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Magick Brother

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Presented in an attractive digipak gatefold packaging with Daevid Allen's now classic "Ph.P" original drawings and wacky liner notes.
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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B00024H55M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Nice reissue of the lp that REALLY would technically be the very first Gong lp, as for 'Magick Brothers' was originally released in 1969. However, some have claimed that 'Camembert Electrique' was Gong's very first album, but it came out in 1971, I believe.It appears that 'Magick Brother' was recorded by pretty much a duo made up of Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth. This CD may be more primitive and a tad more folk than other Gong releases, but it's still top rate. Just some really good cosmic rock, as one might label it. All ten tracks sound great, but I was specially fond of the stellar "Mystic Sister: Magick Brother", "Glad To Sad To Say", the poetic "Chainstore Chant: Pretty Miss" and "Princess Dreaming" (THIS tune may've actually influenced the band Brainticket, to a degree). A must have for ALL Gong fans.
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I fully agree with the previous reviewer, as this early Daevid Allen and Gilly Smyth recording is a Gong album. It is a really haunting album too!, Daevid allen's guitar work is just so haunting, etherial, yet insistant. Perhaps this is the first truly "Punk" album ever, as it sounds so unpolished and rough, yet so perfect in mood and conception, it's a CD to savour again and again. My favourite track on this is the amazing "Rational Anthem" but all the tracks are weird and powerful, and I love Daevid's very "Aussie" accent, "Five and Twenty Schoolgirls" is a masterpiece of humour, worthy of Captain Beefheart at his strangest.

This should be in every serious music collection, not just of Psychedelia, a label which limits the scope and appeal of many underrated musical wonders from the 60's and 70's, this is beyond anything the so called "Prog" bands of later years could even touch, Daevid Allen and Gilly Smyth, I salute you!
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Gong is one of the more unique bands of the early 70's and their debut perfectly illustrates why. I personally like to think of them as creative dreamy music for the hippie crowd and not throw them in with the progressive rock genre. Their debut isn't shy with the highly unusual psychedelic-influenced ideas and musical instrument variety the likes of which would make most people run in fear. In fact for these guys, variety is the spice of life and writing songs in the traditional "verse, chorus, verse, chorus" way is a thing they abandoned right from the get go. These guys delivered with a debut album that amazes, excites, occasionally challenges, but it's honestly not for everyone. I don't think for example that Kansas or Van Der Graaf Generator fans would like this album. It's an acquired taste. You pretty much have to be whacked out to fully grasp every nook and cranny of this stuff which includes me I'm afraid!

"Mystic Sister/Magick Brother" begins the album and immediately shows what this band would go on to accomplish for the better part of the next decade. Pure psychedelic madness. Early Pink Floyd fans would eat this stuff up BIG time I believe. All the trademark features are evident too- weird, hippie-inspired hazy female vocals, a Middle Eastern influence in the arrangements, and Daevid Allen's knack for catchy vocal melodies. If I have one complaint however it's that the vocals aren't quite as creative as they would be as soon as Camembert Electrique was released.
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I've recently become a fan of this lovable nonsense that at the same time is fascinating, innovative and so well played.and magic brother is no exception.It makes me smile. Finding the lp's that were made before the tea pot trilogy is to go deeper into what gong is.Don't get lost now, well not to much.Leafy Lain.
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By John F. K. on December 12, 2012
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This is the mother of all Gong albums. British Prog. If you are on the fence..buy it. try it,you'll like it.
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