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MONTSERRAT 1973 AND OTHER STORIES

Gong

 

Canterbury Scene

2.90 | 12 ratings

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oliverstoned
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3 stars An unexpected ultra rare document. Gong heads were waiting for a long time a 70's document from the band and here it is! Actually it's just an extract of a 1973 concert performed in a Church in Spain. It's legitimate to wonder how such a musical event been allowed, given Spain's political context at the time. The beginning of the video shows our heroes frolicking in the mountains near the church, with Flying teapot (studio version) in the background. It's already incredible as it's colour picture, Gong are wearing cosmic costumes with propelled hats. A very acid introduction.

Then comes the concert. Decent picture quality, average sound but excellent performance. Very psychedelic and acid, and the gap is very funny with the audience composed of old people who look quite amaze by such blasphemous show.

The song sounds like some alternate material from Angel's egg. The show itself last about ten minutes.

The DVD is filled with Daevid Allen's minor spot films, ranging from lightly funny to bad taste.

The other good surprise is an "AcidmotherGong" recent concert featuring Acid mother temple members. An impressive set, very acid as well.

The last element is a 1967 minor short Soft machine performance: Daevid Allen is declaiming a poem while Soft machine is providing a musical background.

To sum up, the 1973 Gong movie alone makes the DVD worth for serious Gong fans.

oliverstoned | 3/5 |

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