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Invisible Opera Company of Tibet
Go Totally Bananas! : Live Spring 1994
Dakini Records DKRCD105 || 2006-10 || £10.64 USD  EUR  JPY  + p+p +tax

Great sounding bonkers document of bonkers tour.

Live Invisibles with daevid allen and Rusell Hibbs guesting. A one time GAS tape brought all lickity-spit into CD-land by Brian Abbott. The 1994 Spring Tour with daevid, Russell Hibbs, the Invisible Opera Co. of Tibet with yours truly and Laurence 'Winnie the Pooh' Monk along for the ride, was crazy from beginning to end, a small book should one day be written.

It was not the usual tale of rock'n'roll excess (when is it ever around Gong), but a time of fairy spirals in the road, meeting elemental beings in the audience, the power of prayer over the internal combustion engine (well most of the time), stage nakedness, tree hugging, and the first manifestation of Mr Pop-Off Cock. Maybe it was because later that year we held the Gong 25th Birthday Party and PHPs were around, or maybe if you invoke the deities with full-on spacey power-pop anything can happen. Well it did and the exuberance of those adventures flows through on this great live compilation - or perhaps you just had to be there.

Tracks: [72'00]
  1. Invocation to the Spirits of Uncommon Sense (Young/IOCT)
  2. Chernobyl Rain (Russell Hibbs)
  3. Mysteries (Tim Hall)
  4. Bonsoir (IOCT)
  5. Music, Power, Medicine (Jim Peters)
  6. Clarence (Kevin Ayers)
  7. Goddess Dub (Traditional/IOCT)
  8. All Coming True (Jim Peters)
  9. Bad Self (Tim Hall)
  10. Om Mani Padme Hum (Traditional/IOCT)
  11. Circle Around (Traditional/IOCT)
  12. Banana Reggae (daevid allen)
  • tracks 1,11 - The Hub, Bath
  • tracks 2,5,6,8,9 - The Boatrace, Cambridge
  • track 3 - The Riverside, Norwich
  • tracks 4,10,12 - The Powerhaus, London
  • track 7 - King Tut's Wah-Wah Hut, Glasgow
  • Brian Abbott {Guitar, vocals, gliss guitar}
  • Tim Hall {Bass, vocals}
  • Steve Hickson {Drums}
  • Jim Peters {Keyboards, acoustic guitar, vocals}
  • Ruz Hibbs {vocals: 10,11,12}
  • daevid allen {Gliss guitar: 11, vocals: 11,12}
  • Ali Young {Cosmic dancer, vocals: 1}