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GENTLE GIANT - GG AT THE GG: SIGHT AND SOUND IN CONCERT (1974)

GENTLE GIANT  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: GENTLE GIANT
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DARK PEAK
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5VCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "GENTLE GIANT - GG AT THE GG: SIGHT AND SOUND IN CONCERT" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

This live concert was filmed at Golders Green Hippodrome, London - January 5th 1978. Track list: Two Weeks In Spain, Freehand, On Reflection, I'm Turning Around, Just The Same, Playing The Game, Memories Of Old Days, Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It, JP Weathers presents, Funny Ways, For Nobody, Mountain Time. Also featured are several videos and â Octopus Medleyâ? filmed for the Old Grey Whistle Test in November 1974.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word: SPECIAL May 3, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Sight and Sound Concert footage and sound are superb ... every bit of the DVD brought a smile to this Gentle Giant fan's face ... the extras are OK, but I particularly like the commentary track (lots of laughs) ... the menu music (newly composed by Minnear) is interesting and very enjoyable ... it makes me wish Kerry would put forth a solo effort or two (please Kerry!!) ... bottom line, this DVD is essential for any GG fan ... it was nice to finally see these guys live with Giant on the Box, but GG on the GG is much more satisfying in my opinion ...

- Scriptor
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Package For Fans March 24, 2006
By Joe
Format:DVD
A treasure trove.

The official release of the famous BBC "SIGHT & SOUND" concert from January 1978, at the Golders Green Hippodrome. Audio comes from the BBC Radio 1 Simulcast. There is also a commentary track by Gary, John, Derek, Kerry & Ray!

The show is comprised of energetic performances of:

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

Funny Ways

For Nobody

Mountain Time

In addition, there are rare TV clips and 6 promotional videos from the In'terview (3) and Giant For A Day (3) LPs...

A bargain at twice the price for GG fans!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!! March 13, 2006
Format:DVD
The GG DVD "On The Box" was such a gift to old fans (like me) and newer fans as well, because (I think) most of us thought that video of GG performances are pretty rare!

Hold on to your hats, GG fans! GG at the GG is PURE GOLD! The videos promoting "Interview" are priceless, and the videos for the "Giant For A Day" album made me appreciate those songs much more than I did when they were originally released.

The real treat is the BBC live concert from Golders Green! GG is in top form belting out some of their best works from "Free Hand", "The Power And The Glory," and gems from "The Missing Piece" as well as other classics. The sound and video are both excellent! I found myself dancing and singing along with song after song!

This wonderful DVD proved to me what I always knew about GG. Their music didn't need any huge stage production of the kind their (less gifted) contemporaries put on. The music was all you needed. King Crimson was the only contemporary band of that time that deserved to be compared to GG, and I loved GG more. All of the other "progs" were overblown pretenders to the throne.

While I wish GG had achieved the fame and tons of money they so richly deserved, I will always think of GG as the extraordinary group that blew me away at that intimate little club all of us GG fans attended. That smokey little jazz bar by the warf where you could here the haunting voices of sirens in a song called "His Last Voyage," as Gary Green's solo chills the spine with the cries of drowning sailors.

Many thanks to Kerry Minnear for the wonderful NEW music added to the menus. Long live Gentle Giant!!!
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 26, 2006
Format:DVD
I'm as big a Gentle Giant fan as there is, but sadly, there is one very good reason NOT to buy this DVD-- Six out of twelve, or 50% of the songs on this live concert are from one album: "The Missing Piece" (1977). This is not surprising, since this is the album that they were promoting at the time, but as any GG fan knows, "Missing Piece" is the beginning of a precipitous decline in their music, brought about by a misguided effort to simplify their style, write "hit singles", and become "radio friendly". All of this, of course, ran counter to everything that was great about the band-- They would soon hit rock bottom with the dreadful "Giant for a Day" (1978), and would fold their tent for good a couple of years later. The songs from "Missing Piece" aren't THAT bad, but the greatest performance in the world cannot hide their inferiority in relation to virtually anything that the band had produced previously.

GG fans know this already, but if one wants to hear GG in peak form AND performing all of their greatest songs, one must check out the CD "Playing the Fool" (1976). This live CD is astonishing-- Quite simply, it is one of the greatest live rock albums of all time. If one must have a DVD, the previous release, "Giant on the Box" features virtually the same repertoire, though the performances and sound are, generally speaking, not quite as stellar. Still, the DVD is great to have, if only so one can actually see how they pulled off these amazingly intricate, difficult pieces live. Certainly, I would recommend "Giant on the Box" and "Playing the Fool" before "GG @ GG".

Scott Tisdel
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential May 2, 2006
By WillieB
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's impossible to describe Giant's talent, creativity, songwriting, and vocal harmonies in words. The music is timeless, sounds as fresh as it did in the 70's, and is better than any prog band out there today.

Disc one has a 1978 concert that looks and sounds great... well everything except the clothes, but Giant didn't rely on visuals to provide a flawless performance. Extras include a commentary track from the band, six videos of the band lip-synching to some studio recordings, picture galleries, and some brief footage (poor video/audio) from "The Old Grey Whistle Test" from 1974. Disc two is an audio CD of the concert and the "Tests".

This is an essential purchase for Giant and prog fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Gentle Giant Concert from late in their career
Gentle Giant fans will enjoy the sound, the playing and the rare chance to see an entire Gentle Giant concert. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven A. Blomerth DC
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this band all the time
It is possible that the contents of this DVD are fully represented on YouTube, but I wanted to have my own copy, because of the frequency that I put it on. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Irving
5.0 out of 5 stars More Giant at last!
This is a must have for all Gentle Giant fans, not the least fact is the audio commentary from the band talking about their performance at Golders Green in 1978. Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Jonathan I. Scutt
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW BAND!! 2009!: MINNEAR, GREEN, MORTIMORE!!
"THREE FRIENDS" is the name of the band, and they've recently formed featuring three key members of Gentle Giant: Kerry Minnear, Gary Green, and Malcolm Mortimore. Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by Joseph W. Szilagy
5.0 out of 5 stars small fan base/great intricate performances
after hearing gentle giant on cassttes forever it was and still is great to see gg perform. my appreciation has exponentially escalated. Read more
Published on June 4, 2009 by Nathan C. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for musicians
I saw Gentle Giant open for Yes in 1976 and was quite impressed with their performance. This Sight & Sound TV performance is absolutely brilliant. Read more
Published on May 20, 2008 by Mr. Richard L. Delyea Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Giant Fan
Having seen Gentle Giant during my teen years I was very pleased with the DVD. They were and still are my favorite band and having a video record of the group is great. Read more
Published on April 20, 2008 by D. Baldwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Only In Stereo
I remember watching this on the BBC when first transmitted and listening to it on the radio and wishing I had a H Matrix Quadrophonic Decoder and four ears. Read more
Published on January 8, 2008 by IM35461
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary and fun.
I have to agree with the gentlemen who give this DVD a great review because it does capture the spirit of the band better than anything available in any form. Read more
Published on July 3, 2007 by J. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply incredible!
This video absolutely captures the best and worst of Gentle Giant on a single DVD. The best is their fantasic (in the literal sense of the word) music played in kick-arse style and... Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by Peter Summers
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