GONG

"Live At Angers 1972"

 

G.A.S
GL1
1992

Cassette-only release
Total time: 91:02

Side One: (44:32)

1) Radio Gnome Intro
2) Big City Cat
3) Zero The Hero / Witches Spell
4) Pussy
5) Why Are We Sleeping
6) Radio Gnome
7) Mouseproof
8) I Feel So Lazy
9) Tried So Hard

Side Two: (46:30)

1) It's The Time Of Your Life
2) Dreaming It
3) Flying Peapot
4) Drum Solo
5) Tropical Fish
6) Blues For Findley


Credits on cassette:

CAMEMBERT / RADIO GNOME EPOCH GONG, LIVE IN FRANCE 1972

Daevid Allen - Guitars/Vocals
Di Bond - Backing Vocals
Didier Malherbe - Saxes/Flutes
Gilli Smyth
- Vocals/Space Whisper
Rob Tait - Drums
Christian Tritch
- Bass

Recorded in S.W. France during an intensive period of gigging (25 per month for three months), this tape captures the band just after they had finished the yet to be released 'Radio Gnome' album. The almost non-stop touring, despite Gilli being pregnant, eventually saw the demise of this gong line-up making way for a new Gong band including Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett, Tim Blake and Pierre Moerlen.
(The enthusiastic audience responde during the quieter moments is due to theatrical events, for which Gong were famed, happening).

Cover by Jonny

GONG APPRECIATION SOCIETY
P.O. BOX 871 GLASTONBURY,
SOMERSET BA9 6FE UK.

All songs Copyright 1992
All rights reserved.  & P 1992


Notes & details:

- Radio Gnome Intro: band intro over Sly Stone "Somebody's Watching You" on PA followed by collage intro.
- Big City Cat
: early version of "The Pot Heat Pixies" with slightly different lyrics.
- Zero The Hero / Witches Spell
: Gilli's section has spacewhisper, not "Taliesin" part.
- Pussy:
"Witch's Song / I Am Your Pussy".
- Why Are We Sleeping?:
includes part of "Fohat Digs Holes In Space".
- Radio Gnome: e
arly version of "Radio Gnome Invisible". Parts of the verses are played at double tempo.
- Mouseproof
: aka "Maybe You Believe it"; from same era as on Live At Lyon tape. Includes "I Got A Donkey".
- I Feel So Lazy:
same version as on The Mystery & The History Of Planet G**G (Demi-Monde only).
- Tried So Hard
: split between two sides; uncut on Mystery & The History Of Planet G**G (Demi-Monde only).
- It's The Time Of Your Life
: it can be heard fading as it's starting on Mystery & The History Of Planet G**G.
- Dreaming It
: starting from this track, the rest has better sound and wider image than the previous tracks.
- Flying Peapot
: sic! ("Flying Teapot"). It features a coda which is pretty different from later versions.
- Drum Solo: Rob Tait's drum solo.
- Tropical Fish:
no "Selene" coda.
- Blues For Finley: Ends with "Ya Sonne" Camembert Electrique coda.

Recorded in Angers, France - November 8th 1972.
No exact date on cover.
(Tape starts with band intro, missing Diane Bond's name but the same recording on
Haunted Chateau has the complete intro with her name).

PlanetGong has this info:

November 1972
Wed 08 Gong-France, Angers.

This material with the exception of two tracks ("I Feel So Lazy" and "Tried So Hard") remains unreleased on CD.
Haunted Chateau GAS cassette features the first three tracks of this tape (but "Zero The Hero" is cut early).
The odd thing about the show is people in the audience screaming like beatlemaniacs. Most songs were unreleased at the time.

1992 issue has black inlay card, white lettering and a rectangle stuck on front with a picture of Daevid at the Paris '77 Reunion. (Pictures on this page are scans of my copy).


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