You (Gong album)

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You
Gong You 1974.jpg
Studio album by Gong
ReleasedOctober 1974
RecordedSummer 1974
The Manor, Oxfordshire, England
GenreProgressive rock,[1] jazz rock[2] Psychedelic rock, Space rock
Length44:38
LabelVirgin Records
ProducerSimon Heyworth and Gong
Gong chronology
Angel's Egg
(1973)
You
(1974)
Shamal
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

You is the fifth studio album by the progressive rock band Gong, released by Virgin Records in October 1974. It is the last album by Daevid Allen's Gong until 1992's Shapeshifter. Recorded at Virgin's Manor Studios in Oxfordshire, England, side 1 was mixed at Pye Studios, Marble Arch, London, while side 2 was mixed at The Manor. It was produced by Simon Heyworth and Gong "under the universal influence of C.O.I.T., the Compagnie d'Opera Invisible de Thibet", and also engineered by Heyworth.

You is the third of the "Radio Gnome Invisible" trilogy of albums, following Flying Teapot and Angel's Egg. The trilogy forms a central part of the Gong mythology. The structure of the album mixes short narrative pieces with long, jazzy instrumentals (such as "Master Builder", "A Sprinkling of Clouds" and "Isle of Everywhere"), building to a climax/conclusion with "You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever".

Legacy[edit]

Rolling Stone named You one of its "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums Of All Time".[1]

Lead guitarist Steve Hillage remade "Master Builder" as "The Glorious Om Riff" on his 1978 album "Green".

Japanese psych-rock band Acid Mothers Temple also frequently cover "Master Builder", entitled "Om Riff", and have released 2 full albums dedicated to album-length renditions of the song: 2005's "IAO Chant From The Cosmic Inferno" and 2012's "IAO Chant From The Melting Paraiso Underground Freak Out".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Thoughts for Naught" (listed as "Thought for Naught" on original LP sleeve)Daevid Allen, Tim Blake, Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett, Didier Malherbe, Pierre Moerlen1:32
2."A P.H.P.'s advice"Allen, Blake, Hillage, Howlett, Malherbe, Moerlen1:47
3."Magick Mother Invocation"Allen, Blake, Hillage, Howlett, Malherbe, P. Moerlen, Mireille Bauer, Miquette Giraudy, Benoit Moerlen, Gilli Smyth2:06
4."Master Builder"Allen, Blake, Hillage, Howlett, Malherbe, P. Moerlen, B. Moerlen, Bauer, Giraudy, Smyth6:07
5."A Sprinkling of Clouds"Allen, Blake, Hillage, Howlett, Malherbe, Moerlen8:55
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Perfect Mystery" (listed as "Perfect Mistery" on original LP sleeve)Allen, Blake, Hillage, Howlett, Malherbe, Moerlen2:29
7."The Isle of Everywhere"Allen, Blake, Hillage, Howlett, Malherbe, Moerlen10:20
8."You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever"Allen, Blake, Hillage, Howlett, Malherbe, P. Moerlen, B. Moerlen, Bauer, Giraudy, Smyth11:22
Total length:44:38

Personnel[edit]

Also credited
  • "Venux De Luxe" (Francis Linon) - Switch Doctor and stage sound
  • Wizz De Kidd - lighting
  • David ID - road management

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-greatest-prog-rock-albums-of-all-time-20150617/gong-you-1974-20150617
  2. ^ a b Ross Smith, David (2011). "You (Radio Gnome Invisible, Vol. 3) – Gong | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011.