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    Quote Originally Posted by zzorchering View Post
    From the way Jonny has written it, I'm guessing that the big box will be a Snapper / Madfish release & will be more a "Daevid" oriented set but with loads of early Gong bits thrown in - but NOT including the Virgin / Trilogy stuff? Well, thats the way I'm reading it... I can't imagine they'd include stuff that had already just been released in the Virgin set. I can't wait though - really looking forward to both boxes.
    The way I read it to!

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    Snapper/Madfish is basically Charly.

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    Not exactly, Snapper is the mother company. They own K Scope, Peaceville, Charly and Madfish.
    Different labels but the same team running them.

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    Another Jonny update / clarification ... (I absolutely can't wait for these boxes!).

    "There will be Zero overlap between Universal book/box and Big Gong box. My aim is that they absolutely compliment each other - sort of super enhanced 'public' Gong 73-75 - Universal, then a deeper, immersive Gong - the big box - all years from the beginning to, well now. Still mulling over what should be covered in the big box got a great pencilled in list already - but there is so much to look at and hear, for example we have 3 Paragong gigs, or at least hefty sections of 3 Paragong gigs to examine. Anyway no more idle musing and speculation from me I have a Universal book deadline to meet or we ain't getting nuffink out in June."

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzorchering View Post
    Another Jonny update / clarification ... (I absolutely can't wait for these boxes!).

    "There will be Zero overlap between Universal book/box and Big Gong box. My aim is that they absolutely compliment each other - sort of super enhanced 'public' Gong 73-75 - Universal, then a deeper, immersive Gong - the big box - all years from the beginning to, well now. Still mulling over what should be covered in the big box got a great pencilled in list already - but there is so much to look at and hear, for example we have 3 Paragong gigs, or at least hefty sections of 3 Paragong gigs to examine. Anyway no more idle musing and speculation from me I have a Universal book deadline to meet or we ain't getting nuffink out in June."
    <drool>

    I'm stoked for both boxes!

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    June. Calender marked.

    BTW, new Gong album The Universe Also Collapses in May.
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    Latest info from Jonny .... Here are the legitimate extended Gong family releases for the first half of 2019:

    - The first release of 2019 will be out in a few days - The Invisible Opera Co. of Tibet live at Kozfest 2017. You can pre-order it direct from them right now https://www.brianabbott.info/shop and from Planet Gong as soon as it is released.

    - Next up will Mother Gong's Robot Woman Trilogy - which will be in stock at the end of the month

    - Gong's new album, 'The Universe Also Collapses', probably preceded by a radio edit of one of the tracks as an internet single, will be out in May. [ This afternoon I was sent a link by Kavus to download the new Gong album 'The Universe Also Collapses'. As I said to him - they had just one job, to make an album that surpassed 'Rejoice I'm Dead'.... f##k me but I think they've done that in spades.... I don't want to write words about it right now, I just want to play it to everybody! Stupendous 20.37 opening track, 'Forever Re-occurring', and I'm singing and singing and singing the last song, 'The Elemental'. "Remember there is only now! Remember there is only now! Remember there is only now! Remember!" "...by George I think they've got it..." Course they have - they're Gong. ]

    - Then Universal's 'Love From The Planet Gong' extravaganza.

    It is possible something else may make it out in the first 6 months of the year, but it's only at the discussion stage right now, but if it does happen it could happen very quickly and be rather quirkily wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzorchering View Post
    - Next up will Mother Gong's Robot Woman Trilogy - which will be in stock at the end of the month
    It would be great if they put these out individually - or more specifically the first one. It's been a long time since I heard any of this but I recall that there are diminishing returns over the trilogy.

    By the way does anyone know why the two versions of Mother Gong's Tree In Fish are so different...? Or whether it's right that the 1994 release on Tapestry would be the better one to get (as it has much longer running time)?
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    I've been watching the Gong on French TV DVD recently. What's there from 1971-1973 is great but there's not much of it... Rehearsal excerpts, TV gig excerpts, a funny video-type thing. But what about bona-fide concert footage from the classic era of Gong? Does any exist anywhere? In the Universal Gong Archive perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    I've been watching the Gong on French TV DVD recently. What's there from 1971-1973 is great but there's not much of it... Rehearsal excerpts, TV gig excerpts, a funny video-type thing. But what about bona-fide concert footage from the classic era of Gong? Does any exist anywhere? In the Universal Gong Archive perhaps?
    This, and the Montserrat footage (on another DVD) is all you're ever likely to get. Bands outside the mainstream simply didn't get many opportunities to have their performances immortalised on film. This is even true of much more popular bands who famously had entire stretches of their peak years undocumented on video.

    What more Gong there is in the Universal archives appears to have been tapped into exhaustively for the upcoming boxed set, and that's mainly the entire performances from which "Live Etc." was compiled. And of course that's just audio. Recording concerts professionally was a very expensive venture back then.
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    ^^^ Thanks, Aymeric, I suspected there was little else but good if disappointing to get the definitive answer. I have watched Montserrat on Youtube. It is fun but not worth buying just for that! Shame they didn't put it on the French TV DVD. Maybe it wasn't made for French TV?

    I agree with you that many bands from that era have little footage. But it is interesting how much it varies. Soft Machine for example has probably 2 hours worth up on Youtube in addition to several DVDs. I would have thought that Gong would have appeared on most of the same TV shows as Soft Machine and that we might have had some similar footage.

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    No specific news on the Gong box set, which is due this year. But the GAS site reports that a Steve Hillage album is due for release soon. The three pertinent posts are:

    'Thanks to Steve Hillage short interview in the new Mojo magazine, I know what the mystery new disc is !
    It’s called « The Golden Vibe » a 73 minute piece edited from three-and-a-half hours of recordings from 1973 improvising with echo guitar and will be released by Madfish/ Snapper on CD/double vinyl set for June’s Steve Hillage Band gigs…'

    Then, from Jonny Greene:

    'Correct. When I first heard those recordings I played them straight through several times. To me they sounded like a natural ambient album, it all seemed to work. Steve was happy to choose and include sections of the recordings for Searching For The Spark box but I suggested that that people would enjoy it all and that almost the entire thing could be released on a double of or triple CD!

    Okay maybe going a bit far, and you could never release the section where Steve and Miquette play Hendrix's Axis or Are You Experienced (I forget which) for 20-30 minutes through the same effects couldn't be released, but my logic was if I liked the whole thing so would others.

    I haven't yet heard what parts Steve has chosen, he is mastering it this week so I look forward hearing what's on the menu for this unique release soon.'

    And finally, posted by Jonny on April 13:

    'The artwork and design for the Golden Vibe double LP and single CD is being completed over the weekend for proofing on Tuesday. With a following wind hope to have copies for the June Steve Hillage gigs.'

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    Robot Woman trilogy! Thank you!!!
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