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Gong: Live Etc.

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This double-length album is the definitive live document of Radio Gnome Trilogy-era Gong, from 1973 through 1975. While it captures the more visceral live performances of this vital period in the space/art/jazz-rock band's career, it also provides an intriguing look at the way the band changed and developed over a relatively short period of time.

The earliest recordings find the band still holding onto some of the CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE material and pursuing a rockier, more riff-oriented sound full of stoned whimsy. The 1974 cuts show the band in a much more sophisticated, jazzy mode, with fleet-fingered solos and complex passages abounding. By 1975, the hippie contingent had left the band, and in the absence of founder/leader Daevid Allen, the group plunged headlong into jazz-rock fusion territory, but they're heard here still performing the final Allen-era compositions. Each of these developments is a delight to hear in this energized live context.


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