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Interview [Original recording remastered]

Gentle GiantAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alucard Records
  • ASIN: B0032700PS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Interview
2. Give It Back
3. Design
4. Another Show
5. Empty City
6. Timing
7. I Lost My Head

Editorial Reviews

Those who lamented Gentle Giant's stab at straight-up pop in the late '70s hold up this 1976 gem as their last classic studio LP. You'll hear dazzling keyboard work and intricate harmonies on Interview; I Lost My Head; Give It Back; Design; Timing , and more!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering corrected--and well worth the wait! October 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After an abortive release due to the serious mastering errors noted elsewhere, the corrected version is at last available. I've always felt this album was underrated by GG fans, largely because it was never properly mastered before--even the original vinyl release sounded weak. But now that this album has at long last been properly mastered, I can say that my high expectations have been more than met. "Interview" has never sounded so good!

So without further ado, for those of you who are not familiar with this gem, here's the blow by blow:

1) "Interview"--a playful adventure in hard-driving, pointilistic funk, with Kerry alternating between organ stabs and lilting electric piano until the instrumental bridge--and oh my god, what a bridge! First Kerry cuts loose on thumbtack (i.e. honky-tonk) piano for a bit--which slides into a minimalist section featuring assorted weird sounds while Gary plays a complex melodic line that's catchier than it should be--on what sounds like an electric sitar! It's nothing short of wondrous in that way only GG can do. Peaks out to a beautiful, majestic end! WOW!!!

2) "Give It Back"--Back in the day the band took some heat for doing this song, I guess because it seemed somewhat trendy to do a reggaeish tune in 1976. However, decades later it's hard to imagine why we wouldn't want to hear John and Ray tackle reggae in alternating 7/8 and 5/8 time, especially with a Zappaesque atonal bridge featuring MARIMBA!!! I think it's delightful, very fun and uplifting. Unlike anything else they ever recorded.

3) "Design"--It's natural to want to compare this to GG's other masterpieces utilizing a capella vocals, "Knots" and "On Reflection".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Interview" an underrated GG treasure January 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Forced to squeeze out a new album in less than four weeks and after constant touring (Ray Shulman joked that the album "would be finished after it was released") "Interview" made Gentle Giant fans happy but didn't break any new ground with the public. It's still a marvelous album even if it is a bit uneven the best tracks including the amazing "Timing". The manufacturing problem aside (initially the mono masters were sent to the manufacturing plant), this is a terrific album. The title track has wit to spare as it focuses on the music press and their vapid obsession with the next big thing. The press never did display (with few exceptions)any understanding of the band's music. The spare beauty of "Empty City" and even "I Lost My Head" are among the other highlights on this disc.

Kudos to whomever mastered this as "Interview" has never sounded this crisp, vivid and powerful before. Although I would have liked to have more bonus tracks on this disc and comments from Derek, Phil Gary, Kerry and John about the making of the album, I'm happy that it's available in this edition. The original artwork (including lyrics) have been adapted for the CD format and it's an improvement over the BGO release of nearly a decade ago (which was coupled with "Free Hand").

It's also the last album before the Giant took the plunge off the cliff of top 40 prog pop. The songs became less complex over the succeeding three albums and the albums themselves became less interesting. It's clear that for GG to take a step back to commercial music making like when the Shulman brothers were in Simon Dupree and The Big Sound just wasn't going to happen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant fans rejoice! They've got it right this time. September 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
While Gentle Giant's eighth studio album, "Interview" can't quite boast the consistency of the band's previous album, "Free Hand", it does have some of Gentle Giant's best work. "Another Show", "Empty City", "I Lost My Head" and the title track are songs that no Gentle Giant fan should be without and the live version of "Interview" included as a bonus track, while rough in sound quality, has an urgency that it lost on the studio version and helps make this set an essential purchase. Also, DRT has corrected the mastering error that was on the first version of this CD from a few months ago so if you've been waiting to purchase "Interview", now is the time because they've got it right this time. This is the BEST version of this album on CD with a punch & clarity that previous edtions didn't have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GENTLE GIANT AND DRT RECALL INTERVIEW ALBUM August 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
July 1, 2005, New York, NY - Iconic progressive rock band Gentle Giant are currently celebrating the 35th anniversary of their formation with the release of seven of their most popular albums, all re-mastered and re-packaged in a special 35th anniversary edition and containing previously unreleased material. Unfortunately, due to a mistake by the manufacturer, the 35th anniversary edition of Interview, which in-stored on June 21, was produced in mono and will be pulled from all store shelves. To rectify this situation DRT is offering to exchange the defective album for the newly remastered version of Interview, the way the band meant it to be. Anyone who wishes to exchange their mono version of Interview can send it directly to DRT and they will be sent the newly remastered Interview, personally autographed by Gentle Giant's Derek Shulman. Interview is now set for a September re-release.

The first two anniversary releases, Free Hand (containing the previously unreleased live version of "Just The Same"), and In A Glass House, one of the band's most popular albums never before available in the U.S., both hit stores May 10. The remastered version of The Power and the Glory in-stored on June 21.

The 35th anniversary re-releases of Giant for a Day (1978), The Missing Piece (1977) and Playing The Fool (1977), a double live album, will be available in August. A Gentle Giant anthology and a DVD of concert footage shot across Europe in 1974, as well as an interview from Italian TV, are also scheduled for an October release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another good gentle giant album
another good gentle giant album. not the best, but certainly if you like their other work this is worth the dollars to buy
Published 7 days ago by ...
4.0 out of 5 stars A much wrongly slighted work by Gentle Giant. I still love many parts...
For me the opening track and Timing are just amazing. The rest of the CD is very good too...although some of them may take some getting use to. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Leonard Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Interview / Gentle Giant
This is my favorite Giant album, I am in a very progressive rock band thats been together 45 years, and we've played a lot of their stuff, actually we are listed on Gentle Giants... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Licorice Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant's fading glory
If you love the music that Gentle Giant wrote when it was strongest you know that their later albums had writing that was weaker. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven A. Blomerth DC
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!!!
Super recording,, for me one of the best if not the best fusion band of all times. Multy talented musicians and meaningful music.
Published 16 months ago by Edward Pagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant! I love it. These guys are fantastic! Incredible musicianship and great compositions. I wish I had known about them decades ago!
Published 21 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant - Interview
Often hailed as Gentle Giant's last good album, or hated for being their first bad album Interview sure does sit uneasily in the Gentle Giant catalogue. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars going for an interview- oh boy
First of all ladies and gentlemen (I mean gentlemen, hehe) why in the freakin' WORLD would Gentle Giant give one of their albums such a boring name like "In'terview? Read more
Published on July 15, 2010 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars GG Interview
First of all, thanks to Wayne for the recommendation. I think the remaster is an improvement from the DRT version in that it sounds much warmer and has more punch. Read more
Published on March 19, 2010 by Philip Schultz
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant satirize the media with "In'terview" solid sounding...
Gentle Giant member Ray Shulman once remarked that "In'terview" was the beginning of the decline for Gentle Giant. Read more
Published on February 24, 2010 by Wayne Klein
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