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Pierre Moerlen’s Gong: Gazeuse! (1976)

aka: Expresso [US]

Gazeuse!

Track list:

A1 01. Expresso
A2 02. Night Illusion
A3a 03. Percolations Part One
A3b 04. Percolations Part Two

B1 05. Shadows of
B2 06. Esnuria
B3 07. Mireille

Personnel:

Mireille Bauer – vibes (1,2,5), Marimba (1,3,6), Glock (6), Toms (4)
Mino Cinelou – Congas (1,5,6), African bell-gong (2,5), cuica, triangle, maracas (3), talking drums, temple blocks (5)
Allan Holdsworth – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, pedal steel guitar (3)
Didier Malherbe – tenor sax, flute (6)
Benoit Moerlen – vibes (1-6)
Pierre Moerlen – drums, vibra (3), marimba (4), timpani (4), glock (3)
Francis Moze – fretless bass, gong (3), acoustic and electric piano (7)

Released: 1976
Label: Virgin Records

Producer: Dennis Mackay

Recorded at The Manor Studios
Recording Engineer: Dennis Mackay

Mixed at Trident Studios
Engineer: Stephen W. Taylor

Sleeve Artist: Jacques Moitoret

”   Thanks to Cedric Beatty, Michael Glossop, Barbara Jefferies and everyone at The Manor   ”

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“Shadows of” is a re-working of Allan Holdsworth’s “Velvet Darkness” from his 1976 album of the same name.

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The album is jazz fusion and has little to do with the psychedelic space rock of Daevid Allen’s Gong, even though the bands share a common history.

Although the album was issued under the name of Gong (due to contract obligations with Virgin Records), and the name “Pierre Moerlen’s Gong” would not be adopted for a couple of years, the lineup involved and the nature of the music are that of the Moerlen-led band.

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