- Released: October 4, 2004
- Label: Caroline
Q - 1/04, p.1354 stars out of 5
- "YOU brought a triumphant conclusion to the most creative era in Gong's long and ongoing history."
- 1.Thoughts for Naught
- 2.AP HP's Advice
- 3.Magick Mother Invocation
- 4.Master Builder
- 5.A Sprinkling of Clouds
- 6.Perfect Mystery
- 7.Isle of Everywhere
- 8.You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever
- 9.AP HP's Advice
Includes one bonus track.
Gong: Dingo Virgin (vocals, guitar); Bloomdido Glad De Brass (vocals, wind); Bambaloni Yoni (vocals); Shakti Yoni (spoken vocals); Hi T Moonweed (synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); Pierre Moerlen, Mike Howlett, Steve Hillage.
Personnel: Steve Hillage (guitar); Mike Howlett (bass guitar); Pierre Moerlen (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Paschal Byrne.
YOU is the final installment in Gong's legendary "Radio Gnome Trilogy," and it marks an important turning point for the band. By 1974, the psychedelic hippie/folk-rock element of the sound that was leader Daevid Allen's most important contribution was beginning to disappear. In its place was a more sophisticated musical vision that owed as much to jazz-rock fusion as to fellow space rockers like Pink Floyd or Hawkwind. Ironically, this is Gong's most "spacy" album, full of extended, ethereal passages that would inspire future generations of space rockers. The sound was equally defined however, by the jazzy flights of saxophonist Didier Malherbe and the sinuous rhythms of bassist Mike Howlett and drummer Pierre Moerlen (the band would eventually become the fusion-oriented Pierre Moerlen's Gong). Allen's songs still provide a crucial link to the rest of the trilogy, though the conceptual/mythological aspect is less crucial to YOU.