- Audio CD (November 19, 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Eastworld Records
- ASIN: B009GJC3AG
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Sporting three lead vocalists at this point and playing an aggregate of more than 30 musical instruments in studio and on stage, Gentle Giant wedded classical to rock, madrigals to blues, and simple sweet ballads to near heavy metal and complex time signatures. Theirs was a music that demanded sophisticated musical taste and concentration of its listeners as much as emotion and an urge to dance.
Some Giant fans count this album among their favorites. I find it a bit too atmospheric and meandering on certain cuts, though never boring. "Edge of Twilight" is languid, dreamy, a little ominous, with an instrumental break that moves from delicate arpeggios and feathering of the keyboard to timpani and xylophone. "Black Cat" is another sly tune with electric guitar and keyboards quietly meowing under Kerry Minnear's understated vocal.
For the title cut Minnear plays a brief (1:36) and gentle Baroque theme on calliope-like keyboards that whistle and bomp in counterpoint.Read more ›
The band started when the three brothers Shulman , Derek,Ray, and Phil, got fed up with life as part of Simon Dupree and The Big Sound , who were semi-famous for having a couple of hits in the late Sixties, most notably 'Kites' from 1967 . Wishing to go onto something with higher (sic) ideals than their pop band, like wise musicians were sort out . This search started in 1969 , when of course there was an absolute abundance of very talented muso's around all having been brought up on a heavy diet of Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry,Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones , Hendrix ,Vanilla Fudge,etc and were now ready to spread their own wings . A butterfly plucks a chord in Memphis can lead to a whole musical movement in London.
Three like-minded musicians were selected. Keyboard wizard Kerry Minear was obviously going to be a very useful limb to the Giant , as he could also sing lead vocals on the more rock orientated songs , plus play the odd bass note when Ray Shulman had other duties , Martin Smith got the seat behind the bins as he was found to be a drummer that was prepared to adapt to whatever musical style the rest decided to change to , even if it was three or four times during one song .Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though "Wreck" and "Plain Truth" are about my least favorite songs in the entire GG catalog, this is one of my favorite Giant albums. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Excellent Dry Verb
not my favourite gentle giant album but that doesn't mean it isn't good. stand out songs - wreck and plain truthPublished on July 4, 2014 by ...
I wonder why I balked on this one in the day ? I liked Giant enough to see them in concert and they were superb. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Keith Nathan Albrecht
In 1973 I discovered Gentle Giant through their "Octopus" album. I then worked my way backwards to "Three Friends" and "Acquiring The Taste". Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by Steven A. Blomerth DC
I owned this album on LP many years ago, it sounded like it was recorded over the phone. This new re-mastered version sounds great! Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by John C. Stewart