Gong – Angel’s Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2)

LP, 2019 reissue on Charly Acquisitions
Originally released in 1973 on Virgin Records
Clear vinyl, includes 16-page booklet

The second Radio Gnome Invisible transmission finds Zero the Hero astral projecting to PlanetGong where he meets with Selene the Moon Goddess and the Octave Doctors to learn the infinite powers of their lovewisdom vibrations. This theatrical psychedelic journey brings together fantastical imagery of pothead pixies and flying teapots (and a dose of hippy hedonism) with heady spiritual concepts delivered in a quite fun and silly way, but even before digging into the concept I was immediately grabbed by their unique style of spacey jazz-rock, especially the propulsive bass lines, immersive synthesizer atmospheres and serpentine soprano saxophone solos. Sonics aside, I see no way these cosmic travelers weren’t heavily influenced by the lifestyle of master-teacher Sun Ra and his Arkestra in Philadelphia, for they also lived their mythical cosmologies 24/7 at their own musicians’ commune in France.

Style: Canterbury Scene, Prog, Jazz-Rock, Space Rock

Vibe: Spacey, Psychedelic, Whimsical, Ethereal, Cosmic

Musical Attributes: Complex, Technical, Progressive, Atmospheric, Groovy

Themes: Fantasy, Conceptual, Spiritual, Psychedelic

Instrumentation: Electric Guitar, Synthesizers, Electric Bass, Vocals, Flute, Soprano Saxophone

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