The drummer-percussionist from Strasbourg (France) Pierre MOERLEN could, during an especially prolific career filled with prestigious collaborations, impose his very particular percussive style, and create a reference in the style of Progressive jazz-rock. And this is in this musical style that Pierre MOERLEN'S GONG take us: proudly assuming his part of the great inheritance left by Daevid ALLEN and company, his interpretation is less focused on the psychedelic or space-rock. "Full Circle - Live 1988" is nevertheless and excellent witness of a German tour: a truly indispensable album !
After "Breakthrough" (1986), Pierre Moerlen's Gong mostly returned to the jazz-rock fusion sound that made them so enjoyable in the late '70s and early '80s on "Second Wind". Benoit Moerlen, who had departed after "Downwind" (1979), is back for this album, with stalwarts Pierre Moerlen and bassist Hansford Rowe forming the stable core of the band. Ake Zeiden, who had joined for "Breakthrough" adds some fine guitar work to this album and talented keyboardist Frank Fischer is a welcome addition.
Pierre Moerlen's band released very few albums in the '80s. Breakthrough, recorded in 1986, is a disappointing, bland project that bears little resemblance to any previous incarnation of Gong. Aside from bassist Hansford Rowe, who struggles to be heard on this recording, the group is comprised of entirely new personnel, including Dag Westling, who is credited for acoustic guitar, although such an instrument fails to surface in the mix.
Esoteric Recordings announce the release of a newly remastered and expanded edition of this acclaimed album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong. By the late 1970s Percussionist Pierre Moerlen had taken over the leadership of GONG and had steered the band away from Psychedelic Space Rock and took the band into a Jazz Rock direction, one in which the band excelled. After recording several albumswith VIRGIN, Moerlen signed with Arista Records in 1978.
Esoteric Recordings announce the release of a newly remastered and expanded edition of this acclaimed album by PIERRE MOERLEN’S GONG. By the late 1970s Percussionist Pierre Moerlen had taken over the leadership of GONG and had steered the band away from Psychedelic Space Rock and took the band into a Jazz Rock direction, one in which the band excelled. After recording several albums with VIRGIN, with the band now featured Hansford Rowe on bass, Ross Record on guitar, Benoit Moerlen on vibes and Francois Causse on percussion. Moerlen signed with Arista Records in 1978 and recorded this excellent album partially in Mike Oldfield’s studio. Oldfield guested on the superb lengthy title track with fellow guest Steve Winwood, whilst Mick Taylor appeared on the Tracks.
The album "Live" can be regarded as a 'best of' with tracks from the albums Downwind, Gazeuse and Espresso II (1978), amongst others. Bassist Hansford Rowe snorts and frets with all his might, guitarist Bon Lozaga has clearly found his proper place in the band, brother Benoit Moerlen mistreats the vibraphone as if Sunday will never come, new boy Francois Causse hits everything he can get his hands on, while chief Pierre keeps pushing the music with his excellent drumming. When Mike Oldfield and Didier Malherbe join the party in opener Downwind in order to play extended soli, the fun reaches new heights.
Esoteric recordings announce the release of a newly Remastered and expanded edition of this acclaimed album by Pierre Moerlen’s Gong. By the late 1970s percussionist Pierre Moerlen had taken over the leadership of Gong and had Steered the band away from psychedelic space rock and took the band into a jazz rock direction, one in which the band Excelled. After recording several albums with virgin, Moerlen signed with Arista Records in 1978. Following the albums Downwind , Time Is The Key and Live (also available on Esoteric), Moerlen’s band recorded. This classic final album with Hansford Rowe on bass and Bon Lozaga on guitar.
The impressive Downwind is the first release from the band under its new moniker, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, as Moerlen assumes creative control and dominance. The release marks a return to vocals/lyrics, which proves only partially successful. Moerlen's voice is a hit on the opener, the rocking "Aeroplane," and the collective vocals on the fast-paced, percussive "Jin-Go-Lo-Ba" are right on target. His singing is weak, though, on "What You Know" and detracts from the song's quality. Mick Taylor makes his only appearance here with an exceptional guitar solo. Downwind is also a return to compositions dominated by rock structures and styles, the jazz element minimal this time around.
Pierre Moerlen's Gong is a jazz fusion outfit which is very different from the first incarnation of Gong, the psychedelic space-rock act led by Daevid Allen. Pierre Moerlen's last album, sadly. Recorded in 2002 but not released until 2004.