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Expresso 2

Gong Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 1900)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00006JK92
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heavy Tune
2. Golden Dilemma
3. Sleepy
4. Soli
5. Boring
6. Three Blind Mice

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gong and not Gong 8 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Virtuose musicianship, novel time signatures and interesting arrangements make this a fasinating jazz/rock fusion, with the Reich-like vibraphone and xylaphone being of particular interest to fans of the keyboard-arrangements of the Ozrics. Yet it is not the Gong of David Allen, Flying Teapot and Camembert Electric -- if you've not heard the album before, use the Amazon track-preview option before you buy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Dangui
Format:Audio CD
Basically the jazz-fusion continuation of Gazeuse (Expresso 1 in north armerica). The highest quality players overall. The marimba and vibraphone are played and composed majestically, which left me enthralled. I've yet to hear a better gong album overall that stands above this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars On the slippery slope 24 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not a bad album

But after Gazeuse it was a step down in terms of quality

Most of these tracks are of themselves decent enough but they don't grab the attention and hold it as well as their previous efforts
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VINYL LP 20 Mar 2010
Format:Vinyl
VINYL LP.

TRACKS ARE:

1. Heavy Tune
2. Golden Dilemma
3. Sleepy
4. Soli
5. Boring
6. Three Blind Mice
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute genius 27 Aug 2002
By burritobrother - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was my introduction to Gong. After all I'd read about stoned-out pixies and the like, this was the first Gong I ever heard. I was surprised, to say the least. This was not what I'd expected. I was not disappointed, however. To the contrary, Gong exposed me to a whole new form and style of music that I hadn't known before. To this day, even after having collected the major (and a few offshoot) Gong releases, it is the '76-'78 Gong and the '80's Pierre Moerlen's Gong that I love most. Jazz-fusion in my experience isn't usually so percussion-oriented as Gong; and nothing is as awe-inspiring. This is very, very ahead-of-it's- time material, and certainly does not fit in with earlier Gong. Basically, true Gong (as opposed to the many splinter bands) are two completely different bands. You just have to choose, or not, but there are many differences. I enjoy all Gong. But the version led by Piere is the ruling class, and all of their albums are essential. I can recommend "Expresso 2" as your first Gong purchase, because it has obviously worked for me.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhh those mallets again 15 Sep 2004
By P. McKenna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This version of Gong sure had a unique sound, utilizing a twin vibes/mallets frontline and propelled by Pierre Moerlen's firey drumming.

While not as compositionally strong as Gazeuse/Expresso, it still has more than its share of gems, enhanced by contributions from the likes of violinist Darryl Way and guitar maestro Allan Holdsworth.

Among my favoorite tracks are "Sleepy" which is anything but. This track features some of the spookiest Allan Holdsworth playing along with great eerie violin from Darryl Way and a cool hypnotic vibes/bass figure throughout most of the piece. The closer "Three Blind Mice" just tears the roof off the joint with everyone playing their hearts out, "Golden Dilemma" features a unique angular, piercing Bon Lozaga guitar solo and lots of mallet pyrotechnics.

The only weak track on here for me is "Heavy Tune" where Holdsworth takes a back seat playing a grinding rhythm guitar as ex-Rolling Stones axe-meister Mick Taylor takes center stage, and it kind of sticks out like a sore thumb. Not terrible by any stretch but not great either.

