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Gentle Giant — Collection Four Paper Sleeve Albums 1970-1972
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Gentle Giant — Collection Four Paper Sleeve Albums 1970-1972 (Universal Music/Japan SHM-CD’s 2009) Lossless
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Gentle Giant
es considerada una de las bandas de rock progresivo más originales y eclécticas de los años setenta y del siglo XX. El nombre Gentle Giantgigante amable, en español— se debe a la figura de Robert Wadlow, el hombre más alto registrado en la historia (medía 2.77 metros). Según
dichos de sus miembros, el objetivo de la banda era "expandir las
fronteras de la música popular contemporánea a riesgo de tornarse
sumamente impopulares", a pesar de lo cual esta afirmación cambiaría a lo largo del tiempo.
Aunque no consiguieron el éxito comercial de otras bandas contemporáneas
de rock progresivo como Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes , Gentle Giant fue considerada como una de las bandas más experimentales
en el género, así como una de las más experimentales en los años
setenta.



Artist: Gentle Giant
País: Reino Unido
Album: Gentle Giant / Tres Amigos / Adquirir el gusto / Pulpo
Género: Progressive / Arte Rupestre
Año: 1970-1972/2009
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Tamaño: 942 Mb



tracklist:

1970 Gentle Giant (UICY-94270)01. Giant
02. Funny Ways
03. Alucard
04. Isn’t It Quiet And Cold?
05. Nothing At All
06. Why Not?
07. The Queen
Personnel:
* Gary Green — lead guitar, 12 string guitar, flute, backing vocals
* Kerry Minnear — keyboard, some bass, cello, synthesizer, lead vocals, backing vocals, some tuned percussion
* Derek Shulman — lead vocals, backing vocals, some bass
* Phil Shulman — sax, trumpet, recorder, lead vocals, backing vocals
* Ray Shulman — most bass, violin, some guitar, percussion, backing vocals
* Martin Smith — drums, percussion, xilophone
Additional:
* Paul Cosh — tenor horn on «Giant»
* Claire Deniz — cello on «Isn’t It Quiet And Cold?»1971 Acquiring The Taste (UICY-94271)01. Pantagruel’s Nativity
02. Edge Of Twilight
03. The House, The Street, The Room
04. Acquiring The Taste
05. Wreck
06. The Moon Is Down
07. Black Cat
08. Plain Truth
Personnel:
* Gary Green — 6 string guitar, 12 string guitar, 12 string wah-wah guitar, donkey’s jawbone, cat calls, voice
* Kerry Minnear — electric piano, organ, mellotron, vibraphone, Moog, piano, celeste, clavichord, harpsichord, tympani, xylophone, maracas, lead vocals
* Derek Shulman — alto sax, clavichord, cowbell, lead vocals
* Phil Shulman — alto & tenor sax, clarinet, trumpet, piano, claves, maracas, lead vocals
* Ray Shulman — bass, violin, viola, electric violin, Spanish guitar,
tambourine, 12 string guitar, organ bass pedals, skulls, vocals
* Martin Smith — drums, tambourine, gongs, side drum
Additional:
* Paul Cosh — trumpet, organ
* Tony Visconti — recorder, bass drum, triangle
* Chris Thomas — moog programmer1972 Three Friends (UICY-94272)
01. Prologue
02. Schooldays
03. Working All Day
04. Peel The Paint
05. Mister Class And Quality?
06. Three Friends
Personnel:
* Kerry Minnear — Keyboards, Vibraphone, Percussion, Moog, Vocals
* Ray Shulman — Basses, Violin, 12 String Guitar, Vocals
* Gary Green — Guitars, Percussion
* Derek Shulman — Vocals
* Malcolm Mortimore — Drums
* Philip Shulman — Saxophones and Vocals
* Boy’s voice on «Schooldays» — Calvin Shulman1972 Octopus (UICY-94273)
01. The Advent Of Panurge
02. Raconteur Troubadour
03. A Cry For Everyone
04. Knots
05. The Boys In The Band
06. Dog’s Life
07. Think Of Me With Kindness
08. River
Personnel:
* Gary Green — Guitars, percussion
* Kerry Minnear — All keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, Moog, lead and backing vocals
* Derek Shulman — Lead vocals, alto saxophone
* Phil Shulman — Saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, lead and backing vocals
* Ray Shulman — Bass, violin, guitar, percussion, vocals
* John Weathers — Drums, percussion, xylophone

