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  • Actors: GENTLE GIANT - GIANT
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DRT ENTERTAINME
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5KSJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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To commemorate the 35th anniversary of their debut release, DRT Entertainment is releasing a special edition album, digitally remastered with new packaging elements and previously unreleased live tracks. Also included is footage from a 1975 US TV concert from The Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, California; Szene '74: rare footage from Giants European tour filmed by German TV station BRW; Baroque & Roll: black & white film from Italian TV with live footage and interviews; phto gallery; and VH1 Classics special feature; plus a bonus audio disc with 70 minutes of music!

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CD included withthe DVD is a bonus!
john klukowski
If you're a fan of the most adventurous kinds of rock music, or always wondered about the legendary Gentle Giant, I can't recommend this DVD strongly enough.
Rik K
The music is what the fans are here for and it is spectacular and in many ways indescribable.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By critic-ailleurs on February 24, 2006
Format: DVD
...and if you don't mind seconds... even thirds... But then Kerry Minnear's vibes solo is never the same, is it!? And what a treat at that!

And how about when they stop everything dead cold in mid-air to tune up the cello, for a huge 30 seconds or something?!... yes, live on stage: how cool can you get!!

For me - I have to say I was already highly familiar with the much bootleged ZDF show of this collection - the most interesting section is the '76 Italian TV documentary. Although I do struggle to make minimal sense out of the Italian-dubbed group interview, I find the mono recorded, B&W concert excerpts (quite long ones) of late '73 to be the best gig, with the best damn live "Advent of Panurge" one could dream of (Derek's lead vocals, sharper, powerful but less forced, and more refined, and the general groove, much closer to the original studio version than any other official live version, if like me you are fonder of that). Mono and low-fi as it might be, the mix happens to be superior to the other sections' (eg. Kerry Minnear's vocals).

My second favorite section, as strange as it might sound, is the 36-photo gallery from Gary Green's private collection. Coming basically from the Advision studio recording sessions of "Octopus" (1972), it gives a unique and priceless window to one historical musical moment in the making, and tells tales on the collective writing, perfoming and recording collaboration of the then-six piece Gentle Giant. Thanks for this, Gary, from the bottom of my heart!

So all in all, definitely a great buy for the buck!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Unregistered User Name on March 29, 2009
Format: DVD
I saw Yes as a kid at RFK Stadium in Washington,D.C and it planted a seed of curiousity about the progressive rock genre. While I sought out a few of the bands and their sounds from time to time, Gentle Giant was a name I knew for decades, but never got around to hearing. I'm glad I finally did.

There are two discs in this collection, one DVD, one audio and for the sake of time, I will review them together. While it is interesting to see the DVD and watching the "multi-instrumentalism" of the group live, in honesty there is nothing exceptional to witness besides that oddity visually. The film stock from Gentle Giant's mid-70's show in Belgium ( which comprises most of the DVD) is of older quality, as is another part of the disc that was filmed in California. NO stage pyrotechnics or any visual flash here- just a group of Englishmen who are serious about their music, though they do seem to enjoy themselves.

The music is what the fans are here for and it is spectacular and in many ways indescribable. Gentle Giant's song structures are complex, with intricate riffing on guitar and keyboards, quick tempo changes with top rate drumming (and sometimes odd syncopation) and transitions from styles as diverse as baroque, jazz rock and even some acoustic dueling on guitars that echoes of bluegrass and folk. The lyrics are strange, I still have zero idea what many of the songs are really about, but they are sung decently by a lead man whose voice really fits the music.

There are some great numbers here- my favorites are "Proclamation" a cool little keyboard riff that's slightly jazzy and leads into a unique and ornately timed saga.Watch/listen to the drum patterns here and how the percussion is timed to the riffs, I do not know how this is pulled off live!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Harr on July 10, 2010
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Gentle Giant have released audio CD's from most of the important tours they undertook during their 10 year existence. Many would point to the official release of "Playing the Fool", recorded in 1976 during the "Interview" tour as the definitive audio record of the band playing live and for good reason. But, no official live video has surfaced of the band during this tour, or from any tour between 1970 and 1976. Along comes this official DVD finally documenting the band playing live during the "Power and the Glory" tour in 1974, just preceding "Free Hand", and at the peak of their capabilities. You will want to see each band member switch to drums and percussion for the finale of "So Sincere", and see Kerry's insane vibraphone solo during "Funny Ways". Close up footage of frets, keys, and percussion. It's all here. Best video is from German TV in 1974, but the Long Beach, CA footage later in 1975 during the same tour is also of interest, as are the extras listed below, particularly the Szene footage featuring Gary's searing guitar riffs. In short this is a must have document for anyone interested in seeing how this band appeared live to really appreciate how they pulled off such complex and compelling work. For many progressive bands the performance itself is as important as the audio content - to me Gentle Giant is no exception and footage is critical to complete the experience. Forget the CD - there are better. Buy this for the incredible live footage.Read more ›
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