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.