Gong Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible, Pt. 2) [Charly]
- Released: July 22, 2002
- Label: Snapper Uk
- 1.Other Side Of The Sky
- 2.Sold To The Highest Buddha
- 3.Castle In The Clouds
- 4.Prostitute Poem
- 5.Givin' My Love To You
- 7.Flute Salad
- 8.Oily Way
- 9.Butter Temple
- 10.Inner Temple
- 11.Love Is How You Make It
- 12.I Niver Glid Before
- 13.Eat That Phone Book Coda
Gong: Sub. Capt Hillage (guitar); Bloomdido Bad De Grasse (flute); Mirielle De Strasbourg (glockenspiel); T. Being Esq. (bass guitar); Pierre De Strasbourg (drums); Shakti Yoni, Hi T Moonweed (unknown instrument); Dingo Virgin.
Personnel: Daevid Allen, Dingo Virgin (vocals, guitar); Gilli Smyth (vocals); Christian Tritsch, Steve Hillage (guitar); Didier Malherbe (flute, saxophone, wind); Tim Blake (keyboards, synthesizer); Pierre Moerlen, Laurie Allan (drums); Mireille Bauer (percussion).
Liner Note Author: John Platt.
Recording information: 06/1973.
In retrospect, it's hard to believe both FLYING TEAPOT and its successor ANGELS EGG were released within months of each other in 1973. Each is an elaborate, distinct musical statement. ANGEL'S EGG is the second installment in Gong's legendary "Radio Gnome Trilogy," and it expands upon the ground broken by TEAPOT admirably. Though the band was still pursuing their spacy art-rock direction, the sound here became simultaneously jazzier and more ethereal. Didier Malherbe's sax and flute took a more active role, as did Steve Hillage's elaborate guitar textures.
An important personnel shift had also occured with the arrival of drummer Pierre Moerlen, mallet percussionist Mirielle Bauer and bassist Mike Howlett. These three were very much of the fusion school. After singer/songwriter Daevid Allen's departure, they would turn Gong into a full-fledged fusion outfit, but with Allen's whimsical songcraft still the defining factor, they simply add a more sophisticated instrumental edge. ANGEL'S EGG is a bit more sophisticated than TEAPOT, but an equal masterpiece.
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