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Shapeshifter (French issue)
Celluloid 66941-2 || £11.49 USD  EUR  JPY  + p+p +tax

(Out of pressing; currently unavailable. Rumours of a new pressing…)

Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 4… No Less!

The original French CD of this unjustly neglected Gong album (it just didn't get the distribution at the time). Recorded in '91-'92, it's sometimes been seen as a rather sprawling album, but in retrospect that 'weakness' has become one of it's major strengths. It's musical and conceptual range is very large indeed and there are many marvelous tracks.

No oddly out of place 'bonus' tracks' here - just the original as it was planned.

Also available is daevid's Shapeshifter Book which hugely expands on the story on this album, contains all the lyrics and is illustrated the old alien as well.

Aural Innovations' review of Shapeshifter's 1997 USA release on Pangaea, by Jerry Kranitz.

Tracks: [66'43]
  1. Gnomerique [0'07] (daevid allen)
  2. Shapeshifter [4'53] (daevid allen/Didier Malherbe)
  3. Hymnalayas [7'38] (daevid allen/Keith Bailey)
  4. Dog-o-matic [3'00] (Watkyn/Shyamal Maitra)
  5. Spirit With Me [2'27] (daevid allen/Loy Ehrlich)
  6. Mr Albert Parkin [0'17] (Graham Clark)
  7. Raindrop Tablas [0'21] (Shyamal Maitra)
  8. Give My Mother a Soul Call [4'30] (Yogananda)
  9. Heaven's Gate [4'49] (daevid allen/Keith Bailey)
  10. Snake Tablas [0'34] (Shyamal Maitra)
  11. Loli [5'09] (daevid allen/Graham Clark)
  12. Là Bas Là Bas [4'06] (Charlelie Couture/daevid allen)
  13. I Gotta Donkey [2'12] (daevid allen)
  14. Can: You Can [9'09] (Didier Malherbe)
  15. Confiture de Rhubarbier [1'18] (Pip Pyle)
  16. Parkin Triumphant [0'06] (Graham Clark)
  17. Longhaired Tablas [0'14] (Shyamal Maitra)
  18. Éléphant la Tête (Didier Malherbe/Shyamal Maitra)
  19. Mother's Gone [1'12] (daevid allen)
  20. Éléphant la Cuisse [3'26] (Didier Malherbe/Graham Clark)
  21. White Doves [5'24] (Viraj/Sunsinger)
  22. Gnomoutro [0'27] (daevid allen)
  • daevid allen {Acoustic, glissando and lewd guitarplay, vocals, midwifery}
  • Graham Clark {Violins, voices}
  • Shyamal Maitra {Tablas, ghatam, djembé, darbuka, techno percs, programming. Drums on 13}
  • Keith Bailey {Bass guitar, vocals: 2, 9}
  • Didier Malherbe {Bass, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones. WX7, keyboards, dogs, piccolo, flutes}
  • Pip Pyle {Drums, ten green bottles and scream}
Guest Personnel:
  • Charlelie Couture {Vocals: 12}
  • Tom the Poet {Instant radio poetry during US tour with daevid: 13}
  • Loy Ehrlich {Keyboards: 8, Kora: 5}
  • Mark Robson {Keyboards and sportin' vocals: 22}