Friday, August 6, 2010

Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Expresso II (1978)

Expresso II is an album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong, issued in 1978.

Like the other Pierre Moerlen's Gong albums, this is predominantly jazz-fusion and has little to do with the psychedelic space rock of Daevid Allen's Gong, even though the bands share a common history.

Expresso II is an appropriate title considering it is very much a companion piece to the band's previous release, Gazeuse! (called Expresso in North America). It is an extension of the melodic mallet percussion infused progressive jazz/rock that very much dominated this incarnation of Gong, and would be the last album released on the band's Virgin contract before Pierre Moerlen changed the name to Pierre Moerlen's Gong to distinguish this (very different) incarnation from that of the Daevid Allen-led chapter.

01. Heavy Tune"
02. Golden Dilemma"
03. Sleepy"
04. Soli"
05. Boring"
06. Three Blind Mice"

* Pierre Moerlen: drums, glockenspiel, xylophone, tubular bells, tympani, vibraphone
* Hansford Rowe: bass, rhythm guitar (2)
* Mireille Bauer: marimba, vibraphone
* Benoît Moerlen: glockenspiel, vibes, xylophone, tubular bells, claves
* François Causse: congas


* Allan Holdsworth: guitar (1,3,4,6)
* Mick Taylor: guitar (1)
* Darryl Way: violin (3,5)
* Bon Lozaga: guitar (2,3)

In popular culture

The song Heavy Tune is featured on Fusion FM radio in the game Grand Theft Auto IV.


marram62 said...

the saucer people said...

And yet another Gong album I never got around to hearing till now! I must admit when I was younger, I dismissed the Allen-less Pierre Moerlen led period Gong and probably would have continued to do so if it wasn't for blogs like yours!
Maybe its a sign of middle-age but I find these albums have really stood the test of time with some tracks sounding so incredibly fresh.

Huge thanks again for posting such amazing material.

marram62 said...

you're welcome and keep posted for more great music from GONG and other stuff in the future!