ORL 8547 You
Produced by Simon Heyworth and Gong
Released on 1974
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T o those who felt that chemical experimentation led to nothing fruitful, I give you You. This record blew my mind, expanded my consciousness and tickled my funny bone all at the same time. As Daevid Allen (a/k/a Dingo Virgin) says on You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever: “Maybe you’re here for the giggle / Maybe you’re here for the puzzle.” Whatever brought you here, you won’t want to leave. The third part in the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy, You is more fully realized than the first part. The songs (“A P.H.P.’s Advice,” “Perfect Mystery”) are separated by fusoid space-mind trips that sound like Soft Machine playing the theme to Doctor Who. It really is a self-contained world, just the sort of place that a PHP could go spelunkering. What’s most amazing is how Gong can shift gears from Allen’s eccentric songs to full-tilt fusion to space music, wrap a convoluted concept around it and have it all make sense. But be warned: buying this album will make you buy more Gong albums in search of the same, and I haven’t stumbled upon another You yet. Gong went the way of Soft Machine under Pierre Moerlen and Allen became something of an acid casualty. Oddly (or not), it was Steve Hillage who best carried the banner of You under his own name (L, Motivation Radio). In my book, You is absolutely required listening, a classic prog album in every sense of the word(s). It’s a masterful blend of chops and chakras, an album that takes you inside yourself in far-out ways.

ORL 8547 back cover
ORL 8547 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. THOUGHTS FOR NAUGHT    1:30
  2. A P.H.P.'S ADVICE    1:37
  3. MAGICK MOTHER INVOCATION    2:11
  4. MASTER BUILDER    6:09
  5. A SPRINKLING OF CLOUDS    8:42
  6. PERFECT MYSTERY    2:25
  7. THE ISLE OF EVERYWHERE    0:21
  8. YOU NEVER BLOW YR TRIP FOREVER    11:24

    CD reissue bonus track
  9. A P.H.P.'S ADVICE (ALTERNATE VOCAL VERSION)

    All songs written by Gong under the universal influence of C.O.I.T. (Compagnie d'Opera Invisible de Thibet)

CREDITS

DINGO VIRGIN (Daevid Allen) -- vocal locust and glissandoz guitar, scandalous mandalous on the back
HI T MOONWEED (Tim Blake) -- Moog and EMS synthesizers and mellowdrone
BAMBALONI YONI (Miquette Giraudy) -- wee voices and chourousings
STEVE HILLAGE -- lead guitar
MIKE HOWLETT -- bass guitar
BLOOMDIDO GLAD DE BRASS (Didier Malherbe) -- wind instruments and vocals
PIERRE MOERLEN -- percussion
SHAKTI YONI (Gilli Smyth) -- poems and space whisper
Benoit Moerlen -- percussion
Mireille Moerlen -- percussion
Simon Heyworth -- engineer
Venux De Luxe -- switch doctor and stage sound
Wizz De Kidd -- lighting
Tim and Brigitte -- front cover

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1974 Virgin LP V2019 lyric insert
US 1974 Virgin LP VR 13113  
AUSL 1974 Virgin LP L35314  
GER 1974 Virgin LP 88424IT  
      LP ORL 8547  
UK   Virgin LP OVED 16  
ITA   Virgin LP ORL 8547  
  1993 Virgin CD 786743  
JPN   Victor CD VICP-61174 digital remaster
JPN   Victor CD VICP-63276 digital remaster
US   Astralwerks CDX ASK-66552 w. bonus track
NET 2004 Virgin CDX 866554 w. bonus track

 

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