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Gong - Gongmasion Est-ce Que Je Suis "Live at the Fridge"

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Uploaded on Oct 30, 2006

Gong - Gongmasion Est-ce Que Je Suis
From the DVD "Live at the Fridge" available on www.voiceprint.co.uk along with other great Gong Albums

Tracks on the DVD;
1. Fohat 2. Pretty Miss Titty 3. Om Riff 4. Est-ce Que Je Suis 5. Radio 6. Gnome Oh Mother 7. Dynamite 9. Shepherd of the Clouds 10. Kaliplege 11. Selene/band intros 12. You and I
Gong came into being almost by accident in the late sixties when Daevid Allen was refused entry back into Britain following European dates with Soft Machine. Deciding to stay in Paris Allen began working alongside Gilli Smyth and various musicians on what would eventually be recognised as Gong. The first recognised recordings from the band were Magick Brother, Mystic Sister in 1970. Followed by albums such as Camembert Electrique, Flying Teapot, Angels Egg and You. These last three albums followed the fortunes of Zero The Hero and told the tale of the pothead pixies and was told over the course of the next three albums and became the Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy. This mythological story was extremely popular and the resultant albums sold exceptionally well however following the departure of core members Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Steve Hillage citing the age old musical differences reason for leaving the band Gong moved in a more jazz oriented direction with the addition of Allan Holdsworth alongside Pierre Moerlen and Didier Malherbe. Allen, Smyth and Hillage have all recorded as solo artists and Smyth subsequently formed the offshoot Mother Gong. Occasionally the three have re united as was seen by the release of the live Gong album recorded in 1977.

Various permutations of Gong have worked together over the years under various names including Mother Gong, Expresso Gong, Gongmaison, Planet Gong and so on and so forth and also included an amazing array of musical talent moving through the ranks.

Gongmaison came about after Daevid Allen's return to the UK and more importantly following a French gig with former Gong member Didier Malherbe deciding to work with Didier again in a line up of Gong. The subsequent Gongmaison was formed in April 1989 The band took their name as it alluded to the mixture of house/jazz that the band played at the time which in fact was nearer house music although still contained all the relevant Gong elements of old. This performance comes from the bands performance in the early nineties and was filmed at the Fridge in Brixton. The line up includes key members of Gong Daevid Allen, Didier Malherbe and Gilli Smyth.

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