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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.


  • 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

In February 1975.


In February 1975, “Virgin” label released “Desperate Straights”, album by Slapp Happy and Henry Cow. It was recorded in November 1974, at “The Manor” in Oxfordshire, England, and was produced by Slapp Happy, Henry Cow and Simon Heyworth.


  • Dagmar Krause– voice, Wurlitzer
  • Peter Blegvad– guitar, voice
  • Anthony Moore– piano
  • Tim Hodgkinson– clarinet, piano
  • Fred Frith– guitar, violin
  • John Greaves– bass guitar, piano
  • Chris Cutler– drums, etc.
  • Geoff Leigh– flute
  • Pierre Moerlen– percussion
  • Mont Campbell– French horn
  • Mongezi Feza– trumpet
  • Nick Evans– trombone
  • Lindsay Cooper– bassoon, oboe
  • Peter Blegvad– cover art

Track listing:

  1. Some Questions About Hats – Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad
  2. The Owl – Anthony Moore
  3. A Worm is at Work – Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad
  4. Bad Alchemy – John Greaves, Peter Blegvad
  5. Europa – Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad
  6. Desparate Straights – Anthony Moore
  7. Riding Tigers – Peter Blegvad
  8. Apes in Capes – Anthony Moore
  9. Strayed – Peter Blegvad
  10. Giants – Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad
  11. Excerpt from The Messiah – Handel, arr. by Peter Blegvad
  12. In the Sickbay – Dagmar Krause, Peter Blegvad
  13. Caucasian Lullaby – Chris Cutler, Anthony Moore

On November 23, 1979.


On November 23, 1979, “Virgin” label released “Platinum”, the fifth Mike Oldfield album. It was recorded in 1979, at “Blue Rock”, “Electric Lady” in the US; and “Througham”,  “Denham”, and “The Manor” in UK, and was produced by Tom Newman.


  • Mike Oldfield– acoustic guitars, electric guitars, marimba, piano, synthesizers, vibraphone and vocals
  • Francisco Centeno – bass guitar
  • Sally Cooper – tubular bells
  • Demelza – congas
  • Neil Jason– bass
  • Peter Lemer– keyboards
  • Pierre Moerlen– drums and vibraphone
  • Morris Pert– drums
  • Nico Ramsden – keyboards
  • Wendy Roberts – vocals
  • Hansford Rowe– bass
  • Allan Schwartzberg– drums
  • David Bedford– vocal arrangement
  • Peter Gordon – hornarrangement
  • Michael Riesman– horn arrangement
  • Kurt Munkacsi – engineer
  • Tom Newman- engineer
  • Richard Manwaring – assistant engineer
  • Renate Blauel– assistant engineer

Track listing:

  1. Platinum Part One: Airborne
  2. Platinum Part Two: Platinum
  3. Platinum Part Three: Charleston
  4. Platinum Part Four: North Star/Platinum Finale
  5. Woodhenge
  6. Into Wonderland
  7. Punkadiddle
  8. I Got Rhythm

On June 22, 1979.

Mick Taylor

On June 22, 1979, “CBS” label released the debut, self-titled solo album by Mick Taylor. It was recorded 1976 – 1979, and was produced by Mick Taylor.


  • Mick Taylor- guitar, vocals, piano, bass guitar, electric piano, synthesizer, strings
  • Lowell George- slide guitar
  • Jean Roussel– piano
  • Kuma Harada – bass guitar, strings, double bass
  • Alan Spenner- bass guitar
  • Mike Driscoll – drums, bass drum
  • Pierre Moerlen- drums
  • Richard Bailey – drums
  • Norman Mighell – tambourine

Track listing:

All tracks by Mick Taylor except where noted:

  1. Leather Jacket
  2. Alabama – Colin Allen, Mick Taylor
  3. Slow Blues
  4. Baby I Want You
  5. Broken Hands
  6. Giddy-Up
  7. W.5
  8. Spanish / A Minor


On May 27, 1983.


On May 27, 1983, “Virgin” label released “Crises”, the eighth Mike Oldfield album. It was recorded November 1982 – April 1983, and was produced by Mike Oldfield and Simon Phillips. The album’s cover art was by Terry Ilott.


  • Mike Oldfield – guitars, Fairlight CMI, Roland string synthesizer,Oberheim OB-Xa synthesizer; Farfisa organ, piano, Prophet 5 synthesizer; bass guitar; acoustic bass guitar; mandolin; banjo; electronic drums; bells, tambourine, shaker, Oberheim DMX drum machine, Oberheim DSX digital polyphonic sequencer, Quantec Room Simulator reverb unit; vocals
  • Maggie Reilly– vocals
  • Jon Anderson– vocals
  • Roger Chapman– vocals
  • Simon Phillips– acoustic drums, special effects, shaker, finger-snaps, bells & tambourine, boots
  • Ant (Ant Glynne) – guitars
  • Rick Fenn– guitar
  • Phil Spalding– bass guitar
  • Pierre Moerlen– vibraphone

Track listing:

  1. Crises – Mike Oldfield
  2. Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield
  3. In High Places – Mike Oldfield, Jon Anderson
  4. Foreign Affair – Mike Oldfield, Maggie Reilly
  5. Taurus 3 – Mike Oldfield
  6. Shadow on the Wall – Mike Oldfield


On April 11, 1975.


On April 11, 1975, “Virgin” label released “Fish Rising”, the debut Steve Hillage solo album. It was recorded at “Manor Studio” in September 1974 and, “Manor Mobile” in January 1975, and was produced by Steve Hillage and Simon Heyworth.


  • Steve Hillage (listed as Steve Hillfish) – lead vocals, electric guitar
  • Miquette Giraudy (listed as Bombaloni Yoni) – background vocals, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Mike Howlett– bass
  • Pierre Moerlen– drums, marimba, darbuka
  • Tim Blake (listed as Moonweed) – synthesizers, tamboura
  • Didier Malherbe (listed as Bloomdido Glid de Breeze) – sax, flute
  • Lindsay Cooper– bassoon
  • Dave Stewart– organ, piano

Track listing:

All music by Steve Hillage, lyrics by Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy.

  1. Solar Musick Suite
  2. Sun Song (I Love its Holy Mystery)
  3. Canterbury Sunrise
  4. Hiram Afterglid Meets the Dervish
  5. Sun Song (reprise)
  6. Fish
  7. Meditation of the Snake
  8. The Salmon Song
  9. Salmon Pool
  10. Solomon’s Atlantis Salmon
  11. Swimming with the Salmon
  12. King of the Fishes
  13. Aftaglid
  14. Sun Moon Surfing
  15. The Great Wave and the Boat of Hermes
  16. The Silver Ladder
  17. Astral Meadows
  18. The Lafta Yoga Song
  19. Glidding
  20. The Golden Vibe / Outglid

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”.


  • 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