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Histories & Mysteries

Histories & Mysteries

About this release

The first recognised recordings from the band were Magick Brother, Mystic Sister in 1970. Followed by albums such as Camembert Electrique, Flying Teapot, Angels Egg and You. The first three albums released followed the fortunes of Zero The Hero and told the tale of the pothead pixies and was told over the course of the next three albums and became the Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy. This mythological story was extremely popular and the resultant albums sold exceptionally well however following the departure of core members Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Steve Hillage citing the age old musical differences reason for leaving the band Gong moved in a more jazz oriented direction with the addition of Allan Holdsworth alongside Pierre Moerlen and Didier Malherbe. Allen, Smyth and Hillage have all recorded as solo artists and Smyth subsequently formed the offshoot Mother Gong.

The album is a mix of both styles including Allen's blissed out space rocker style and Smyth's more laid back fairy tale recitations and a smattering of typically Gong like instrumental work.As far as Gong fans are concerned many cite this album as some of the most focussed work to come from both Smyth and Allen. This re issue has been re mastered and Gong fans will welcome the improvement in sound quality.

Track listing

  Disc 1: Gong Concert Intro, Captain Shaw, Love Makes Sweet music, Riot 1971, Radio Gnome Premix, Pothead Pixies, Line Up, Clarence In Wonderland, Soft Machine Radio Interview, Catspin, French Radio Introduction, Gong poem, Moonfield, Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Herbacious Border, Thirteen Eight.   Disc 2: Radio Brainwave, Chinese Puzzle, Afraid, Hypnotize You, Gliss You Well, Radio Oversoul, Opium For The People, Dreaming It, Auburn Mary, Are You Ready?, Hypothetical, Crazy Town, Muruoa, Red Alert, Chernobyl Rain, Water, Jaminji, Hanging Future, Heart Song.

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