Polyfeen - Den Sidste Vilde. Space Debris - Menhir. Los Estanques - II. Motorpsycho - The All Is One. Knei - III. Nepal Death - Dead In Nepal. Dead Famous People - Harry. Tobin Sprout - Empty Horses. Melody Fields - Broken Horse. Suffice to say, the man had been a poet of sorts even before co-founding The Soft Machine almost 50 years ago. Indeed, Magick Brother is the sort of album bands create when they just don't have any concrete musical ideas. Looking at it from a songwriting aspect, Magick Brother didn't really have anything to do with the perpetual brainchild of Daevid Allen: Rather, it was more like the brainchild of Allen's then soulmate, Gilli Smyth, who actually wrote all songs.
You can probably tell when listening to Magick Brother , because compared to the likes of Flying Teapot , Gong's debut record sounds completely different-as if there was already an identity crisis inherent in the band's songwriting process. Nonetheless, Magick Brother has its perks, but which are almost ruined by the nonsensical, sub-minute long instrumentals scattered throughout the album.
The likes of the title track, "Glad to Sad to Say" and "Ego" are all staples of the then thriving Canterbury scene, songs which made hippies go gaga for the nearest spliff and who basically just wanted to cross dimensions. But Gong's debut album isn't so hollow or one-dimensional, because Daevid Allen's mostly vocal presence is about the most interesting thing on the record. For one thing, he seemed to be a real vocal virtuoso in his heyday, and although Magick Brother doesn't prove that It wasn't until Camembert Electrique that this technique was fully realized , there are songs which demonstrate at least a little sign of this.
The best songs demonstrating his vocal technique are "Hope You Feel OK" and "Gong Song", which are surprisingly helped by Allen's softer vocal melodies.
Matter of fact, the worst songs on Gong's debut album aren't even rock. Or music. They're just, for want of a better word, there. What all this amounts to is a rather strange collection of material, as if being mere B-sides from each member of the band's earlier musical incarnations.
This is precisely why Magick Brother is nothing more than humble beginnings for Gong. They also made use of jazz contrabass double bass players Earl Freeman and Barre Phillips , who were recording for the label at the same time, on three tracks.
Shortly afterwards, the band played its debut gig at the BYG Actuel Festival in the small town of Amougies, Belgium, on 27 October , introduced to the stage by bemused compere Frank Zappa. All songs written by Daevid Allen , though credited to his partner Gilli Smyth for legal reasons.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved It doesn't really sound like, to name one example, the Beatles "Don't Bring Me Down" because the Gong tune is significantly more upbeat, but I sense similar vibes and influences.
It's a psychedelic song for the peace and love message as the lyrics state at the end. I strongly believe Beatles fans would love this tune. Repeating the line "Pockets full of blood" several times is alarming too. I imagine certain people were probably fearful of this music back in the day. The vocals are really enjoyable and Beatles-like once again.
Perhaps the best way to describe this album so far is to imagine early Alice Cooper's outrageous period in the early 70's combined with really catchy and psychedelic late period Beatles-like songwriting. I don't know how else to describe it! Love the guitar solo with whispering female vocals too.
I believe underneath this song is a genius idea that's waiting to be understood, and hopefully repeated listens will reveal it for me! What is this little piece of oddness? My description is probably way off but it sounds like a series of jazzy tempos mixed with ragtime-inspired piano and short bursts of vocal melody occasionally coming out of nowhere to remind everyone it's an actual song and it works, I'm reminded! Even the trademark sax briefly makes a welcoming appearance in the middle.
However what's equally strange is that this strikes me as a well-crafted tune. Somehow all these oddball ideas click! The high-pitched female vocals are fitting and just add to the unusual nature of the piece.
Weird and yet, absolutely fascinating. Dare I call such a song beautiful? Hopefully you are. Please don't turn this stuff off- it'll get better the more you experience it, trust me. Anyway this song shifts from gentle and lullaby-like to much funkier and groovier the next. Really hard to make out the lyrics but I'm sure they're related to all kinds of drugs! Maybe a certain green man that comes from the planet Gong. Yes, visit us. Not how a princess should be dreaming ever!
I believe is the perfect soundtrack to the scariest movie you've ever seen. All I know is that the downbeat way the verse melody rolls along with the saxophone chugging is a thing of genius.
It all builds to a catchy, hard to understand chorus. Fantastic song. It's not hard to imagine an early David Bowie possibly writing a song as weird as this.
The saxophone jam near the end is really melodic. The song has incredibly creepy bursts of Middle Eastern-influenced flutes playing over an eerie background.A melodic and elegant psychedelic album, with some songs to enjoy a trip "seen through the eyes of Quetzalcoatl". Magick Brother & Mystic Sister come from Barcelona and they have no doubts about it: their goal is to make music that transports us to the environment of underground movies from the seventies or some ecstatic dance ritual, only to.