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Free Hand Import

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Deluxe two disc (CD + DVD Audio) pressing. Digitally remastered edition of this 1975 album from the British Prog Rock band. Gentle Giant's utilization of complex classical chord and time patterns, together with Hard Rock, Blues, Jazz and even medieval melodies, set them apart from other Progressive groups of their time or since. Free Hand was arguably the band's most popular release, heavily influenced by music of the Medieval and Middle Ages and partly inspired by the band's break up with their former manager. EMI. 2012.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Just the Same (2011 - Remaster)
  2. On Reflection (2011 - Remaster)
  3. Free Hand (2011 - Remaster)
  4. Time to Kill (2011 - Remaster)
  5. His Last Voyage (2011 - Remaster)
  6. Talybont (2011 - Remaster)
  7. Mobile (2011 - Remaster)
  8. Just the Same (DVD Audio)
  9. On Reflection (DVD Audio)
  10. Free Hand (DVD Audio)
  11. Time to Kill (DVD Audio)
  12. His Last Voyage (DVD Audio)
  13. Talybont (DVD Audio)
  14. Mobile (DVD Audio)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B006CNR0BG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gentle Giant got a one-two punch to the gut; the oldest of the Shulman brothers Phil left the band but the band carried on as a five piece and produced one of the finest albums they ever made "In a Glass House" only to find their record label wouldn't release it. With "Free Hand" they regrouped producing one of their most confident, melodic and complex albums. This remaster improves on the DRT remaster from five years ago and is only flawed by not having the bonus live track that release had.

As for the mastering engineer Fred Kervorkian did what's called "selective band compression". Yeah, there is selective band compression applied but the album sounds surprisingly good and isn't brickwalled More importantly, detail and clarity are an improvement over previous editon of the album. There is limiting applied as well as some denoising (at the request of the band) but it isn't as obtrusive as I thought it would be. The best comparison I can think of is that this shares a lot of assets and drawbacks as The Beatles remasters.
This edition does sound better than the DRT.

Why no bonus tracks? I suspect it has to do with the fact that the GG label Alucard will be releasing these reissues on vinyl later this year (2010) and that the band wanted the CDs to reflect the original albums and the forthcoming reissues. "Free Hand" along with "In a Glass House" and "Octopus" represents GG at their finest.

This reissue bests the DRT in terms of sound with much smoother e.q. choices. Recommended.
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It's difficult to pick one desert island Gentle Giant album, they all are unique, and all studio releases except "Giant for a Day" are must haves. With numerous time changes and intricate musical passages Giant is not for everybody and may challenge most listeners. But this challenge can have great rewards because the talent this band has is amazing... all musicians are proficient at multiple instruments, the songwriting skill is superb, and the tunes are timeless. For the novice to Gentle Giant, this CD would be a good starting point.

We begin with "Just the Same" a great upbeat-syncopated rocker... one of those tunes where the chorus sticks in your head and you sing it all day. "On Reflection" showcases great vocal work with a powerful instrumental jam at the end. "Free Hand" is stunning! Great piano intro that turns into a full-out rocking tune slowed down briefly by a wonderful intricate middle section only to blast back into the awesome verse. "Time to Kill" shows once again the power this band has... what a grooving tune, great bass line, great vocals, great interaction between musicians, great everything. "His Last Voyage" is the mellow track on the disc, similar to what can be heard on "Acquiring the Taste", complete with a very juicy guitar solo. "Talybont" is a short instrumental with sort of an Irish jig feel. "Mobile" begins beautifully with a violin and guitar intro only to transform into another great rocking tune. Finally, the bonus track is an unreleased version of "Just the Same". Good version, bad mix (kind of sounds squished/over-compressed).

The Free Hand remix sounds wonderful! After living with the atrociously muddy One Way Records mix for decades I can only say WOW... GREAT JOB!
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This has never been one of my favorite GG albums--that would be "In a Glass House" or "Octopus", depending on my mood--but after hearing this remaster I may have to reconsider. The new remastering is so good I feel like I've never heard it before, with a wonderfully warm low end, plenty of high end sparkle, and all the details in between.

If you're a GG fan and you're wondering if you need to buy it, because you already have it on CD or vinyl, well, YOU DO, believe me. Me? I'm buying ALL the reissues in this series myself!

Gentle Giant Lives!!!
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I'm a bit ashamed to admit I missed the boat on these guys when I first got into progressive rock years and years ago. While I was busy listening to anything I could find from Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Genesis, Van der Graaf Generator and the rest of the English symphonic prog movement of the early 70s, these guys somehow never piqued my interest. Gentle Giant fits right into that mold - although I would qualify their brand of prog as chamber-oriented - and yet somehow they never quite "popped" like some of those other bands. Frankly it's a little surprising too, because they are a uniquely talented outfit, with all five members (in this iteration of the band) being multi-instrumentalists and four of the five providing vocals. Still over the years they have developed something of a cult fanbase, including a particularly strong following in mainland Europe. Having such a richly talented lineup gives the group unparalleled freedom when it comes to vocal composition, instrumental arrangements, and textural variety to their songs.

Gentle Giant from this time period is characterized by heavily contrapuntal writing, experimentation with various time signatures and dissonance, baroque and/or medieval-influenced vocal lines and tightly interlocked part writing among the various voices, both instrumental and vocal. The very first track demonstrates this very well, and shows the somewhat catchier, rock-oriented and yet still complex as ever sound that typifies the band from this period. On track 2 we see what this group was capable of vocally, with an intricately written fugue that is at first run through a capella, and then slowly migrates to the various other instruments over its course.
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