Exposé Online banner

Gong Global Family — Live in Brazil 20 November 2007
(Voiceprint VP520CD, 2007/2009, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2011-06-01

Live in Brazil 20 November 2007 Cover art

November 20th, 2007 is the date, one of three shows in Brazil that year. Daevid Allen and Josh Pollock (University of Errors) are joined by a number of Brazilian musicians (members of the Invisible Opera Company of Brazil) for a recap of some of classic Gong’s best material. The one-sheet and a short summary in the booklet claims that Michael Clare (U of E bassist) is here also, but if that’s the case they forgot to include him in the CD credits, and Gabriel Costa is already here playing bass. The band seems well rehearsed and up to the challenge of the most idiosyncratic and quirky material from the band’s classic years. The aforementioned three are joined by Fabio Golfetti (guitar), Marcelo Ringel (saxes), and drummer Fred Barley, making this a six-piece unit. Standouts include the eleven minute “Fohat Digs Holes in Space” and “Tropical Fish / Selene,” and along with “Inner Temple,” “Outer Temple,” “Master Builder,” “You Can’t Kill Me,” and others makes an excellent live set from a single show, lasting just a little over an hour. There are so many live Gong shows out there that one has to ask if this one is essential (or any more essential than all the others), and I guess the answer to that is in the musicians involved, who don’t appear together on any other. An excellent set all around.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2009 releases, 2007 recordings

Related artist(s): Gong, Daevid Allen

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Jorge Reyes - Ek Tunkul – I must have been sleeping at Best-of-'97 voting time as this old favorite managed to slip right out from under my nose. Ek Tunkul was Jorge Reyes' very first (and best) solo recording from back in...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues