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You [Original recording remastered]

Gong Audio CD
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1. Thoughts For Naught (2004 Digital Remaster)
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3. Magick Mother Invocation (2004 Digital Remaster)
4. Master Builder (2004 Digital Remaster)
5. A Sprinkling Of Clouds (2004 Digital Remaster)
6. Perfect Mystery (2004 Digital Remaster)
7. Isle Of Everywhere (2004 Digital Remaster)
8. You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever (2004 Digital Remaster)
9. A PHP's Advice (Alternate Version)

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Remastered Virgin reissue of third album in the trilogy originally released by Charly in 1974, with additional previously unreleased bonus track 'A PHP's Advice' (Alternate Version). Details TBA. 2004.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Glorious Finale to the GONG Trilogy Sept. 14 2009
By Richard S. Warner TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"You" is the great and wonderful final installment of the infamous "Planet Gong" trilogy. As afficianados know, the Gong band, as listed here, is the "Classic Gong", sometimes called "The Original Gong" but that's not entirely accurate for Gong, as a band, existed with a slightly different and ever-shifting roster of players for a few albums before the famous Trilogy line-up.

That being said, THIS is the band that has the widest and most ardent following that spans several decades and continents. And it is "The Gong Trilogy" that earned that adoration.

Gong has always been helmed by one Daevid Allen, an Australian Beatnick, cum Hippie, cum Mystico Fanatico and Divided Alien... Allen is an extremely rare bird - a man with towering integrity, wistful and miraculous imagination and more musical chops and skills than have ever been credited to him. He professes an expansive and far-reaching mystical philosophy and is somewhat of a "gentle genie" of truly childlike benevolence. He can also skewer the power-mongers and planet destroyers with a deadly accuracy and directness that borders on the formidable. His love of the earth is singularly inspirational.

"You" was the summation of "The Planet Gong Trilogy" not only in terms of it being the 3rd and final part of the Trilogy, but also in its being the peak of Gong's many achievements, before or since. The previous two albums are "Flying Teapot" ( part 1 ) and "Angel's Egg" ( part 2 ).

With each subsequent Trilogy album, the Gong Family, as it was very much a communal family of fascinating and really unique talents, grew more and more into the characters of their creation and expanded their combined musical prowesses to reach the very high plateau of "You".
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing album I can think of... Oct. 17 2005
By Paul Minot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I say so because I can't think of any other album in which this quality of musicianship is submitted to the task of such inspired lunacy.

Steve Hillage rocketing into space on guitar; Pierre Moerlen's frantic jazz pummeling on drums, and magical tuned percussion; Mike Howlett's funky-smooth pursuit of the cosmic groove; and Didier Malherbe's tasty soprano sax and flute musings--a crack band as good as any that EVER played rock music--accompanied by Tim Blake's divinely inspired ambient synthesizer landscapes, Daevid Allen's equally ambient glissando guitar, and the space whispers and instrumental contributions of various women named Yoni.

It's a once-in-a-millenium musical mix that would be noteworthy in and of itself, but shoots into the stratosphere because of the spiritual depth of Daevid Allen's psychedelic whimsy. Allen has written many provocative and beautiful songs, but this album is in my opinion his magnum opus, or the whole tamale if you prefer--the climactic story of everyman Zero the Hero "going round the circle of births and deaths" struggling, and failing, and struggling again to attain/maintain spiritual awakening--it's the story of everybody who ever tried. Accompanied by the musical equivalent of nirvana. (Most succinctly demonstrated by "A Sprinkling of Clouds", which is my favorite instrumental rock piece of all time--a piece of terrifying beauty, like looking into the face of God him/herself...really.)

This release of the album is lovingly, perfectly remastered, and packaged with intriguing drawings and photos of the band that give us a window into the time and place. It is the definitive CD release, and the best this incredible album has ever sounded. It is, as space-rock should be, not of this world.

Many albums of the psychedelic and prog eras came from the stance of presumed enlightenment, with variable musical and lyrical success. However, "You" manages to make the leap from merely inspired to INSPIRING--an actual album-length primer for the pursuit of enlightenment. It's no wonder the band as it was broke up after this album, when Daevid Allen walked away. There was really nowhere else to go but down, after achieving this dizzying height.

