Prime Music

Buy New

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Like New See details
$11.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details

Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $1.85 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Flying Teapot

GongAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Price: $13.32 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, Sept. 22? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details

Amazon's Gong Store


Image of album by Gong


Image of Gong
Visit Amazon's Gong Store
for 89 albums, photos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Flying Teapot + You + Angels Egg
Price for all three: $37.13

Buy the selected items together
  • You $12.47
  • Angels Egg $11.34

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B00005REQR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Radio Gnome Invisible
2. Flying Teapot
3. The Pot-Head Pixies
4. The Octave Doctors And the Crystal Machine
5. Zero the Hero And the Witch's Spell
6. Medley: Witch's Song/I Am Your Pussy

Editorial Reviews

1973's Flying Teapot is a Gong milestone. It's the first installment in their legendary "Radio Gnome Trilogy" and a transitional point between the underground psychedelia of Camembert Electrique and the artier, more ethereal sound they later developed. Teapot is more visceral, less cerebral than its successors, and the catchy ensemble riffs of Camembert are still present. The arrival of virtuoso guitarist Steve Hillage and synth wizard Tim Blake represented a great leap forward, though. Blake concentrated exclusively on ambient electronic effects and soundscapes a la early Hawkind, leaving harmonic development to the other band members. Hillage's fleet-fingered jazz-rock solos and arsenal of effects upped the musicianship a notch and reinforced the spacy jazz elements already in place. Whether you're able to follow the willfully confusing storyline or not, the elaborate mythological world created by Daevid Allen is loads of fun when wrapped around music as inspired as this psychedelic art-jazz-space rock amalgam. The key players are a group of gnomes from another planet who arrive in a flying teapot (stoner imagery plays heavily in hippie Allen's vision) to save the world (or something). Actually, some surprisingly intellectual/philosophical messages were contained in the trilogy, leavened heartily by the irrepressible Allen's healthy sense of humor. Charly. 2004.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Gong's first release for Virgin Records was released in 1973 and marks Pt. I of Daevid Allen's masterwork, the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy. The other albums in the trilogy include Pt. II Angels Egg (1973), and my personal favorite, Pt. III You (1974). Sadly, Daevid Allen left Gong after the You album, taking his hilarious and seemingly magical world of protagonist Zero the Hero, Pot head pixies, octave doctors, crystal machines, and the like with him.

The six tracks on this great album range in length from 1'51" to 11'52" and feature an excellent blend of synth heavy space rock, space whispers, really silly (and fun) absurdist humor, prog rock rave-ups, jazz rock, and all around excellent individual and ensemble playing. Speaking of which, although this lineup is not the classic Gong lineup featured on Angels Egg and You, all of the band members are excellent and a few of the elements that made those later albums incredible are in place. Specifically, newly acquired guitarist extraordinaire Steve Hillage and synthesizer player Tim Blake had signed on. In fact, Tim Blake's spacey VCS3 and mini moog synthesizer work really makes this album work for me and he is highlighted on the short synth piece The Octave Doctors and the Crystal Machine. In addition to bandleader Daevid Allen (guitars, vocals) and space whisperer/Welsh poet Gilli Smyth, former Magma bassist Fancis Moze, Didier Maherlbe (saxophone, flute), and excellent drummer Laurie Allen played on this album.

OK, now for the bad stuff. Although the music on this album is incredible, the 2005 remastering effort by Charly is simply atrocious and it appears that Flying Teapot may have in fact been remastered in a back alley.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daevid Allen is the George Clinton of Jazz Rock part 1 November 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Strong statement to start a review I know, but here are the reasons. Both Daevid and George held large groups of disparate and talented musicians together for several years, gave them alternative names, and got them to buy into their own unique vision of the world. Both visions included fictitous characters acting out complex plots using a unique language and imagery. Both created music that broke down barriers between established musical forms and molded the pieces into something new and undefinable. Both are very funny men (in more ways than one you could say).

