Pierre Moerlen's band released very few albums in the '80s. Breakthrough, recorded in 1986, is a disappointing, bland project that bears little resemblance to any previous incarnation of Gong. Aside from bassist Hansford Rowe, who struggles to be heard on this recording, the group is comprised of entirely new personnel, including Dag Westling, who is credited for acoustic guitar, although such an instrument fails to surface in the mix.
The drummer-percussionist from Strasbourg (France) Pierre MOERLEN could, during an especially prolific career filled with prestigious collaborations, impose his very particular percussive style, and create a reference in the style of Progressive jazz-rock. And this is in this musical style that Pierre MOERLEN'S GONG take us: proudly assuming his part of the great inheritance left by Daevid ALLEN and company, his interpretation is less focused on the psychedelic or space-rock. "Full Circle - Live 1988" is nevertheless and excellent witness of a German tour: a truly indispensable album !
After "Breakthrough" (1986), Pierre Moerlen's Gong mostly returned to the jazz-rock fusion sound that made them so enjoyable in the late '70s and early '80s on "Second Wind". Benoit Moerlen, who had departed after "Downwind" (1979), is back for this album, with stalwarts Pierre Moerlen and bassist Hansford Rowe forming the stable core of the band. Ake Zeiden, who had joined for "Breakthrough" adds some fine guitar work to this album and talented keyboardist Frank Fischer is a welcome addition.
Formed in 1989 as an offshoot of the original Gong, this line up, recorded at the Fridge, Brixton in May 1991, features Gong members Daevid Allen and Didier Malherbe…
Korean-born but a political exile in Germany for the last 25 years of his life, Isang Yun (1917-1995) managed to create a workable synthesis between western and eastern traditions, which fused a musical language based upon the total serialism of the post-war avant garde with elements drawn from both Korean and Chinese traditional styles. The three pieces here, all composed in the 1980s, show just how expressively effective that synthesis could be. In the First Chamber Symphony, it allows Yun to create a richly cushioned sound-world, full of shimmering textures, hazy microtones and supple, swooping gestures, while the rich string layering and urgent melodic writing of Tapis and the evocations of the sound of the Chinese harp in Gong-Hu, for solo harp and string orchestra, create music that is instantly attractive, even if the details of its inner workings are not always obvious.
French exclusive 13-track CD album compiling the best work from the legendary progressive freaksters including key cuts from Camembert Electrique Flying Teapot and Angels Egg; sealed digipak sleeve. Anarchic, experimental, and whimsical ensemble originally led by guitarist Daevid Allen, a founding member of the Soft Machine.