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Gentle Giant Discography (1970-1980)



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Art Rock / Progressive Rock

11 Studio Albums + 1 Live. Non-Remastered

Formed at the dawn of the progressive rock era in 1969, Gentle Giant seemed poised for
a time in the mid-'70s to break out of its cult-band status, but
somehow never made the jump. Somewhat closer in spirit to Yes and King
Crimson than to Emerson, Lake & Palmer or the Nice, their unique
sound melded hard rock and classical music, with an almost medieval
approach to singing.

Gentle Giant was born out of the ruins of Simon Dupree & the Big
Sound, an R&B-based outfit led by brothers Derek, Ray, and Phil
Shulman. After switching to psychedelia in 1967 and scoring their only
major hit that year with "Kites," as Gentle Giant the group abandoned
both the R&B and psychedelic orientations of the previous band;
Derek sang and played guitar and bass, Ray sang and played bass and
violin, and Phil handled the saxophone, augmented by Kerry Minnear on
keyboards, and Gary Green on guitar. Their original lineup also featured
Martin Smith on drums, but they went through several percussionists in
the first three years of their existence.

In 1970, Gentle Giant signed to the Vertigo label, and their self-titled
first album -- a shockingly daring work mixing hard rock and full
electric playing with classical elements -- came out later that year.
Their second effort, 1971's Acquiring the Taste, was slightly more
accessible and their third, Three Friends, featuring Malcolm Mortimore
on drums, was their first record to get released in the U.S. (on
Columbia). Their fourth album, 1973's Octopus, looked poised for a
breakthrough; it seemed as though they had found the mix of hard rock
and classical sounds that the critics and the public could accept, and
they finally had a permanent drummer in the person of John Weathers, an
ex-member of the Graham Bond Organisation.

In 1974, however, Gentle Giant began coming apart. Phil Shulman decided
to give up music after the Octopus tour, and became a teacher. Then the
group recorded the album In a Glass House, their hardest-rocking record
yet, which Columbia's U.S. arm rejected as too uncommercial. The
two-year gap in their American release schedule hurt their momentum, and
they weren't heard from again until the Capitol release of The Power
and the Glory in 1975.

Gentle Giant released Free Hand, their most commercial album, in 1976,
but then followed it up with the jarringly experimental Interview. After
the 1978 double-album Playing the Fool, the group went through a
seeming change of heart and issued a series of albums aimed at
mainstream audiences, even approaching disco, but by the end of the
1970s their popularity was in free-fall. Gentle Giant called it quits in
1980. Ray Shulman later became a producer and had considerable success
in England working with bands like the Sundays and the Sugarcubes, while
Derek Shulman became a New York-based record company executive.

by Bruce Eder, AMG
Gentle Giant Discography (1970-1980):

CD1: Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant (1970)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
Astonishingly daring debut album, not as focused or overpowering as King Crimson's
first but still crashing down barriers and steamrolling expectations.
The mix of medieval harmonies and electric rock got stronger on
subsequent albums, but the music here is still pretty jarring. Kerry
Minnear was probably the only prog rock keyboard player of the era who
allowed his synthesizers to sound like themselves and not mimic
orchestras; Gary Green's guitars are alternately loud and brittle or
soft and lyrical, and always surprising; and the presence of saxes and
trumpets (courtesy of Phil Shulman) was unusual in any rock band of the
era -- all of which explains how Gentle Giant managed to attract a cult
following but hadn't a prayer of moving up from that level of
recognition. "Funny Ways" was the softest prog rock song this side of
Crimson's "I Talk to the Wind," but a lot of the rest is pretty intense
in volume and tempo changes. "Nothing at All" by itself is worth the
price of purchase.

