Gilli Smyth first came to the attention of the rock buying fraternity through her work with her then lover Daevid Allen in Gong.
Gong came into being almost by accident in the late sixties when Daevid Allen was refused entry back into Britain following European dates with Soft Machine. Deciding to stay in Paris Allen began working with Gilli Smyth and various musicians on what would eventually be recognised as Gong. The first recognised recordings from the band were Magick Brother, Mystic Sister in 1970. Followed by albums such as Camembert Electrique, Flying
Teapot, Angels Egg and You. The first three albums released
followed the fortunes of Zero The Hero and told the tale of
the pothead pixies and was told over the course of the next
three albums and became the Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy.
This mythological story was extremely popular and the
resultant albums sold exceptionally well however following
the departure of core members Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth
and Steve Hillage citing the age old musical differences
reason for leaving the band Gong moved in a more jazz
oriented direction with the addition of Allan Holdsworth
alongside Pierre Moerlen and Didier Malherbe. Allen, Smyth
and Hillage have all recorded as solo artists and Smyth
subsequently formed the offshoot Mother Gong.
Mother Gong's first album Mother was released in 1978 and
the band found Gilli Smyth collaborating with many musicians
including Harry Williamson and various friends and family
including at various times Harry Williamson, Daevid Allen,
Hugh Hopper and David Jackson.
The recordings on this album come from the same period
as the Wild Child sessions and include the same line up of
musicians and were recorded utilising the same techniques
as employed on Wild Child.
This re issue has now been re mastered for re issue and takes
it's place alongside the other recordings in this series from
Description: A spin-off band from the ‘GONG’ family...
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