Magick Brother

Magick Brother



Recorded in 1969 for the BYG label in France by Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth and now recognised as the first Gong album.

Originally released by cult French label BYG in early 1970 under the joint names of Daevid Allen and Gilly Smyth, ‘Magick Brother’ has long been recognised as being the first Gong album and it clearly displays the true beginnings of what was to come.

The album was recorded in September of 1969, a couple of month’s before the official formation of Gong, Daevid Allen played guitar and took vocal duties on it whilst his wife Gilly wrote all the songs and added her distinctive ‘space whisper’ vocals. This core duo were supported by a group of highly-accomplished musicians which included Earl Freeman, a jazz bass player who had worked earlier with Albert Ayler, Didier Malherbe playing flute and sax, pianist Burton Green and drummer Rachid Hoari. Containing some great songs such as ‘Rational Anthem’ and ‘Gong Song’ and featuring some fine distorted and processed guitar playing by Allen, ‘Magick Brother’ has more than stood the test of time and still sounds fresh and full of charm.

Presented in attractive jewel case packaging with Daevid Allen’s now-classic ‘Ph.P’ original drawings and wacky liner notes in addition to authoritative new sleeve notes and only available intermittently over the years in the U.K., this timely re-issue will be welcomed by fans of the group and Seventies prog rock alike.

  1. Mystic Sister, Magick Brother
  2. Rational Anthem
  3. Glad To Sad To Say
  4. Chainstore Chant & pretty Miss Titty
  5. Fable Of A Fredfish & Hope You Feel O.K.
  6. Ego
  7. Gong Song
  8. princess Dreaming
  9. Five & Twenty Schoolgirls
  10. Cos You Got Green Hair.


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