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A Reunion? 20-02-2012 | 0 comments Many attempts to bring the band together again have not brought fruit, apart from having resulted in re-releases of the whole catalogue on CD and thorough release of previously unreleased material.The ... read more »
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|19-12-2012 10:56 Makis_G|
@ In'terview In Concert
Originally released in 1998 as a bootleg on the Highland label, this was rereleased officially in 2000 on Glass House Recordings (UK).
It was recorded live at "Hempstead, New York, 7/3/1976" at the Calderone Concert Hall, not far from the Ultrasonic Recording Studios where Ultrasonic 75 was recorded.
A fan reports that "this was a radio broadcast by WLIR-FM. The show took place on the Eve of the US Bicentennial celebration. Derek gave a few humorous intros that referenced the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, etc."
Reportedly the sound quality is "rather good, but sometimes electric noises are heard."
|30-11-2012 13:11 Makis_G|
@ I Lost My Head (The Chrysalis Years 1975-1980)
I Lost My Head (The Chrysalis Years 1975-1980) is a 4-CD compilation of Gentle Giant's albums released on the Chrysalis label:
1. Free Hand & bonus tracks
2. In'terview & The Missing Piece
3. Playing the Fool - The Official Live 1976
4. Giant For A Day & Civilian
plus bonus tracks (John Peel sessions, 7" mixes, live tracks, and B sides). It also includes a 14-page booklet containing new interviews with the band. The release date is August 10, 2012.
|03-06-2012 11:30 Makis_G|
@ Gentle Giant
Gentle Giant was one of the great progressive rock bands of the 1970's. They created a dozen albums over a 10-year period, filled with complex and wonderous music that is still earning them new fans even today.
The three Shulman brothers had previously formed Simon Dupree and the Big Sound with three others in 1966. They cut 9 singles 1966-69 (and one as The Moles in 1968) and one album in 1967, all for Parlophone. The act played R&B and soul and ventured into psychedelia and pop. After disbanding late 1969, the three brothers formed Gentle Giant Feb 1970, bringing drummer Martin Smith, who had joined Simon Dupree early 1969, with them. Kerry Minnear, who had graduated from the Academy of Music in 1969 with a degree in composition, joined them on keyboards and vocals, and guitarist Gary Green was brought in to complete the lineup in March. The group were then signed to progressive label Vertigo.
The band's onetime stated aim was to "expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular," although this stance was to alter significantly with time. While never achieving the commercial heights of progressive rock contemporaries such as Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes or Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant was considered to be one of the most experimental bands in the genre (as well as one of the most experimental rock bands of the 1970s).
Gentle Giant's music was considered complex even by progressive rock standards, drawing on a broad swathe of music including folk, soul, jazz, and classical music. Unlike many of their progressive rock contemporaries, their "classical" influences ranged beyond the Romantic and incorporated mediaeval, baroque, and modernist chamber music elements. The band also had a taste for broad themes for their lyrics, drawing inspiration not only from personal events but from philosophy and the works of both François Rabelais and R. D. Laing.
|16-05-2012 08:13 Makis_G|
@ Live Rome 1974
This album is an officially released live recording from Glasshouse Records and was recorded in Italy at the PalaEur in Rome, November 26, 1974.
Live Rome 1974 is an exact, digital duplicate of the bootleg Giant Steps Forward, with a slightly different cover. The stupendous thing is, they did nothing with that bootleg - just stamped 'official' on it, changed the title and went ahead.
|16-05-2012 07:50 Makis_G|
@ Giant Steps Forward
This album was recorded in Italy at the PalaEur in Rome, November 26, 1974. The same recording has been officially released as Live in Rome 1974.
The sound quality isn't great - it seems to have been taken straight from the mixing board, so the levels aren't balanced very well. There's a buzz like an alarm that keeps going off during 'Cogs.' It seems to have been taken directly from the mixing board, so the taped bits are almost twice as loud as the band passages. It sounds better than many bootlegs you will hear, (many of which seem to have been recorded from the back row of a football stadium), but it still is not ideal. A very interesting document, though.
|15-05-2012 11:41 Makis_G|
@ Out Of The Fire
This 2-CD set contains two BBC live concerts from 1973 and 1978.
The 1973 concert is previously unreleased.
The 1978 concert is the same one released as In Concert, but it is complete (including Funny Ways) and has the songs in the right order.
|15-05-2012 11:29 Makis_G|
@ In Concert
This is an official CD issue (the first official Giant release for 14 years) of the BBC Radio 1 "In Concert" session no. 169, recorded in the Hippodrome, Golders Green, London, on 5 January 1978. The album provides a glimpse of Gentle Giant's concert performances during the Missing Piece era.
This was done for the BBC, so everything had to be nice and clean, but the overall impression you get from the performances, arrangements, and recording quality is a boxed-in feeling.
|14-05-2012 18:49 Makis_G|
@ Live In Santa Monica 1975
Tracks 1-5 are reportedly from Santa Monica, California, January 1, 1975. However, are actually from a Capitol Studios recording session on February 13, 1975, according to Alan Kinsman, who says, "on January 1, 1975, GG were all at home in the UK, some of them no doubt recovering from the excesses of New Year parties!"
Tracks 6-7 are from Electric Ballroom, Dallas, March 19, 1977, reportedly played during a soundcheck.
Considering how sonically intricate and perfect Gentle Giant were in their vinyl prime, it's a little surprising -- and very dismaying -- to discover how far the standards of their recordings have fallen in recent years. Yes, there's a market for Gentle Giant live discs, and one that happily devours every morsel it's offered.
|14-05-2012 15:26 Makis_G|
@ Playing The Cleveland
When it comes to live recordings, 1975-1977 is a period very well documented in the life of Gentle Giant. Besides the "real" live album, Playing the Fool, recorded during the Interview tour, there are numerous "official bootlegs" in circulation. What gives Playing the Cleveland its special flavor is the fact that it was recorded very early in 1975 (January 27, in Cleveland), not the Free Hand tour, but the Power and the Glory tour.
The CD is rounded out by two songs from a concert in New York in November of that year. They have little extra merit, although the sound quality is much better, and "The Runaway/Experience" includes a surprising synthesizer cadenza.
|14-05-2012 15:04 Makis_G|
@ Live In Stockholm 1975
In 1975, Gentle Giant had completed a long winter US tour, followed in the summer by European Festival dates and more US gigs, written and recorded their 7th album 'Free Hand' and were now about to tour the album with a European Autumn tour.
Their gig at the Students Union's own venue: 'Club Karen' (Karhuset) at Stockholm University on the 12th November 1975, was a total sell-out and this CD release brings back all that excitement of the band at their prime, when they were headlining major cities all around the world. Mastered direct from the original radio station tapes, the sound is superb as the band play a selection of new tracks and stage favourites from earlier albums.
- 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