Exposé Online banner

Gilgamesh — Arriving Twice
(Cuneiform Rune 140, 1975/2000, CD)

by David Ashcraft, Published 2001-03-01

Arriving Twice Cover art

The musical world suffered a major loss in May of 1981 when Alan Gowen died of leukemia at the age of 33. Perhaps best known for his work with National Health, Gowen had also been the leader of his own band, Gilgamesh, from 1973-78. For those not familiar with this wonderful but under-appreciated band imagine a slightly jazzier version of Hatfield and the North but without any vocals. Gilgamesh recorded two studio albums, a delightful self-titled disc in 1975 and also 1978’s Another Fine Tune You’ve Got Me Into. Released 25+ years after the actual recordings, Arriving Twice adds significantly to the unfortunately scanty Gilgamesh catalog. Cuneiform has once again done a superb job of releasing rare recordings of a very high musical quality. The accompanying booklet contains an extensive history of the band that is conveyed via a multitude of interviews with bandmates, friends, and other contemporaries. The music dates from three sessions recorded in 1973-75 and features mostly material from the first album. Phil Lee burns on guitar throughout, and both Gowen’s playing and compositions are stellar. There are also several unreleased pieces and significantly different arrangements of material that makes this CD an essential purchase for fans of the Canterbury sound. Overall this is an extremely well done release of archival material by a superb band that played intriguing and complex music but that never received appropriate recognition in their day. Hopefully the release of Arriving Twice will set the record straight.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 21, 2000 releases, 1975 recordings

Related artist(s): Gilgamesh, Alan Gowen

More info
http://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/arriving-twice

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tipographica - Tipographica – While Japan has always had its share of inventive new musics, the recent surge in this area has put the country on the map like never before. With Happy Family, Il Berlione, Ruins, Zypressen,...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues