Power And The Glory Original recording remastered
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Further clarification is in order: One reviewer claims this to be GG's first concept album. That claim belongs to "Three Friends", released two albums previously. Others have compared GG on this release to Pink Floyd and Van Der Graaf Generator. They are nothing like either of those groups, though I can hear a slight similarity between the openings of "Aspirations" (a beautiful, reflective, jazzy piece) and "Plague of Lighthouse-Keepers". But to lump Gentle Giant in with other styles of prog of that period ..... uh-uh. They had a sound unto themselves, a deliriously syncopated, hard rocking blend of medieval madrigal and funk, and seemed to have more fun playing this highly complex hybrid of sound than many of their self-serious contemporaries. If you asked them what music they enjoyed, they would drop names like War, Funkadelic and Rufus ....... you get the idea.
Back to this album: Yes, there is a concept, and it does tell a very political tale of rise to power, ideals, confidence, manipulation, compromise, betrayal and abuse. Interestingly enough, Power and the Glory came out towards the end of the Nixon Watergate scandal .....Read more ›
One of Gentle Giant's underappreciated albums gets the deluxe treatment. Steve Wilson (of Porcupine Tree and who has done a series of marvelous remixes for bands like XTC and King Crimson)has tackled the "The Power And The Glory" in both CD and a beautifully done 5.1 remix. When I interviewed Derek Shulman a couple of years ago he mentioned they were working an animated video to go along with this album I wasn't aware that it would be for a 5.1 Blu-ray remix at the time.
The DTS 5.1 mix is exceptional sounding giving additional detail, depth and sound stage to the album. The Blu-ray also features animated segments tied into the theme of the album and compliments the music.
We also get a flat transfer of the original stereo tracks on the Blu-ray as well as the instrumental backing tracks with screen saver. All of these are at 96/24 LPCM. The single/title track "The Power And The Glory" is included for the Blu-ray remix as well as the CD.
The CD sounds very nice as well with solid dynamic range and Wilson's remixes remain very faithful to the originals although some new detail does creep in now and again and the resolution is improved over the original analog mixes. As mentioned "The Power And The Glory" IS included as a bonus track as well as the instrumental out-take of "Aspirations".
I'm not a fan of cardboard digipaks (although they are improved if they have a sleeve to house them in). This does not include a sleeve although it is a tri-fold digipak with a booklet included. The booklet features new comments from members of the band about the making of the album integrated into an article by Sid Smith (well known to King Crimson fans)as well as photos of the band in action.Read more ›
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I agree with the reviews I've seen. Steven Wilson's 5.1 work continues to shine and makes albums come alive. The animation is cool too.Published 1 month ago by Phil Adams
Very hard to find locally....thanks....this was the one i was missing in my Gentle Giant Collection....Published 3 months ago by J FRONCZAK
The new stereo and 5.1 mixes of this album as as good as one could hope for. A great album is now even greater!Published 4 months ago by J. D. Mack
Steve Wilson has brought this album alive...if you are a GG fan, add it too your library for sure...Published 8 months ago by Robert Boehm
This is the best music blu-ray ever! The music may or may not be to your liking- if you like Prog, you should like this. But the production on this blu really shines. The 5. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James A. Williar
Fantastic Re-Master by Steven Wilson ... It's like hearing this recording for the first time!Published 12 months ago by Steve S.