Magick Brother is the debut studio album by the progressive rock band Gong, recorded in Paris during September and October 1969 and released in March 1970 on the French BYG Actuel label. The band's recently recruited bass player Christian Tritsch was not ready in time to play on the album, and so itarist Daevid Allen played the bass guitar himself; a photo of Allen recording bass tracks for the album is featured on the cover artwork.
Magick Brother (LP, Album, Promo, Gat). Gong Cos You Got Green Hair 5:07. Gong - Magick Brother (Full Album) 43:34. jmoortga, Internaut, caitlynmaire, vokuhila, brianvy, hixem, AndyWhelan, dimdamdoum, karlglogauer, MB-Daniel.
Magick Brother (CD, Album, Unofficial). Gong is one of these bands, though in this case their first album remains, in my opinion, their best. Not the most accomplished musically certainly. Not the most developed, in particular in terms of the pot head pixie universe.
Isn't it amazing that the first seconds of the very first Gong album are a sound of an oriental-sounding gong? "Mystic Sister/Magick Brother" is somewhat of a display of magic that one is dealing with on the album, being a hippie folk ballad opened by spacey ambient guitar parts with whistling, bird-like wind instruments somewhere in the distant background. Glad To Say To Say" follows a rather simple psychedelic pop song pattern, featuring a catchy guitar riff and Daevid Allen's overdubbed vocals.
Tracklist: 1. Mystic Sister – Magick Brother, 2. Change The World, 3. Glad To Sad To Say, 4. Chainstore Chant – Pretty Miss Titty, 5. Fredfish – Hope You Feel OK, 6. Ego, 7. Gongsong, 8. Princess Dreaming, 9. 5 & 20 Schoolgirls, 10. Cos You Got Green Hair. 1. Mystic Sister – Magick Brother. 3. Glad To Sad To Say. 4. Chainstore Chant – Pretty Miss Titty. 5. Fredfish – Hope You Feel OK. 6. Ego.
Album Name Magick Brother. Labels Victor Entertainment. Music StyleProgressive Rock. Members owning this album1. Rational Anthem.
Leaning a little toward the pop end of the spectrum, Magick Brother is a fairly light album, devoid of the blatant psychedelic/hippie qualities which shine through so brilliantly on the later Camembert Electrique. Smyth's "space whispering" makes its debut on the opening track, though the album is not as spacy as it is ethereal. Gong Song" is a highlight, with lyrics describing a pothead pixie who came down from the planet Gong to sing his green song - the roots of the Gong myth.
Mystic Sister/Magick Brother" begins the album and immediately shows what this band would go on to accomplish for the better part of the next decade. Pure psychedelic madness. Early Pink Floyd fans would eat this stuff up BIG time I believe. However, some have claimed that 'Camembert Electrique' was Gong's very first album, but it came out in 1971, I believe. It appears that 'Magick Brother' was recorded by pretty much a duo made up of Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth. This CD may be more primitive and a tad more folk than other Gong releases, but it's still top rate.
|Early Morning Side|
|A1||Mystic Sister: Magick Brother||6:16|
|A2||Glad To Sad To Say||2:55|
|A4||Chainstone Chant: Pretty Miss Titty||5:19|
|A5||Fable Of A Fredfish: Hope You Feel OK||3:99|
|Late Night Side|
|B4||5 & 20 Schoolgirls||4:30|
|B5||Cos You Got Green Hair||5:02|
- Distributed By – Auvi, S.A.
- Pressed By – Sonic, S.A.
- Printed By – I.G. El Siglo XX, S.A.
- Contrabass – Dieter Gewissler (tracks: A1, B2), Earl Freeman (tracks: B1)
- Drums – Rachid Houari
- Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Didier Malherbe
- Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals – Daevid Allen
- Piano – Burton Greene (tracks: B1), Earl Freeman (tracks: B2)
- Producer – Pierre Lattes*
- Recorded By – Dominique Blanc Francard*
- Vocals [Spacewhisper] – Gilli Smyth
- Voice – Tasmin Smyth (tracks: A1, B3)
- Written-By – Gilli Smyth
NotesThis LP was recorded by Dominique Blanc Francard in September 69 on a 3 track movie camera
B4 written "Five & Twenty Schoolgirls" on back cover, and "5 & 20 Schoolgirls" on label.
Distribuido por Avui S.A. (Miembro de APYMEF)
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Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A - Machine Stamped): 77-AF-3 A⋄
- Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B - Machine Stamped): 77-AF-3 B⋄
- Rights Society: S.G.A.E.
- Depósito Legal: B.5.097-1979
- Other (Impuesto de Lujo a Metalico): Permiso Num. 7053
|529.305||Gong||Magick Brother (LP, Album, Gat)||BYG Records||529.305||France||1969|
|BYG-5||Gong||Magick Brother (LP, Album, Promo, Gat)||BYG Records||BYG-5||Japan||1970|
|YX 6054||Gong||Magick Brother (LP, Album, RE, Gat)||BYG Records||YX 6054||Japan||1973|
|14812, CD 14812||Gong||Magick Brother (CD, Album, RE, Dig)||Spalax, Spalax||14812, CD 14812||France||1994|
|BYG-5||Gong||Magick Brother (LP, Album, Gat)||BYG Records||BYG-5||Japan||1970|