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Stroking The Tail Of The Bird

Stroking The Tail Of The Bird

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Australian beatnik Daevid Allen was a founder member of Britain's earliest psychedelic band, Soft Machine.He departed from the band after the release of their first classic single Love Makes Sweet Music. He was then banned from Britain, he settled in Paris where he formed the psychedelic rock collective Gong in 1970. The band appeared on stage in their "pothead pixie hats", with Allen playing "glissando guitar", his partner poet Gilli Smyth on "space whisper" vocals and a combination of tape loops. Gong created a mixture of ethereal soundscapes mixed with trippy psychedelic lyrics. Various incarnations followed, including Mother Gong, New York Gong and Gongmaison.Musicians included Robert Wyatt, Pip Pyle, Steve Hillage, Didier Malherbe, Tim Blake, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen, with Allen making an album with Shimmy Disc boss Kramer in 1993. 1994 saw original members of Gong reunite for their 25th anniversary.The sell out shows at London's Forum were recorded for a double cd ( VPGAS101CD ). Daevid continues to record and tour as a solo artist and as a member of Gong.The band are touring Europe in the spring of 2000. For this recording, Daevid Allen is joined by Gong sidekick Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong member Harry Williamson.This ambient set was originally issued on the AMP label in 1990 and instantly deleted.It has now been remixed and digitally remastered, with an extra track Deep Sea recorded by Daevid in Deya in 1975.   Track Listing   Stroking The Tail Of The Bird (Parts 1 & 2) Moonpeople Gliss Deep Sea Rainbow Meditation


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