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1973's Flying Teapot is a Gong milestone. It's the first installment in their legendary "Radio Gnome Trilogy" and a transitional point between the underground psychedelia of Camembert Electrique and the artier, more ethere... more »
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1973's Flying Teapot is a Gong milestone. It's the first installment in their legendary "Radio Gnome Trilogy" and a transitional point between the underground psychedelia of Camembert Electrique and the artier, more ethereal sound they later developed. Teapot is more visceral, less cerebral than its successors, and the catchy ensemble riffs of Camembert are still present. The arrival of virtuoso guitarist Steve Hillage and synth wizard Tim Blake represented a great leap forward, though. Blake concentrated exclusively on ambient electronic effects and soundscapes a la early Hawkind, leaving harmonic development to the other band members. Hillage's fleet-fingered jazz-rock solos and arsenal of effects upped the musicianship a notch and reinforced the spacy jazz elements already in place. Whether you're able to follow the willfully confusing storyline or not, the elaborate mythological world created by Daevid Allen is loads of fun when wrapped around music as inspired as this psychedelic art-jazz-space rock amalgam. The key players are a group of gnomes from another planet who arrive in a flying teapot (stoner imagery plays heavily in hippie Allen's vision) to save the world (or something). Actually, some surprisingly intellectual/philosophical messages were contained in the trilogy, leavened heartily by the irrepressible Allen's healthy sense of humor. Charly. 2004.
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B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 01/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Alright, that does it. Gong is officially the most drugged out band I've ever heard from the 70's. I have NEVER heard a band who sounds like they are more high and crazy in the head than these guys. So the question is, can someone like me (who's never done drugs) understand and appreciate music like THIS?
Well I hope so, because these guys are probably my favorite of the progressive rock bands. You know what? FORGET about the fact they are a prog band. These guys are nothing like Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull or anyone else. This is not even anything like the space rock bands like Pink Floyd, Hawkwind or Rush.
This is just INSANELY musically creative... not rock music necessarily, more like atmospheric circus rock. There, I think that's the best way to describe this album (and the other three Gong albums I've heard, including the trilogy).
The great thing about Gong is that, it's not COMPLETELY atmosphere. In other words, every moment of their songs seem to build to something interesting and progress through different themes. You just need to prepare yourself for some of the most twisted, unpredictable and atmospheric music you've ever heard."
Poor remix of an otherwise great album
W. Cate | Murfreesboro, TN USA | 07/24/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's a perfect mystery... why the original version of this psych-rock classic doesn't exist on CD. Seek out the 1972 Virgin Records vinyl copy if you can; it is greatly superior to this version."
William R. Nicholas | Mahwah, NJ USA | 01/13/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This may be the best of the albums from Gong, the band Daevid Allen formed after leaving Soft Machine.
Flying Teapot is, aptly, known as a space rock album, but this only half right: Teapot contains jazz, East Europian shadings, all kinds of music which the space thread runs through.
This is fantastic, polished, sophiticated music, made by one of the 1970s undergrounds best bands."