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Missing Piece [Original recording remastered]

Gentle GiantAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alucard Records
  • ASIN: B0032700Q2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Two Weeks In Spain
2. I'm Turning Around
3. Betcha Thought We Couldn
4. Who Do You Think You Are?
5. Mountain Time
6. As Old As You're Young
7. Memories of Old Days
8. Winning
9. For Nobody

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album, some really good songs, not definitive GG November 7, 2003
By Btbp
Format:Audio CD
Most GG fans agree this is not a "real" GG album. It certainly was the most controversial. But it is good, I'd hazard quite good, but then I don't care what anyone says. GG are an acquired taste, like scotch - the first time (albums) they are hard to swallow, but after that...
So, hearing this may make that scotch taste like beer, which is not what you want when you want a scotch. If you own any GG you should have "Free Hand", which *I* always felt was their definitive album. Get that first. (At least both albums drove my non-Prog college roommates crazy).
There are songs, which, especially if this is your 1st GG album (it wasn't mine) are easy to take (which is why the scotch-drinkers largely dislike this one). At least it got GG on the airwaves, where outside of college radio, I first heard GG with "Two Weeks In Spain" and "I'm Turning Around". I still find "As Old As You're Young" and "Old Days" infectious, it's pretty decent Celt/Folk/Prog rock. And it's hard not to like most of the rest of the album - it gets stronger and more frenetic towards the end.
Re the glitch - if it's the one I heard (keys not faded out properly for a split second) I've noticed it before but it never really bothered me, lots of bands have flaws on their recordings. But the reviewer who pointed this out may be referring to something else I couldn't pick up. If anything, I don't like the way the drum sound changes coming out of the phased acapella at the end of "For Nobody".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant loses themselves. December 25, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The opening track, "Two Weeks in Spain", is bad. Really bad. It's a bouncy pop song that sounds totally ludicrous today. "I'm Turning Around", the second track, is a nice FM radio-friendly commercial piece that suggests _Duke_-era Genesis. It lacks the complexity one usually expects from Gentle Giant, though. Then there is the third song on this album.
"Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It". Whatever made Gentle Giant decide to make an attempt at recording a punk song? As with "Two Weeks in Spain", "Betcha Thought..." today sounds unintentionally funny in its naivety. It doesn't sound a bit like the Clash, the Sex Pistols or any other great punk band; what it sounds like is somebody without a clue trying to be "punk rock singer" and cash in on the latest fad. Gentle Giant really should have stuck with what they did best - progressive rock.
The rest of the album varies in quality, but does contain some tracks that are up to par with classic Gentle Giant. Songs like "Who Do You Think You Are", "As Old As You're Young", and "Memories of Old Days" could just as easily have been on _Interview_ or _Free Hand_. Unfortunately, this album is so cluttered with the bad punk attempts and some very commercial songs that it is obvious that Gentle Giant was, during the recording of this album, in the process of losing themselves. Their last two albums would confirm this suspicion greatly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit that this 1977 album is really not all that bad in spite of what most people say about Gentle Giant's post In'terview studio output from 1977 to their last gasp in 1980 with the Civilian album. The Missing Piece shows a band that was trying to move on from the incredibly complex prog they were known for and attempting to update it with musical styles that were "new and fresh" in 1977, including more mainstream rock styles and punk rock. This is especially apparent on the track "Betcha' thought we couldn't do it", which is very punkish/new wave sounding in a Gentle Giant kind of way, and at 2'22" is the shortest track on the album and also the weakest. As a general trend, the first half of the album seems to cater somewhat to the powers that be that wanted to see Gentle Giant become a commercial and financial success and is poppier (well, as poppy as Gentle Giant could get), while the second half is pretty good - in fact tracks like "As Old as you are Young", "Memories of Old Days" and "For Nobody" are as good as anything off of In'terview (1976), and feature the virtuosity and dense counterpoint that made Gentle Giant such an incredible band. Although I may be reading way too much into the lyrics, I think Gentle Giant was angry and perhaps a little cynical about the change in the musical climate in the late 1970s. Certainly, the bitter lyrics to "Betcha thought we couldn't do it" describe a band thumbing their noses at a larger audience of pop/punk/new wave music fans that thought them incapable of anything but prog. The remastering job by DRT is just OK, and the CD features decent sound quality along with the lyrics to the songs, although that is about it - there are no photos of the band or anything informative in the liner notes. Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gentle Giant Album Anyone Can Like January 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
1977's "The Missing Piece" is a controversial Gentle Giant album, as it witnessed this progressive rock band simplify their intricate music into more straightforward, accessible-sounding rock. The band have said that the late-70's punk movement played a major role in this, as it rendered the band's complex art-rock of the past unfashionable, and they thought it best to change musical direction a bit and deliver some music that was more easily digestible to the masses. Hence, the radio-friendly material of "The Missing Piece." Upon hearing it for the first time, some GG fans went into shock, accusing the band of selling out. But take it from me, the criticisms of the album are absolute rubbish. I love "The Missing Piece," and I'd easily place it somewhere in the band's Top Five best works. What it all boils down to is the quality of the songs & performances, and Gentle Giant sound *terrific* on this disc. I thoroughly enjoy the band's music of the past (my personal faves include "Three Friends" and "The Power And The Glory"), but I like the fact that the band loosened up on "The Missing Piece." There's definitely a renewed vigor & energy radiating from the band on this release, and for once, they're not taking themselves too seriously. They sound like they're having a really good time on "The Missing Piece," and what's wrong with that? And the absolute bottom line is, every single song on this album is great. The bouncy "Two Weeks In Spain" is a great tune. "I'm Turning Around" is a very strong power number. "Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It," "Who Do You Think You Are?," and "Mountain Time" are all freewheeling, fun rockers. "As Old As You're Young" succeeds in capturing the "Ol' English" feel of earlier Gentle Giant, yet still manages to be a catchy song. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing band
Watching them play this set live is amazing. Very tight band with versatility up the yin yang. Some very beautiful music.

