Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
The band that had it all....This Albums got it all......!
David Martin | Great Britain. | 07/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gong? Wots it all about eh! Well it really starts here, yes, I know theres a few albums before but never had they been so focused and just so bloomin' 'together' to REALLY get it all down on record/vinyl (as it was then). Pt 1 of the trilogy (although now its 5 parts with the advent of Shape shifter and Zero to Infinity) is still the most intense listening experience I've ever come across. From the intro 'transmision' to its poetic/jazzed up finale it takes you everywhere in between. You want humour?...check out 'The Pot Head Pixes' and the back chat between lines, Ambient Synth before it was invented?......listen to the Octave Doctors and the Crystal machine. Prototype fretless bass playing?......listen to 'Flying Teapot', one of the greatest dynamic build ups during a solo?......listen to the way Steve Hillage, Laurie Allen and Francis Moze lift the band during Bloomdido's soloing........aahh.....bliss! Yup, I admit I'm hooked on this band and have been for over 19 years. It just never wears off! Alas this line up didn't make it to the next installment. Moze went back to French band Magma and Moerlen took over the drummery and off they went. Angels Egg (part 2 of RGI was the result). Though often written off due to inferior sound (no way!) I still think its got that warmth that some confuse with lack of top end! Its all there as i said earlier its just difficult to remember that this was 1973 technology ( and on a budget too!) after all! Buy some history before its too late. They were there and they had it ALL. Talent, direction, humour and originality. Still have so it seems. Give it a try."
Get the remastered version instead.
kireviewer | Sunnyvale, Ca United States | 07/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There have been many CD releases of Angel's Egg. Some even have a different cover. The sound quality can vary.
Get the remastered version. It has wonderful sound. It also has 15 minutes of bonus tracks and a nice booklet and it is cheaper.
This is just another great Gong album. It has some of the spaciest and wildest music of any of the Gong albums. It also has a number of great songs. While it is very spacy, it is also very coherent and holds together well. The only downside is that there are a few short silly songs.
This album is as good as You, but somewhat different. There are more songs, and they are a bit shorter than what is on You.
Gong released 3 albums in the 1970's dealing with Radio Gnome Invisible and the Pothead Pixies (Flying Teapot, Angel's Egg and You). In all, Gong released 5 to 7 albums in the 1970's (depending on how you are counting) before splintering. The leader of the band, Daevid Allen left, and the remainder became a jazz fusion band.
Throught the eighties, Allen would reform the space version of Gong, and the jazz version got renamed Pierrie Moerlen's Gong. The jazz band disbanded in the eighties.
Allen reformed Gong permanently in the late nineties, and the band has put out a number of studio and live albums. They are all very good. The last three studio albums have carried on the story of the Pot Head Pixies."
A Mind Trip
Carrie | Hopkinsville, Ky | 03/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Angel's Egg is a plethora of different elements that intertwine an create something beautiful, and faultless. It takes you straight into a journey of psychadelic jazz, with occasional visits to India. Gill's space whispers will drown you. The psychadelic noise will fry your brain. The chops, drumming, and overall soundscape will drill you in; and then the humour behind the vocals and lyrics will ice your acid-laden cake. A cake that's yummy and has layers and layers of goodness, might I add. This album is consistant and will entrance you for hours if you let it. All the songs are connective but vary just enough to keep things interesting. The band jams, but they don't jam too much. The music is tight and unbeleivably balanced. A MASTERPIECE. This is one of my favorite albums of all time."