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Gentle Giant formed in 1970 is known as one of the most important prog rock band of the era. Recording 10 studio LPs & a live LP before disbanding in 1980

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Article: Extended Analysis

Who Do You Think We Are?

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Trying to find a distinct definition of what has come to be known as “The Canterbury Sound" is as elusive as attempting to describe what, in the jazz world, has become an overused epithet for the German ECM Records label and “The ECM Sound." Attempts to do so usually fail short because, rather than being actual ...

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Article: Book Review

Failure to Fracture: Learning King Crimson's Impossible Song

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Failure to Fracture: Learning King Crimson's Impossible SongAnthony Garone322 PagesISBN: 978- 1949267457Stairway Press2021 Failure to Fracture: Learning King Crimson's Impossible Song. It's as clear a mission statement as might be found anywhere. But musician, guitarist, husband, father, son and high tech professional Anthony Garone has spent more ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

The First Generation 1965-1974

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What do guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Jon Mark, Harvey Mandel and Freddy Robinson, reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalists John Almond, Ray Warleigh, Alan Skidmore, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Red Holloway and Ernie Watts, bassists John McVie, Jack Bruce, Andy Fraser, Tony Reeves, Stephen Thompson and Larry Taylor, drummers Mick Fleetwood, Keef Hartley, Aynsley Dunbar, Jon Hiseman and Collin ...

Album

Gentle Giant

Label: Alucard
Released: 2020

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News: Recording

Prog Legends Gentle Giant To Release First 4 Albums On Vinyl April 3, 2020

Prog Legends Gentle Giant To Release First 4 Albums On Vinyl April 3, 2020

Gentle Giant is happy to announce the release of the first four albums on vinyl April 3rd. After the positive response to the box set Unburied Treasure many fans asked whether the vinyl albums would ever be available. The band has responded and decided to make these albums officially available for the first time in decades. ...

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News: Crowdfunding Campaign

Gentle Giant: A Film About Dave McKenna needs your support

Gentle Giant: A Film About Dave McKenna needs your support

Described by the New York Times as the “hardest swinging pianist of all time", Dave McKenna's rare genius on the piano went largely unnoticed by the music world, until now. At a young age, Dave played with jazz-giants like Gene Krupa and Stan Getz. He went on to have an extensive recording career and played with ...

Album

Unburied Treasure

Label: Madfish Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD1 (Gentle Giant): Giant; Funny Ways; Alucard; Isn’t It Quiet And Cold?; Nothing At All; Why Not?; The Queen.


