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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Snapper Music Group
  • ASIN: B000059ZDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

UK reissue of their third album, recorded in 1971. A skillful blend of jazz-influenced space rock, unconventional psychedlia and bizarre experimentation, it includes their classic'Foghat Digs Holes In Space'. 2001 release. Standard jewelcase.

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Camembert Electrique shows Gong at their most rocking.
BENJAMIN MILER
No holds barred in this blast through fun-and-funky music to sit down and toke to!
Paul Todd
All in all this is an incredible album of very heavy progressive space rock.
Jeffrey J.Park

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr H Bolet on July 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Around the time that this fantastic album was recorded a lot of drug-adled 'artists' were creating a lot of drug-adled 'music' based on drug-adled lyrical content which also usually happened to be gibberish and the rock equivelant to doggerel. Sure, these self-confessed pot-head pixies could be accused of the same, but the crucial difference between most psychedelic groups and this Camembert Electrique Gong album is that Gong contains virtuoso musicians who also know how to have fun - and how to incorporate traces of lots of different musics of this world into a rock album. Their virtuosity is evinced by the fact that most of this music is intricately arranged - and as far as I know most of the members were blithely traipsing in Drug La-La Land, but they still managed to "get it together, man!". This is what the Mothers of Invention would sound like if Zappa allowed the use of drugs. This album was a snow-flake to snow-ball cult classic when it was released, and its alchemy of creativity and substance shall never wane. It will continue to be a cult classic forever.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maria H. R. Souza on July 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Et Voilá...! Here you have the beginning of Gong's astonishing 'saga', a strikingly creative masterpiece of spaced-out psychedelia. Daevid Allen's dreamingly blistering glissando guitars, Gilli Smyth's heavenly psychic space whispering, Pip Pyle's fantastic, raw-edged drumming and Didier Malherbe's wailing saxophones are a lysergic joy to listen, a free-wheeling psychedelic musical dream. This is an outstanding masterwork, a must for all fans of space rock madness!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on November 19, 2006
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Released in 1971 this album shows Gong adopting the heavy space rock sound that would carry them through their most distinctive and classic works: Flying Teapot (1973); Angel's Egg (1973); and You (1974) (aka The Radio Gnome Trilogy). Unfortunately, after the excellent You album Daevid Allen left the band and Gong moved in a jazz rock direction. Although I like the jazz rock phase of Gong, it does not quite compare with the magic of their 1971-1974 output, and especially the excellent Camembert Electrique.

The core lineup on this album contains French and English musicians of considerable skill: the first-rate Pip Pyle (drums); Christian Tritsch (bass guitar); Didier Malherbe (saxophones, flute); Gilli Smyth (vocals, "space whisper"); and bandleader Daevid Allen (vocals, electric guitars, and bass). Also present are two brief appearances by keyboardists Eddy Louiss (Hammond organ and piano); and Constantin Simonovitch (phased piano). I think it goes without saying that all of the musicians in Gong are excellent. In fact, Gong has had some of prog's best drummers including Pip and the late Pierre Moerlen. When the band really gets going, the ensemble work can get very complex. The bass playing is extremely aggressive and Christian favors a slightly distorted tone on his Fender. In fact, this tone was used by bassist Mike Howlett during the subsequent albums during the 73-75 period. Coupled with some wild playing on an equally distorted electric guitar, the interplay between the bassist and guitarist is hair raising. Pip of course really drives everything along with his incredible technique. Although I really enjoy Daevid's vocal style and altered spoke word passages, his approach may not appeal to everybody.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on August 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
1971's Camembert Electrique shows Gong at their most rocking. This album was originally released on the French BYG label. This was still two years off before the band was signed to Virgin Records. At this point, the band consisted of Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth (the oldest member, who was nearly 40 at the time), Pip Pyle, Christian Tritsch, and Didier Malherbe. Notice the lack of Steve Hillage or Tim Blake. That means you won't find any of those killer lead guitars like on You or VCS-3 synth bubbles (but you will get your share of eerie glissando guitar from Allen here). Instead, you get a raw, aggressive, rocking Gong. Songs like "You Can't Kill Me", "Dynamite: I Am Your Animal" and "Mister Long Shanks" are examples of the more rocking side of Gong you don't get on their Virgin-era albums. All with their playful humor you expect from the band from the 1971-74 era. "I've Bin Stone Before" is a pretty silly Bob Dylan imitation (I guess Daevid Allen was thinking of Dylan's "Rainy Day Women 12 & 35" aka "Everybody Must Get Stoned"). "Fohats Digs Holes in Space" is one of Gong's excellent trademark space rock goodies complete with glissando guitar, same for the "I am Your Fantasy" section of "Mister Long Shanks". Since this predates the Radio Gnome Trilogy, there is no concept behind this album, so you won't find any stories about the Octave Doctors, Zero the Hero, and the Pot Head Pixies (but you can find a Pot Head Pixie on the cover to this album). Aside from You, this is by far my favorite Gong album, and if you're a fan of this band, be sure to get this album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Todd on October 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for an introduction to the most spaced-out, psychedelic rock band ever, then this is the album for you! Camembert Electrique is a magical mix of catchy lyrics, heady rythmns and comical inserts that pleases from start to finish. No holds barred in this blast through fun-and-funky music to sit down and toke to!
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