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Tim Blake - Crystal Machine/Blake’s New Jerusalem album reviews

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The first two solo albums – with substantial extras – by Hi T Moonweed.

Prior to joining Gong in 1973, Tim Blake had been an itinerant hippie roadie with little confidence in his own musical abilities, but his Crystal Machine track on Flying Teapot, a few meditative minutes of synth and delays, was a brief precursor to what would follow – integrated textural playing in that group and, in a few years, onto his full Crystal Machine live show. With a huge customised synth set-up, Blake, clad in a silver spacesuit, was one of the first musicians to use lasers onstage and closed the 1979 Glastonbury Festival in spectacular fashion.


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