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2002 reissue of 1978 release featuring the classic 70s lineup of 'Here & Now'. Six tracks.

1. Psychological Overture
2. Floatin Anarchy
3. Stone Innoc Frankenstein Allen
4. New Age Trans Formation Try No More Sages Zero
5. Opium For The People Allen
6. Allez Ali Baba Black-Sheep Have You Any Bullshit Mama Maya

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  • Audio CD (July 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Indie Europe/Zoom
  • ASIN: B000069AX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By james t. williamson on August 30, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Having just read through the reviews here, some more accurate background would probably be a help. First off, the is not "Gong" but "Planet Gong" which was Daevid Allen with the Here and Now Band (do an advanced search for Here and Now and a few of their albums will pop up here on Amazon). The couple years preceding 1977 run like this: Daevid left Gong at the beginning of 1975, Tim Blake followed a couple of months later, Steve Hillage left later in 1975 during the Shamal sessions to focus on his solo career. (There's a couple of live recordings of this Hillage-fronted period line-up.) Gong itself morphed, under the increasing direction of drummer Pierre Moerlin, into basically a fusion band (which at points included guitarists Mick Taylor and Allan Holdsworth) which over the next few years recorded Espresso, Espresso II, and Downwind. After leaving Gong Daevid went off to Majorca, hooked up with the acoustic band Euterpe, with whom he gigged a bit and recorded Good Morning and Now is the Happiest Time of Your Life (much more melodic and lyrical than Gong). In 1977 there was a one-off Gong "reunion" show in Paris with mainly the Angel's Egg/You line-up (from which the Gong Est Mort album was taken). Inspired by the punk explosion (which if you listen to his 1971 solo album Banana Moon was a bit of a natural for him), Daevid hooked up w/Here and Now, recorded the single Opium For the People, gigged a bit in England and France, and released this album which is mainly live (Opium is a studio recording and Psychological Overture was obviously patched together in the studio). Contrary to one reviewer, there are no members of Gong on it other than Daevid and Gilli Smyth.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This fabulous record was recorded at a festival gig in 1977 with what was (at the time) the very last ever performance of the original line-up of Gong. Must admit that 'Floating Anarchy Live 1977' is just such a FUN disc to listen to. I was impressed with the way out intro "Psychological Overture" and "Stone Innoc Frankenstein". The only tune I recognized right off hand was Daevid Allen's "Opium For The People" where one can truly experience the guru's silliness.T he closing song is worth the admission price itself. It's a fifteen minute epic that MUST be heard to be believed, "Allez Ali Baba Black Sheep Have You Any Bull S***: Mama Maya Mantram". Yes,this REALLY is a song title. A must have for all fans of cosmic, hippie, head-tripping and jam rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Hoffman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
IT was during the days of ANARCHY IN THE UK, when "artrock" was such a bad word, that GONG still had a lot of respect with the punkers and wavers. WHY? Music this far out, this anti-establishment and this adventurous really DOES transcend all boundries of age. If an ambient trance electronic musician (DARK MATTER? THE ORB?) were to come out with a few of these songs even now, they'd still sound progressive and forward looking. Daevid Allen recorded this GONG reunion (of sorts)with most of the classic band, including Gilli Smyth doing her "space whisper". After the ambient "Psychological Overture", we hit right into FLOATIN' ANARCHY, which must have been influenced by New York Gong, the punkish band Daevid form in NYC after he left GONG before the SHAMAL album, due to that formation's overindulgence in fame and drugs. STONE INNOCENT FRANKENSTEIN is a number from Daevid's first "solo" album, BANANA MOON, from somewhere between 1969's MAGICK BROTHER, the first GONG album, and CAMBERT ELECTRIQUE in 1971. STONE INNOC FRANKENSTEIN also moves along at breakneck speed, with none of the jazz elements, or space rock styling, you normally associate with GONG. OPIUM FOR THE PEOPLE, another Daevid Allen composistion that GONG recorded not long before he departed, also has an intensity not unlike most punk-new wave music just becoming popular at the time. The three "rock" songs don't even amount to HALF of the album, tho. Most of the album centers around two songs--NEW AGE TRANSFORMATION TRY: NO MORE SAGES, which plays for 12 minutes, and ALLEZ ALI BABA BLACK SHEEP etc, which plays for 15 minutes. Those are the two songs to get this album for, more than anything else.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
This short lived yet delightful 1977 collaboration between the heart of the band Gong (Allen and Smyth), and the elusive English Here and Now Band is THE definition of 70's psychedelic rock music. For years I thought this was just another Gong album (so strong is Allen's influence), but am now happy to learn the music is just as much, if not more, the Here and Now Band's creation (thanks, Wikipedia) - this is a bit confusing due to the cover loudly proclaiming "GONG", and the credits for all but 2 Allen songs being to "Zero", which are easy to mistaken as just more Allen songs, and the band sounding like another incarnation of Gong, since they are so strongly Gong-like (except without the virtuosic musicianship) - for more of Here & Now check out Give & Take.

So, it's not Gong, it's "Planet Gong" - live and rockin'.

And what a great show it must have been! Beginning with its space-whispery-synth intro (studio enhanced "Psychological Overture") via a lift-off count down to the fabulous hard driving title track - "Here and now is floating anarchy, now you know the only way to be, turn your head up to the morning sun yeah, and your life will just have begun. You know that violence is caused by governments, armies, police force..."

Allen sounds like some kind of hippie pirate captain, making for an odd (at times disconcerting) mix of blissful ambient space whispering/glissandoing music and hard driving in your face anti rock (okay, I guess they were calling it punk then).
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