Gentle Giant – An Overview

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Albums In My Collection

– Acquiring The Taste
– Civilian
– Free Hand
– Gentle Giant
– Giant For A Day
– In A Glass House
– Interview
– The Missing Piece
– Octopus
– Playing The Fool
– The Power And The Glory
– Three Friends
– Totally Out Of The Woods
– Under Construction 1
– Under Construction 2

An Overview

Gentle Giant is one of my favorite bands of all time. They have numerous imitators, but no other band has ever satisfactory duplicated their sound because they were so completely unique, at times simply brilliant, from their varied and inspired instrumentation to their complex and jaw-dropping vocal arrangements. (The track “Knots” from the Octopus album has to be heard to be believed.)

They produced some of most ambitious, eclectic Progressive Rock albums of the early 70s, yet sadly, they never could gain mass acceptance, and to this day, have nothing more than a cult following. But without Gentle Giant, bands such as Spock’s Beard and Echolyn might not even exist today, or at least would have a very different sound.

For lovers of Progressive Rock, the string of Gentle Giant albums from Acquiring The Taste through the live Playing The Fool are essential to have in their collections.

As far as their other albums go, Prog-Rock lovers will likely be somewhat disappointed…

The band’s debut album isn’t quite “there” with the band still finding their trademarked sound, and latter albums The Missing Piece and Giant For A Day find the band making a desperate (and unsuccessful) grab at commercial acceptance, largely abandoning their complex arrangements in favor of lightweight, simplistic rock.

Their final album Civilian, however, although perhaps not something all Prog-Rock lovers will admire, is an album I enjoy quite a bit, but it’s not a return to the true GG sound, but instead a melding of AOR/Hard Rock with Progressive influences, so buyers beware.

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