Despite that one misstep, "Expresso II" is sure to perk up the ears of anyone who enjoys unique progressive/fusion, and it's a double treat fo drumming and percussion/mallet percussion fans.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gong - 'Expesso II' (Blute Plate / Caroline) 10 Feb 2006
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1978, as this CD reissue turned out to be a bit better than what I had expected. I mean, with percussionist Pierre Morlen (R.I.P.) acting as band leader, plus the fact that guitarist Allan Holdworth was now in the group makes this a decent Daevid Allen-less Gong album. I've heard numerous long-time Gong fans mention how they really like this, yet more jazzy / Canterbury styled catalog title. Give it a chance.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough Holdsworth 10 Oct 2001
By Gavin Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like a PG Wodehouse character, the original Gong was dominated by thoughts of pixies. Gnomes, flying teapots and the odd electric cheese were also on the agenda. When producer Nick Mason licked the post-Allen ensemble into shape for the excellent SHAMAL, there was still the vestige of the band's past. ("Why is the pusy in the well? Must have been a cat that fell ...") You could sense the jazz-rock destination the group were headed, but there were still a few lyrics.
Three years after SHAMAL, Pierre Moerlen and Mireille Bauer were the sole survivors, so it was of little surprise that the new Gong was a percussive-dominated line-up. Another Moerlen was added, along with Hansford Rowe, whose origins I know nothing of, on bass. The group was essentially a rhythm section in search of some lead instrumentalists, and they recruited some strong session players: Mick Taylor (former guitarist of the Rolling Stones), Darryl Way (violinist with Curved Air and Wolf), and the sublime Allan Holdsworth on guitar.
My regret is that Holdsworth doesn't play anything like enough on this album. Recorded in between his outstanding contributions to Bill Bruford's FEELS GOOD TO ME and ONE OF A KIND and UK's fantastic debut album, he features on just three tracks here, and he's only on lead guitar on two of those.
By the time 1978 arrived, jazz-rock had hit a dead end. Return to Forever, the Mahavishnus and Larry Coryell's Eleventh House had all gone. Weather Report were past their best. All that was left was a mopping-up operation. Bands of excellent instrumentalists such as Gong provided workmanlike but not innovative fodder for the substantial jazz-rock fan base who mourned the passing of the giants.
Twenty-three years on, I can listen to this album while working. But I'm never tempted to turn up the volume. It no longer moves me. Somehow it seems to have lost its soul. Sorry, folks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat sleepy but definitely awake 20 July 2007
By Jeffrey J.Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
By 1977, Gong was well integrated with the jazz rock world and this album nicely demonstrates that. Although perhaps not as vibrant and energetic as Gazeuse! (1976), I still feel that Expresso II (1977) is a great album of jazz rock that features mallet instruments and some tight playing. I have to say that this stuff is very different sounding from other jazz rock bands active at the time; and certainly in comparison with the American jazz rock bands - Gong's music seems to be more melodic.

The lineup on this album is different from the Gazeuse! lineup and includes the excellent electric guitar playing of virtuoso Alan Holdsworth (Soft Machine, U.K.) along with the superb drum/percussion work of the late Pierre Moerlen. Unfortunately, Alan is not featured as prominently on this album I would have liked - it is likely that his duties with U.K. at the time were preventing him with contributing as much (although he does rip it up on Sleepy). Other musicians on the album include fretless bassist Hansford Rowe, Benoit Moerlen on vibraphone, tubular bells, glockenspiel, claves, xylophone); Mireille Bauer on vibraphone and marimba; Ben Lozaga and Mick Taylor (lead and rhythm electric guitar); and Francois Causse (congas). Former Curved Air violinist Darryl Way even turns in a nice violin solo on Boring and Sleepy. All in all these guys are great players, with Pierre demonstrating his mastery of the drum kit throughout.

The pieces are well-constructed and solos are not too intrusive - generally speaking, ensemble work is favored and solos are only used as colorful accents. The pieces are also pretty interesting, with nice dynamic contrasts, and I love the use of the mallet instruments: they introduce a nice, earthy, textural element. I do feel however, that the energy levels are just a bit low on Expresso II and there are times when it seems like they are just going through the motions.

My complaints about energy levels aside however, this is generally a good album and is recommended to fans of jazz rock, open minded prog heads, and Gong completists. Recommended along with Shamal (1975) and Gazeuse!. For those folks that are curious about the psychedelic space-prog days with Daevid Allen, check out Angels Egg (1973) and You (1974). Both are incredible albums and extremely different from Gong's jazz rock output.
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