by Bruce Eder
Tracklist:

1. Giant (6:22)
2. Funny Ways (4:21)
3. Alucard (6:00)
4. Isn't It Quiet And Cold? (3:51)
5. Nothing At All (9:08)
6. Why Not (5:31)
7. The Queen (1:40)

Musicians:

- Gary Green / lead guitar, 12 string guitar
- Kerry Minnear / keyboard, some bass, cello, lead vocals, backing vocals, some tuned percussion
- Derek Shulman / lead vocals, backing vocals, some bass
- Phil Shulman / sax, trumpet, recorder, lead vocals, backing vocals
- Ray Shulman / most bass, violin, some guitar, percussion, backing vocals
- Martin Smith / drums, percussion

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CD2: Gentle Giant - Acquiring The Tast (1971)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
The band's second album is a major advance on its first, featuring superior
singing, playing, and songwriting, as well as a more unified sound,
without sacrificing the element of surprise in the first record. Many of
the melodies and even the riffs here (check out Gary Green's first
guitar flourish on "Pantagruel's Nativity") have a pretty high haunt
count, and all of the musicianship displays an elegance seldom heard
even in progressive circles -- but the record also, amazingly enough,
rocks really hard as well. Elements of hard rock and Gregorian chants
mix freely and, amazingly enough, well throughout this album.

by Bruce Eder
Tracklist:

1. Pantagruel's Nativity (6:50)
2. Edge Of Twilight (3:47)
3. The House, The Street, The Room (6:01)
4. Acquiring The Taste (1:36)
5. Wreck (4:36)
6. The Moon Is Down (4:45)
7. Black Cat (3:51)
8. Plain Truth (7:36)

Musicians:

- Gary Green / 6 string guitar, 12 string guitar, 12 string wah-wah guitar, donkey's jawbone, cat calls, voice
- Kerry Minnear / electric piano, organ, mellotron, vibraphone, Moog,
piano, celeste, clavichord, harpsichord, tympani, maracas, lead vocals
- Derek Shulman / alto sax, clavichord, cowbell, lead vocals
- Phil Shulman / alto & tenor sax, clarinet, trumpet, piano, claves, maracas, lead vocals
- Ray Shulman / bass, violin, viola, electric violin, Spanish guitar,
tambourine, 12 string guitar, organ bass pedals, skulls, vocals
- Martin Smith / drums, tambourine, gongs, side drum
- Assisted by Paul Cosh (trumpet, organ) and Tony Visconti (recorder, bass drum, triangle)

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CD3: Gentle Giant - Three Friends (1972)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
Gentle Giant's third album (and their first self-produced effort, Tony Visconti having
run the sessions on the two previous records) was another advance, this
time in the direction of a harder rock sound -- everything sounds turned
up here, especially the guitars, the bass, and the electronic
keyboards. Three Friends hardly sacrificed any of the group's
progressive intentions, however, and there are some softer moments here,
such as the playful, sprightly first half of "Schooldays"; the
harmonies and arrangements still had a distinctly medieval feel, and the
melodies, though a little harder to discern here (which made them even
more appealing when they did become obvious), were quite engaging. This
is supposed to be a concept album, about the relationship between three
friends across a lifetime, and the original notes and lyrics have been
reprinted, but none of that is necessary in order to enjoy the songs
here.

by Bruce Eder
Tracklist:

1. Prologue (6:12)
2. Schooldays (7:33)
3. Working All Day (5:07)
4. Peel The Paint (7:25)
5. Mister Class And Quality? (5:51)
6. Three Friends (3:00)

