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Interview [Original recording remastered]

Gentle GiantAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,417 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant - Interview April 10, 2012
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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. Released after the popular Free Hand album in 1976 the concept album based around band interviews is wonderfully produced and the level of skill and musicianship contained within is nothing short of great.

I like the album a lot and would recommend giving it a few listens with an open mind before making any judgements. For me, the best songs are the rocking 'I Lost My Head,' and the great 'Empty City.'

Throughout the whole album Derek's voice is awesome and the songs are creative and interesting. Where the album sometimes draws criticism however is for being too similar to its aforementioned predecessor Free Hand. Every Gentle Giant album before this had been wildly different from what came before it and so some fans were disappointed that this was comparatively safe.

While this may seem true on first listen however, it soon becomes apparent that Interview is an original and well written album. In fact if you haven't heard Free Hand there's really nothing to complain about at all. Gentle Giant's overall aesthetic is there to be enjoyed, that the common link of excellence that can be between all their albums. Furthermore the music is still a lot more diverse, spirited and complex than the majority of other bands and Derek's fantastic voice is still holding up strong eight albums into their career.

Overall, Interview is a wonderful album that is often overlooked and if you like Gentle Giant, its worth at least a test listen as you sure could find yourself loving it. If you're new to Gentle Giant perhaps try albums like Free Hand or Octopus before moving on to the likes of Interview but if you are into the band already it is a worthy addition to your collection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars music good! - price bad! - JP Quad mix.
This is addressing the quad mix which Amazon will in it's infinite wisdom dump in with all the other reviews - retards. Read more
Published 20 days ago by D. Floyd
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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 19 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 24 months ago by john
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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