CD2: Acquiring The Taste: Pantagruel's Nativity; Edge Of Twilight: The House, The Street, The Room; Acquiring The Taste; Wreck; The Moon Is Down; Black Cat; Plain Truth.
CD3 (Three Friends): Prologue; Schooldays; Working All Day; Peel The Paint; Mister Class And Quality?; Three Friends.
CD4 (Octopus): The Advent Of Panurge; Raconteur, Troubadour; A Cry For Everyone; Knots; The Boys In The Band; Dog's Life; Think Of Me With Kindness; River.
CD5 (In A Glass House): The Runaway; An Inmate's Lullaby; Way Of Life; Experience; A Reunion; In A Glass House.
CD6 (The Power And The Glory): Proclamation; So Sincere; Aspirations; Playing The Game; Cogs In Cogs; No God's A Man; The Face; Valedictory; The Power And The Glory (bonus track, single).
CD7 (Free Hand): Just The Same; On Reflection; Free Hand; Time To Kill; His Last Voyage; Talybont; Mobile.
CD8 (In’terview): Interview; Give It Back; Design; Another Show; Empty City; Timing; I Lost My Head.
CD9 (Playing The Fool): Just The Same/Proclamation; On Reflection; Excerpts From Octopus; Funny Ways; The Runaway/Experience; So Sincere; Free Hand; Sweet Georgia Brown; Peel The Paint/I Lost My Head.
CD10 (The Missing Piece): Two Weeks In Spain; I'm Turning Around; Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It; Who Do You Think You Are?; Mountain Time; As Old As You're Young; Memories Of Old Days; Winning; For Nobody.
CD11 (Giant For A Day!): Words From The Wise; Thank You; Giant For A Day; Spookie Boogie; Take Me; Little Brown Bag; Friends; No Stranger; It's Only Goodbye; Rock Climber.
CD12 (Civilian): Convenience (Clean And Easy); All Through The Night; Shadows On The Street; Number One; Underground; I Am Camera; Inside Out; It's Not Imagination; Heroes (bonus).
CD13 (Winchester 1971, Audience Recording,February 12, 1971): Giant; Hometown Special; City Hermit; Funny Ways; Plain Truth; Alucard; Isn't It Quiet And Cold?; Why Not?; The Queen; Peel Off The Paint.
CD14 (Essen 1972, Audience Recording, January 21, 1972): Alucard; Funny Ways; Nothing At All (with Malcolm Mortimore drum solo); Plain Truth; The Queen.
CD15 (New Orleans 1972/BBC Session 1972, September 8, 1972/August 8, 1972): Prologue; Alucard; Funny Ways; Nothing At All; Funny Ways; Plain Truth; The Advent Of Panurge.
CD16 (Hollywood Bowl 1972, Audience Recording, September 15, 1972): Prologue; Alucard; Funny Ways; Nothing At All/Plain Truth.
CD17 (Vicenza 1973, Audience Recording, January 5, 1973): Prologue; Alucard; Funny Ways; The Advent Of Panurge; Nothing At All; Plain Truth.
CD18 (Torino 1973, October 19, 1973): The Runaway; Way Of Life; Funny Ways; Excerpts From Octopus; Nothing At All; Plain Truth.
CD19 (Munster 1974, Audience Recording, April 5, 1974): The Runaway; Prologue; Funny Ways; Excerpts From Octopus; Nothing At All; Plain Truth; In A Glass House.
CD20 (St. Gallen 1974, Audience Recording, November 22, 1974): Cogs In Cogs; Proclamation; Funny Ways; The Runaway; Experience; Excerpts From Octopus; Nothing At All; Plain Truth.
CD21 (Cleveland 1975, January 27, 1975): Cogs In Cogs; Proclamation; Funny Ways; The Runaway; Experience; Excerpts From Octopus; So Sincere; Mister Class And Quality?.
CD22 (Basel 1975, Audience Recording, November 24, 1975): Cogs In Cogs; Proclamation; Funny Ways; The Runaway; Experience; Excerpts From Octopus; So Sincere; Plain Truth; Free Hand; Just The Same.
CD23 (Düsseldorf 1976, Part 1, September 23, 1976): Just The Same/Proclamation; On Reflection; Interview; The Runaway/Experience; So Sincere; Excerpts From Octopus; Funny Ways (snippet).
CD24 (Düsseldorf 1976, Part 2/Brussels 1976, September 23, 1976/October 7, 1976): Timing/Violin Solo; Free Hand; Peel The Paint/I Lost My Head; Timing/Violin Solo; Free Hand; Peel The Paint/I Lost My Head.
CD25 (Munich 1976, September 25, 1976): Just The Same/Proclamation; On Reflection; Interview; Excerpts From Octopus; Funny Ways.
CD26 (Paris 1976, October 5, 1976): The Runaway/Experience; So Sincere; Excerpts From Octopus; Funny Ways; Timing/Violin Solo; Free Hand; Peel The Paint/I Lost My Head.
CD27 (Pinewood Rehearsal 1977, January, 1977): The Runaway/Experience; As Old As You're Young; On Reflection; Just The Same/Playing The Game; Memories Of Old Days; Winning; For Nobody (part); Funny Ways; The Face/Plain Truth; So Sincere; Free Hand.
CD28 (Chester 1977, November 18, 1977): Two Weeks In Spain; Free Hand; On Reflection; I'm Turning Around; Just The Same/Playing The Game; Memories Of Old Days; Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It; The Face; For Nobody; Excerpts From Octopus (part 1); Excerpts From Octopus (part 2).
CD29 (The Roxy 1980, June 16, 1980): Convenience (Clean And Easy); All Through The Night; Free Hand; Knots; Playing The Game; Memories Of Old Days; Giant For A Day; Inside Out; It`s Not Imagination; Underground; 5 Man Drum Solo; Band Member Introductions; For Nobody; The Advent Of Panurge; Number One.
Blu Ray (Gentle Giant - Steven Wilson Stereo & Surround Remixes/Stereo Instrumental Mixes: Giant; Funny Ways; Alucard; Isn't It Quiet And Cold?; Nothing At All; Why Not?; The Queen.

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Article: Year in Review

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019

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Well, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome continues to be a challenge, as it has been since mid-2014. 2019 represents, in fact, the worst year when it comes to the actual number of articles written. Still, I've been finding an increasingly satisfying niche in the arena of in-depth, detailed and extensive/exhaustive (exhausting, for you as much as I!!) articles. ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Unburied Treasure

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Of all the so-called progressive rock bands that emerged in the late '60s/early '70s, Gentle Giant has, perhaps, been the most misunderstood, and the one which failed to reach the same deserved commercial heights of its creatively innovative brethren, like King Crimson, Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd. Of the bigger names from that time, only Van ...


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