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The Power And The Glory (Mixed By Steven Wilson) [CD/Blu-ray Combo][Deluxe Edition]

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Gentle Giant 'The Power and the Glory' mixed by Steven Wilson in Hi-Resolution Stereo & 5.1 Surround sound. Blu-ray/CD version comes with remixed album and videos for all tracks.

Gentle Giant have been asked numerous times over the years by loyal fans of
their music to provide high end audiophile 5.1 mixes of their recordings.
It was not until the acclaimed musician and producer Steven Wilson approached
the band to enquire whether he could become involved in remixing the album that the band decided to present this and future albums in their most state of the art form. Steven has remixed this album keeping the essence of the original mixes but adding specific touches that he believed were important to garner an even better audiophile listening experience. Together with these mixes Ray Shulman has provided a beautiful video experience to illustrate the lyrical content of this 'concept' album.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Proclamation
  2. So Sincere
  3. Aspirations
  4. Playing the Game
  5. Cogs in Cogs
  6. No God's A Man
  7. The Face
  8. Valedictory
  9. The Power And The Glory (Bonus track)
  10. Aspirations (Instrumental Bonus out-take)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2014)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alucard
  • ASIN: B00KGFGLA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In many ways, a breakthrough for this underappreciated quintet, Gentle Giant seemed poised to take on the mainstream with this, their first release on Capitol Records in 1975. They even enjoyed their first (if not only?) airplay on L.A.'s KMET with the song "Playing the Game". Despite other reviewers' claims of more dissonance than other albums, that is maybe the case on the first two songs, but the rest of this collection is pretty solid, funky, more repetitious and accessible than this exceptionally creative group had been up to this point. For more dissonance, check out the later release "Interview".
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 .....
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Those who saw Gentle Giant performing in their heyday were always surprised by how much humour played a role in the live GG experience, rambling jokes in between numbers being par for the course. After their music was branded as pretentious by music critics they even took to touring with a huge neon sign flashing the word "PRETENTIOUS" over their heads. This spirit of playfulness was reflected in most of their music, including Power and the Glory, one of their best albums. It was the first one I ever heard and my initial reaction was "whaaaaaat?", particularly when faced with the frankly insane and utterly brilliant So Sincere. Power and the Glory is not one of their most accessable albums - not that accessable is a term anyone ever applied to Gentle Giant anyway with their nutty time signatures and sometimes raw dissonance counterpointing fragile melodies. But boy does it repay anyone who sticks with it for a couple of listens. What strikes one perhaps the most, compared to much music production nowadays, is the sheer clarity of it. There is no fudging, every instrument is crystal clear and in your face. If this is your introduction to Gentle Giant you might want to purchase Free Hand or Octupus as well and start with one of those since they are a tad easier for the first time listener. But Power and the Glory is one of their best albums and certainly the one that I find myself listening to the most. Just remember that the whole idea behind their music was that it was supposed to be FUN! And you'll have a great time.
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REVISED 8/1/14 FOR CD/BLU-RAY REMIX/REISSUE:

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.
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