Gong ‎– Camembert Electrique

BYG Records ‎– 529.353
Actuel – 53
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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 44) 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
C-1520 Gong Camembert Electrique(LP, Album, RE) Virgin C-1520 Italy 1987 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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June 1, 2019

My old friend Gary introduced me to this band around 1972, and I couldn't get my head around it. Just too hippy, crazy, too foreign, and in other words, too odd. Still, on the same day, he also played me early Kevin Ayers, and that too was a challenging listening experience for me. Decades later, either out of boredom, my jet-lag sensibility, I purchased this album at Rockaway Records in Silver Lake. Now, as I listen to Gong's "Camembert Electrique" I think it's a masterpiece.

Daevid Allen started the group (if memory serves me correctly, I was put off by the spelling of his first name as well as disliking the album) and somehow ended up in France. A band, a cult - I'm not sure. There is for sure a thought that they live on a planet called 'Gong,' but a world that had instruments, that's certain. Still, the music is brilliant. Hypnotic, melodic, and in places, reminds me of David Bowie of the Ziggy period. There is also touches of The Soft Machine, which should be no surprise because Allen was a founding member of that band.

The other voice beside Daevid is Gilli Smith, who has a sinister whisper and adds a certain intensity to the mix. For a bunch of French/British/Aussie Hippies, they are very tight and focused. It's psychedelic for sure but has a robust rock approach to their overall sound. This is my first entrance into the rabbit hole that's Gong.


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.