(1974 Album) Gong – Camembert Electrique

Given my disdain for “all things Soft Machine” why on earth would I have bought an album by ex-Softsman Daevid Allen’s Gong?

I can tell you precisely why. Because, like Faust’s “The Faust Tapes” before it, the still-fledgling Virgin Records label sold it for just 49p!

However, unlike The Faust Tapes – which I still adore 35 years later – Camembert Electrique thankfully fell off my personal radar a couple of decades or so ago.

For the purposes of this blog entry I listened to an online stream of it – including the humourously-titled  cut “Squeezing Sponges Over Policemen’s Heads” – a listen which merely confirmed my attitude towards it.

Fiddly-twiddly rubbish. Noises, sounds, swooshes and wooshes with the occasional (and odd) backward vocals over the top. It’s the kind of electronic ‘experimentation’ where, quite frankly, you hope for a power cut.

The cover was cool though.

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One response to “(1974 Album) Gong – Camembert Electrique

  1. Dang, sad to hear you hate Gong AND Soft Machine. Just reviewed this one on my blog. Also, this album came out in 1971 not ’74.

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