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Voiceprint VP6018CD (2007)

Compilation of tracks drawn from daevid's Voiceprint releases. I usually feel ambiguous about most compilations, and often end up wondering what and who they are really for? This one dosen't really alter my general opinion of them. It's a fair enough random-feeling selection of tracks - some great songs of course, but no real discernable theme. It hangs together well enough in that there is nothing that jars the senses (maybe it should?), and I do find it interesting to hear a track out of the context of the album from which it comes.

I doubt daevid had any real input into this release; it just doesn't have his quirky stamp of creativity about it. He was seldom one to pass up the opportunity to have a little fun and enhance our visual and listening experience, even on a straight-forward compilation such as this - given the chance. One of the things, besides the flow of the chosen tracks that made me think that daevid probably wasn't involved is that I can't imagine that he saw the liner notes - a single page vague history of daevid and Gong, with howlers like "Steve Hillage became the leader of Gong in 1975", and "recordings made with African band Euterpe".

So what can I say? For completeists like myself, certainly. To catch new listeners, maybe not. I can't see how it can encourage sales of the albums from which the tracks come, as they aren't listed anywhere. So the original question stands.

Works as a sampler to help choose what of daevid's music to explore - links to the sources below, where you can also find all the musicians, including all the members of that most wonderful Majorcan band, Euterpe.

Tracks: [63'12]
  1. Flying Tea Service [1'12] (daevid allen) - Gongmaison or Gentle Genie
  2. The Voice Of Om [7'51] (Jagadamba Saraswati/E. Romaine) - Australia Aquaria or Gentle Genie
  3. Magick Brother (with Euterpe) [7'26] (daevid allen) - BMO001 - Studio Rehersal Tapes 1977
  4. Perfect Day In Paradox (with Russell Hibbs) [6'42] (daevid allen) - BMO004 - Bards of Byron Bay
  5. Fohat (with Pip Pyle and Hugh Hopper) [9'40] (daevid allen/Gilli Smyth) - BMO002 - Brainville Live in the UK
  6. Where Have All The Flowers Gone [5'44]
  7. Deya Goddess [8'28]
  8. Sing Me Like A Song [6'40] (daevid allen/Didier Malherbe) - Live in '88 - The Return
  9. Mystery School [5'45] (daevid allen) - BMO003 - Self Initiation
  10. Are You Ready? [3'32] - Histories and Mysteries of Planet Gong
  • Besides the ones mentioned above in the track titles no other musicians are listed in the CD booklet; please follow the links above to discover who they are.