daevid allen & Gilli Smyth
Live @ The Roundhouse 1971
Unique audio document from 1971
The first glimmerings of Gong-archy in the UK
Intriguing, historic, reasonable middle-fi (audience?) recording of daevid and Gilli's return to performance in the UK 4 years after daevid was refused entry to the country in 1967. An event which led to him leaving Soft Machine. In the circular nature of things their return was at London's legendary Roundhouse supporting (and being partly supported by) Soft Machine. It was a bit of a proto-Uncon really.
daevid and Gilli dip into their spoken word/soundscape recent (back then) 'back catalogue', but at the same time also point to the horizon where the light of the rising Planet Gong is starting to lighten the sky by giving a UK premier to several works destined to become much more well known.
Later in '71 daevid and Gilli would return with Gong, firstly in the Summer for Glastonbury Fayre, a little Festival in Somerset which I think is still going, and then in the Autumn for the first UK Gong tour, but here on this echoey, but highly atmospheric recording a Gong vibe reverberates in Albion's consciousness for the first time.
Jewel-case, 4 page booklet with notes by daevid.