Musicians:

- Gary Green / guitars, percussion
- Kerry Minnear / keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, Moog, vocals
- Malcolm Mortimore / drums
- Derek Shulman / vocals
- Phil Schulman / sax, vocals
- Ray Shulman / bass, violin, 12 string guitar, vocals
- Assisted by: Calvin Shulman, Ray's son (boy's voice on Schooldays)

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CD4: Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
Returning to Gentle Giant's fourth album after any kind of lengthy absence, it's
astonishing just how little Octopus has dated. Often written off at the
time as a pale reflection of the truly gargantuan steps being taken by
the likes of Jethro Tull and Barclay James Harvest, the band's closest
relatives in the tangled skein of period prog, Gentle Giant often seemed
more notable for its album art than its music. Octopus, however,
marries the two seamlessly, with the cover speaking for itself, of
course. And the mood continues within, the deliciously convoluted
opening "The Advent of Panurge" itself riding waves of sonic tentacles
as Gary Green's guitar shrieks short but so effective bursts around the
thundering bass and, occasionally, churchy organ. Against the pulsating
volume of the album's heavier tracks -- "Panurge" is joined by "A Cry
for Everyone" -- the band's excursions into less excitable territory are
never less than captivating. Twiddly though they are, the sometimes a
cappella "Knots," the lilting "Dog's Life," and the Yes-with-fiddles-ish
"Raconteur Troubadour" all have moments of sublime sweetness, while the
instrumental "The Boys in the Band" is a succession of quirky showcases
for, indeed, all the boys. Occasionally arrangements do get overly
cluttered -- with each of the six bandmembers doubling up on at least
three different instruments, there's a distinct sense of overdubs for
overdubbing's sake. Follow the key instruments alone, however, and the
soundscapes not only make perfect sense, but so do the flourishes and
intrusions that rattle around. And the end result is an album that has
withstood the test of time a lot better than anyone might have expected.

by Dave Thompson
Tracklist:

1. The Advent Of Panurge (4:45)
2. Raconteur Troubadour (4:03)
3. A Cry For Everyone (4:06)
4. Knots (4:11)
5. The Boys In The Band (4:34)
6. Dog's Life (3:13)
7. Think Of Me With Kindness (3:31)
8. River (5:52)

Musicians:

- Gary Green / guitars, percussion
- Kerry Minnear / all keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, Moog, lead and backing vocals
- Derek Shulman / lead vocals, alto saxophone
- Philip Shulman / saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, lead and backing vocals
- Raymond Shulman / bass violin, guitar, percussion, vocals
- John Weathers / drums, percussion, xylophone

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CD5: Gentle Giant - In a Glass House (1973)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
Gentle Giant was reduced to a quintet on In a Glass House with the departure of elder
brother Phil Shulman, but its sound is unchanged, and the group may
actually be tighter without the presence of his saxophones. The time
signatures are still really strange, and the tempo changes are sometimes
jarring, as is the wide range of dynamics, but this is also one of the
group's most pleasing records -- they rock out in various places, and
elsewhere perform all kinds of little experiments with percussion
instruments ("An Inmate's Lullaby"), or create a strange, otherworldly
sort of modern medieval-style music ("Way of Life"). None of it except
possibly "A Reunion" is light listening, but the challenge does yield
some rewarding sounds.

by Bruce Eder
Tracklist:

1. The Runaway (7:15)
2. An Inmate's Lullaby (4:40)
3. Way of Life (7:52)
4. Experience (7:50)
5. A Reunion (2:11)
6. In a Glass House (8:26)

Musicians:

- Gary Green / 6 & 12 string guitars, mandolin, percussion, alto recorder
- Kerry Minnear / keyboards, tuned percussion, recorder, vocals
- Derek Shulman / vocals, alto sax, soprano sax, recorder
- Ray Shulman / bass guitar, violin, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals
- John Weathers / drums, percussion

