planet gong digital




soundcheck preserves y2k

a ten course sonic hedge-harvest - before the doors open… the band set up and jam, creating some lovely one-off riffs and improv's - a treasure normally lost to the ethers…



Vieille Grille

Paris, 1968 : first 'Gong' recording ever made?
deep background…

The Latin Quarter, Paris, France - 1968Probably the very first Gong recording ever made. Recorded sometime between Jan-Mar 1968. (They had a Sunday night residency, says Gilli, plus 'playing other times in the week'.) Gilli and Ziska developed space-whisper at this time. The fly poster proclaims:

Magick Theatre Fantastickal Pop Ritual daevid allen Gilli Smyth and Gong electric space musique, films, light show, beautiful peoples…

The download includes a 2522 x 3200 pixel (21.35 x 27.09 cm, 8.41 x 10.67 inch), 8.1 megapixel scan in jpg format of a period photocopy handbill of a much larger original poster for the event - when we locate and restore that original, it will be offered for download separately.


  • daevid allen guitar and vocals
  • Gilli Smyth vocals
  • Ziska Baum vocals
  • Loren Standlee flute