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On February 13, 1976.

On February 13, 1976, “Virgin” label released “Shamal”, the sixth Gong studio album. It was recorded in December 1975, at “Basing Street Studios” and “Olympic Studios” in London, and was produced by Nick Mason.

Personnel:

  • Mike Howlett– bass guitar, vocals
  • Didier Malherbe– tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, bansuri, gongs
  • Mireille Bauer– marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone, percussion, gongs
  • Pierre Moerlen– drums, vibraphone, tubular bells
  • Patrice Lemoine – organ, piano, synthesizer
  • Steve Hillage– acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Miquette Giraudy, Sandy Colley – vocals
  • Jorge Pinchevsky – violin
  • Phil Ault, Dave Hutchins, Ben Tavera King, Rick Curtain, Ben King: engineer
  • Clive Arrowsmith: artwork, photography

Track listing:

  1. Wingful of Eyes – Mike Howlett
  2. Chandra – Patrice Lemoine
  3. Bambooji – Didier Malherbe
  4. Cat in Clark’s Shoes – Didier Malherbe
  5. Mandrake – Pierre Moerlen
  6. Shamal – Mike Howlett, Didier Malherbe, Patrice Lemoine, Mireille Bauer
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On March 30, 2004.

On March 30, 2004, “Mister E” label “Acid Motherhood”, the ninth Gong studio album. It was recorded in 2003-2004, and was produced by Orlando Allen and Zubin Henner.

Personnel:

  • Daevid Allen– guitar, vocals
  • Kawabata Makoto– guitar, bouzouki
  • Josh Pollock – guitar
  • Cotton Casino – synthesizer, voice
  • Dharmawan Bradbridge – bass
  • Orlando Allen – drums, executive producer
  • Gilli Smyth– space whisper
  • Greg Sheehan – hang, percussion
  • Kurt Schwitters – voice
  • Zubin Henner – engineer
  • Toby Allen– cover design

Track listing:

  1. Ocean Of Molasses -Orlando Allen, Dharmawan Bradbridge, Kawabata Makoto , Josh Pollock
  2. Supercotton – Orlando Allen, Kawabata Makoto, Josh Pollock, Daevid Allen
  3. Olde Fooles Game – Greg Sheehan, Daevid Allen
  4. Zeroina – Daevid Allen, Howlett
  5. Brainwash Me – Josh Pollock, Daevid Allen
  6. Monstah! – Josh Pollock
  7. Bible Study – Das Ubuibi
  8. Bazuki Logix – Kawabata Makoto
  9. Waving – Josh Pollock, Daevid Allen
  10. Makototen – Kawabata Makoto, Josh Pollock, Orlando Allen
  11. Schwitless In Molasses – Orlando Allen, Josh Pollock, Kawabata Makoto

 

On May 25, 1973.

Gong_Flying_Teapot

On May 25, 1973, “Virgin” label released “Flying Teapot”, the fourth Gong album. It was recorded in January 1973, at “The Manor Studios” in Oxford, and was produced by Giorgio Gomelsky. In the “Q” & “Mojo” magazines “Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock”, “Flying Teapot” was ranked at number 35 on the list of the “40 Cosmic Rock Albums”.

Personnel:

  • Daevid Allen– vocals, guitar
  • Gilli Smyth– vocals
  • Tim Blake– keyboards, vocals
  • Didier Malherbe– saxes, flute
  • Steve Hillage– guitar
  • Christian Tritsch– guitar
  • Francis Moze– keyboards, bass guitar
  • Laurie Allan– drums
  • Rachid Houari – percussion

Track listing:

  1. Radio Gnome Invisible – Daevid Allen
  2. Flying Teapot – Daevid Allen, Francis Moze
  3. The Pot Head Pixies – Daevid Allen
  4. The Octave Doctors And The Crystal Machine – Tim Blake
  5. Zero The Hero And The Witch’s Spell – Daevid Allen, Tim Blake, Christian Tritsch
  6. Witch’s Song/I Am Your Pussy – Gill Smyth, Daevid Allen

On February 12, 1974.

Bottom Line Club

On February 12, 1974, “The Bottom Line” club opened in New York City. Owned by Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky, during the 70’s and 80’s, the club was a major space for small-scale music performances. The club stoped working in 2004. Some of the artists who performed in the club were Miles Davis, Gato Barbieri, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Ray Barretto, Peter Gabriel, Al Kooper, Tom Waits, Melvin Van Peebles, Neil Sedaka, Billy Joel, Suzi Quatro, Patti Smith, Flo & Eddie, Toots and the Maytals, Cheech & Chong, Tower of Power, Tim Hardin, Roger McGuinn, JJ Cale, The Meters, Greg Kihn Band, Ry Cooder,Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Sam & Dave, Asım Can Gündüz, The Ronettes, John Cale, Gong, Peter Bardens, The Violent Femmes, Eric Clapton, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt,The Police, Richard Marx, Prince, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Van Morrison, The Stone Poneys, Chuck Mangione, Emmylou Harris, Clinn Rippy, Neil Young, Barry Manilow, Laura Nyro, Loudon Wainwright III, New York Dolls, Lyle Lovett, The Electric Flag, Pat Martino, Todd Rundgren, Graham Parker, Grayson Hugh, Stan Ridgway, Horslips, Dire Straits,Chris Hillman, Hawkwind, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tracy Nelson, The Pointer Sisters, Betty Carter, Ravi Shankar, Ramones and Michael Hedges.

On December 7, 1973.

Angels Egg

On December 7, 1973, “Virgin” label released “Angels Egg”, the fifth Gong album. It was recorded August 1973, at the “Manor Mobile” in France, and was produced by Gong. ”Angels Egg” is the second of the Gong’s “Radio Gnome” trilogy of albums, following “Flying Teapot” and preceding “You”.