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CD6: Gentle Giant - The Power And The Glory (1974)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
The group's first U.S. release in two years featured ornate playing from Kerry
Minnear on keyboards and Gary Green's loudest guitar work up to that
time. Power and the Glory is also a fairly dissonant album, yet it made
the charts, albeit pretty low. There seems to be a unifying theme having
to do with one's place in the social order, but it's very vague in
contrast to Pink Floyd's re-creations of the post-'60s drug experience,
Yes' sweeping album-length suites, and ELP's sci-fi epics. "No God's a
Man" is an infinitely more challenging piece of music than anything on
Jethro Tull's Aqualung, but that wasn't a commercial virtue; nor could
the electric violin break on "The Face" or the rippling electric guitar
passages throughout cover the effort involved in absorbing these songs.
Power and the Glory vaguely resembled Genesis' early art-rock albums,
but without any presence as charismatic as Peter Gabriel. "Playing the
Game" and "So Sincere" were the most accessible tracks and ended up as
key parts of their concert set. The CD's sound is more than decent.

by Bruce Eder
Tracklist:

1. Proclamation (6:48)
2. So Sincere (3:52)
3. Aspirations (4:41)
4. Playing the Game (6:46)
5. Cogs in Cogs (3:08)
6. No God's a Man (4:28)
7. The Face (4:12)
8. Valedictory (3:21)
9. The Power And The Glory (2:53)

Musicians:

- Gary Green / guitars
- Kerry Minnear / keyboards, cello, vocals
- Derek Shulman / vocals, saxes
- Ray Shulman / bass, violin, vocals
- John Weathers / drums, percussion, vocals

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CD7: Gentle Giant - Free Hand (1975)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
Free Hand is perhaps Gentle Giant's most realized effort. After the excellent In a
Glass House, the group further developed its Renaissance-medieval
approach, producing one of the most creative and complex recordings in
progressive rock history. Their vocal approach to the four-part fugue
"On Reflection" was revolutionary for its time and is looked upon as one
of the genre's defining moments. Despite the complexity of the
arrangements, the music never sounds academic and in fact is very
accessible thanks to several melodic hooks. The combination of superb
musicianship, dry wit, and creative compositions make this an essential
and historical recording.

by Robert Taylor
Tracklist:

1. Just The Same (5:34)
2. On Reflection (5:41)
3. Free Hand (6:14)
4. Time To Kill (5:08)
5. His Last Voyage (6:27)
6. Talybont (2:43)
7. Mobile (5:05)

Musicians:

- Derek Shulman / vocals, recorders, sax
- Ray Shulman / bass, violin, recorders, vocals
- Gary Green / guitars, vocals
- Kerry Minnear / keyboards, vocals
- John Weathers / percussion

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CD8: Gentle Giant - Interview (1976)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
Generally considered to be the last must-have recording from these progressive
rock giants. Recorded at a frenetic pace, the band had the impossible
task of topping their classic, Free Hand. While they didn't surpass the
success of previous efforts, they did continue to propel their unique
brand of complex music into surprising new directions. Interview is
actually a concept album centering on a fictitious interview based upon
the music business. There are the typical complex harmonies and
intricate musical passages, but the real progress is in the group's
expanded sound, thanks in large part to Kerry Minnear's stellar keyboard
innovations. Although the songs are not as memorable as those on Free
Hand, there isn't a weak one in the bunch, with the reggae-styled "Give
It Back" being a standout. Unfortunately progressive rock was nearing
its initial run as a popular form of music, forcing most prog bands to
either adapt to the changing times or simply fade away. Unfortunately,
Gentle Giant tried their hand at pop for a short and embarrassing time
before disbanding. Gentle Giant's legacy began with their eponymously
titled debut and ended with this one.

by Robert Taylor
Tracklist:

