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So without further ado, for those of you who are not familiar with this gem, here's the blow by blow:
1) "Interview"--a playful adventure in hard-driving, pointilistic funk, with Kerry alternating between organ stabs and lilting electric piano until the instrumental bridge--and oh my god, what a bridge! First Kerry cuts loose on thumbtack (i.e. honky-tonk) piano for a bit--which slides into a minimalist section featuring assorted weird sounds while Gary plays a complex melodic line that's catchier than it should be--on what sounds like an electric sitar! It's nothing short of wondrous in that way only GG can do. Peaks out to a beautiful, majestic end! WOW!!!
2) "Give It Back"--Back in the day the band took some heat for doing this song, I guess because it seemed somewhat trendy to do a reggaeish tune in 1976. However, decades later it's hard to imagine why we wouldn't want to hear John and Ray tackle reggae in alternating 7/8 and 5/8 time, especially with a Zappaesque atonal bridge featuring MARIMBA!!! I think it's delightful, very fun and uplifting. Unlike anything else they ever recorded.
3) "Design"--It's natural to want to compare this to GG's other masterpieces utilizing a capella vocals, "Knots" and "On Reflection".Read more ›
I like the album a lot and would recommend giving it a few listens with an open mind before making any judgements. For me, the best songs are the rocking 'I Lost My Head,' and the great 'Empty City.'
Throughout the whole album Derek's voice is awesome and the songs are creative and interesting. Where the album sometimes draws criticism however is for being too similar to its aforementioned predecessor Free Hand. Every Gentle Giant album before this had been wildly different from what came before it and so some fans were disappointed that this was comparatively safe.
While this may seem true on first listen however, it soon becomes apparent that Interview is an original and well written album. In fact if you haven't heard Free Hand there's really nothing to complain about at all. Gentle Giant's overall aesthetic is there to be enjoyed, that the common link of excellence that can be between all their albums. Furthermore the music is still a lot more diverse, spirited and complex than the majority of other bands and Derek's fantastic voice is still holding up strong eight albums into their career.
Overall, Interview is a wonderful album that is often overlooked and if you like Gentle Giant, its worth at least a test listen as you sure could find yourself loving it. If you're new to Gentle Giant perhaps try albums like Free Hand or Octopus before moving on to the likes of Interview but if you are into the band already it is a worthy addition to your collection.
Kudos to whomever mastered this as "Interview" has never sounded this crisp, vivid and powerful before. Although I would have liked to have more bonus tracks on this disc and comments from Derek, Phil Gary, Kerry and John about the making of the album, I'm happy that it's available in this edition. The original artwork (including lyrics) have been adapted for the CD format and it's an improvement over the BGO release of nearly a decade ago (which was coupled with "Free Hand").
It's also the last album before the Giant took the plunge off the cliff of top 40 prog pop. The songs became less complex over the succeeding three albums and the albums themselves became less interesting. It's clear that for GG to take a step back to commercial music making like when the Shulman brothers were in Simon Dupree and The Big Sound just wasn't going to happen.Read more ›
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I LOVE GENTLE GIANT! For those of you that do enjoy amazing performance, production, and off-center innovation, this release is a must. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by John E. Ellison
I love Gentle Giant to be perfectly clear. Freehand, Octopus, The Power And The Glory, In A Glass House, etc. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Todd bacon
Gentle Giant always delivers superb musicianship and this album is no different. The sound quality is crisp and clear as well.Published 16 months ago by CJ
This is addressing the quad mix which Amazon will in it's infinite wisdom dump in with all the other reviews - retards. Read morePublished 24 months ago by D. Floyd
I had to update this review. I love this album. I reckon it's close to my favourite.Published on July 4, 2014 by ...
For me the opening track and Timing are just amazing. The rest of the CD is very good too...although some of them may take some getting use to. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Olympus Mons
This is my favorite Giant album, I am in a very progressive rock band thats been together 45 years, and we've played a lot of their stuff, actually we are listed on Gentle Giants... Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Licorice Dave
If you love the music that Gentle Giant wrote when it was strongest you know that their later albums had writing that was weaker. Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Steven A. Blomerth DC