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Gong - Magick Brother (1970)

Gong - Magick Brother (1970)

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Gong - Magick Brother
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Side one (early morning)
1. "Mystic Sister"   1:32
2. "Magick Brother"   4:44
3. "Rational Anthem (Change the World)" (mislabelled as "Glad To Sad To say")   3:43
4. "Glad To Sad To Say" (mislabelled as "Rational Anthem")   4:09
5. "Chainstore Chant"   1:13
6. "Pretty Miss Titty"   4:06
7. "Fredfish / Hope You Feel OK" ("Fredfish" listed on LP label but not on LP cover)   4:33

Side two (late night)
8. Untitled   3:57
9. "Gong Song"   4:11
10. "Princess Dreaming"   2:56
11. "5 & 20 Schoolgirls"   4:30
12. "Cos You Got Green Hair"   5:05

Total length:   43:52

The version on CD has a different tracks grouping and lengths

1. "Mystic Sister, Magick Brother"   5:54
2. "Rational Anthem"   4:08
3. "Glad To Sad To Say"   3:45
4. "Chainstore Chant & Pretty Miss Titty"   4:49
5. "Fable Of A Fredfish & Hope You Feel O.K."   4:43
6. "Ego"   3:58
7. "Gong Song"   4:12
8. "Princess Dreaming"   2:56
9. "Five & Twenty Schoolgirls"   4:30
10. "Cos You Got Green Hair"   5:05

Total length:   44:00

Gong Band Members / Musicians
Daevid Allen – guitar, bass guitar, vocals
Gilli Smyth – space whisper
Didier Malherbe – flute, soprano saxophone
Rachid Houari – drums, percussion

Barre Phillips – contrabass on 4 & 10
Earl Freeman – contrabass on 8, piano on 9
Burton Greene – piano on 8
Dieter Gewissler – bowed contrabass on 2 & 9
Tasmin Smyth (Gilli's daughter) – voices on 1 & 10

Magick Brother is the debut studio album by the progressive rock band Gong, recorded in Paris during September and October 1969 and released in March 1970 on the French BYG Actuel label.

The band's recently recruited bass player Christian Tritsch was not ready in time to play on the album, and so singer/songwriter/guitarist Daevid Allen played the bass guitar himself; a photo of Allen recording bass tracks for the album is featured on the cover artwork. They also made use of jazz contrabass (double bass) players Earl Freeman and Barre Phillips, who were recording for the label at the same time, on three tracks. Occasional early Gong collaborator Dieter Gewissler, who normally played violin, also contributed some "free" bowed contrabass to two tracks. The LP sleeves were printed before the final track order and titles had been decided and so the songs "Rational Anthem" (AKA "Change the World") and "Glad To Sad To Say" were listed the wrong way round.

Shortly afterwards, the band played its debut gig at the BYG Actuel Festival in the small town of Amougies, Belgium, on 27 October 1969, introduced to the stage by bemused compere Frank Zappa.

Gong are a progressive rock band that incorporates elements of jazz and space rock into their musical style. The group was formed in Paris in 1967 by Australian musician Daevid Allen and English vocalist Gilli Smyth. Band members have included Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen, Bill Laswell and Theo Travis. Others who have played on stage with Gong include Don Cherry, Chris Cutler, Bill Bruford, Brian Davison, Dave Stewart and Tatsuya Yoshida.

Gong's 1970 debut album, Magick Brother, featured a psychedelic pop sound. By the following year, the second album, Camembert Electrique, featured the more psychedelic rock/space rock sound with which they would be most associated. Between 1973 and 1974, Gong released their best known work, the allegorical Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy, describing the adventures of Zero the Hero, the Good Witch Yoni and the Pot Head Pixies from the Planet Gong.

