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In a Glass House: 35th Anniversary Edition Extra tracks

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To commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Gentle Giant's debut release, DRT Entertainment is releasing special editions of select Gentle Giant Albums. These 35th anniversary editions are digitally remastered with new packaging elements and previously unreleased bonus live tracks. Acquiring the series will undoubtedly be a necessity for the massive Gentle Giant community that has remained active for (3) decades. "In A Glass House" (recorded in 1973) was never released in the U.S.. Easily one of the group's most pleasing records, it's a complex and dynamic listen that yields truly amazing Gentle Giant songs that make it a must-have for all the fans that literally have been searching decades to find a copy. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Runway
  2. An Inmates Lullaby
  3. Way Of Life
  4. Experience
  5. A Reunion
  6. In A Glass House
  7. Experience (Live)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • 35th Anniversary Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Alucard Records
  • ASIN: B000850IHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Paul Minot on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is probably my favorite GG album, which makes it one of my favorite albums of all time. The remastering is simply perfect, with a rich, warm low end and a bit of compression tastefully applied to appropriately reduce the dynamic range a tad. Normally that wouldn't be such a good thing, but in fact this album had such an EXTREME dynamic range in its original form that it was damn hard to hear the quiet parts when listening on a car stereo. Interestingly, only limited effort was apparently made to reduce tape hiss, such as on the solo kick drum at the beginning of "A Reunion"--and in fact it seems to me artistically appropriate the way it is. Overall it's a wonderful example of creative yet tasteful mastering.

The packaging is likewise excellent, recreating the original LP cover effectively, with the 3-D effect intact.

Upon listening to this CD with fresh ears, I realized why I like this album the best of all. Gentle Giant always struggled somewhat with their identity. Unlike other prog bands who usually drew upon 18th and 19th century influences (Baroque, Classical, and Romantic usually), and went for the "orchestral" sound, GG played like a rock band performing chamber music, and drew upon 20th century influences like Stravinsky and Bartok, as well as Elizabethan, jazz, funk, and just plain blues-rock. On "In a Glass House" all vestiges of pop-rock atmosphere recedes after the extroverted "Runaway" (which has a manically atonal xylophone solo, nonetheless), and you are left with a band struggling to create legitimate 20th century music--a sort of "Suite for Rock Band, Tuned Percussion, and Medieval Instruments", with an academic yet emotional depth that completely lacks any evidence of condescension to the marketplace.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kirk P. Tuminaro on October 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Everything about this semi-conceptual album from 1973 is as close to perfect as you're going to find if you're a fan of progressive rock or art rock. Not all of Gentle Giant's albums were conceptual in nature, but this one is, and everything from the original packaging to the lyrics and arrangements tells you without a doubt that you will be taking a close look at the darker side of the human psyche with this music.

The opening salvo of "The Runaway" sounds of breaking glass and is a reference to the old saying that people in Glass Houses should not throw stones. The song itself is a rather heavy tune by Gentle Giant standards, but has some well-placed quieter moments which utilize the band's trademark recorders and flutes. The next track, "An Inmate's Lullaby" is a montage of the thoughts which might run through the mind of someone who has been institutionalized due to a major psychotic break, and you can almost imagine someone's tortured inner child being put to music.

"Way of Life" is a song about introspection and finding answers to one's inner demons, and has a quick tempo but isn't quite as heavy as the opening track. It's more jazzy sounding, and probably the most upbeat song of an otherwise dark album. "Experience" shows off the talent that Gentle Giant had for medieval-sounding arrangements, and is a song about how difficult experiences in one's early life can contribute to further problems as one ages and tries to succeed in the world. The transitions from a 3/4 shuffle to a 4/4 angular rock feel are just flawless, and the arrangements here are just some of the finest the band ever developed.

There is a major shift in mood to the next track, the charming and eloquent "A Reunion".
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By baligathi on October 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit, I've been listening to this CD constantly for the past few weeks. It's just that awesome. I'm a newbie to the whole prog rock thing, but man, this CD rocks!

My favorite tracks:

The Runaway


In a Glass House
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By scot lade on August 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
gentle giant's output can be summarized quite easily: the first three were interesting, but lacked focus. the next five were all amazing. the final three were disappointing (to say the least!) this was their fifth release, rules. not originally available in the US, in a glass house shows GG at the peak of their power. it remains one of the finest examples of seventies progressive rock. it's hard to pick a favorite from the middle five, but if you put a gun to my head, i would pick this one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Scalzo on October 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Gentle Giant differed from the mainstream 70's prog bands in a number of significant ways, not least of which was that when it came to the requisite classical influences, their proclivity was towards Medieval motifs rather than the Romantic and 20th Century pretentions favored by other proggers. GG's songs were shorter too, with 7 minutes being an "epic." Gary Green had a noticably more blues-influenced style than most prog guitarists. And then there was the somewhat contentious subject of the bands vocals, considered effete and "cold" by many listeners, although I personally rarely have a problem with them.

But Gentle Giant was most definitely prog, packing their songs with key changes, tempo shifts and virtuoso musicianship that made them one of the most prototypical of all prog groups. They were all talented multi-instrumentalists who made the constant axe-switching a part of their live show. They were, as they proudly stated, "pretentious for the hell of it."

Now, that "P" word is guaranteed to prick up the ears of prog fanatics since we eat up pretentiousness where others abhor it. Then there's the fact that the band's record label considered In A Glass House to be too uncommercial for release in the USA, leading to sporadic availability here. Non-proggers would never understand this, but to the converted there's no denying the appeal of a pretentious band making an album that was too proggy for their own label!

But In A Glass House succeeds not on it's legend but on it's own considerable musical merit. Many aficionados peg the Octopus album as GG's finest, but I would put Glass House right up there with Octopus on the highest level of this band's distinguished canon. It is a very similar record save for a noticeable reduction in Medieval content.
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