GONG/I see you (what a long strange trip it continues to be)

gong   This idiosyncratic view of the world was loosed in nineteen sixty eight and has beheld its audience for over four decades. Though personnel changes have left a revolving door of musicians to roam through, the band has held it together. Ties with the Van der Graaf generator, The Soft Machine, and even a breeze through with Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) have visited the barriers within this cosmic journey. The psychedelic era has no true definition. It’s a strangely crafted menagerie of imagination and abysmal twists and turns with splashes of dismal melancholy. The early days of Pink Floyd with Syd Barret delved into the far reaches of interplanetary thought on albums like “A Saucerful of Secrets” and “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” where Barrett dominated the aura of the band entirely until his madness caught up with him. Gong has endured through much of the same history. In the true realm of psychedelics albums like “Expresso 2”, “Angels Egg”, “Flying Teapot”, “Shamal”, and the famed “You”, their unbridled insanity expanded to mammoth proportions. Now, “I See You” continues on the path they have carved out for themselves. This trip was much longer than anyone expected.

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