Gazeuse!

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Gazeuse!
Gong - Gazeuse!.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedLate 1976
RecordedSeptember 1976
The Manor Studio
GenreJazz rock[1]
Length39:46
LabelVirgin
ProducerDennis MacKay
Pierre Moerlen's Gong chronology
Gazeuse!
(1976)
Expresso II
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Gazeuse! (French for 'Sparkling!', 'Fizzy!' or 'Effervescent!') is the seventh album released under the name Gong and the de facto debut album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong. It was released in late 1976. The title was changed to Expresso for the U.S. release.[2]

The album features an all-instrumental jazz-driven sound,[1] notable for the prominent use of vibraphone, which 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 couple of years, the lineup involved and the nature of the music are that of the Moerlen-led band.

Writing credits are split between Moerlen and guitarist Allan Holdsworth, except for the final track, which is by early Magma and Flying Teapot bassist Francis Moze.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Expresso" (Pierre Moerlen) – 5:58
  2. "Night Illusion" (Allan Holdsworth) – 3:42
  3. "Percolations (Part I & II)" (Moerlen) – 10:00
Side two
  1. "Shadows Of" (Holdsworth) – 7:48
  2. "Esnuria" (Moerlen) – 8:00
  3. "Mireille" (Francis Moze) – 4:10

"Shadows Of" is a reworking of Allan Holdsworth's "Velvet Darkness" from his 1976 album of the same name.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ross Smith, David (2011). "Gazeuse! - Gong | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Gong: Gazeuse!". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-06-04.