Gazeuse!

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Gazeuse!
Gong - Gazeuse!.jpg
Studio album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong
Released Late 1976
Recorded September 1976
The Manor Studio
Genre Jazz rock[1]
Length 39:46
Label Virgin
Producer Dennis MacKay
Pierre Moerlen's Gong chronology
Shamal
(1976)Shamal1976
Gazeuse!
(1976)
Expresso II
(1978)Expresso II1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Gazeuse! (French for 'Sparkling!', 'Fizzy!' or 'Effervescent!') is the second album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong, 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 mallet percussion, 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 journeyman 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.