You (Gong album)

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You
Gong You 1974.jpg
Studio album by Gong
Released October 1974
Recorded Summer 1974
The Manor, Oxfordshire, England
Genre Progressive rock,[1] jazz rock[2]
Length 44:38
Label Virgin Records
Producer Simon Heyworth and Gong
Gong chronology
Angel's Egg
(1973)
You
(1974)
Shamal
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

You is the fifth studio album by the progressive rock band Gong, released by Virgin Records in October 1974. 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 1:

  1. "Thoughts for Naught" – 1:32 (given as "Thought for Naught" on original LP sleeve)
  2. "A P.H.P.'s Advice" – 1:47
  3. "Magick Mother Invocation" – 2:06
  4. "Master Builder" – 6:07
  5. "A Sprinkling of Clouds" – 8:55

Side 2:

  1. "Perfect Mystery" – 2:29 (given as "Perfect Mistery" on original LP sleeve)
  2. "The Isle of Everywhere" – 10:20
  3. "You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever" – 11:22

Personnel[edit]

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

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