Gong Global Family: Live in Brazil
In late 2007 Daevid Allen along with Josh Pollock and Michael Clare embarked on a series of South American concerts. The concerts, performed under the name Gong Global Family, included songs from the Gong catalogue including “Master Builder,” “You Can't Kill Me,” “Fohat Digs Holes In Space” and many more. LIVE IN BRAZIL was filmed during the first concert of the tour and captures the magic of the evening and the diverse music that is drawn from the extensive Gong catalogue.
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Well, it's obvious why they sound so good. Daevid and the UofE guys have been playing together for a long time, and this album features only old Gong songs from early '70's albums Camembert Electrique and the original Trilogy (Flying Teapot/Angel's Egg/You), which members of IOCofB have doubtless been playing for nearly that long. So it's easy to see why they sound so good. What was NOT expected is that, in some cases (particularly the sax player), they sound even BETTER than the current incarnation of Gong, who are currently touring with a similar set list. Not that I dislike Theo Travis (Gong's current sax player), but he's just a little too perfect for Gong. Gong has always been about barely-controlled ANARCHY, and this band's got the feel down pat. The only thing I really miss in this performance is Gilli Smyth's vocals, and even that's been supplied (via recording) in the places where it's the most essential.
Bottom line: if you're a Gong fan and like their older stuff, then you'll like this album. If you still haven't quite figured out what all the fuss is about when it comes to this band, then this album will do nothing to help you out. Not essential, but good fun and an enjoyable addition to your Gong collection. By the way, I'm reviewing the CD version here ... perhaps later I'll get the DVD on the strength of this recording.