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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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Remastered Virgin reissue of third album in the trilogy originally released by Charly in 1974, with additional previously unreleased bonus track 'A PHP's Advice' (Alternate Version). Details TBA. 2004.

     
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All Artists: Gong
Title: You
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Caroline
Release Date: 12/28/2004
Album Type: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Electronica, Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, British Invasion
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724386655226

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Remastered Virgin reissue of third album in the trilogy originally released by Charly in 1974, with additional previously unreleased bonus track 'A PHP's Advice' (Alternate Version). Details TBA. 2004.

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The most amazing album I can think of...
Paul Minot | Waterville, ME United States | 10/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I say so because I can't think of any other album in which this quality of musicianship is submitted to the task of such inspired lunacy.

Steve Hillage rocketing into space on guitar; Pierre Moerlen's frantic jazz pummeling on drums, and magical tuned percussion; Mike Howlett's funky-smooth pursuit of the cosmic groove; and Didier Malherbe's tasty soprano sax and flute musings--a crack band as good as any that EVER played rock music--accompanied by Tim Blake's divinely inspired ambient synthesizer landscapes, Daevid Allen's equally ambient glissando guitar, and the space whispers and instrumental contributions of various women named Yoni.

It's a once-in-a-millenium musical mix that would be noteworthy in and of itself, but shoots into the stratosphere because of the spiritual depth of Daevid Allen's psychedelic whimsy. Allen has written many provocative and beautiful songs, but this album is in my opinion his magnum opus, or the whole tamale if you prefer--the climactic story of everyman Zero the Hero "going round the circle of births and deaths" struggling, and failing, and struggling again to attain/maintain spiritual awakening--it's the story of everybody who ever tried. Accompanied by the musical equivalent of nirvana. (Most succinctly demonstrated by "A Sprinkling of Clouds", which is my favorite instrumental rock piece of all time--a piece of terrifying beauty, like looking into the face of God him/herself...really.)

This release of the album is lovingly, perfectly remastered, and packaged with intriguing drawings and photos of the band that give us a window into the time and place. It is the definitive CD release, and the best this incredible album has ever sounded. It is, as space-rock should be, not of this world.

Many albums of the psychedelic and prog eras came from the stance of presumed enlightenment, with variable musical and lyrical success. However, "You" manages to make the leap from merely inspired to INSPIRING--an actual album-length primer for the pursuit of enlightenment. It's no wonder the band as it was broke up after this album, when Daevid Allen walked away. There was really nowhere else to go but down, after achieving this dizzying height.

If I had to pick one obscure album that I wish that others could hear for their own sake, this would be it. It is, as I said, amazing--and if you have ever wanted to hear how great space-rock could be, you should take a chance on this marvelous disc."
Gong's masterpiece
Alex Malone | California | 12/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Psychedelic space-rock brilliance by an amazing band. The musicianship is unequalled.... as is the 'feel' of this record. Each and every band member gives a tour de force performance. Didier Malherbe's sax playing is breathtaking. Steve Hillage's guitar work, inspired.. especially on Master Builder. If any musical piece pulses with spacey wonderment better than the Tim Blake inspired 'A sprinkling of clouds' then I most definitely need to hear it. From start to finish, a fascinating experience and an amazing 50 minute journey into the mind of Daevid Allen. Listen to it alone with the lights off and candles on.... it will take you to a better place."
The Incognito Return of the Octave Doctors...
C. H. Moody | Atlanta, GA United States | 06/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When I first heard YOU, I thought it was the most odd and brilliant record I'd ever heard. It is the final act of a hippie-esque "smoke opera" that takes the now-venerable jam-band flights of trippy fantasy to new and dizzy heights. More akin to Ozric Tentacles than to the Grateful Dead, the tunes on this disc are challenging, mesemerising, and ultimately quite satisfying.

Steer clear if you're attached to traditional song dynamics, 2:45 bits of pop structure, or made nervous by music that carries you away.

Not a perfect album, but well worth the time and attention of the adventurous listener."