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VA - Histories & Mysteries of Planet Gong [2CD Remastered Box Set] (2004)

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VA - Histories & Mysteries of Planet Gong [2CD Remastered Box Set] (2004)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Histories & Mysteries of Planet Gong
Year Of Release: 2004
Label (Catalog#): Voiceprint [VP279CD]
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock, Jazz-Rock
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Time: 2:03:59
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VA - Histories & Mysteries of Planet Gong [2CD Remastered Box Set] (2004)

This two-CD set brings together the two volumes of Histories and Mysteries of Planet Gong, released by Voiceprint in the late '80s. The tracks rank from archive tapes from Gong's early days, to leftovers from Mother Gong's Robot Woman LP, to various experiments recorded between the mid-'60s and the late '80s. The material is performed by Soft Machine, Gong, Mother Gong, the Magick Brothers, and all kinds of lineups, either on-stage or in the basement, but always comprised of, at least, Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, or Harry Williamson. The tracks are presented in no particular order, for an enhanced surprise effect, giving to the whole album a hodge-podge feel that makes it enjoyable only for devoted fans of the group, people capable of putting these tracks back within their historical context. For fans like these, Histories and Mysteries
presents a few handfuls of oddities and historical nuggets. Amidst the non-chronological crisscrossing, Disc One focuses a bit more on the '60s and early '70s. Worth note are the tape collages Gong used for concert introductions (there are also a few more from Allen's days as a radio DJ in the mid-'80s), a live recording of "Pothead Pixies" with French lyrics, a reggae-fied version of Soft Machine's "Clarence in Wonderland" with Kevin Ayers guesting with Gong (from 1972), and the Magick Brothers' "Herbacious Border." Disc Two weights more toward the late '70s and '80s. Worthy of a fan's attention are the 1980 song "Chinese Puzzle," alternate versions of Mother Gong's "Crazy Town" and "Red Alert," the 1977 French single "Opium for the People" (with Allen singing in French!), and the B-side of Gong's first single "Hypnotize You," which features the same schoolyard rhyme that would end up in "Mister Long Shanks" (from the album Camembert Electrique). Some of these tracks are available on other albums, but for the fan who doesn't collect every artifact released by the "Planet Gong", this two-CD set offers a good selection of rare material.


Disc: 1
01. Gong Concert Intro - Gong
02. Captin Shaw - Gong
03. Love Makes Sweet Music - Soft Machine
04. Riot 1971 - Sean Murphy
05. Radio Gnome Premix - Gong
06. Pot Head Pixies - Gong, Christian Tritsch
07. Line Up - John Peel
08. Clarence in Wonderland - Gong
09. Soft Machine Radio Interview - Soft Machine
10. Catspin - Mother Gong
11. French Radio Introduction/Gong Poem
12. Moonfield - Gong
13. Where Have All the Flowers Gone - Gong
14. Herbacious Border
15. Thirteen Eight - Gong
16. Oo la La - Daevid Allen
17. Deya Goddess - Gong

Disc: 2
01. Radio Brainwave - Daevid Allen
02. Chinese Puzzel - Mother Gong
03. Afraid - Daevid Allen
04. Hypnotise You - Gong
05. Gliss U Well - Harry Williamson
06. Radio Oversoul - Daevid Allen
07. Opium for the People - Planet Gong
08. Dreaming It - Gong
09. Auburn Mary - Gong
10. Are You Ready? - Daevid Allen
11. Hypothetical - Lady June, Harry Williamso
12. Crazy Town - Mother Gong
13. Muruoa
14. Red Alert - Mother Gong
15. Chenobyl Rain - Daevid Allen,Russell Hibbs, Gilli Smyth, Harry Williamson
16. Water - Daevid Allen,
17. Jaminji - Harry Williamson
18. Hanging Furture
19. Heart Song - Daevid Allen, Russell Hibbs, Melody James, Sean Bowley Szazz, Liz Van Dort, Bee Williamson, Harry Williamson

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