Gong Band Members / Musicians
Fabio Golfetti – lead guitar (2007, 2012–present)
Dave Sturt – bass (2009–present)
Ian East – saxophone, flute (2010–present)
Kavus Torabi – guitar, vocals (2014–present)
Cheb Nettles – drums (2014–present)

Gong Discography Full

Daevid Allen's Gong
Magick Brother (1970)
Camembert Electrique (1971)
Continental Circus (1972, soundtrack)
Flying Teapot (1973)
Angel's Egg (1973)
You (1974)
Shapeshifter (1992)
Zero to Infinity (2000)
Acid Motherhood (2004) (with Acid Mothers Temple)
2032 (2009)
I See You (2014)
Rejoice! I'm Dead! (2016) (post-Daevid Allen)
The Universe Also Collapses (2019)

"Shamal Gong"
Shamal * (1976) (issued as a "Gong" album)
* Usually regarded as a transitional album between Daevid Allen's incarnation of the band and the Pierre Moerlen-led fusion line-up of the late 1970s.

Pierre Moerlen's Gong
Gazeuse! (1976) (Expresso in North America) (issued as a "Gong" album)
Expresso II (1978) (issued as a "Gong" album)
Downwind (1979)
Time Is the Key (1979)
Pierre Moerlen's Gong Live (1980)
Leave It Open (1981)
Breakthrough (1986)
Second Wind (1988)
Full Circle Live '88 (1998)
Pentanine (2004)
Tribute (2010) (post-Pierre Moerlen)

Planet Gong
Live Floating Anarchy 1977 (1978)

New York Gong
About Time (1980)

Gongmaison (1989)
Mother Gong
Fairy Tales (1979)
Mother Gong / Anthony Phillips – Battle of the Birds (1981)
Robot Woman (1981)
Robot Woman 2 (1982)
Robot Woman 3 (1986)
Fish in the Sky (1988)
The Owl and the Tree (with Daevid Allen) (1989)
Wild Child (1991)
She Made the World Magenta (1993)
Eye (1994)
Tree in Fish (1994)
Gilli Smyth, Daevid Allen and Orlando Allen
I Am Your Egg (2005)

Live albums
Haunted Chateau (1969)
Glastonbury Fayre (Gong contributed one side to this triple LP) (1971)
Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwalls Dance Hall (contributed one side) (1973)
Gong est Mort, Vive Gong (French live album) (1977)
Gong Live Etc (UK live album) (1977)
Pierre Moerlen's Gong Live (Pierre Moerlen's Gong) (1980)
Live at Sheffield '74 (1990)
Live au Bataclan 1973 (1990)
Live Floating Anarchy 1991 (Planet Gong) (1992)
Live 1991 (Mother Gong) (1992)
Live on T.V. 1990 (1993)
25th Birthday Party (1995)
Pre-Modernist Wireless: The Peel Sessions (1995)
Full Circle Live '88 (Pierre Moerlen's Gong) (1998)
Live 2 Infinitea (2000)
OK Friends (2002)
Glastonbury 1971 (2002)
Live in Sherwood Forest '75 (Shamal-Gong) (2005)
Glastonbury '79–'81 (Mother Gong) (2005)
Gong in the 70s (2006)
Acid Mothers Gong Live Tokyo (Acid Mothers Gong) (2006)
Mothergong O Amsterdam (Mother Gong) (2007)
Live in Brazil (2009)

Compilation albums
Wingful of Eyes (A Retrospective, '75–'78) (Virgin Records, 1986)
The Mystery and the History of the Planet Gong (1989)
The Best of Gong (Charly Records, 1995)
The Very Best of Gong (Charly, 1997)
Best of Mother Gong (1998)
The World of Daevid Allen and Gong (3 CD compilation including almost all of the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy and early album tracks) (2003)
The Very Best of Gong (Charly, 2005)
Gong in the 70's (Voiceprint, 2006)
A Storm in a Teapot (Charly, 2013)
Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy (4 CD or 5 LP box set) (Charly, 2015)
Love from the Planet Gong: The Virgin Years (1973–75) (Virgin, 2019)

Other appearances
Obsolete (album by French singer Dashiell Hedayat) (1971)
The Book of AM (produced by Daevid Allen, with Mother Gong musicians) (1978)

2015: Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales (DVD)

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