Gong ‎– Camembert Electrique

BYG Records ‎– 529.353
Actuel – 53
Vinyl, LP, Album

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'This LP was recorded during full moons of May, & June & September, 1971, chez Michel Magne at Strawberry Studios, Herrouville, France.'

Final release to appear on the French BYG / Actuel Series label.

Original pressing from France:
- Disc has black labels.
- Heavily laminated gatefold sleeve.
- Early copies included two inserts that were drawn by Daevid Allen and is the only place in which the names of Eddy Louiss (also called "Eddy Lewis") and Constantin Simonovitch are also credited for this release.

The lyric inserts are printed on two LP-sized pieces of blue card that are intended to be folded into an 8 page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): BYG529353A Rasputin
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): BYG529353B Robespierre
  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL

Other Versions (5 of 42) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YX-6080 Gong Camembert Electrique(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-6080 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
VC 502 Gong Camembert Electrique(LP, Album) Virgin VC 502 New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
CHARLY X 680 Gong Camembert Electrique(CD, Album, RE, RM) Charly Records CHARLY X 680 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
SRML 4004, BYG 529 353 Gong Camembert Electrique(LP, Album, RE) Si-Wan Records, Byg Records SRML 4004, BYG 529 353 South Korea 1994 Sell This Version
SNIP 405 CD Gong Camembert Electrique(CD, Album, RM, Pap) Charly Records SNIP 405 CD UK 2003 Sell This Version


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January 7, 2015
My copy has a lock groove at the end of side 2. Do all copies have that?


August 26, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
I have 2 "white and blue" inserts ... on BYG 529 353 - ACTUEL 53 - made in France - Is anybody knowing more about this version?


August 31, 2012
The first Virgin release was Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, in 1973. 1971 was the original release of Camembert Electrique, the French pressing on the BYG/Actuel label. Richard Branson also ran a record store (which later morphed into Virgin Megastore, naturally), and Gong's Camembert Electrique was apparently popular with many of the buyers (along with the two albums Faust did on Polydor, and Tangerine Dream on Ohr, issued on Polydor in the UK), and he decided to start a label when he discovered no other label wanted to take Mike Oldfield on. The Virgin issue of Camembert Electrique obviously came when Gong was signed (Flying Teapot was Virgin's second release). BYG had apparently went under by then, meaning the title was no longer available, so it was nice to see Virgin make it available again, and easier for UK buyers to buy it, as it was a domestic pressing.