12 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Best Of Gong Vol. 2 picks up right where The Best Of Gong Vol. 1 left off — getting weird. Didier Malherbe’s hypnotic flute opens “Flute Salad” recalling King Crimson’s Mel Collins as Steve Hillage’s wah-wah guitar creates undulating tonal waves on the following “Oily Way” (dig the call-and-response interplay between guitar and flute). Moog synthesizers bring out cosmic-sounding chirps alongside some chaotic free-jazz horns on both “Outer Temple” and “Inner Temple” — the latter simmering down into a lilting collage of jazzy instrumental space-rock. It seems hardly coincidental that “Magick Mother Invocation” sounds somewhat influenced by Mothers Of Invention, especially when it bleeds into the aptly titled “Master Builder” which builds multi-tiered levels of angular arrangements. A live recorded version of the astral epic “New Age Transformation Try: No More Sages” stretches out for an impressive 12 minutes and seven seconds, making for the most epic number here before “Jungle Window” closes playing like a bouncy Mungo Jerry tune.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Best Of Gong Vol. 2 picks up right where The Best Of Gong Vol. 1 left off — getting weird. Didier Malherbe’s hypnotic flute opens “Flute Salad” recalling King Crimson’s Mel Collins as Steve Hillage’s wah-wah guitar creates undulating tonal waves on the following “Oily Way” (dig the call-and-response interplay between guitar and flute). Moog synthesizers bring out cosmic-sounding chirps alongside some chaotic free-jazz horns on both “Outer Temple” and “Inner Temple” — the latter simmering down into a lilting collage of jazzy instrumental space-rock. It seems hardly coincidental that “Magick Mother Invocation” sounds somewhat influenced by Mothers Of Invention, especially when it bleeds into the aptly titled “Master Builder” which builds multi-tiered levels of angular arrangements. A live recorded version of the astral epic “New Age Transformation Try: No More Sages” stretches out for an impressive 12 minutes and seven seconds, making for the most epic number here before “Jungle Window” closes playing like a bouncy Mungo Jerry tune.

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