PIERRE MOERLEN'S GONG — Downwind (review)

PIERRE MOERLEN'S GONG — Downwind album cover Album · 1979 · Fusion Buy this album from MMA partners
2/5 ·
Warthur
The first album under the name of Pierre Moerlen's Gong takes the blueprint established by Espresso II and... kind of makes a hash of it.

As well as singing on two poppier tracks (Aeroplane and What You Know) - both of which are best skipped over - Moerlen splits his attentions between percussion and keyboards, disrupting the interesting percussion-focused approach of the group. In addition, the material here is just weaker and less interesting than that on Espresso II - not even a guest appearance by Mike Oldfield on the title track can disguise the fact that the band is repeating itself. Really, if you already have Gazeuse and Espresso II, there's absolutely no need to own this too.
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