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Gentle Giant [Import]

Gentle GiantAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • ASIN: B000001FUI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Gentle Giant August 24, 2003
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What do you get when you cross the madrigal, folk-rock of Jethro Tull with the avant-garde, experimental leanings of King Crimson, and you add a dash of classical influences for extra measure? You get Gentle Giant. Always sitting next to Genesis in the music store bins, but never achieving the massive success of Genesis or other well-known progressive rock groups, Gentle Giant were certainly an acquired taste, but for the progressive rock fan who's open to the band's complex time signatures, arrangements, and vocal harmonising, there is great music aplenty to be found in their work, as the band recorded 11 studio albums (plus one live album) between 1970 & 1980. The group, led by vocalist Derek Schulman & keyboardist Kerry Minnear, were a terrific progressive rock outfit that deserved much bigger success than what they got. They never rose above cult status (and they're one of the few progressive bands to never make a comeback, either in the 1990's or now), but their impressive catalog of albums speak for themselves. If you love prog rock, then you'll certainly love Gentle Giant.Their self-titled debut from 1970 is an excellent album that displays quite plainly what this group were all about. The title track is a powerful blend of all of the band's Tull/Crimson/classical influences rolled into one. "Funny Ways" is a lovely song with fine singing & string arrangements. "Alucard" is an awesome prog-rocker. "Isn't It Quiet And Cold?" is the lightest number on the album, an acoustic/classical confection, but it works wonderfully. The exquisite, Traffic-esque "Nothing At All" is an all-time Gentle Giant favorite. "Why Not? Read more ›
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An impressive debut, promising much August 18, 2000
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What would you think of a band that has three different lead vocalists, plays up to 30 different musical instruments (not only in the studio but live on stage!), and mixes elements of blues, jazz, Baroque, rock, and madrigals in its compositions?
Gentle Giant was that band. A challenging quintet that put out 11 studio albums and one double live between 1969 and 1980, the Giant developed a considerable following on the European continent, and fanatical but small fan bases in the U.S. and their native Britain.
This was their auspicious debut. A bit rough around the edges, it features many of the distinctive styles that would coalesce and blossom so impressively on their fourth through eighth albums in the mid 1970s: cello and multi-tracked violin under a bittersweet ballad with a jazzy vibes solo ("Funny Ways"), heavy blues rock with delicate Baroque-style bridges on keyboard and recorders ("Why Not?" which resembles the later "Peel the Paint" or "The Runaway"), offbeat rhythms punctuated by long, humming instrumental breaks ("Giant," similar to the later classics "Just the Same" and "Interview").
"Alucard" calls to mind the Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein" (not surprising, since the title is "Dracula" backwards), with pounding keyboards echoed by an unobtrusive sax, but it adds chilly vocals, then blasting blues lead guitar. In contrast, "Isn't It Quiet and Cold?" is jaunty and sweet: acoustic guitar and cello support a sly lead vocal, with interjections by toy piano and "bones-y" xylophone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice debut from one of prog rock's greats October 30, 2003
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You can think of Gentle Giant's 1970 debut like you can Genesis' Trespass or the first two albums of Yes: just dipping their feet in the waters of the prog world, with a sound maybe not totally living up to their full potential, but definately worth having, after you get a few of their following albums. Prior to Gentle Giant, the Shulman brothers (Phil, Ray, and Derek) were in a band called Simon Dupree & the Big Sound. Of course there was no one named Simon Dupree (Simon was actually Derek Shulman). They released an album in 1967 called Without Reservation and had a hit with "Kites". Being from 1967, I'm pretty sure you shouldn't expect much of that GG sound here. As I hadn't heard that album, I'm sure it's more of a historical curiosity. Of course the Shulman brothers wanted to pursue something more ambitious (especially after King Crimson gave us In the Court of the Crimson King), and formed a band with guitarist Gary Green, keyboardist/vocalist Kerry Minnear, and drummer Martin Smith, and the band became Gentle Giant. They recorded and released their debut in 1970 on the "swirl" Vertigo label. Being a debut album, many bands hadn't quite had their sound or style mastered, and Gentle Giant was no exception. That meant many of the band's over-the-top quirky complexity hadn't surfaced yet. But you can see some of that like on the opening cut, "Giant". I also like the Mellotron solo as well. "Funny Ways" features some great violin work, and Kerry Minnear's trademark "medieval"-sounding singing. "Alucard" (that is, "Dracula" spelled backwards) features vocal harmonies that make me think that Queen had heard their share of Gentle Giant albums in their lifetime. Also interesting to note is the presence of synthesizers, usually as just incidental noodling between cuts. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars This stuff should be better known outside of the prog-head world
So incredibly good. This was on my husband's wish list, but now that we've gotten a couple of Gentle Giant albums, I may be even a bigger fan than he is. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Louise S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great edition to my music library!
Published 1 month ago by PervySageChuck
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a good place to start for those not familiar with gentle ...
the gentle giant debut lets listeners know that this band is somewhat different from the start. what would become typical of the band started right here. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A discovery for me
I only recently discovered this first album by Gentle Giant. And listening to it now I see how much Gentle Giant grew from the first album, but I also see how musical and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steven A. Blomerth DC
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Find and fast Delivery
A great Group from the Prog rock era of the 70's Gentle Giant will go down as one of the lesser known Prog Rock groups of the 1970's. But a great find and nicely priced album.
Published 9 months ago by Joseph B. Arlington
2.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointed
I was under the impression this was the "Three Friends" CD and it also came with a broken jewel case and ripped a bit. I would suggest better packaging in the future.
Published on April 28, 2012 by frustrated
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant - S/T
Gentle Giant's self-titled debut studio album was released in late 1970. In my opinion it is an incredible record and one that I would enthusiastically recommend to any fan of... Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Gentlegiantprog
4.0 out of 5 stars The 1st Official Gentle Giant Album Release
Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant is the bands first recording released as a group.
I think there are some real gems on this record. Isn't It Quiet and Cold? Read more
Published on June 16, 2010 by C. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars No synth riffs?
Good remaster, still waiting for the rights to revert to the band so they can do a real remix/remaster.
Where are all the synth riffs looped at the end of the album!? Read more
Published on April 2, 2010 by Christof Munoz
4.0 out of 5 stars Aye, a GOOD beginning
This is not a landmark debut, in which the artist made a huge tidal wave of a splash with their very first release: such as King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson Kings, or the... Read more
Published on February 21, 2009 by L. Peyronnin
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