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Psychedelic Trailblazers Send ‘Love From Planet Gong’ On New Box Set Released 27th September

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Gong: Love From Planet Gong Boxed Set
Released 27th September

Psychedelic Trailblazers Send ‘Love From Planet Gong’ On New Box Set

Coinciding with their 50th anniversary, it’s curated by former member Steve Hillage and has the full involvement of original band members.

Psychedelic trailblazers Gong will be the subject of the new box set Love From Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-75, to be released by UMC on 27 September. Coinciding with their 50th anniversary, it’s curated by former member Steve Hillage and has the full involvement of original band members.

The set covers Gong’s classic years in a package that features their first four studio albums for Virgin Records, each with bonus tracks; previously unissued full gigs, recorded as multi-tracks; their complete sessions for tastemaking BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel from 1973 and 1974; previously unreleased quadrophonic Pye and Westlake mixes of You, reformatted to 5.1 surround sound; and artwork that includes both rare and previously unseen work by the band’s late co-founder Daevid Allen.

Gong’s early work on Virgin introduced admirers of these progressive rock figureheads to the invisible, mythological universe of Pot Head Pixies, Zero the Hero, the Octave Doctors and the Good Witch Yoni. Featuring the virtuoso guitar of Steve Hillage, Gong’s space rock-inflected compositions such as ‘Radio Gnome Invisible,’ ‘The Isle Of Everywhere,’ ‘Master Builder,’ ‘Inner Temple/Outer Temple,’ ‘Shamal,’ ‘Flying Teapot’ and ‘Oily Way’ are all here for new and existing fans to experience.

The original albums have been mastered by original engineer Simon Heyworth, and the set mixed by Gong’s bassist and producer Mike Howlett. The set includes the first CD release of the Flying Teapot masters and of Shamal, from the original masters.

There are also two CDs of their full gig at Club Arc En Ciel, Roanne in 1973; one of their complete, renowned free concert in London’s Hyde Park in 1974; two of the full Marquee Club show in London in 1975, including the first live recordings of tracks from Shamal and Steve Hillage’s debut solo LP, Fish Rising; two of the entire gig at the Bataclan, Paris in 1973; and two tracks recorded at the Edinburgh Festival in 1973.

The set has notes by Gong archivist Jonny Greene, of the Gong Appreciation Society, and a 64-page illustrated lyric booklet includes the quirky, informative ‘Blue Book’ included with Angel’s Egg, plus the new ‘Green Book’ companion to Flying Teapot. Meanwhile, Hillage’s 2019 tour with Gong is set to begin in Southampton on 14 November.

Love From Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-75 is released on 27 September.

“13 CD / 127 Track box set celebrating the Virgin Years with over 75% of rare and previously unreleased content. Remastered for the very first time from the original Virgin masters by original producer Simon Heyworth and Mike Howlett from the band and curated by Steve Hillage.
Features:

The First 4 Studio Albums plus Bonus Tracks
The complete John Peel sessions from BBC Radio One from 1973 and 1974
2 songs performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1973
2CDs recorded live at The Bataclan, Paris in 1973
2CDs recorded live at Club Arc En Ciel, Roanne in 1973
1CD recorded live at the infamous free concert in Hyde Park, London in 1974
2CDs recorded live at the London Marquee Club to promote the release of ‘Shamal’ and also Steve Hillage’s debut solo LP, ‘Fish Rising’. Includes the Previously Unreleased Quad mixes of ‘You’ using the Pye and Westlake mixes. Notes by Jonny Greene of the Gong Appreciation Society and artwork containing rare and previously unseen work by Daevid Allen.

Also contains an expanded edition of the famous ‘Blue Book’ of lyrics and doodles which we’re now calling the “” The Green Book””.”
TRACKS
12 CD + DVD Box Set
1 CD 1 / Flying Teapot
2 Radio Gnome Invisible – Remastered 2018
3 Flying Teapot – Remastered 2018
4 The Pothead Pixies – Remastered 2018
5 The Octave Doctors And The Crystal Machine – Remastered 2018
6 Zero The Hero And The Witch’s Spell – Remastered 2018
7 Witches Song / I Am Your Pussy – Remastered 2018
8 Radio Gnome Invisible – Rough Mix
9 Radio Gnome Premix – Story Narration
10 Flying Teapot – Mix 21
11 The Pothead Pixies – Second To Last Mix
12 Flying Teapot – Rough Mix

