Expresso II

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Expresso II
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Studio album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong
Released March 1978
Recorded July–August 1977, Pye & Matrix Studios, London
Genre Jazz rock
Length 37:17
Label Virgin
Producer (Pierre Moerlen's) Gong, John Wood
Pierre Moerlen's Gong chronology
Gazeuse!
(1976)Gazeuse!1976
Expresso II
(1978)
Downwind
(1979)Downwind1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Expresso II is the de facto second album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong, released in February 1978.[2]

Featuring an all-instrumental jazz-driven sound, notable for the prominent use of mallet percussion, it has little to do with the psychedelic space rock of Daevid Allen's Gong, even though the two bands share a common history. Although the album was issued by Virgin Records under the "Gong" name for contractual reasons, and the name "Pierre Moerlen's Gong" would not be adopted for a few more months, the lineup involved and the nature of the music are that of the Moerlen-led band.

This was the final Gong-related album released by Virgin; the band continued on Arista Records.

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]

Additional personnel

In popular culture[edit]

The track "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. 
  2. ^ "Gong: Expresso II". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-06-04.