THE FIRST ALBUM OF THE NEW AGE OF GONG - THE MULTI-NATIONAL, MULTI-DIMENSIONAL PSYCHEDELIC LEGEND - FEATURING GUESTS STEVE HILLAGE, DIDIER MALHERBE FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM 'THE UNIVERSE ALSO COLLAPSES' AND UK TOUR NOW ON MID-PRICE CD
"Inspired by the light, love and passing of our dear friend and inspiration Daevid Allen." Dave Sturt
Gong entered yet another new phase on their four-decades-plus journey with 'Rejoice! I'm Dead!', their 2016 studio album. It was the follow up to 2014's 'I See You', the last album Daevid Allen was to record with Gong.
Some say it couldn't, or shouldn't, be done. How could Gong exist without Daevid Allen? A few minutes into listening to Rejoice! and aspersions will be cast aside. New members and old coalesce. It is undeniably Gong.
'Rejoice! I'm Dead!' is classified as the band's 28th album and the Gong legacy is the strongest it has been since 1974. Every member was key in the development of each new song - Kavus Torabi (vocals/guitar), also of Knifeworld, who joined Gong in 2014 in time for the last album unaware of the direction his new gig as a guitar player would take, Fabio Golfetti (guitar/vocals), Dave Sturt (bass/vocals), Ian East (sax/flute) and Cheb Nettles (drums/vocals) took on the mantle of steering the Teapot further into outer space and the inner ear. The voice of Daevid Allen features on 2 songs - "Model Village" and "Beatrix", and the album also features guests - Steve Hillage playing a guitar solo on "Rejoice!" and Didier Malherbe's duduk can be heard on "Model Village" and "Through Restless Seas I Come".
'Rejoice! I'm Dead!' was recorded in London in the Spring of 2016 at Brixton Hill Studios, engineered by Nick Howiantz and Gong; mixed by Mark Cawthra (Infallible Ear) and Dave Sturt (Swimming Head). This mid-price CD edition is presented in digipack packaging complete with an 8-page booklet featuring lyrics and additional artwork.
"It is Gong, like they have been forever: "spacey, psychedelic, jazzy, humorous, absurd" - 8/10 Eclipsed (DE) "the Gong legacy gets a blast of adrenaline" - All About Jazz