me (7:22)

CD 7: Paris - Bataclan Live, 20th May 1973 (Pt. 2):

1. Flute Salad (5:20)
2. Oily Way (5:06)
3. Outer Temple (0:21)
4. Flying Teapot (6:36)
5. Fohat Jam / Dynamite - Reprise (10:10)
6. You Can't Kill Me - Reprise (4:01)
7. I Never Glid Before - Reprise (10:55)

CD 8: Roanne - Club Arc En Ciel Live, 17th Aug 1973 (pt. 1):

1. Other Side of the Sky (12:20)
2. Dynamite / I Am Your Animal (5:45)
3. 6/8 Tune (3:49)
4. I Never Glid Before (5:49)
5. Zero the Hero and The Witch's Spell (13:05)
6. I Am Your Pussy - Prelude (3:17)

CD 9: Roanne - Club Arc En Ciel Live, 17th Aug 1973 (pt. 2):

1. I Am Your Pussy (5:18)
2. You Can't Kill Me (8:52)
3. Ooby-Scooby Doomsday Or The D-Day DJ's Got the D.D.T. Blues (11:02)
4. Flute Salad (1:40)
5. Oily Way (3:35)
6. Outer Temple (1:23)
7. Inner Temple (4:18)
8. Radio Gnome Invisible (7:10)

CD 10: London - Hyde Park Live, 28th June 1974:

1. A Sprinkling of Clouds (8:24)
2. I Never Glid Before (7:06)
3. I've Bin Stone Before (2:38)
4. Mr Longshanks / Oh Mother (2:17)
5. The Isle of Everywhere (10:55)
6. I Am Your Fantasy (2:38)
7. Master Builder (7:42)

CD 11: London - The Marquee Club Live, 9th & 10th Sept 1975 (pt. 1):

1. Aftaglid (15:21)
2. Flute Salad (6:47)
3. Oily Way (3:16)
4. 6/8 Tune (4:27)
5. Solar Musick Suite (20:39)
6. Bambooji (4:31)

CD 12: London - The Marquee Club Live, 9th & 10th Sept 1975 (pt. 2):

1. Bambooji (3:34)
2. The Isle of Everywhere (15:21)
3. Wingful of Eyes (7:51)
4. The Salmon Song (6:21)
5. Master Builder (6:27)
6. Drum Solo (4:54)
7. Flying Teapot (3:33)
8. I Never Glid Before (12:17)

DVD: You Quad Mixes - 1974:

1. Thoughts for the Naught (1:31)
2. A PHP's Advice (1:48)
3. Magick Mother Invocation (2:00)
4. Master Builder (6:20)
5. A Sprinkling of Clouds (8:57)
6. Thoughts for the Naught (1:32)
7. A PHP's Advice (1:43)
8. Magick Mother Invocation (1:54)
9. Master Builder (6:20)
10. A Sprinkling of Clouds (8:58)
11. Perfect Mystery (2:28)
12. The Isle of Everywhere (10:20)
13. You Never Blow Yr. Trip Forever (11:29)

Line-up / Musicians


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Releases information

12x CD, DVD, Europe - Virgin Records Ltd. (675 890-1)
Released September 27, 2019
12 CDs, 1 DVD, 64 page book.

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Review by fuxi
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Well, here's the big one, at last: the entire RADIO GNOME TRILOGY finally together in an impressive box set, beautifully remastered, lovingly designed, coupled with SHAMAL (also newly remastered) and with no less than eight discs full of BBC radio sessions and assorted live performances. Shows that were hitherto only represented in bits (on albums such as LIVE ETC and LIVE AT THE BATACLAN) now appear in full (or as fully as possible) and two of the discs included (London - The Marquee Club Live, 9th and 10th Sept 1975) feature almost all of Steve Hillage's FISH RISING, immaculately recorded and spectacularly performed.

So was it worth the wait and is it worth forking out for? Here in the UK, where I'm typing these words, the box will set you back almost 100 - no small matter these days when most listeners prefer to acquire their music for free. It all depends on how big a Gong fan you are, really.... If, like me, you are keen to get your hands on the first proper remaster of FLYING TEAPOT and never owned LIVE AT THE BATACLAN or the crystal-clear 2004 remaster of YOU, this set may look like a very attractive proposition, especially when you consider it contains helpful notes on the recordings by Mike Howlett and Steve Hillage, an attractive hardcover book full of band pics (the box set is almost LP-sized; three quarters, I guess) and inner sleeves magnificently illustrated with Daevid Allen's original Pothead Pixie drawings.

Of the twelve CDs included in the set some of the live ones only run for 30-40 mins. and some people may feel short-changed by this, but the music performed is generally of high quality, at least if you don't get annoyed by Daevid's cod-French on pieces such as 'Ooby-Scooby Doomsday', by Didier Malherbe's clowning during 'Flute Salad' (I suppose you had to be there to see him!) and by Gilly Smith's (rather infantile sounding) 'I-am-a-witch-coming-to-get-you' interventions. Time after time I was struck by the inventivity of Steve Hillage's guitar solos, the liveliness of Didier Malherbe's sax improvisations and the sheer brilliance of Pierre Moerlen's drumming. Or perhaps you'll be swayed by the DVD, which contains 'quad remixes' of the entire YOU album? It'a a pity they couldn't find a way of including CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE as well, but at least its most celebrated tracks are represented here by electrifying live versions.

Anyway, I can tell this set will give me many, many hours of listening pleasure. As far as I'm concerned, the RADIO GNOME TRILOGY is still completely enjoyable, even in 2019. It's time I dug up my old Gong badge (featuring a 'Banana moon') which I bought in Dublin in 1977. Perhaps I'll even wear it to work!

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars This is a lavish boxed set covering the Radio Gnome Invisible years of Gong, as well as the Shamal album - arguably the last album from their Virgin run where their original psychedelic whimsy was still in evidence, before the more buttoned-down fusion style of Pierre Moerlen's Gong started to predominate on Gazeuse.

Not only do you get lavish remasters of the relevant albums from the original master tapes produced by Mike Howlett, but the overall presentation is overseen by Steve Hillage, and if you're aware of Steve's fantastic Searching For the Spark boxed set of his solo albums you know that Steve is no slouch when it comes to this sort of thing. Even better, you also get a wealth of live material here, including at least one complete concert corresponding to each studio album release, giving you a deep look at the other side of Gong during this era. (The embarrassment of riches on offer here makes the old Live Etc. double album rather redundant, in fact, because everything on there is on here, and found in its original concert context too.)

Buyer beware: DO NOT confuse the Charly Records Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy boxed set for this magnificent offering! Charly are only able to put out that set due to the legal confusion over who actually had the rights to Gong's work during this era - a question about which many arguments have been had, but to which a 100% definitive answer in court has (to my knowledge) never been arrived at. Charly do not have access to the original tapes from the Virgin vaults, and therefore any remasters of this material they put out will inevitably be inferior; what's more, the boxed set doesn't include any of the excellent live material included here, and perhaps worst of all the band don't get any royalties from Charly, whereas they DO get their well-deserved royalties from the sales of Love From the Planet Gong. If you are going to splash out on a boxed set of the Radio Gnome material anyway, you may as well get the boxed set which does it right - rather than one which will shortchange both you and the band!

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