Exposé Online banner

Gilgamesh — Gilgamesh
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2242, 1975/2011, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 1998-02-01

Gilgamesh Cover art

I hate to admit it, but this is one English import LP I just plain loved for the album cover alone, an amusing rock 'n roll version of the children's game Snakes and Ladders (e.g.— "Guitar player drinks 10 Carlsbergs. Disqualified from game"). But it's great to see the last missing link in the Alan Gowen catalog re-issued from Virgin UK. Originally on subsidiary label, Caroline, the first album by this unique Canterbury fusion band is a quiet but subtle gem. Although keyboards (electric piano, Minimoog, Mellotron, clavinet, and acoustic piano) are a bit dated, Gowen shines as key arranger, composer, and player in this understated 37-minute album which also boasts future National Health alumni Phil Lee (guitar) and Amanda Parsons (vocals). Eight multi-part (and oddly named) tracks are on this disc (produced by Dave Stewart), all of which are instrumental, intriguing, and wonderful. "One End More / Phil's Little Dance / Worlds of Zin" (the album's lead track) features a dizzying set of counterpoint keyboards and electric guitar that transitions into a somber restrained Lee solo with a superbly sympathetic piano accompaniment. Nearly all songs are by Gowen excluding Lee's group contribution, "Worlds of Zin," and his solo guitar piece, "For Absent Friends." "Arriving Twice" is included here in its original form as a bright, upbeat piece when compared to the eulogy version re-done on National Health's DS al Coda. I can't praise the merits of this disk highly enough since they will come to you in time with repeated listenings! Don't hesitate to track this down before it drifts out of print again!


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 14, 2011 releases, 1975 recordings

Related artist(s): Gilgamesh, Alan Gowen

Latest news

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

David Garland - Control Songs – David Garland is one of a rather small group of experimental singer/song writers. They are not cut from same bolt of cloth as, say, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell or James Taylor. Instead, Garland, along...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues