Magick Brother

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Magick Brother
Gong Magick Brother.jpg
Studio album by Gong
Released March 1970
Recorded September–October 1969
Studio ETA and Studio Europa Sonor, Paris, France
Genre Psychedelic pop[1]
Length 43:52
Label BYG Actuel
Producer Jean Georgakarakos, Jean-Luc Young
Gong chronology
Magick Brother
(1970)
Camembert Electrique
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Magick Brother is the debut studio album by the progressive rock band Gong, recorded in Paris during September and October 1969 and released in March 1970 on the French BYG Actuel label.

The band's recently recruited bass player Christian Tritsch was not ready in time to play on the album, and so singer/songwriter/guitarist Daevid Allen either played bass guitar himself, or made use of jazz contrabass (double bass) players available through the label and studio.[2] The LP sleeves were printed before the final track order and titles had been decided and so the songs "Rational Anthem" (AKA "Change the World") and "Glad To Sad To Say" were listed the wrong way round.[3]

Shortly afterwards, the band played its debut gig at the BYG Actuel Festival in the small town of Amougies, Belgium, on 27th October 1969, introduced to the stage by bemused compere Frank Zappa.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one (Early Morning)
  1. "Mystic Sister" - 1:32
  2. "Magick Brother" – 4:44
  3. "Rational Anthem (Change the World)" (mislabelled as "Glad To Sad To Say") – 3:43
  4. "Glad To Sad To Say" (mislabelled as "Rational Anthem") – 4:09
  5. "Chainstore Chant" - 1:13
  6. "Pretty Miss Titty" – 4:06
  7. "Fredfish" (listed on LP label but not LP cover) / "Hope You Feel OK" – 4:33
Side two (Late Night)
  1. "Ego" – 3:57
  2. "Gong Song" – 4:11
  3. "Princess Dreaming" – 2:56
  4. "5 & 20 Schoolgirls" – 4:30
  5. "Cos You Got Green Hair" – 5:05

All songs written by Daevid Allen, though credited to Gilli Smyth.[5] Produced by Jean Georgakarakos & Jean-Luc Young.

Credits[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Dieter Gewissler – contrabass on 1 and 7
  • Barre Phillips – contrabass on 2 and 8
  • Earl Freeman – contrabass on 6, piano on 7
  • Burton Greene – piano on 6
  • Tasmin Smyth (Gilli's daughter) – voices on 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Allmusic ((( Magick Brother > Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  2. ^ Allen, Daevid. Gong Dreaming 2. SAF Publishing, 2009, p. 14.
  3. ^ Allen, Daevid. Gong Dreaming 2. SAF Publishing, 2009, p. 19.
  4. ^ Allen, Daevid. Gong Dreaming 2. SAF Publishing, 2009, p. 31.
  5. ^ Allen, Daevid. Gong Dreaming 2. SAF Publishing, 2009, p. 20.