13 CD 2 / Angel’s Egg
14 Other Side Of The Sky
15 Sold To The Highest Buddha
16 Castle In The Clouds
17 Prostitute Poem
18 Givin’ My Luv To You
19 Selene
20 Flute Salad
21 Oily Way
22 Outer Temple
23 Inner Temple
24 Percolations
25 Love Is How Y Make It
26 I Never Glid Before
27 Eat That Phone Book Coda
28 Other Side Of The Sky
29 Ooby-Scooby Doomsday Or The D-Day DJ’s Got The D.D.T. Blues
30 Love Is How Y Make It
31 Eat That Phone Book Coda

32 CD 3 / You
33 Thoughts For Naught
34 A P.H.P.’s Advice
35 Magick Mother Invocation
36 Master Builder
37 A Sprinkling Of Clouds
38 Perfect Mystery
39 The Isle Of Everywhere
40 You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever
41 A P.H.P.’s Advice
42 Where Have All The Flowers Gone

43 CD 4 / Shamal
44 Wingful Of Eyes
45 Chandra
46 Bambooji
47 Cat In Clark’s Shoes
48 Mandrake
49 Shamal
50 Bambooji
51 Chandra
52 Wingful Of Eyes

53 CD 5 / BBC Radio 1 Sessions And Edinburgh Live
54 You Can’t Kill Me
55 Radio Gnome Direct Broadcast
56 Other Side Of The Sky
57 Zero The Hero And The Witch’s Spell
58 Flute Salad
59 Oily Way
60 Outer Temple
61 Inner Temple
62 Castle In The Clouds
63 6/8 Tune
64 Radio Gnome Invisible
65 Zero The Hero And The Witch’s Spell
66 Flying Teapot

67 CD 6 / Paris Bataclan Live, 20th May 1973, Pt.1
68 Other Side Of The Sky
69 Dynamite / I Am Your Animal
70 6/8 Tune
71 I Never Glid Before
72 Zero The Hero And The Witch’s Spell
73 Ooby-Scooby Doomsday Or The D-Day DJ’s Got The D.D.T. Blues
74 Est-ce Que Je Suis?
75 I’ve Bin Stone Before
76 Mr Longshanks / Oh Mother
77 I Am Your Fantasy
78 You Can’t Kill Me

79 CD 7 / Paris Bataclan Live, 20th May 1973, Pt.2
80 Flute Salad
81 Oily Way
82 Outer Temple
83 Flying Teapot
84 Dynamite
85 You Can’t Kill Me
86 I Never Glid Before

87 CD 8 / Roanne – Club Arc En Ciel Live, 17th Aug 1973, Pt.1
88 Other Side Of The Sky
89 Dynamite / I Am Your Animal
90 6/8 Tune
91 I Never Glid Before
92 Zero The Hero And The Witch’s Spell
93 I Am Your Pussy

94 CD 9 / Roanne – Club Arc En Ciel Live, 17th Aug 1973, Pt.2
95 I Am Your Pussy
96 You Can’t Kill Me
97 Ooby-Scooby Doomsday Or The D-Day DJ’s Got The D.D.T. Blues
98 Flute Salad
99 Oily Way
100 Outer Temple
101 Inner Temple
102 Radio Gnome Invisible

103 CD 10 / London – Hyde Park Live, 28th June 1974
104 A Sprinkling Of Clouds
105 I Never Glid Before
106 I’ve Bin Stone Before
107 Mr Longshanks / Oh Mother
108 The Isle Of Everywhere
109 I Am Your Fantasy
110 Master Builder

111 CD 11 / London – The Marquee Club Live, 9th & 10th Sept 1975, Pt.1
112 Aftaglid
113 Flute Salad
114 Oily Way
115 6/8 Tune
116 Solar Musick Suite
117 Bambooji

118 CD 12 / London – The Marquee Club Live, 9th & 10th Sept 1975, Pt.2
119 Bambooji
120 The Isle Of Everywhere
121 Wingful Of Eyes
122 The Salmon Song
123 Master Builder
124 Drum Solo
125 Flying Teapot
126 I Never Glid Before

127 DVD / You Quad Surround Sound
128 Thoughts For Naught
129 A P.H.P.’s Advice
130 Magick Mother Invocation
131 Master Builder
132 A Sprinkling Of Clouds
133 Thoughts For Naught
134 A P.H.P.’s Advice
135 Magick Mother Invocation
136 Master Builder
137 A Sprinkling Of Clouds
138 Perfect Mystery
139 The Isle Of Everywhere
140 You Never Blow Yr Trip Foreve