1. Interview (6:54)
2. Give It Back (5:08)
3. Design (4:59)
4. Another Show (3:29)
5. Empty City (4:24)
6. Timing (4:50)
7. I Lost My Head (6:58)

Musicians:

- Gary Green / guitars
- Kerry Minnear / keyboards
- Derek Shulman / vocals, saxes
- Ray Shulman / bass, violin
- John Weathers / drums

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CD9: Gentle Giant - The Missing Piece (1977)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
The Missing Piece was Gentle Giant's last album to chart in the U.S. Until 1977
Gentle Giant's complicated music won them fans all over the world, but
as market tastes changed, their fan base ceased to grow. In an attempt
to attract a wider audience, the band decided to streamline its sound
with simpler styles and a more "live" sound. There were always
distinctions between their complex studio work and their concert
arrangements, so they now brought the two together by testing material
on the road that might work well both live and in the studio. Compared
to previous albums, The Missing Piece is an imbalanced effort. New
styles from the band included the unconvincing "Betcha Thought We
Couldn't Do It" ("proof" that they could pump out power chords like
anyone else); the cute "Two Weeks in Spain," a feel-good ode to
working-class vacationing; and "I'm Turning Around," an effective and
poignant power ballad. The rest of the album is more in line with the
band's classic topsy-turvy, contrapuntal arrangements. "Winning" sounds
like a leftover from the previous album, while "For Nobody" delivers a
nice blend of punk aggression and prog dexterity. Apparently the band
thought the pop experiment required a second album, the more consistent
but oft-flogged Giant for a Day.

by Patrick Little
Tracklist:

1. Two Weeks In Spain (3:00)
2. I'm Turning Around (3:54)
3. Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It (2:20)
4. Who Do You Think You Are? (3:33)
5. Mountain Time (3:19)
6. As Old As You're Young (4:19)
7. Memories Of Old Days (7:15)
8. Winning (4:12)
9. For Nobody (4:00)

Musicians:

- Gary Green / guitars
- Kerry Minnear / keyboards
- Derek Shulman / vocals, saxes
- Ray Shulman / bass, violin
- John Weathers / drums

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CD10: Gentle Giant - Playing The Fool (1977)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
This live album (originally a double LP but put onto one CD) was released in the wake
of a single-disc bootleg of the same name taken off of an FM radio
concert. The repertory includes lots of stuff off of their early albums,
including the never-released-in-the-U.S. In a Glass House. The sound is
very vivid and close, whether the band is rocking to "Just the Same" or
recreating the medieval-style a cappella vocals to "On Reflection." One
Way has done an unusually good job with the sound on this album, and
the original art has also been nicely recreated. This disc will
obviously appeal to serious fans most of all, but even neophytes might
consider this as an early acquisition.

by Bruce Eder
Tracklist:

1. Introduction
2. Just The Same
3. Proclamation
4. Valedictory
5. On Reflection (rearranged)
6. The Boys In The Band
-Raconteur Troubadour (acoustic guitar instrumental)
-Acquiring The Taste (rearranged for acoustic guitar)
-Knots
-Organ Bridge
-The Advent Of Panurge
-The Famous Recorder Quartet
-The Advent Of Panurge (contin.)
7. Funny Ways
8. The Runaway
9. Experience
10. So Sincere
11. Drum And Percussion Bash
12. Free Hand
13. Sweet Georgia Brown
14. Peel The Paint
15. I Lost My Head

Musicians:

Gary Green - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar, alto recorder, descant recorder, vocals, percussion
Kerry Minnear - keyboards, cello, vibes, tenor recorder, vocals, percussion
Derek Shulman - vocals, alto sax, descant recorder, bass, percussion
Ray Shulman - bass, violin, acoustic guitar, descant recorder, trumpet, vocals, percussion
John Weathers - drums, vibes, tambour, vocals, percussion

