Downwind (album)

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Studio album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong
Released February 9, 1979
Recorded June–September, 1978
Genre Progressive rock, jazz fusion
Length 40:06
Label Arista
Producer Pierre Moerlen
Pierre Moerlen's Gong chronology
Expresso II
Time Is the Key
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Downwind is an album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong, released in February 1979.

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

It marks a slight departure from the formula of the previous Pierre Moerlen's Gong's albums, Gazeuse! and Expresso II, towards more conventional pop/rock. "Aeroplane" and "What You Know" are short-form pop songs featuring lead vocals by Moerlen, the first time vocals appeared on a Pierre Moerlen's Gong album. Keyboards, some of which are provided by Steve Winwood, augment or even replace mallet percussion on a few tracks. Mike Oldfield contributes guitar on the title track.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Aeroplane" Moerlen, O'Lochlain 2:42
2. "Crosscurrents" Moerlen 6:13
3. "Downwind" Moerlen 12:34
4. "Jin-Go-Lo-Ba" Olatunji 3:27
5. "What You Know" Moerlen, O'Lochlain 3:44
6. "Emotions" Moerlen 4:46
7. "Xtasea" Moerlen 6:40


  • Pierre Moerlen - drums, vibraphone, marimba, concert toms, timpani, organ, synthesizer, electric piano, assorted percussion, lead vocals
  • Hansford Rowe - bass
  • Ross Record - guitar, vocals
  • Benoît Moerlen - vibraphone
  • François Causse - percussion
Additional personnel


  1. ^ Ross Smith, David (2011). "Downwind - Pierre Moerlen's Gong | AllMusic". Retrieved 30 July 2012.