Personnel:

  • Bloomdido Bad De Grass (Didier Malherbe) – tenor / soprano  saxophone , floot, bi-focal vocal
  • Shakti Yoni (Gilli Smyth) – space whisper, loin cackle
  • Being esq. (Mike Howlett, spelled Howlitt on composer credits) – basso profundo
  • Capt. Hillage (Steve Hillage) – lewd guitar
  • Hi T. Moonweed (the favourite) (Tim Blake) – Cynthia “size a”, lady voce
  • Pierre de Strasbourg (Pierre Moerlen, spelled Moerlin on composer credits) – bread & batteur drums, vibes, marimba
  • Mirielle de Strasbourg (Mireille Bauer) – glockenspiel
  • Dingo Virgin (Daevid Allen) – local vocals, aluminium croon, glissando guitar

Track listing

  1. Other Side of the Sky – Tim Blake, Daevid Allen
  2. Sold to the Highest Buddha – Mike Howlett, Daevid Allen
  3. Castle in the Clouds – Steve Hillage
  4. Prostitute Poem – Gilli Smyth, Steve Hillage
  5. Givin My Luv to You – Daevid Allen
  6. Selene – Daevid Allen
  7. Flute Salad – Didier Malherbe
  8. Oily Way – Daevid Allen, Didier Malherbe
  9. Outer Temple – Tim Blake, Steve Hillage
  10. Inner Temple – Daevid Allen, Didier Malherbe
  11. Percolations – Pierre Moerlen
  12. Love is How u Make It – Pierre Moerlen, Daevid Allen
  13. I Niver Glid Before – Steve Hillage
  14. Eat That Phone Book Coda – Didier Malherbe

 

On March 13, 2015.

Daevid Allen

On March 13, 2015, Christopher David Allen better known as Daevid Allen died aged 77. He was one of the most important figures of the progressive and avant-garde rock, Born in Australia, moved in UK in 1961, he was founding member of “Soft Machine” (1966) and in 1967, in France he formed the legendary band “Gong”.

Discography

  • 1963: Live 1963 (Daevid Allen Trio)
  • 1971: Banana Moon
  • 1973: Gong on Acid 73(BMO Vol. 16, with Gong)
  • 1976: Good Morning(with Euterpe)
  • 1977: Now Is the Happiest Time of Your Life
  • 1977: Studio Rehearsal Tapes 1977(BMO Vol. 1, with Euterpe, released on CD in 2008)
  • 1978: Mother(Gilli Smyth; Allen guests on a few tracks and produced the album)
  • 1979: N’existe pas!
  • 1980: Divided Alien Playbax(BMO Vol. 9, disk 2 released on CD in 2009)
  • 1980: Divided Alien Playbax(BMO Vol. 8, disk 1 released in 2009)
  • 1981: Self Initiation(BMO Vol. 3)
  • 1982: Ex/Don’t Stop(with David Tolley)
  • 1981: Divided Alien Playbax 80
  • 1984: Radio Art 1984(BMO Vol. 14)
  • 1988: Live Spring ’88: The Return
  • 1989: The Owl and the Tree(Mother Gong)
  • 1990: Stroking the Tail of the Bird(with Gilli Smyth and Harry Williamson)
  • 1990: Australia Aquaria
  • 1990: Seven Drones(VoicePrint)
  • 1990: The Australian Years(VoicePrint)
  • 1990: Melbourne Studio Tapes(BMO Vol. 10, with Invisible Opera Company of Oz)
  • 1992: Who’s Afraid(with Kramer)
  • 1992: Live at the Witchwood 1991(Magick Brothers)
  • 1993: je ne fum’ pas des bananes(Daevid Allen / Banana Moon / Gong)
  • 1993: 12 Selves(with singer Liz Van Dort)
  • 1995: Hit Men(with Kramer)
  • 1995: Dreamin’ a Dream
  • 1995: Bards of Byron Bay(BMO Vol. 4, with Russell Hibbs)
  • 1998: Eat Me Baby I’m a Jellybean
  • 1998: 22 Meanings(with Harry Williamson)
  • 1998: Live in Glastonbury Town(BMO Vol. 11, with Magick Brothers)
  • 1998: Solo @ The Axiom, Cheltenham ’98(BMO Vol. 15)
  • 1999: Live in the UK(BMO Vol. 2, with Brainville)
  • 1999: The Children’s Crusade(Brainville)
  • 1999: Money Doesn’t Make It
  • 2001: Sacred Geometry(with Micro Cosmic)
  • 2001: Nectans Glen(with Russell Hibbs)
  • 2002: Beauty the Basket Case(BMO Vol. 17, with Guru and Zero)
  • 2002: “One Who Whispers” (with Cipher)
  • 2002: Ugly Music For Monica(University of Errors)
  • 2004: Makoto Mango(with Guru & Zero)
  • 2004: Live @ the Knit NYC(BMO Vol. 6, with Nicoletta Stephanz)
  • 2004: The Mystery Disque(BMO Vol. 7, with das)
  • 2004: Altered States of Alien KWISP(BMO Vol. 13, with Altered Walter Funk)
  • 2005: Sacred Geometry II(with Micro Cosmic)
  • 2005: I Am Your Egg(with Gilli Smyth & Orlando Allen; Voiceprint – VP376CD))
  • 2006: Glissando Grooves(BMO Vol. 12, SFO Soundtribe 3, with Don Falcone)
  • 2010: Live in Brazil(Gong Global Family, Voiceprint)
  • 2013: Tried So Hard(with The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, UK)
  • 2014: Of Blue Splendour(Andy Bole, UK)