Gong: Expresso II (1978)

Expresso II

Track list:

A1 01. Heavy Tune
A2 02. Golden Dilemma
A3 03. Sleepy

B1 04. Soli
B2 05. Boring
B3 06. Three Blind Mice


Pierre Moerlen – drums (1-6), glockenspiel (1), vibes (1), xylophone (2), tubular bells (5), timpani (5)
Benoit Moerlen – vibes (1,2,3,5,6), vibes solo (4), marimba (3), percussion (3), tubular bells (6), glockenspiel (6), claves (6), xylophone (6)
Mireille Bauer – marimba (1,2,5,6), vibes (3,4,6)
Hansford Rowe – bass (1-6, solo with Dr. Q (3), rhythm guitar (2)
Mick Taylor – electric guitar (1)
Allan Holdsworth – rhythm guitar (1,3), guitar (4,6)
Darryl Way – violin (3,5)
Francois Causse – congas (2-6)
Bon Lozaga – guitar (2), rhythm guitar (3)

Released: March, 1978
Label: Virgin
Arista AB 4204 [Aust]

Producer: Gong, John wood

Recorded at Pye and Matrix Studios, London; July-August, 1977
Engineer: John Wood

Executive Producer: Graham Lawson

Sleeve design and art direction by Splash Studio
Photography: Sheila Rock


Like the other Pierre Moerlen’s Gong albums, the album is predominantly 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.

Expresso II is a companion piece to the band’s previous release, Gazeuse! (called Expresso in North America).

It is an extension of the melodic mallet percussion infused progressive jazz/rock that dominated this incarnation of Gong, and would be the last album released on the band’s Virgin contract before Pierre Moerlen changed the name to Pierre Moerlen’s Gong to distinguish this incarnation from that of the Daevid Allen-led chapter.