Dashiell Hedayat ‎– Obsolete

Shandar ‎– SR 10 009
Vinyl, LP, Album, Orange label

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Eh, Mushroom, Will You Mush My Room ? (19:40)
A1.1 Chrysler
Guitar [Solo] – Dashiell Hedayat
A1.2 Fille De L'Ombre
A1.3 Long Song For Zelda
Vocals – William Burroughs*Vocals [Baby] – Sam Wyatt
B Cielo Drive / 17
Guitar – Pip PyleGuitar [Solo] – Dashiell Hedayat

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Written and composed on Autumn 69 ... and finally recorded at Strawberry Studio on May 1971.
Warning: This record must be played as loud as possible, must be heard as stoned as impossible
and thank you everybody.
Cover Design for Paranoïart Prods.
Distribution exclusive RCA.
Original release, reissued in 1978.

Made in France

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): 10009 A4 MP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): 10009 B MP
  • Price Code: Ⓤ

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SR 10 009 Dashiell Hedayat Obsolete(LP, Album, Blu) Shandar SR 10 009 France 1971 Sell This Version
SR 83 512 Dashiell Hedayat Obsolete(LP, Album, RP, Ora) Shandar SR 83 512 France 1974 Sell This Version
SR 83 512, SR 83512 Dashiell Hedayat Obsolete(LP, Album, RE, Bla) Shandar, Shandar SR 83 512, SR 83512 France 1978 Sell This Version
SR 83 512, 83512 Dashiell Hedayat Obsolete(LP, Album, RE, Bla) Shandar SR 83 512, 83512 France Unknown Sell This Version
RPC023CD Dashiell Hedayat Obsolete(CD, Album, RE, RM, dig) Replica Records (4) RPC023CD France 2016 Sell This Version


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December 6, 2012
French pseudo-beatnik Dashiell Hedayat persuaded the psychedelic, prog-rocking Gong to back him up on Obsolete, his second (and final) album project. This is the Continental Circus-era Gong, and the song structures here resemble that album's stripped-down sound. Propelled by Allen's spacy guitar and Malherbe's spicy sax, the tunes on Obsolete, though at times experimental, aren't as involving or full-blown as those on Gong's Camembert Electrique, recorded on the heels of Hedayat's album. Hedayat sings, or rather talks, in French on each piece. He wrote/composed all the "songs" in the autumn of 1969; the compositions were then recorded in May 1971. One of the most interesting and fleshed-out cuts is "Long Song for Zelda." Introductory acoustic guitar (courtesy of Tritsch) leads to actual singing from Hedayat before he breaks into his standard monologue. Allen conjures up mild guitar atmospherics which lend a lazy Traffic-like quality to the music, and William S. Burroughs brings the piece to a close with an obscure 12-second quote.

The group seem to be at recess on "Fille de L'ombre." Hedayat recites the title phrase repeatedly over a backdrop of musical "free play" featuring Gilli's "intergalactic whispers." The album ends with the lengthy "Cielo Drive/17," as close to a Gong song as it gets on a non-Gong album. More French babble from Hedayat, an excerpt of a baby singing, prominent flute and sax from Malherbe, and ample electric ambience from Allen are the order of the day in this mainly guitar-driven recording. The performance gets a bit loose in the middle, with some awkward time changes and unfocused (or confused) direction, and the composition is padded with a few long stretches of "interstellar matter," but the band somehow manages to make it all sound rather...cool.


August 21, 2012
Essentially Gong in all but name, with a little help from French poet Dashielle Hedayat. Basically, imagine a more tripped out Gong with spoken poetry (in French), and this is what you get. You still get plenty of glissando guitar work from Daevid Allen, sax from Didier Malherbe, bass from Christian Tritsch, and drums from Pip Pyle. Even Gilli Smyth makes her appearance here. I am a bit surprised this was not released on BYG/Actuel, given that's where Gong was recording, instead it was on a small label, Shandar (maybe because it was Dashiell's album and not Gong's). It was reissued in 1974 given Gong's growing recognition (thanks to their deal with Virgin Records) and likely to draw the Gong connection. I really wished I knew what Dashiell was saying, because of the stoned nature of the album. This album is really essential to all Daevid Allen-era Gong fans.