Time Is the Key

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Time is the Key
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ReleasedLate 1979 (Late 1979)
RecordedKonk studios, August 1979
Genre Jazz rock, progressive rock [1]
Label Arista
Producer Pierre Moerlen
Pierre Moerlen's Gong chronology
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Time is the Key is the fourth album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong. It was released in late 1979. [2]


Featuring an all-instrumental jazz-driven sound, notable for the prominent use of vibraphone, it has little to do with the psychedelic space rock of Daevid Allen's Gong, even though the two bands share a common history.

It features the English jazz keyboard player Peter Lemer on most tracks, their only album to do so, and Allmusic notes that there is also a progressive rock influence at play, especially on the first two numbers. [1]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Pierre Moerlen, except where noted.

1."Ard Na Greine" (Irish for "Height of the Sun")6:10
4."Faerie Steps"5:33
5."An American in England" (Hansford Rowe)2:57
6."The Organ Grinder"3:56
7."Sugar Street"2:22
8."The Bender"3:16
9."Arabesque Intro & Arabesque"5:18
10."Esnuria Two"5:34
11."Time is the Key"2:29


Pierre Moerlen's Gong
Former Pierre Moerlen's Gong
Additional personnel

Produced by Pierre Moerlen

Production credits

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  1. 1 2 3 "allmusic ((( Time Is the Key > Overview )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
  2. "Pierre Moerlen's Gong: Time Is The Key". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2009-08-25.