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Gong Universal box set coming!

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 07 Nov 2018, 06:56

from the Gong forum
https://www.planetgong.co.uk/outland/fo ... start=1310

""Returned to Teapot (still can't get over it's quality) along with almost all of the rest of the Universal collection, which was transferred to me by Master, masterer, Simon Heyworth, over the week-end.

I don't quite have all the material that will be in the release yet, there is still one more gig being mixed.

As I jumped around the tracks sent to me one wonderfully shocking revelation was the quality of Shamal. I think that was because that album was never re-mastered as Gong other albums were after the first what I call 'thin' CD transferring in the 90's. Now it sounds so rich.

I don't know why I was surprised by that, but I was. I suppose it's another example of thinking you know a piece of music only to be happily surprised that you are hearing it with new ears.

What we have done is scoured and cleared the Universal (Virgin) vaults of everything Gong from the Virgin/daevid years - but stretching it a little further to encompass Shamal, which I think falls under the umbrella/fluence of those years in a way that Gazeuse doesn't. Well that's my story."

and this post from Progressive forum (I asked for a link to the source, but no reply yet)
On the FB front Brian Abbot sez:
""Boxset update. it's going to be about a 12 disc set ! 4 of them will be remastered flying teapot, angels egg, you and shamal all with bonus tracks. The other cd's . . . . .whhoooaghhh can't say at the mo but you won't be disappointed."

So, looks promising and will include a nice photo book!
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Re: Gong Universal box set coming!

Postby Neige » 07 Nov 2018, 10:14

A good remaster of Shamal!!!

not to mention the rest...

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Postby Hightea » 07 Nov 2018, 14:39

sweet

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Postby Hugh » 14 Nov 2018, 21:27

Just saw this on Facebook:

Box set news:
All remastered :
Flying teapot
Angels egg
You
Shamal ( all with bonos tracks)
Bataclan 1973
Roanne 1973
Edinburgh 1973
The Marquee 1975
Hyde park1974
You (quad mix )
Plus more. . . . . . :-)

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Postby C » 16 Nov 2018, 09:17

It depends on the price....




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Postby never/ever » 16 Nov 2018, 09:44

Great news.

Together with the Eddie Jobson-reissue the best news of the week.
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Postby ConnyOlivetti » 16 Nov 2018, 10:58

never/ever wrote:Great news.

Together with the Eddie Jobson-reissue the best news of the week.

Dont forget the Wilson TD box ( massive)
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Postby never/ever » 16 Nov 2018, 11:01

ConnyOlivetti wrote:
never/ever wrote:Great news.

Together with the Eddie Jobson-reissue the best news of the week.

Dont forget the Wilson TD box ( massive)


I've bought and rebought all that stuff several times. With the White Album and Kate Bush-box sets also out, I am running out of money.
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Postby C » 16 Nov 2018, 22:16

Hopefully, they'll release an abridged version.

I can't be doing with massive box sets.

Three CDs, possibly four is my limit





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Postby Hugh » 16 Nov 2018, 23:55

I assume the Edinburgh gig is the same one that Flying Teapot on Live Etc is taken from.

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Postby yomptepi » 18 Nov 2018, 20:00

C wrote:It depends on the price....




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It depends on whether it is any good. There is no guarantee that these remasters will be any better than the last lot, ( which were pretty good). I certainly will not be paying out three figures for vaguely improved noodling by our hippy heroes.
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Postby ConnyOlivetti » 19 Nov 2018, 07:07

yomptepi wrote:
C wrote:It depends on the price....




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It depends on whether it is any good. There is no guarantee that these remasters will be any better than the last lot, ( which were pretty good). I certainly will not be paying out three figures for vaguely improved noodling by our hippy heroes.


Yes, there is a risk that they fuck it up with the mastering, but, the big difference compared with the recent Charlie box set, is that this time they worked with the original master tapes, so they should manage to do it right. And the involvement of Simon Heyworth is very reassuring for top class work! He knows what he is doing!
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Postby ConnyOlivetti » 18 Dec 2018, 13:26

"Three updates on the box set due soon(ish) from Gong that I recently found on the Gong Appreciation Society’s forum.

The first update reads:

‘Gong at the Marquee in 1975 - superb. Just downloaded the first half from Simon Heyworth who is mastering all the recordings for the Universal set. Opens with a fantastic Aftaglid, inc great, fun percussion as well as the excellence of all the expected things.

I remember the gig - a circular screen behind the band showing parts of the surfing film 'Crystal Voyager', often part of late night cinema 'tokers' double bills with things like Easy Rider or Woodstock. I can see Steve framed by slow motion shots down crashing 'pipes' of waves as he ripped out the still new Fish Rising tracks.

So taken was I with that image that over the next week I painted an exact large circular 7ft mural of Hokosai's famous wave print with Mount Fuji - except I removed the boat with the fishermen and just had wave.

Now I'm listening to Didier, the supreme showman, entertaining the audience while Steve goes off to change a string. There's never been enough of Didier doing that on live previously released live recordings. Something that will be remedied in the Universal box/book/thingy.

Now a really vibey Oily Way sung by Steve which goes off into a quirky jam. I think you are going to adore this when it is finally released.

Sun Song!

Can't believe it's 43years ago.’


And then the second:

‘One of the most exciting things about the Universal Trilogy +++ release is that we have gone back to the original master tapes from the Universal archives for everything and then had them mastered by the Master - Simon Heyworth.

Whatever you read about Gong releases from any other record company THEY CANNOT, AND HAVE NEVER HAD ACCESS TO THOSE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES. If they say they have - it's a complete and total lie.

This means that the sound quality on the studio and live tapes is the best possible. The Universal box, the stand alone deluxe Trilogy CDs and the planned vinyl will be the definitive releases - nothing else can come close.

And the vital, added silver lining is that the writers and musicians receive their due royalties for sales of the Universal releases and nothing, not a penny, from any of the others.’


And finally:

‘Busy chap as he is Steve (Hillage) has only just had time to listen to the first half of the finished masters of the Marquee the other day - he was blown away by what he heard. Just as it had transported me back to the hot, sweaty club that was the Marquee back then so it did the same to him. There is definitely something about that gig. So to have the properly mixed by Mike Howlett (because remember it was multi-tracked), properly mastered recordings is a joy.’
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Postby C » 18 Dec 2018, 16:25

Thanks Leif!




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Postby ConnyOlivetti » 18 Dec 2018, 17:44

C wrote:Thanks Leif!




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Any time, mr. Prog-meister!
I think the involvment of Simon Heyworth, regarding the mastering, is very promising!
And that you have three versions to choose from, is very wise of them
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Re: Gong Universal box set coming!

Postby C » 30 Dec 2018, 16:35

ConnyOlivetti wrote:
C wrote:Thanks Leif!




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Any time, mr. Prog-meister!
I think the involvment of Simon Heyworth, regarding the mastering, is very promising!
And that you have three versions to choose from, is very wise of them


Indeed Leif

Indeed




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