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Flying Teapot is the third studio album by the progressive rock band Gong, originally released by Virgin Records in May 1973. It was the second entry in the Virgin catalogue (V2002) and was released on the same day as the first, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells (V2001). It was re-issued later in the year, with different cover art, by BYG Actuel in France and Japan. Recorded at Virgin's Manor Studios, in Oxfordshire, England, it was produced by Giorgio Gomelsky and engineered by "Simon Sandwitch 2 aided by Tom Zen" (Simon Heyworth and Tom Newman).

Flying Teapot
Gong Flying Teapot.jpg
Studio album by Gong
Released 25 May 1973
Recorded January 1973
The Manor Studios, Oxford, UK
Genre Progressive rock[1] space rock[1]
Length 39:45
Label Virgin
Producer Giorgio Gomelsky
Gong chronology
Continental Circus
(1972)Continental Circus1972
Flying Teapot
Angel's Egg
(1973)Angel's Egg1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Subtitled Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 1, it is the first of the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy of albums, followed by Angel's Egg in December and You the following October. This trilogy forms a central part of the Gong mythology. The Flying Teapot idea itself was influenced by Russell's teapot.[2] It was the first Gong album to feature English guitarist Steve Hillage, although he contributed relatively little as he arrived late in the recording process. According to Daevid Allen, "Steve Hillage arrived eventually, but there wasn't a lot of space left. He played some rhythmick wa wa [sic], some jazzy chords and a spacey solo on 'Flying Teapot'."[3]

In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came #35 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".[4]

Track listingEdit

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Radio Gnome Invisible" Daevid Allen 5:32
2. "Flying Teapot" Allen, Francis Moze 12:30
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
3. "The Pot Head Pixies" Allen 3:00
4. "The Octave Doctors and the Crystal Machine" Tim Blake 2:00
5. "Zero the Hero and the Witch's Spell" Allen, Blake, Christian Tritsch 9:45
6. "Witch's Song / I Am Your Pussy" Gilli Smyth, Allen 5:10
Total length: 39:45


The original personnel listing is as follows:

  • Pon voicebox – Dingo Virgin & Hi T Moonweed the favourite
  • Orgone box & space whisper – the Good Witch Yoni
  • VCS3box Cynthia size A & crystal machine – Hi T Moonweed the favourite
  • Split sax i.e. tenna & soprasox & so flooth – The Good Count Bloomdido Bad De Grasse
  • Gitbox – Stevie Hillside (spermguitar & slow whale), The Submarine Captain (sidereal slideguitar & Dogfoot), Dingo Virgin & others (aluminium croonguitar & stumblestrum)
  • VCS3 fertilised elect piano & left bank uptightright pno & Shakesperian meat bass – Francis Bacon
  • Drumbox kicks and knocks – Lawrence the alien
  • Congox – Rachid Whoarewe the Treeclimber
  • Road crew & trux – Venux De Luxe (switch doctor), Wiz De Kid (lights) & Duke

These pseudonyms, in turn, represented:

All CD versions have shortened versions of the track "Flying Teapot" which was shortened from 12:30 to 11:52 and a shortened version of "The Octave Doctors And The Crystal Machine" which was shortened from 2:00 to 1:51 and also "Zero The Hero And The Witches Spell" shortened from 9:45 to 9:38. This editing is a source of much controversy and disappointment to fans of the original album.


  1. ^ a b c Allmusic review
  2. ^ Allen, Daevid. Gong Dreaming 2. SAF Publishing, 2009, p.5.
  3. ^ Allen, Daevid. Gong Dreaming 2. SAF Publishing, 2009, p.188.
  4. ^ Q Classic: Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, 2005.