Gong

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Psychedelic rock band formed by Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth in France in 1969. Gong became pioneers of a new brand of psychedelia/space-rock/trip-rock - with a conceptual ethos involving aliens and alternative realities. An international outfit, increasingly linked to other bands of the Canterbury scene, many musicians came and went. Without Daevid the band continued with Steve Hillage as leader for a short while, and then in various incarnations as the more jazz-rock styled Pierre Moerlen's Gong. There have been many other versions of Gong over the years, and many reformations since 1990.
See also band offshoots (in chronological order of existence) : Paragong, Planet Gong (2), Pierre Moerlen's Gong, Mother Gong, New York Gong, Gongmaison, Gongzilla, Gong Matrices, Gong Global Family, Acid Mothers Gong, Gong Expresso, and maybe others.
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529.305 Gong - Magick Brother album art Gong Magick Brother (Album) BYG Records 529.305 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.353 Gong - Camembert Electrique album art Gong Camembert Electrique (Album) BYG Records 529.353 France 1971 Sell This Version
6332 033 Gong - Continental Circus album art Gong Avec Daevid Allen Gong Avec Daevid Allen - Continental Circus (Album) Philips 6332 033 France 1972 Sell This Version
V 2002 Gong - Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1) album art Gong Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1) (Album) Virgin V 2002 UK 1973 Sell This Version
V2007 Gong - Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2) album art Gong Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2) (Album) Virgin V2007 UK 1973 Sell This Version
TCV 2019 Gong - You album art Gong You (Album) Virgin TCV 2019 1974 Sell This Version
V 2074 Gong - Gazeuse! album art Gong Gazeuse! (Album) Virgin V 2074 UK 1976 Sell This Version
V 2046, V2046 Gong - Shamal album art Gong Shamal (Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2046, V2046 UK 1975 Sell This Version
2676 713 Gong - Live Etc. album art Gong Live Etc. (Album) Virgin, Virgin 2676 713 France 1977 Sell This Version
TP 10002, TP 10003 Gong - Gong Est Mort album art Gong Gong Est Mort (Album) Tapioca, Tapioca TP 10002, TP 10003 France 1977 Sell This Version
V 2099, 2473 742 Gong - Expresso II album art Gong Expresso II (Album) Virgin V 2099, 2473 742 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
none Gong Live At Mallacoff (Album) GAS Records (2) none UK 1979 Sell This Version
none Gong - Gong Live À Lyons album art Gong Gong Live À Lyons (Album) Ottersongs none UK 1982 Sell This Version
MANTRA 025 Gong - Live Au Bataclan 1973 album art Gong Live Au Bataclan 1973 (Album) Mantra MANTRA 025 France 1989 Sell This Version
CDTL 010 Gong - The Mystery And The History Of The Planet Gong album art Gong The Mystery And The History Of The Planet Gong (Album) Demi Monde CDTL 010 UK 1989 Sell This Version
MANTRA 042 Gong - Live! At Sheffield 1974 album art Gong Live! At Sheffield 1974 (Album) Mantra MANTRA 042 France 1990 Sell This Version
none Gong - Haunted Chateau album art Gong Haunted Chateau(Cass, Album) Ottersongs, GAS Records (2) none UK 1990 Sell This Version
KZLM 1501 1 Gong - Je Ne Fum' Pas Des Bananes album art Daevid Allen / Banana Moon Band / Gong Daevid Allen / Banana Moon Band / Gong - Je Ne Fum' Pas Des Bananes (Album) Legend Music KZLM 1501 1 France 1992 Sell This Version
66914-2 Gong - Shapeshifter album art Gong Shapeshifter (Album) Celluloid 66914-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
GL2 Gong - You Do Have To Give Up Dope !? album art Gong You Do Have To Give Up Dope !?(Cass, Album, RE) GAS Records (2) GL2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
GL1 Gong - Live At Angers 1972 album art Gong Live At Angers 1972(Cass) GAS Records (2) GL1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CMP 6076 Gong - Live On TV 1990 album art Gong Live On TV 1990 (Album) Code 90 CMP 6076 UK 1992 Sell This Version
GAS1CD Gong - Camembert Eclectique album art Gong Camembert Eclectique (Album) GAS Records (2) GAS1CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
VPGAS 101CD Gong - The Birthday Party album art Gong The Birthday Party (Album) Voiceprint, GAS Records (2) VPGAS 101CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
SFR CD 137 Gong - Pre-Modernist Wireless: The Peel Sessions album art Gong Pre-Modernist Wireless: The Peel Sessions (Album) Strange Fruit SFR CD 137 UK 1995 Sell This Version

