Label: Charly Records - CZ CH 107 • Format: Cassette Album, Reissue • Country: Spain • Genre: Rock • Style: Space Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
Release Date: Tracklist. Album Rating: Streets Of One - Good Commies - Red Rug. Album Rating: 4. Not quite. Some songs Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Uprising are Dirty Girl - Grupo Amigos - Paloma Mensajera par with material from the trilogy, others I just can never get enough of their weirdness.
They were a big influence for Bitches - K.B.* - Live From Tha Dec of my all time favourite bands: Ozric Tentacles. I also love their jazz rock era by the way. Zero To Infinity is another great album of this band that more people should check out. Psychedelic music in general rock AND electronic like psybient and psydub got more and more important for me over the years and it's wonderful music, it makes me feel calm and positive and takes me far away and makes me use my imagination.
Digging: Monolake - Ghosts. Gong Camembert Electrique 3. Review Summary: "Jemeaux Camembert? Momox Camembert Gonggggga" -Daevid Allen,conferring with the pot-head pixies for a possible future collaboration.
Creatively speaking, I like to think of 's Camembert Electrique as the first true Gong album. Yes, Magick Brother was the debut album released under the namebut Gong have always been known as a creative force in the world of psychedelic and progressive rock, rather than just by name. Hence why Magick Brother is often forgotten and Camembert Electrique is consequently referred to as the band's first real foray into the world of weird. No qualms with that then, because Camembert Electrique is a real powerhouse of jam sessions, psychedelia and Allen's seemingly bottomless hole of creativity.
Indeed, the album is something of a legacy release for Gong's detailed history. The album was originally recorded in France hence the French titleand eventually remastered by Virgin Records in for UK release, when it was retailed for little more than the price of a single back then 59p!
When you listen to Camembert Electrique however, you realize that it's worth so much more than that particular price. The strange half-minute instrumentals aside even calling them instrumentals is something of a stretchGong's second album is so much more cohesive and concentrated than its predecessor. You see, this was where Gong decided to start making use of the eloquent saxophone sound, which has control over pretty much every song bar the shorter instrumentals.
In songs such as "You Can't Kill Me" and "O Mother", the instrument is utilized effectively to present a nice crutch for Allen's dreamy, hypnotic vocal delivery, whereas in others, the saxophone is presented as a contributor to a very memorable jam session.
Yet all other instruments are just as prominent too. The guitar sound is heavier with a slightly raw feel in Canterbury Scene-esque " And You Tried So Hard", the drums bring more of a jazzy influence to the forefront in "Fohat Digs Holes in Space", and the swirling synthesiser techniques used in the Gilli Smyth-controlled "I am Your Fantasy" are just Ive Bin Stone Before : - Gong - Camembert Electrique. However, vocal and instrumental capabilities aside, the album does indeed lose itself sometimes.
It's almost as if a few of the songs here are lost in space-the sometimes lengthier approach proving a little tiring to the listener. The one-two fizzle of short instrumentals "Wet Cheese Delirium" closing side A and "Squeezing Sponges Over Policemen's Heads" Beginner of side B really seem as if their sole purpose is to fill up the remaining time.
Of course, they don't even amount to one single minute in total and it feels like a wasted placement. These three songs Ive Bin Stone Before : - Gong - Camembert Electrique different parts of Gong's musical direction too. Still far from perfect of course, but Gong's second release or creatively speaking, the first really hit home about which direction the band were heading in, because the amount of creativity and quirkiness on this album was undoubtedly in spades.
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