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Octopus [Original recording remastered]

Gentle GiantAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alucard
  • ASIN: B005G0YP3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the undisputed classics of the prog-rock era, this 1972 LP finds the band members not only in a creative zone, but showing off their prowess on guitar, bass, drums, synth, vibes, cello, sax, trumpet, violin, xylophone and Mellophonium! Follow their fabulous musical trek through The Advent of Panurge; Raconteur, Troubadour; River; The Boys in the Band; Dog's Life , and more plus bonus tracks.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Gentle Giant was a British progressive rock band that handled a multiplicity of musical styles (from rock and blues to Renaissance madrigals and jazz) and instruments (roughly 30 of them in concert) with ease. The songs were rhythmically complex, the lyrics rich and intelligent, vocal harmonies could break into four and five parts, and in concert the boys would treat fans to guitar quintets, percussion quintets, recorder quartets, a cello/violin/bass/drums combo, and acoustic guitar duels. That they toured with Yes, Jethro Tull, and Renaissance gives only a hint of where their talents lay.
The boys issued 12 albums between 1970 and 1980, roughly in an arc that ascended to this, their fourth album, and remained at peak level for the next five, descending to a bumpy close with the final three. The fervent support of longtime fans and the introduction of new, young listeners in the late 1990s has prompted the recent issue of tribute albums, out-take collections, and a number of live recordings.
_Octopus_, well loved by Giant fans, is perhaps a little on the eclectic side for the newcomer, though it sports the incredible "Advent of Panurge," with its blend of smooth keyboards and vocals punctuated by slashing passages and roaring choruses. "Raconteur Troubadour" is the rolling Renaissance cut of the album. The song that inevitably leaps out at the listener is "Knots" -- a tribute to R.D. Laing's slim volume of word game/poems, partly sung in four and five parts a capella, and alternating with playful sections of violin and xylophone. The band members' notes refer to it as "something of a musical jigsaw.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant's Best October 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Gentle Giant's music is, as they rightly say, an acquired taste. This gave the band a strong core of dedicated fans, but ultimately drove Gentle Giant out of existence. I have always wondered what they were thinking; you can't produce this kind of complex educated music and get any kind of commercial sucess. More accessible than Curved Air or Henry Cow, less grandiose or cosmic than Yes, Gentle Giant created a sound that no one could imitate or degrade with the exception of themselves.
Octopus is the first part of the three album high point of their spiky career, culminating in Free Hand, and then fulminating on Interview, etc. The tightness of the playing, the cohesion of the vision was never better here. The songs are projections of the players: smart, sharp, and concise. The world of 1973, even with its lack of technology, internet, and globalisation, produced so much good music based on the what the musicians themselves could do, not on drum loops, samples, and sequencers, that it makes me timesick to think about it. Here is an exellent example of has been lost.
Why this is not using the original Roger Dean cover is a mystery. American Prog covers are boring compared to the English artists on the late '60's and 70's.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered edtion of classic GG album sounds terrific December 23, 2006
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Gentle Giant's fourth album has been reissued and remastered by Repertorie for CD. The remaster sounds terrific. The new version sounds better than the U.S. domestic release and is a slight improvement on the Japanese reissue that was put out in a replica of the original album sleeve a couple of years back. It's slightly warmer sounding than previous editions with quite a bit of sonic detail. Should you upgrade? To me this is the best sounding of the reissues but some people will be happy with the Japanese pressing from 2001. That edition sounds fine but for me this one wins hands down. Considering the fact that the original mastertape is well over 30 years old, that's quite an achievement. Although the person who remastered this isn't credited they've done a splendid job.

If you don't mind the fact that the carboard sleeve isn't an exact replica of the original release, then this will be the best version to buy. Since the sound (at least to me) is more important, I'm happy with this limited edition remaster. I've posted a copy of the original cover artwork for comparison purposes. Also, the lyrics that were on the inside of the original sleeve are missing in this redesign by Martyn Dean (brother of cover designer Roger Dean)but it would have been difficult to read them anyway.

They will also reissuing "Three Friends" in Marchof 2007 in a remastered edition. Hopefully that edition will not have some of the sonic sloppiness that marred the Japanese re-release from last year.

There is, however, a poster included that duplicates the original inside of the album sleeve with the original graphic (which was the cover image rendered in blue and white).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "aquired taste" is an understatement December 6, 2005
By 77Jim
Format:Audio CD
After hearing and reading fantastic things about this band, I decided to give GG a try with this album. I don't know if I reccomend following my route. My immediate reaction to Octopus was a negative one. I felt like a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle fell off a high shelf and dumped on my head. There are half a billion complex intricacies here topped off with some unique vocals which are not easily appreciated upon introduction.

I almost packed the disk off to my girlfriend's Tull loving father out in Utah.

I am so thankful that I did not follow through. To the uninitiated this music fights for your respect... when it finally "clicks" it is wonderful. I kid you not I started humming some of these melodies in my sleep and at work. I had to scan thru my iPod to figure out what I was humming.

Honestly I do not play the heck out of Octopus, but I did purchase a handful of Gentle Giant's other albums which I liked right away. To the new and curious such as myself, I don't advise starting out with Octopus.

I do think Gentle Giant is brilliant... I had no plan on becoming a fan... they won my respect fair and square.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Cristian E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great edition to my music library!
Published 2 months ago by PervySageChuck
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good album. stand out tracks -advent of panurge
a very good album. stand out tracks -advent of panurge, a cry for everyone, knots and dog's life. if you like more complex music that still makes sense to the ear as well as the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen
Like anything deep and genius, you have to listen to this music very carefully to get it's full impact. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Douglas Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars artfully musical and composed with a sense of humor
A great sounding recording from 1972, remastered and well worth getting. Gentle Giant's music was contrapuntal, angular, strongly rhythmic and complex, but above all it was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steven A. Blomerth DC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great prog album, but I have a question
I am new to Gentle Giant, though a long-time fan of prog. It took a few listens, but I've really gotten into them and really love what they were doing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cap'n Potbelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant Octopus
One of the best records this band has ever put out. Not sure why they don't reissue this on vinyl because it's really incredible. Some kind of business politics I guess.
Published 9 months ago by John D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album by a great band!
All of the reasons that I love Gentle Giant are alive and well on this album. An incredibly creative and virtuosic band. I think it would be difficult to not enjoy this music.
Published 9 months ago by Jon Bafus
4.0 out of 5 stars friggin aweseome
i really love this album this is a classic , and if you like GG you really must get it
Published 22 months ago by Jon
3.0 out of 5 stars just not my style
I purchased this mainly because I had heard of them since the 70's but had never listened to them, plus I was going to a concert where they were in the line up. Read more
Published 24 months ago by T. Grant
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