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  • RIP Daevid Allen

    Its been well known that his Cancer returned and he only had a short time left but it seems he has finally left this plain:

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/201...s-died-aged-77

    and from the official Gong website "daevid passed peacefully in Australia today, Friday 13th at 1.05pm, surrounded by his boys.

    Everything has stopped here in a house of tears. Tears first, celebration later - Jonny x"


    Its hard to put into words what a profound effect he had on my life. Its safe to say without having heard his music I would never have explored the myriad of avenues his work opened up to me on my musical travels. Probably safe to say I would not have picked up a jazz record and discovered the joys therein if not for this man.

    So post up your fave vids and pics in honour of the great man. I'll start the ball rolling. This is where it all started for me, the ultimate song of defiance:



    and this seems fitting:

    Mixes, Music: https://www.mixcloud.com/amitron_7/

    Music: https://blackmoofou.bandcamp.com/

    Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL1...bw92ZSjvLMZKlQ

    Latest Infant Project: https://soundcloud.com/bcmf

  • #2
    Agree with everything above- Daevid Allen and Gong led me to Soft Machine, which took me to all sorts of musical avenues. Saw him many a time in differing incarnations (the Unconvention weekend in the Melkweg will always be a highlight) and always liked the fact that he never rested on his laurels- I See You was another step forwards and it's a massive shame he wasn't well enough to tour it.

    Anyway, before I get locked out of the site whilst typing, here's a few that I'm currently spinning (hoping the links work as I haven't done this on this site before):

    Gong at the BBC in all their 70's gloriousness. Worth a listen if only for the first couple of tracks (MagickBrother and Clarence In Wonderland with Kevin Ayers- if there's a live performance that typifies joy more than this, I haven't heard it)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ynf...gTcaU0fU320IBH
    Light surface marks, sleeve is torn near centre of opening (due to rough removal of disk by a moron)

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    • #3
      Wrote another reply but got kicked out before I sent it so I'll keep it brief:

      Used to play this one on tape when I was gigging around, using a mini 'florist' van to cart the PA round, kitted out like the Mystery Machine in the back; Beanbags, killer sound system (sort of my take on the SFA tank):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIURPxwKpQA
      Light surface marks, sleeve is torn near centre of opening (due to rough removal of disk by a moron)

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      • #4
        Crikey that was quick! Sad but inevitable.
        Discovering Camembert Electrique in a second hand shop for pence when I was a youngster, mid 70s, was definitely a pivotal moment in my musical journey. Silly, funny, anarchic, beautiful, and most definitely (I am you are we are) Crazy. Still love that record. I liked it all up to about Shamal. Still got the solo lps up to New York Gong I think. I was with him all the silly old hippy way. Very engaging live performer. An older friend of mine went to see Gong a lot early 70s and told me about the Hi T Moonweed communion, only it wasn't the body of Christ he was delivering onto the tongues of the willing participants. Acid revolutionaries? Well, it all seems like another lifetime ago now, but those years were definitely formative for me, for better or worse.
        Start at the beginning


        The perennial Om riff, soundtrack to some ridiculously good times

        Cheerio Bert XX
        Everyone tear down your own little wall
        That keeps you from being a part of it all
        Because you've got to be one with the one and all
        You've just got to be close to it all

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        • #5
          RIP

          'Magick brother, magick sister' is playing as I type.
          "Hangin' out with you two is like partying with Fugazi"

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          • #6


            very sad, R.I.P.
            The Garden Facebook Blog

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            • #7
              One of my earliest enthusiasms, introduced to me by my babysitter when I were a lad. 'Camembert Electrique' was one of the first records I ever had. 'You' is a great LP.







              I also like that Joe Claussell 12" remix of 'Flying Teapot' but it doesn't seem to be on you tube.
              "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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              • #8
                In the time it took me to do that post Treeboy also uploaded 'Master Builder' Great Minds...?
                "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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                • #9
                  Top tune SK. Knew I'd found something very special first time I heard You.
                  Everyone tear down your own little wall
                  That keeps you from being a part of it all
                  Because you've got to be one with the one and all
                  You've just got to be close to it all

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Papa needledroppin' View Post
                    Agree with everything above- Daevid Allen and Gong led me to Soft Machine, which took me to all sorts of musical avenues. Saw him many a time in differing incarnations.......Gong at the BBC in all their 70's gloriousness. Worth a listen if only for the first couple of tracks (MagickBrother and Clarence In Wonderland with Kevin Ayers- if there's a live performance that typifies joy more than this, I haven't heard it)
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ynf...gTcaU0fU320IBH
                    Sad news. R.I.P. Daevid. A great Australian talent.

                    From JB (Australia)

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                    • #11
                      That 'Dynamite' clip is incredible. Some more footage from the camembert era in colour:

                      Mixes, Music: https://www.mixcloud.com/amitron_7/

                      Music: https://blackmoofou.bandcamp.com/

                      Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL1...bw92ZSjvLMZKlQ

                      Latest Infant Project: https://soundcloud.com/bcmf

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                      • #12
                        I used to put 'Tried So Hard' on mixtapes for friends who thought Gong were all 'flying hippie teapot' music. Beautiful stuff. RIP.

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