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ishqmusic

ishqmusic

March 14, 2015
a genuine freak and prophet , the way to be
Ragnemalm

Ragnemalm

November 22, 2013
One of my absolute favorites. I was introduced to them by a friend through the PMG albums, which were OK, and from there I found the trilogy albums, which are superb. "Zero to infinity" hooks right in, very good album.
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_EXP_

June 23, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Some still can be found in Daevid Allen's smile.
Thanx for they great Live performance, Gong is Psychedelic...Gong is the drug.

Zero The Hero And The Witch's Spell is the real name for Acid. Check out Microcosmic Allen's side project for more slide Space guitar.
Daniacid

Daniacid

March 6, 2012
edited over 9 years ago
apart from Hawkwind , I had never heard anything so psychedelic, some of my dads lps came close, but I heard angels egg first back in '92 heavily tripping on purple om acid tabs , and quite frankly it blew me away and tore my face off all at the same time . The thing with gong is , occasionally you don't get it or its not your "cup of tea" (get it?) but most of the time it's just psychedelic bliss, but then , that's what taking acid/shrooms/dots- whatever is all about , isn't it? You never know where it's gonna take you. Definitely go for the radio gnome trilogy of albums, and if you have some "good shit in stock" try gong est mort. I love underground black metAl and warehouse London acid techno but gong fill in the gaps . Remember it's fun to take a trip , put acid in your veins
soundstorm

soundstorm

October 9, 2005
edited over 16 years ago
After becoming a devout Ozric Tentacles convert in the early 90's I went on a quest to find out just who could have possibly influenced the Ozric's unbelievable sound. Conversations with older muso's revealed that I should look for the answer in a group called Gong. "Find the 'Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy' and you will understand", they told me.

After some searching I found "Flying Teapot", the first album in the trilogy, and was treated to a bizarre hybrid of psychedelic jazzy jamming with a healthy dose of synthy noodling on some tracks. "Not bad", I thought, and definitely worth tracking down the second album of the trilogy, "Angel's Egg".

Things started to get really interesting on "Angel's Egg". The sound became bigger, more cosmic and spacey. More synth effects and bubbles....more beautiful. By the end of the album I could't wait to hear the final album in the trilogy, "You", which was supposed to be the best of them all.

Once "You" was in my hands I just looked at the cover for a bit and wondered what could possibly be inside. The album starts and time begins to slow down as you're drawn back into the story. The music kicks in and you just hold on for the ride. You'll have to listen for yourself.

I guess if you're on this page you must have at least heard of the group or been hyperlinked through something related. There is nothing like Gong and as mentioned above they influenced a huge group of musicians after them.

I highly recommend the trilogy as a starting point.

Remember, you are me, I am you, all of us together.....

Now go aummmmmmmmmmmmmm..................
earthdragon

earthdragon

September 15, 2005
edited over 16 years ago
So you searched out Gong - the band who seeded the techno scene and have spawned so many cool bands - Ozrics, System 7, Orb ....... The early stuff is great - 'You' is the best imho. But for a real buzz try Gong You Remixed - a compilation of remixes of Gong material by The Orb, Shamen, System 7 etc - Phase1 and Phase 2 (2xCD) on glisscd001.
shadegate

shadegate

June 22, 2002
gong are THE only band of their kind ever to grace the music world and other worlds alike, they need to be understood at deeper levels to grasp who they really are and to discover what YOUR relatinship with the planet really is all about, it is a self dicovery to look deeper into their past and present movements,spiritualy,lyricaly,and physically..

i love ya Zero!...

shadey.......

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