GONG Arista Years
From page 52 of Classic Rock Magazine September 2008
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With mainmen Daevid Allen, Steve Hillage and Tim Blake long-since departed, along with Gong's delightful hippie eccentricity, this incarnation of the band was led by Pierre Moerlen, who became their chief songwriter.
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albums collected in this twoCD set are heavy on rhythm and decoration. Time Is The Key (1979) alternates chiming, Tubular Bells-type instrumentals with voyages into funk, jazz rock and (with Arabesque) the Middle East, while Mike Oldfield (an appropriate guest) plays guitar on Downwind, a saxy jam on 1980's Live. The following year's Leave It Open has a fuller sound that, similarly, isn't unpleasant but is certainly unremarkable.