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Published 11 months ago by Heather Carr-rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant - The Missing Piece
The Missing Piece was the British Progressive Rock band Gentle Giant's ninth studio album, it was released in 1977 to mixed reviews. Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Gentlegiantprog
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I'm only a late commer to GG and respect their music for its complexity and musicianship.
This is one of their last albums and is a sell out to the recording companies who... Read more
Published on April 26, 2011 by D. A. Astin
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate album
I was speechless after hearing the album for the first time. I am still speechless after hearing it many times. Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by LB
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
We heard the original "Sight and Sound" broadcast on the BBC when it was first issued. Went out and bought the LP but years and countries later, it had gone. Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by Jennifer Eustace
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice remaster for transitional album from the band 3 1/2 stars
Drastic measures had to be taken because Gentle Giant had reached a plateau and couldn't move beyond it; the band had a big following in the U.S. Read more
Published on February 27, 2010 by Wayne Klein
3.0 out of 5 stars actually got better with age
I was initially quite disappointed in this release back in '77. I regarded it is a total abandonment of virtually everythin GG stood for. Read more
Published on May 10, 2009 by ds
1.0 out of 5 stars You call this a remaster?
Well I pretty much agree that this is an underrated album by one of the better prog rock bands ever, what I want to discuss here is the sound quality of this so-called remaster. Read more
Published on May 2, 2009 by Edmund Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Swinging Giant
This album brings Gentle Giant at its straight, with swingiest tunes (Who do You Think You Are and the opener and catchy Two Weeks in Spain) soul-ish and dancing tunes (Mountain... Read more
Published on July 29, 2006 by Carlos H. Naldoni
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars Still impressive even with the band dipping into...
"The Missing Piece" is an underrated album. While it's not GG's best the material demonstrates that they could write material with strong hooks and still make it memorable. Read more
Published on January 13, 2006 by Wayne Klein
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