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In A Glass House Original recording remastered

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The band continued to perfect their signature mix of hard rock and classical complexity on this 1973 LP: The Runaway; Way of Life; Experience; An Inmate's Lullaby ; the title track, and more!

1. The Runaway
2. An Inmates Lullaby
3. Way Of Life
4. Experience
5. A Reunion
6. In A Glass House

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  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alucard
  • ASIN: B0030U1U6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul Minot on November 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a progressive rock band, Gentle Giant was always a bit different. Avoiding the virtuoso-hero ideals and overblown symphonic textures of their contemporaries, GG blended Elizabethan themes with 20th century music (Stravinsky and Bartok being obvious influences) and out-and-out RAWWK. The result was a sort of rock and roll chamber music, and whatever lyrical weaknesses they had were rendered inconsequential by their incredible sense of adventure and unbelievable contrapuntal jams. They were simply one of the very best instrumental ensembles rock has ever seen. And though they put out a number of amazing albums, "In a Glass House" is in my opinion their greatest. The diverse elements that GG showcased on their other seminal albums are all here, but in this album they are synthesized most successfully into a coherent whole that makes philosophical and artistic sense--a true progressive rock model that would make coherent sense even today, at least more so than the mellotron-driven bombast of most of their peers. Some of this stuff sounds downright Alternative--especially the dissonant, polyrhythmic prog-punk of "Way of Life." The production is intimate, driving, and crystal-clear, with John Weathers driving drums (the John Bonham of progrock) right in your face whenever he is playing. The album is emotionally and intellectually gripping throughout. In short, it is a progrock masterpiece. Buy it. P.S. The last bonus live track is rough sledding, but the first one is incredible.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S. Armeson on September 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is so ridiculously overlooked. From start to finish you are whisked away, downtown to beyond the infinite. I cried (real tears) after purchasing this masterpiece. This is brave, brilliant and off the charts. If you don't own this, or haven't heard this, you have lived an incomplete life. Complete your life and hear this. You won't be disappointed, prog fans.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Lauritzen on December 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you've gotten this far on this page my review will probably be superfluous. Us GG fans have been waiting for this for a long time. I would have been happy with the original on CD, but the addition of two "in concert" tracks (Gary Green's guitar solo in the live "In a Glass House" left me gasping!) adds even more value. If you are just browsing around in the more arcane ventures of the Progressive Rock movement and have never heard of Gentle Giant, well, you've got a special treat in store. From the opening track, with its rhythmic shattering glass (imagine Pink Floyd's cash register in "Money" but with high-strung intensity) to the end (the title track which combines celtic-folk with high energy rock - and much more besides) this is one of the most inventive and powerful creations of the '70s.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Wilkie on December 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
On this album, GG just goes crazy. This stuff is so creative, you won't believe. The instrumentation is so varied: vibraphone, mandolin, string quartet, slide guitar, sax, and lots of great moog sounds of course. The songs are mind blowing. The main instrumental motif in the first track is so psychadelic, and in one part Derek Shulman sings a note that is unexpectedly low...you'll love it, it's so hilarious! "Experience" is one of those two-part GG songs like "Peel the Paint" and "I lost my Head". The best part in this song is an a capella section with two voices doing a contrapuntal thing. The dialogue between the two parts and the blend of the voices is beautiful. "Way of Life" is so incredibly trippy because the guitar follows a 4th below the incredibly strange vocal melody; this one might require multiple listenings before it starts to grow on you! At first it sort of sounds like the guy can't sing well, but you know that isn't the case. The title track rocks, mainly because the riff they use is so damn cool: "Shadow fills the light, until the glass house becomes the night"! This music is so fun, you'll want to dance I'm telling you. This is what prog rock is all about. Hail...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James P. Zaworski on December 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was first turned on to Gentle Giant by my friend Boone about 1987. My first taste of Giant was In a Glass House. I was hitherto and previously a fan of progressive rock, with groups such as Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull, and the Beatles,being my favorites. Gentle Giant took me completely by surprise, and off guard. I liked the music, but wasn't quite sure at first. The changes in the music and the odd time signatures took me completely by surprise! After the second listening, I was completely hooked.
I also found it very unfortunate that very few people have ever heard of Gentle Giant. To me, they are right up there with Tull, Yes, and ELP as the "GIANTS" of progressive rock! I'm glad to see this come to CD finally...it will be a welcome replacement to my bacon frying LP, that also has skips in it! LOL
So, again, if you want one of the definitive Gentle Giant recordings, get this one!
-JZ
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on April 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In a Glass House is a superb work of progressive rock recorded in 1973 that is complex in the traditional Gentle Giant way, yet is neither overbearing nor irritating. They achieve this through the use of subdued and warm tones, e.g. mini-moog, acoustic instruments, clean guitar etc, and yes space. Specifically, whereas the pieces on Octopus (also 1973) seemed to have notes crammed in every crack, In a Glass House allows for room in each composition through a simple process of subtraction. In addition to this, space is also intimated by including very quiet and compositionally simple passages in amongst the more complicated, and shall we say, spasmodic segments. In addition to the trademark Gentle Giant complexity, the references to medieval music are here (Experience), in addition to some nice songs (An Inmates Lullaby and A Reunion). The bonus live versions of The Runaway/Experience and In a Glass House are excellent and the recording quality is superb. The playing on In a Glass House is of course brilliant, and the skill with which the songs are arranged is without peer. Highly recommended in addition to Acquiring the Taste (1971), the Power and the Glory (1974), and Free Hand (1975).
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