Pierre Moerlen's Gong ‎– Second Wind

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LICD 9.00698 Pierre Moerlen's Gong Second Wind(CD, Album) Line Records LICD 9.00698 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
LIDLP 5.00034 M Pierre Moerlen's Gong Second Wind(2xLP, Album, Whi) Line Records LIDLP 5.00034 M Germany 1988 Sell This Version
LIDLP 5.00034 M Pierre Moerlen's Gong Second Wind(2xLP, Album) Line Records LIDLP 5.00034 M Germany 1989 Sell This Version
HST142CD Pierre Moerlen's Gong Second Wind(CD, Album, RE) Gonzo Multimedia HST142CD UK 2013 Sell This Version

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caitlynmaire

July 30, 2008
referencing Second Wind, CD, Album, LICD 9.00698
After the dreadful "Breakthrough" (1986), Pierre Moerlen's Gong mostly returned to the jazz-rock fusion sound that made them so enjoyable in the late '70s and early '80s on "Second Wind". Benoit Moerlen, who had departed after "Downwind" (1979), is back for this album, with stalwarts Pierre Moerlen and bassist Hansford Rowe forming the stable core of the band. Ake Zeiden, who had joined for "Breakthrough" adds some fine guitar work to this album and talented keyboardist Frank Fischer is a welcome addition.

The sound of the first eight tracks of "Second Wind" is very much a late '80s updating of what this incarnation of Gong had done on their early albums. For the most part this is the skillfully blended jazz-rock fusion sound that Gong perfected in the mid '70s. There's a lot more synthesizer on this album but it doesn't get in the way or change the feel of the album all that much with mallet instruments still very much in the forefront. Seven of the first eight tracks are quite good with only Crystal Funk falling back to the overly commercial sound of "Breakthrough".

The last three tracks, collectively called Crash & Co., run for almost half an hour, are nothing more than drumming. OK, it's skillful drumming, but I just don't want to listen to half an hour of non-stop drums and nothing else.

The net result is that "Second Wind" is a great half of an album. I just skip the other half.