If I had to pick one obscure album that I wish that others could hear for their own sake, this would be it. It is, as I said, amazing--and if you have ever wanted to hear how great space-rock could be, you should take a chance on this marvelous disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kiss like ether March 20 2001
By loteq - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Back in the mid-'70s when Pink Floyd and Camel, to name just two popular bands, were offering what could be regarded as space-rock for mainstream audiences -- playing radio-friendly songs which combined slow tempos, atmospheric instrumental passages and cinematic lyrics -- Gong continued to explore the wacky, jazz-influenced side of the genre and remained far to the left of rock's center. With the preceding two albums of the "Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy", "Flying teapot" and "Angel's egg", it became clear that Gong wanted to break away from all sorts of traditional song structures, and "You" takes this concept to its logical conclusion by providing a vehicle for the band's improvisational approach. As a result, "You" is easily the most eccentric, innovative album of this famous trilogy. Having said that, I'm sure that "You" isn't an album for everybody, despite its title: It's sometimes atonal and slightly discordant, lacking in immediately catchy melodies, with sudden saxophone explosions and syncopated rhythms which are somewhat closer to free-jazz than to the music you usually associate with the spacious cover art-work. Just don't expect a pop record like "Dark side of the moon" -- let yourself carry away to "Planet Gong" where everything works outside of the accepted sphere of verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo templates. The listening adventure begins with three short tunes which can probably be seen as a counterpart to the album's very advanced second half: While the 1 1/2-minute "Thought for naught" relies on psychedelic flute sounds and ultra-deep vocals by Allen, "A Pothead Pixies' advice" drifts towards jazz-rock (for a lack of better description) with its mesh of vibraphones, sax, and rhythm guitar. After this, however, the music shifts to a completely different gear with the space-age synth textures and Gilli's whispering vocals of "Magick mother..", a track which flows seamlessly into the the faster-paced, rhythm-heavy "Master builder". One thing which is apparent on the aforementioned track and on the longer pieces of this album is that Hillage's solo-centered guitar style is not so much allowed to shine through; the guitar is just another instrument in the mix and Gong seem more concerned with the sonic texture they can get from their instruments. The real highlight of "You" is the 9-minute "A sprinkling.." -- if you like some of the Orb's earlier soundscapes, then this will blow you away. In essence, this is what the mid-'70s Gong were all about. The way the first half of the piece builds is rather similar to electronic music, from the fantastically subtle, melodic layers of synths to the marching rhythm four minutes in, Gong create a fascinating trance music which had much impact on the ambient-house movement of the late-'80s and whose echoes can be heard throughout The Orb's mega-work "Adventures beyond the Ultraworld". Next up, we have the 2 1/2-minute "Perfect mystery", a slight precursor of the dense, vibraphone-heavy jazz-rock Gong would play on "Gazeuse!" and "Expresso". However, this track is inserted at the wrong point into the album because it's framed by two very spacious tracks and tends to ruin the cohesion of "You". Dark atmopherics coupled with a jerky drum/bass combination introduce the 10-minute "The isle..", but the entire piece comes off sounding too anti-climactic unless you regard it as background music. Finally, the 11 1/2-minute "You never.." is a great song to close out the album, featuring several quirky vocal chants by Allen and twisted, constantly turning collages of sound which do not reach the visceral drive of "A sprinkling.." but still have a relaxing, otherworldly quality of their own. In conclusion, the three long pieces make this album really worthwhile whereas the shorter cuts could probably be seen as 'useful and funny bonuses'. Recommended, even though the newly interested fan can pick up many songs of "You" by purchasing one of Gong's various compilation, such as "The very best of..".
Like the band's other early-'70s albums, "You" has gone through several different compact disc reissues. The edition here which is sold by Virgin Records offers the original cover art-work and will be satisfying enough for most fans. In the late '90s, Charly Records released a version with digitally remastered sound, but unfortunately decided to ditch the wonderful cover images in favor of a very bad and pedestrian art-work which caused the record to sell very poorly. A Japanese import version of "You" is also available, featuring digital remastering and restoring the original art-work. And finally, I want to mention the double-disc set "You remixed", perhaps a very interesting alternative for younger people who prefer a framework of modern techno rhythms from the likes of 808 State, The Orb, and Moodswings.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GONG (a.k.a. SEASIDE FUNBAND) has done it again for YOU July 1 2009
By W. T. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Daevid Allen, originally with SOFT MACHINE in 1967-68, formed GONG when he got stuck in France after a Soft Machine Gig. GONG has a strange mythology evolved from one of Daevid's strangest LSD trips, revolving around PHP (pot head pixies), and the OCTAVE DOC (who knows?), which results in a psychedelic trilogy of GONG albums, that tell the story of ZERO THE HERO. So, RADIO GNOME INVISIBLE Part 1 is the FLYING TEAPOT album, "Angel's Egg" is part two, and YOU is part three. Do you need to listen to all three albums, to get the plot or musical leitmotifs? Haha, are you SERIOUS? Tho there is a small thread of coherantcy within the RADIO GONG Trilogy, what you REALLY want the YOU album for, is the incredible, etherial, cosmic music that the album contains. It brings together the SPACE WHISPER of Gilli Smyth, the slide guitar effects, and freaky theories of Daevid Allen, the lead guitar playing of STEVE HILLAGE, Mike Howlett on bass, Malherbe's beautiful and spacey Flute and Sax playing, along with a synth player, a percussionist, etc. to get these 10 minute astral journeys in the music, which are as close as music can come to turning into a spiritual UFO. That sound, is much closer to what you might hear in the KOSMISCHE music that was coming out of Berlin at the time. (GONG, tho a French band, had at least half their members from Britian, and ALWAYS sang in English.) What would have been the first side of YOU, had many short songs, four of which were less than 3 minutes long, most of them only two minutes long. BUT, you do have a couple of spaced out semi-instrumental songs like MASTER BUILDER and A SPRINKLING OF CLOUDS on the "first side". The intelligiblity of the lyrics is too heavy to understand, so the booklet that comes with the CD, has many written bits to connect the songs' concepts together. This album truly shines, on the second side of the album, which was only made up of two songs, ISLE OF EVERYWHERE and YOU NEVER BLOW YOUR TRIP FOREVER, both over 10 minutes long. I can never get enough of these long, etheric songs. Its not that I dont like Daevid Allen's lyrics, or Gilli's space whispers. ITs just that those LSD inspired concepts, really DO date some of this material. It's cute, its funny, its deep in its own allagorical way, but its DEFINATELY hippie dippie. But the long instrumental parts are NOT dated. It has bits of new age sound, jazz sound, and a bit of rock still struggling to break thru here and there. At the end of YOU, we bid farewell to ZERO THE HERO, ie Daevid Allen, and GONG loses about half their musicians, as the drummer takes over to create SHAMAL. (The next great GONG album is the first solo album by Hillage, FISH RISING, since most of the GONG gang play on it.)