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CD11: Gentle Giant - Giant For A Day (1978)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock
When one considers the musical achievements of Gentle Giant -- the composition
and execution of some of the best progressive rock from 1971-1976 -- one
wonders why this talented band would lower themselves to 4/4 rockers
and five-minute ballads. The fairytale "rise of punk/fall of prog" of
the '70s led to The Missing Piece (1977), which found the band testing
the waters with more "normal" songs and a diluted complexity. Outside
pressure for sales and a dwindling market forced the band to reconsider
their future, and Gentle Giant took nearly a year off. They played only
one show in 1978 (filmed and recorded by the BBC) and delivered Giant
for a Day! by the year's end. With the cartoon-cutout album cover, the
band trumpets their new makeover from the get-go. Its playfulness
matches the straightforward, bright sounds of the music found inside.
Although Gentle Giant was shooting for mainstream, fans can grab on to
occasional moments of delight, such as the ensemble singing of "Words
from the Wise," a cute instrumental (the almost too-cute "Spooky
Boogie"), and the mature pop complexity of "No Stranger," where you'll
think the band were listening to too much Steely Dan the day they wrote
it. Two rockers on the album, "Rock Climber" and "Little Brown Bag," are
probably the most effective cuts, with lean arrangements, tasty edges,
and Derek Shulman's powerful lead vocals. So did it work? Of course not.
The album failed in the charts and is now the laughing stock of the
Gentle Giant discography. It only proved that the few souls who actually
bought the band's albums should never have been sold this. But this
band is too good to laugh this one off completely.

by Patrick Little
Tracklist:

1. Words From The Wise (4:10)
2. Thank You (4:45)
3. Giant For A Day (3:45)
4. Spooky Boogie (3:31)
5. Take Me (2:45)
6. Little Brown Bag (3:32)
7. Friends (1:58)
8. No Stranger (2:27)
9. It's Only Goodbye (4:16)
10. Rock Climber (3:50)

Musicians:

- Gary Green / guitars, vocals
- Kerry Minnear / vocals, keyboards
- Derek Shulman / vocals
- Ray Shulman / bass, vocals
- John Weathers / vocals, drums

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CD12: Gentle Giant - Civilian (1980)
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Art Rock / Progressive Rock

Taking a not so successful pop detour with 1978's Giant for a Day,
Gentle Giant was quite unsure where to turn with their follow-up. Lead
singer turned manager Derek Shulman hoped that a change of environment
would help them tap the American market, so he moved the band to Los
Angeles to rehearse and record the new album. Whereas bassist Ray
Shulman had dominated the straightforward writing of the previous album,
keyboardist Kerry Minnear was given the reins here. The result was a
fusion that actually worked: Minnear's busy notation, new wave sounds,
and driving tempos.

At the end of the '70s, many of Gentle Giant's progressive rock
contemporaries were looking for new directions that would sell. With its
darker outlook and hard-hitting sound (it is the only Gentle Giant
album without acoustic guitar), Civilian was definitely a turn for the
better. But unlike Genesis, Gentle Giant never made it over the hump; it
was announced that the tour that followed would be their last, and they
disbanded.

by Patrick Little
Tracklist:

1. Convenience (Clean And Easy) (3:14)
2. All Through The Night (4:20)
3. Shadows On The Street (3:18)
4. Number One (4:39)
5. Underground (3:48)
6. I Am A Camera (3:33)
7. Inside Out (5:51)
8. It's Not Imagination (3:59) Ending of the album ("That's All There Is")
9. Heroes No More (4:25) [bonus track]

Musicians:

- Gary Green / all guitars
- Kerry Minnear / keyboards, vocals
- Derek Shulman / vocals
- Ray Shulman / bass, acoustic guitars, backing vocals
-J ohn Weathers / drums, backing vocals

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Reconozco que a esta peña los he escuchado poquísimo, pero es una banda que siempre recomiendan los especialistas en progresivo de otros foros. Gracias por la oportunidad de pegarles una buena escucha.

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