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Gong was too weird for commercial success, but they took the kinds of musical risks that gave them instant cult status. The Best Of Gong Vol. 1 does a great job of portraying their integral moments, most of which occurred during the Daevid Allen-fronted era. “Mystic Sister” from 1969 opens with trickling piano and meandering flute that plays under seductive female moaning pumped through analogue tape delay. The following counterpart “Magick Brother” takes a more linear form by braiding those sounds with a solid folk-based tune. “Mister Long Shanks: Oh Mother I Am Your Fantasy” blends bits of Dada-inspired jazz with trippy atmospheric soundscapes and female singing that comes together to sound like the more psychedelic moments on Linda Perhacs’ Parallelograms. Gong’s penchant for proggy arrangements surfaces in “Dynamite I Am Your Original” where smooth, analogue synths nicely contrast Steve Hillage’s warbling wah-wah guitar licks. “Radio Gnome Invisible” from 1973’s Flying Teapot blends the British-flavored psych of early Pink Floyd with sideways arrangements and Eastern instruments.

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Formed: 1968

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Gong slowly came together in the late '60s when Australian guitarist Daevid Allen (ex-Soft Machine) began making music with his wife, singer Gilli Smyth, along with a shifting lineup of supporting musicians. Albums from this period include Magick Brother, Mystic Sister (1969) and the impromptu jam session Bananamoon (1971) featuring Robert Wyatt from Soft Machine, Gary Wright from Spooky Tooth, and Maggie Bell. A steady lineup featuring Frenchman Didier Malherbe (sax and reeds), Christian Tritsch...
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