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French TV 1971-1973

Label: Gonzo

Format: DVD

Genre: Experimental

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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, which was told over the course of the three albums and became the Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy. Shortly after the release of You in 1974 Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth left the band and Steve Hillage became the de facto leader although he also left in 1975 for a solo career. The band did continue in a more jazz-orientated direction, which was far removed from the original musical output of the band. The material on the DVD features two distinct periods of the band's history with the earliest footage coming from an in the studio performance filmed in 1971 for French television. This is a rare outing and a rare line-up of the band, which during this session, featured Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Didier Malherbe, Christian Tritsch and Laurie Allen. The material featured on this DVD will also include further footage from 1972 and 1973. In fact there is good news for fans of the Angel’s Egg period as there is over twenty minutes of footage featured on the DVD. None of this rare footage has ever been made available commercially making this release a real treat for fans of Gong who in 2009 re-established themselves in both the live arena and the albums market.

Cat. number: HST037DVD
Year: 2017