Gong – You: Radio Gnome Invisible Vol. 3 (1974)

Gong - You: Radio Gnome Invisible Vol. 3 (1974)
Artist: Gong
Album: You: Radio Gnome Invisible Vol. 3
Genre: Canterbury Scene, Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Rock
Label: Virgin
Year Of Release: 1974
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)

1. Thoughts for naught (1:30)
2. A P.H.P.’s advice (1:37)
3. Magick mother invocation (2:11)
4. Master builder (6:09)
5. A sprinkling of clouds (8:42)
6. Perfect mystery (2:25)
7. The isle of everywhere (10:21)
8. You never blow yr trip forever (11:24)


– Daevid Allen / vocals, guitar
– Gilli Smyth / vocals
– Steve Hillage / lead guitar
– Tim Blake / Moog & EMS synths, Mellotron, vocals
– Didier Malherbe / saxes, flute, vocals
– Mike Howlett / bass
– Pierre Moerlen / drums, percussion
– Benoît Moerlen / percussion
– Mireille Bauer / percussion
– Miquette Giraudy / backing vocals

My first experience with GONG started with “Gazeuse!” and “Shamal”. I liked a lot the fusion sound of that period but only read articles about the famous Gnome trilogy, so at one time I decided to give it a try by purchasing “You”.

It did not work that time. It was in mid-1980s and I remember that I had put the LP record on my turntable only for 2-3 times. And I remained untouched. Recently I decided to refresh my collection with this famous Planet Gong artistry from “Camembert” to “Shamal” and it was a whole new experience for me, discovering the true treasure hidden in “You”. And I am talking about the remastered issue by Virgin which includes a bonus alternate version of “PHP Advice” and a nice booklet with lyrics, photos and graphics.

So, apart from “Thought for Nought”, “PHP’s Advice” and “Perfect Mystery”, which are short, funny typical Daevid Allen songs reminiscent of their previous work, the rest of the album comprises of the long instrumental space-fusion jams where the band show their instrumental skills. These are worth naming because IMO it’s the peak of “Space-rock” music in general: “Magic Mother Invocation”, “Master Builder”, “Sprinkling of Clouds”, “Isle of Everywhere” and “You Never Blow Your Trip Forever”.

Wow, what a music! It shows similarities with both jazz on one hand and krautrock on the other. Tim Blake’s etherial, spacey synths, Steve Hillage’s psych guitar, Malherbe’s immaculate saxes and flutes, female whispers, energetic and relaxed rhythm section of Howlett’s bass and Moerlen’s percussion are all perfect.

So Allen probably felt that he had offered his final ideas up to this point, closing the trilogy story, therefore left the band after this release, and they continued on into more jazzy territory. This album is concentration of all the best ideas each GONG member had to offer at the time, making thus a masterpiece worth including in any serious music collection.
by seyo

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