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After the departure of founder Daevid Allen the group Gong went through a rapid series of personnel changes with drummer/percussionist Pierre Moerlen becoming the de facto leader. The music evolved away from the psychedelic sound of the Allen-led era into jazz/rock fusion. By the time Expresso II (1978) was recorded Moerlen had assembled an almost entirely different group with a very different sound. With the completion of Gong's contract with Virgin Records the group name was changed to Pierre Moerlen's Gong to differentiate it from the other Gong offshoots and the original band.

Pierre Moerlen's Gong released four albums for Arista Records between 1979 and 1981 (Downwind, Time Is The Key, Live, and Leave It Open) which are widely regarded as their classics. The band had a distinctive sound dominated by the heavy use of mallet instruments (marimba, xylophone, vibraphone and glockenspiel) played mainly by Pierre Moerlen, his brother Benoit Moerlen, and François Causse. After being dropped by Arista the band broke up.

In the mid '80s Pierre Moerlen and bassist Hansford Rowe, who had played on the previous four albums, put together a new incarnation of the band featuring several members of the Swedish band Tribute (5) including guitarist Åke Ziedén. They released the Scientology-inspired album Breakthrough (1986), mainly pop tunes plus a few fusion tracks. Shortly thereafter Tribute broke up but Ziedén remained and Benoit rejoined the group. The new lineup returned to the original jazz/rock fusion sound and recorded two further albums: Second Wind (1989) and Full Circle - Live 1988 before disbanding again. In 2002 Moerlen recorded an album in St. Petersburg (Russia) with a group of Russian musicians called Pentanine. The last album of the Pierre Moerlen's Gong was started in 2005 with another new line-up of young French musicians, but Moerlen died suddenly leaving the project at a very early stage. The band nevertheless decided to record Pierre's last compositions with some of their own, and release it posthumously as 'Tribute' in 2010.
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Albums

none Pierre Moerlen's Gong - C70 Original Cosmic *Tape* album art Daniele Baldelli Time Is The Key Daniele Baldelli - C70 Original Cosmic *Tape*(Cass, Mixed, Unofficial) Not On Label (Cosmic Disco) none Italy 1982 Sell This Version
LICD 9.00621 J Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Line - Der Sampler 31 album art Various Beton (as Gong (Pierre Moerlens Gong)) Various - Line - Der Sampler 31(CD, Smplr) Line Records LICD 9.00621 J Germany 1989 Sell This Version
РМС 98006 Pierre Moerlen's Gong - SKIF 5 Международный Фестиваль Сергея Курёхина album art Various . Various - SKIF 5 Международный Фестиваль Сергея Курёхина(CD) Bomba-Piter РМС 98006 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
none Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Sept.Sales Tape album art Various Ard Na Griene Various - Sept.Sales Tape(LP, Smplr) Arista none UK Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mr 004 Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Voice Of Afrika Vol. 4 album art Various Sugar Steet The Bender Arabesque Various - Voice Of Afrika Vol. 4(12", Unofficial) Melody Corporation Mr 004 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version

Compilations

Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Family Jewels album art Gong Say No More and 1 more… Gong - Family Jewels (Comp) GAS Records (2) UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Коллекция Альбомов 1977 - 2001 album art Gong Exotic and 17 more… Gong - Коллекция Альбомов 1977 - 2001(CD-ROM, Comp, Unofficial, MP3) Навигатор, Домашняя Коллекция none Russia 2002 Sell This Version
none Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Коллекция Альбомов 1977 - 2001 album art Gong Exotic and 17 more… Gong - Коллекция Альбомов 1977 - 2001(CDr, CD-ROM, Comp, Unofficial, MP3) Навигатор, Домашняя Коллекция none Russia 2004 Sell This Version
Pierre Moerlen's Gong - G-Stone Master Series №1 Peter Kruder Private Collection album art Various Adrien Various - G-Stone Master Series №1 Peter Kruder Private Collection (Comp) G-Stone Recordings Austria 2009 Sell This Version
CLG009 Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Cosmic Love Grooves 9 album art Daniel Schmitt, Rookie (2) Adrein Daniel Schmitt, Rookie (2) - Cosmic Love Grooves 9(CDr, Comp, Unofficial) Not On Label CLG009 2009 Sell This Version
ABRCD003 Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Experiment album art Various Jingo Various - Experiment(CD, Comp) Ambassador's Reception ABRCD003 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Pierre Moerlen's Gong - The Sound Of Europe Tailored By Sony album art Various Jin-Go-Lo-Ba Various - The Sound Of Europe Tailored By Sony (Comp) EMI, EMI Electrola Germany Unknown Sell This Version
DMMP 0085 Pierre Moerlen's Gong - MP3 - Part 2 album art Gong Ard Na Greine and 33 more… Gong - MP3 - Part 2(CD-ROM, Comp, Unofficial, MP3) MP3 Music Collection DMMP 0085 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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tommyvercettigang

tommyvercettigang

September 10, 2018
i effing love this band this is the BEST BAND EVER , PERIOD !

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