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Continental Circus [VINYL] Import

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  • Vinyl (9 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0034JV60C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Guy on 19 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Classic early Gong - just bass, guitar, sax, drums & vocals and none of the excessive tendancies of some of their later work. It's a mix of straight forward rock & spacey jamming, really quite wonderful. I love this album and i still think its one of their best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Regor on 15 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For those who know Gong from the Radio Gnome trilogy, Continental Circus comes as a surprise. Although there are space whispers courtesy of Gilli Smyth, glissando guitar from Daevid Allen and the usual hypnotic reeds from Didier Malherbe, Continental Circus offers none of the off-beat humour or deep spaciness found in the Radio Gnome trilogy. If you accept, though, that this is an entirely different sound compared with that of the Radio-Gnome era, then this 1971 album is pretty good. Continental Circus is far closer to conventional late-60s/early-70s rock than the Radio Gnome albums are. It also showcases Allen's guitar talents far more than later albums do, Pip Pyle's drums are the best I have heard him play with Gong and there are enough musical references to later Gong albums to keep the diehard fans on their toes (the vocals in `Blues for Finlay' are echoed in `You Never Blow Your Trip Forever' from You, for example, and at one point Allen sounds very much like Kevin Ayers, his former colleague in Soft Machine and a one-time member of Gong).

Continental Circus is a worthy buy on its own. But there are two versions of the CD available that offer further Gong tracks as bonuses, and these are worth tracking down. The first is on the Giacomo label (1994) and it comes with two extra tracks - another `Blues for Finlay' and a 27-minute version of `Flying Teapot'. Both these bonus tracks were first heard on the Live in Lyons cassette tape recorded in 1972 and released in the long-distant past. Exactly who plays on them is open to some dispute. But Laurie Allen is on drums and the lovely synths of Tim Blake get an early airing on `Flying Teapot' (Hillage, Howlett and Moerlen had not yet joined). The sound on these two bonus tracks is very good and the whole CD runs for 78 minutes.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By thirdmanlime on 14 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Continental Circus Vinyl Replica on CD, WOW I'm buying it! So I tracked it until its release date (9 Nov 2009) so I would buy it straight away. However, when that date came around, it was immediately unavailable and has been ever since. So what's going on there then??? I used to have this album years ago on vinyl and it's a great album but why is this release unavailable straight after it was rereleased? I am flumexed and for that it gets zero stars. Can anyone enlighten me?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
GONG AT THEIR BEST, UNRATED, EARLY PROGRESSIVE GEM 7 May 2004
By Chadelle Jean-Baptiste - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Unrecognized album, recorded in 1971, between Magick Brother and Camembert Electrique. Continental Circus is the soundtrack to Jerome Laperrousaz' documentary about motorcycle. This album freature some of the best Gong material: Blues For Findlay and the masterpiece What Do You Want, intense, mind-blowing, the perfect answer to Astronomy Dominee and Interstellar Overdrive. This album hallow Gong to become the best progressive group of the early 70's.
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Why is this album so overlooked? 21 Dec. 2007
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're a Gong fan, you absolutely need Continental Circus, a 1971 film soundtrack. This album was originally released on Philips, and is the first Gong release that's more the Gong we all know and love. This was the same lineup to give us Camembert Electrique, which for many, is considered the first real Gong album (although I think Continental Circus is every much a Gong album as Camembert). Their previous offering, Magick Brother was essentially a Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth album (but also billed as a Gong album) with help from mainly musicians I'm not familiar with. But with Continental Circus, the group consisted of Allen, Smyth, Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, and Christian Tritsch. This one, along with 1974's You was one of the Daevid Allen-era albums that is the least vocal-dominated. The movie this soundtrack is based on is apparently about a motorcycle racer, so obviously no references to the Planet Gong or the Pot Head Pixies. But all the elements of Gong are here: Daevid Allen's unmistakable voice and glissando guitar, and Gilli Smyth space whisper. The album consisted of four extended cuts. "Blues For Findlay" describes the motorcycle racer, but consists of some great extended jams and glissando guitar. "What Do You Want" is a fantastic piece, and is familiar to all familiar with Camembert Electrique, because this piece was later reused as "Fohat Digs Holes in Space". "Blues For Findlay (Instrumental)" is the closing piece and is largely an instrumental space jam. This album demonstrates that Gong started getting their stuff together. This is really an underrated and overlooked album in the Gong canon, but it's still very much a must have in my book!
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Gong - 'Continental Circus' (New Rose) 29 Dec. 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'Continental Circus' was a movie soundtrack that Gong apparently worked on, a film about the 1970 Grand Prix. This is a lesser known Gong CD, that is well worth getting a copy of, that is if you're a Gong fan, like myself. The album originally saw the light of day right between the time they put out 'Camembert Electrique' and 'Angel's Egg', so we're talking REAL vintage here, folks. About 1971. Noticed that most of the music here (four tracks, 34 minutes) are more guitar dominated than other Gong lp's. The cuts I enjoyed the most were the two different versions of "Blues For Finland". Both the eleven-minute piece of cosmic work-out as well as the nine-minute instrumental track. Very well done. Not a bad disc to trip on. Recommended.
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it's not Gong, but it's great 7 Oct. 2009
By B. E Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No, I mean it's GONG, but it's almost hard to believe the same band responsible for some of the druggiest, moodiest, and jazziest instrumental jams of the 70's would release an album like this, and a soundtrack album no less.

Continental Circus is MUCH different from other Gong albums. This album actually has somewhat of a serious feel to it. The opening song features quite a bit of bluesy guitar rock, and you know what? It *works*. Why? Because each of the guitar lines are really melodic and played with lots of feeling, similar to classic Allman Brothers. Is it weird that Gong would create a song like this? Yes, absolutely, but it's surprisingly terrific. It's basically 10 minutes of guitar playing, and the vocals that come and go throughout the song sound like early British rock (think the Kinks or Pink Floyd) and it's incredibly melodic.

"What Do You Want" drifts more into an atmospheric mood piece, but later rebounds with some tasty instrumental chops near the end. It's another fantastic song that recalls early Pink Floyd from the Piper at the Gates of Dawn album.

Well, don't expect Continental Circus to blow you away, but please DO expect a solid attempt at the blues and psychedelic rock.
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By Kevin Contreras - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great album. Listening to it on Youtube led be to my purchase. I really love this band. Daevid Allen's amazing art actually changed my life upon discovering it literally a few months ago.
Indeed, the only album that has nothing to do with pixies. Great instrumental song. Love the bass sound of "what do you want." The only thing, however, that gives it a four star is the fact That I am a VERY PICKY collector and almost dropped my smile upon discovering this was one of the famous nonlegit albums. That is just me though. Not a problem regardless, because I will still purchase both the vinyl and the original copy. The music makes up for it. I don't regret buying it. Highly recommended for the folks who also want you hear songs that couldn't be heard elsewhere, atleast outside of YouTube nowadays I must say.
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