Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Blast From The Past – Gong

One of the joys of record swapping in the school playground in the early 70’s was getting something unusual thrown into to a deal which unexpectandly became a favourite record.

The above album originally released by Gong in 1971 is a classic example.

I had never heard of Gong as at the time I was very much a traditionalist guitar rock fan (Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep etc) but it came to pass I landed with a copy in late 1974 after it was re-released on the Virgin label where it sold for 59p, the price of a single, a marketing scheme Virgin had used the year before on an album by Faust, in the hope that greatly discounted albums would give more exposure to the artists and encourage sales of their regularly priced albums, although these discounted albums did not qualify for album chart listings.

It was also issued twice on Virgin’s Caroline Records budget label (catalouge number C-1505 also in 1974, and C-1520 around 1976), still at a discount price, but no longer priced as low as a single. In the late 1970s it was reissued on Charly Records whose edition was in print in the UK concurrently with Virgin’s.

“You Can’t Kill Me” – Gong

Being thirteen at the time the concept and real meaning of spaced out substance rock was an unknown world to me as drugs were something you got from the chemist to cure a cold, however, the album had a strange attraction and it became a strange but liked curio amongst my music loving friends of the time.

“Fohat Digs Holes In Space” – Gong

Track listing

Side one

  1. “Radio Gnome Invisible” (Daevid Allen) – 0:26
  2. “You Can’t Kill Me” (Allen) – 6:23
  3. “I’ve Bin Stone Before” (Allen) – 4:53
  4. “Mister Long Shanks” (Allen) / “O Mother” (Allen) / “I Am Your Fantasy” (Gilli Smyth, Christian Tritsch) – 3:41
  5. “Dynamite” / “I Am Your Animal” (Smyth, Tritsch) – 4:32
  6. “Wet Cheese Delirium” (Allen) – 0:29

Side two

  1. “Squeezing Sponges Over Policemen’s Heads” (Allen) – 0:13
  2. “Fohat Digs Holes in Space” (Allen, Smyth) – 6:24
  3. “And You Tried So Hard” (Tritsch, Allen) – 4:39
  4. “Tropical Fish” (Allen) / “Selene” (Allen) – 7:36
  5. “Gnome the Second” (Allen) – 0:26

One notable effect at the end of each side of the LP, which has been lost forever with the advent of the compact disc, is that the music continues into the run off groove creating a perpetual sound.

To buy the music of Gong click HERE

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July 17, 2010 - Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video |

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