Released: May 1973
Label: Peter Pan Records
Early Gong records are totally weird. We're talking, like, Syd Barrett and Skip Spence levels of weirdness. That said, once you grow comfortable with the incessant onslaught of brain-rupturing time changes, cosmic goo, jazzy interludes and gnome-inspired poetics, the band's profound genius really begins to sink in. Originally released in 1973, Flying Teapot contains several of their most impressive long-form pieces. Both the title track and "Zero the Hero and the Witch's Spell" unfold with all the exotic splendor of a rare tropical flower coming to blossom underneath an eerie morning sun.