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The Missing Piece Original recording remastered

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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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  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alucard
  • ASIN: B0032700Q2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Btbp on November 7, 2003
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 By A Customer on December 25, 1998
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 By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on April 2, 2006
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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. but they still hadn't cracked the top 20 in album sales. "The Missing Piece" was the radical surgery the band felt they needed at the time--making a more accessible album that would reach the same audience as Yes.

Gentle Giant felt that they had something to prove (hence "Betcha Think We Couldn't Do It")with "The Missing Piece".

The remaster of "The Missing Piece" doesn't sound quite as "harsh" as the previous CD incarnations and because it's drawn from the original master tapes improves on some earlier reissues of teh album. The bonus live performance of "For Nobody" (which could be from a sound board recording but sounds more like it was pulled from a bootleg) isn't included here. It would be nice to see a live album from this period of the band released and based on some comments from Derek Shulman perhaps it will happen (as an archive type limited release). Keep your fingers crossed because while "The Missing Piece" isn't "In a Glass House", "Free Hand" or "Octopus", it's still a good album worth exploring.

The only way to improve this release would have been to make it a two disc set with a live disc from the same period/some outtakes and/or liner notes on the making of the album. If you have the DRT this reissue is a slight improvement on that that release.

"The Missing Piece" wasn't that album. While it IS a compromise of sorts it also was a bold, new direction whether it was the RIGHT direction is based on how you feel about Gentle Giant.
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