Flying Teapot is part one of the Radio Gnome trilogy of albums (Angel's Egg and You are the others).This is the album that introduces us to Zero the Hero and the Pothead Pixies and includes stories of inner/outer space travel in flying teapots and encounters with wicked witches. With only a handful of very long tracks you need to sit down and get involved for the first couple of runs through, but after a while Steve Hillage's guitar and Blomdido Bad de Grasse's sax will hook you into the hypnotic mantras of "Zero the Hero", "The Pothead Pixies" and "Flying Teapot". After that all resistance will be futile and you'll find yourself chanting "I am, you are, we are crazy" along with everyone else. There are only a couple of weaknesses with the whole thing, but of the trilogy, this is the most straight ahead and rock based. Start here and work through Angel's Egg in to You. It could change the way you look at, well, everything really.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Asphalt
Format:Audio CD
This is the start of the "Radio Gnome Trilogy" in which Daevid Allen and Gong lay out the full mythology of the Planet Gong and the Pothead Pixies. Calling this "jazz-rock" is completely misleading though it certainly has elements of both. It is the first fully formed expression of the unique sound developed by Gong and used by Daevid and the band to convey profound thoughts in a very silly and beautiful manner. Profoundly psychedelic, this is music intended to be listened to in an altered state, and it is designed to fit together with the following two parts of the trilogy ("Angel's Egg" and "You"...both equally essential). Buy all three albums - program them into a CD changer - prepare your head and don headphones - then get ready for a journey you will never regret. This IS "Lafta Yoga" - Electric Dharma. Hare hare London Bus!!!"
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip in the Teapot... January 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The sometimes maligned first part of the Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy, `Flying Teapot', from 1973, is the perfect (and suitably so) introduction to Gong (formed in 1969 by Daevid Allen and his wife Gilli Smyth, performing and recording in one iteration or another (or another, etc.) throughout the seventies until this very day): a mythology involving the the denizens of the Planet Gong, Pothead Pixies, who travel about in Flying Teapots spreading joy throughout the universe (or something along those lines) with Octave Doctors who impart wisdom to the initiated through the use of The Crystal Machine...all presented in a mind blowing array of sounds and tone colors that will leave you mesmerized and lyrics that will leave you humming for...well, a long time.
Absolutlely a blast of an album. The limited reissue sound is incredible (the best that I have heard in CD format), and the packaging is worth the price of admission, reproducing the original gatefold album liner notes and artwork by Daevid Allen.
Psychedelia. Fusion. Space Music. Goofiness. Don't succumb to sticker shock. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD while it is available! Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best
Gongs best album is this one. The beginning of the flying teapot. If you never did drugs, you won't like this.
Published 20 months ago by J. Kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably one of the most trippy bands of all time.
Well, after reading other reviews I wouldn't suggest you buy it off amazon because this particular master is screwed up, but a great album you should seek anyhow. Read more
Published 24 months ago by CrazyDiamond
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Teapot - and it's the exact version of the original vinyl!
"Have a cup of tea, have another one, have a cup of tea ...." What a weird and yet wonderful album, first met in the 70s on vinyl, loved them then and to hear it all again in... Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by Peter Maddern
4.0 out of 5 stars Good remaster - not their best album
First, this Japanese remaster definitely improves on the sound of the original, though the limitations of the source show - there is still more background noise than on the... Read more
Published on March 6, 2010 by jaman57
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This may be the best of the albums from Gong, the band Daevid Allen formed after leaving Soft Machine. Read more
Published on January 12, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Comically bad when not seriously good
2 1/2

There are stretches of impressively fused, powerful psychedelic-progressive clarity to found in the dated, druggy-hippie treasure trove of a trilogy the band... Read more
Published on October 25, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars who would have ever guessed?
Be completely honest with me now- who would have ever guessed that a band that goes by the name Gong happens to be one of the coolest, most creative and refreshing rock bands of... Read more
Published on September 29, 2009 by B. E Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor remix of an otherwise great album
It's a perfect mystery... why the original version of this psych-rock classic doesn't exist on CD. Seek out the 1972 Virgin Records vinyl copy if you can; it is greatly superior... Read more
Published on July 24, 2009 by W. Cate
5.0 out of 5 stars what am I listening to?
Alright, that does it. Gong is officially the most drugged out band I've ever heard from the 70's. I have NEVER heard a band who sounds like they are more high and crazy in the... Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Pot Hed Pixies?
The first part of the Radio Gnome Trilogy. Excellent spacey psychodelia from the top line up of this long-lasting band. Read more
Published on May 19, 2008 by Ennil Pwysau
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category