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Gong: Camembert Électrique [Slipcase]

Track List

>Radio Gnome
>You Can't Kill Me
>I've Bin Stone Before/Mister Long Shanks/O Mother
>I Am Your Fantasy
>Dynamite: I Am Your Animal
>Wet Cheese Delirium
>Squeezing Sponges Over Policemen's Heads
>Fohat Digs Holes in Space
>Tried So Hard
>Tropical Fish: Selene
>Gnome the Second

Album Notes

Personnel: Bert Camembert, Daevid Allen (vocals, guitar); Gilli Smyth, Shakti Yoni (vocals); Blumdido Bad De Grass Ex Didier Malherbe (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eddy Louiss (piano); Submarine Captain Christian Tritsch (bass guitar); Pip Pyle (drums).

Audio Mixer: Francis Lindon.

Audio Remasterer: Nick Robbins.

Liner Note Author: Mark Paytress.

Recording information: Chez Michel Magne, Strawberry Studios, Herrouville, Nor (1971-05-??&1971-06-??&1971-).

Photographer: Phil Franks.

Unknown Contributor Role: Samuel Ellidge.

This 1971 release was the first "real" Gong album (1970's MAGICK BROTHER was really Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth with friends, recorded before the band's official debut). It's a psychedelic/space-rock classic, hinting at the conceptual/musical heights reached by the forthcoming "Radio Gnome Trilogy" but characterized by harder-edged riffing and fewer ethereal moments (Steve Hillage and Tim Blake had not yet come aboard).

Allen's underground-oriented psycho-sexual, beatnik lyrics are a winning combination of wisdom and whimsy, but it's the music that makes CAMEMBERT. Allen's patented "glissando guitar" style (a spacy, flowing sound achieved with delay effects and a slide) puts the band in early Pink Floyd territory, as do the long, atmospheric jams. There's also a distinct jazz influence in both Pip Pyle's bop-inspired drumming and Didier Malherbe's freaky sax. These elements combined with Gilli Smyth's ambient/erotic "space whisper" backing vocals and Allen's winning tunesmithery to create some of the least pretentious art-rock ever heard.


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