For those who have NO idea what the GONG sound is, this is a great place to start. If you are more inclined to enjoy a more tightly constructed album, with narrative lyrics, etc, then you might enjoy "CAMBERT ELECTRIQUE" as a first purchase, or "FLYING TEAPOT". Many people connect this band with the CANTERBURY sound, since Daevid Allen was in SOFT MACHINE for its entire developemental period. However, Daevid Allen lost control of GONG, and he and Gilli quit the band during the recording of the first album of the trilogy. He returned to the band, but not truly as leader. GONG in its 73-74 heyday, simply contained too many top notch musicians, who had too many good ideas, to remain in one single configuration. GONG is a hybrid in many ways, and perhaps that is the secret to its mysterious hold it has on those who discover the magic of its music from this period. Anybody into TRANCE music, freak folk rock, or maybe even the etheric sound of King Crimson around 1974, or the ENO/Fripp sound, would DEFINATELY enjoy this album. Anyone who wants to take a vacation to the International Space Station, but only wants to stay for 20-40 minutes, would also love the album. YOU is one of my all time favorite albums, certainly my favorite by GONG. It always sounds new, no matter HOW often you play it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAVEAT EMPTOR ! Nov. 29 2004
By C. Goetz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I received a copy of Gong's [b]You[/b] a few days ago. This is the 2004 re-master released through Virgin records. It is also a "copy controlled" CD. Now the online CD seller did note this in the product description, but I didn't really know what it meant. Well a "copy controlled" disc means that it isn't fully compatible with every CD player out there.

On the back of the sleeve, in very small print, it warns that the disc might not play back on every car stereo. Well, it doesn't play back on every portable/personal CD player either. It did fine on my home, component, DVD player and on my very new Sony boom-box, but on my four or five year old Phillip's disc player it get drop-outs and cracks at odd intervals through out the disc. Now 90% of my listening is done via my "discman", so I've paid retail for a disc I effectively can't listen to, not to mention how they've choosen to jack the cover art with their "copy control" logos, disclaimers, and rants against on-line file trading.

I'm pretty sure that this was a decision made at Virgin and not one that lay with the band. Now Virgin is free to do what they like with their product, but I'd suggest avoiding stuff with the "copy control" logo/technology on it, especially if you have older equipment. The best I can tell is that they have engineered errors into the sound file that most newer players can detect and fix, but when you try and rip the file, it is inherently corrupted. This is a ridiculous measure, because anyone can stream the music into their computer real-time and get an uncorrupted file. Or use the program Total Recorder, to do the same thing from the sound card. It is at best a speed-bump rather than a barrier, one that has already extremely inconvenienced me, not in trying to copy or trade the music illegally, but from legitimate enjoyment of a disc I purchased in good faith.

Of what I have heard of the content of this disc: it's brilliant!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Incognito Return of the Octave Doctors... June 28 2007
By C. H. Moody - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I first heard YOU, I thought it was the most odd and brilliant record I'd ever heard. It is the final act of a hippie-esque "smoke opera" that takes the now-venerable jam-band flights of trippy fantasy to new and dizzy heights. More akin to Ozric Tentacles than to the Grateful Dead, the tunes on this disc are challenging, mesemerising, and ultimately quite satisfying.

Steer clear if you're attached to traditional song dynamics, 2:45 bits of pop structure, or made nervous by music that carries you away.

Not a perfect album, but well worth the time and attention of the adventurous listener.
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