The albums' new editions include bonus discs featuring live and previously unreleased studio recordings.
With partner Daevid Allen, Smith formed the first incarnation of Gong in 1967.
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Coinciding with their 50th anniversary, it's curated by former member Steve Hillage and has the full involvement of original band members.
In August 1972, Camel signed to MCA Records and headed into Morgan Sound Studios to record a debut album released on 28 February 1973.
Released in 1971, ‘Banana Moon’, the debut album by Gong mainman Daevid Allen, took nothing seriously and attracted high-profile fans such as David Bowie.
Dismissed as another momentary fad, pretty much dead in the water by mid-1968,the influence of psychedelic rock runs long and deep.
Hillage will have Gong as his backing band. “I need musicians of the highest calibre to make it all work properly", he says.
The first chapter in Gong’s ‘Radio Gnome Invisible’ trilogy, ‘Flying Teapot’ established the wayward mystique of this most idiosyncratic of bands.
The 1975 album was the record that paved the way for the prog frontiersman's top ten success with 'L.'
Gong’s energised Acid Motherhood, recorded with Acid Mothers Temple, generated some controversy among hardcore fans when it was released on 30 March 2004.
Heralding a new development in style, ‘Downwind’ saw Pierre Moerlen’s Gong move towards a pop- and rock-oriented approach at the end of the 70s.
Hillage will be joined on the dates by the current line-up of his former band Gong.
Gong’s ‘Shamal’ was a transitional LP, bridging between the stewardships of visionary Australian Daevid Allen and the prodigiously talented Pierre Moerlen.