Expresso II

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Expresso II
Studio album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong
Released March 1978
Recorded July–August 1977, Pye & Matrix Studios, London
Genre Jazz fusion, progressive rock
Length 37:17
Label Virgin
Pierre Moerlen's Gong chronology
Gazeuse!
(1976)
Expresso II
(1978)
Downwind
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Expresso II is an album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong, issued in 1978.

Like the other Pierre Moerlen's Gong albums, the album is predominantly jazz-fusion and has little to do with the psychedelic space rock of Daevid Allen's Gong, even though the bands share a common history.

Expresso II is a companion piece to the band's previous release, Gazeuse! (called Expresso in North America). It is an extension of the melodic mallet percussion infused progressive jazz/rock that dominated this incarnation of Gong, and would be the last album released on the band's Virgin contract before Pierre Moerlen changed the name to Pierre Moerlen's Gong to distinguish this incarnation from that of the Daevid Allen-led chapter.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heavy Tune"   Pierre Moerlen 6:22
2. "Golden Dilemma"   Hansford Rowe 4:51
3. "Sleepy"   Mireille Bauer 7:17
4. "Soli"   Hansford Rowe 7:37
5. "Boring"   Mireille Bauer 6:23
6. "Three Blind Mice"   Benoît Moerlen 4:47

Personnel[edit]

Gong
  • Pierre Moerlen - drums, glockenspiel, xylophone, tubular bells, tympani, vibraphone
  • Hansford Rowe - bass, rhythm guitar (2, possibly also at the end of track 3)
  • Mireille Bauer - marimba, vibraphone
  • Benoît Moerlen - glockenspiel, vibes, xylophone, tubular bells, claves
  • François Causse - congas
Additional personnel

In popular culture[edit]

The song Heavy Tune is featured on Fusion FM radio in the game Grand Theft Auto IV.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ros Smith, David (2011). "Expresso II - Gong | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011.