Exposé Online banner

Gong — You Remixed
(Purple Pyramid CLP0118-2, 1997, 2CD)

Hawkwind — Future Reconstructions - Ritual of the Solstice
(Emergency Broadcast Records , 1996, CD)

by Dane Carlson, Published 1998-07-01

You Remixed Cover artFuture Reconstructions - Ritual of the Solstice Cover art

It's a prog chill-out! Phew! I made it. The disc is over! God be praised! What we have here is a techno / ambient version of Gong's masterpiece, You. 16 different "bands" have used the master tapes to add their own stamp to these tracks. As I listen to this, the impulse to just put on the actual album is almost overwhelming. In my mind 16 "bands," 2 CDs, over 120 minutes of this stuff (four versions of "Master Builder," three "Isle of Everywhere") borders on excessive. It does have System 7 on it, but Steve sticks to his word. Now a re-mastered You with a bonus CD of remixes like this would have been great. I may be judging this collection unfairly — if I were to hear this is in a club, cranking, the lights going, the bass warping your sternum, I might find this pretty wild. As it is, it borders on boring. The most successful track was "Master Builder" by The Shaman, but then this track really lends itself to this, and isn't any better. A lot of the original music is used here, so I can only ask, what's the point?

Future Reconstructions has been out a while. Like the above, master tapes were used by these "dance / mix" bands. In this case it's used a lot more inventively, The rhythms are more prominent and not as much of the original music is used. It's not just Hawkwind with a drum machine. By far the best track here is Optic Eye's "Forge of Vulcan," some classic Star Trek ("There is no force I can use on a Vulcan...") soundbites combined with the pulsing, throb of the music. This rocks. You had best be into this stuff or you'll be very unhappy. As a techno dance mix it's way better than the Gong simply because the groups have been far more creative here (and many of the same groups are involved). As a novelty item this is not bad, cool at times, and is only a single CD, unlike the Gong, which lasts a lifetime.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 15, 1997 releases, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Didier Malherbe, Hawkwind / Hawklords, Nik Turner, Steve Hillage / System 7, Gong, Daevid Allen, Pierre Moerlen, Dave Brock

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Royal Hunt - Paper Blood – André Andersen’s goal to make the definitive progressive metal statement comes closer to fruition with his band’s newest undertaking of ten pieces and two bonus tracks. The quintet’s...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues