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Acquiring The Taste (Remastered) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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The three Shulman brothers had previously formed Simon Dupree and the Big Sound with three others in 1966. They cut 9 singles 1966-69 (and one as The Moles in 1968) and one album in 1967, all for Parlophone. The act played R&B and soul and ventured into psychedelia and pop. After disbanding late 1969, the three brothers formed Gentle Giant Feb 1970, bringing drummer Martin Smith, who had ... Read more in Amazon's Gentle Giant Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B0014DKHV4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pantagruel's Nativity
2. Edge of Twilight
3. The House, the Street, the Room
4. Acquiring the Taste
5. Wreck
6. The Moon Is Down
7. Black Cat
8. Plain Truth

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. S. Corney on 30 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
Repertoire have done a great job at repackaging and remastering this wonderful album. The whole thing looks great with some new sleeve notes written by Chris Welch.The sound is much cleaner than any previous releases although the slight bend at the beginning of the title track is still there. As for the music it is stunning! The opening track is classic Gentle Giant with the contrast of Kerry Minnear's beautifully angelic voice, Gary Green's biting guitar lines and wonderful harmonies during the choral bits. The Edge of Twilight and The Moon is Down are both dark,mysterious tracks, the latter quite jazzy in places. Wreck is a modern day sea shanty, lead guitar and moog working in unison in the verse, recorders in the chorus. The House, The Street, The Room is quite a heavy rocking track with a blistering guitar solo from Gary Green. Black Cat is very atmospheric with Phil Shulman singing lead with his light,sensitive voice. The album finishes wih Plain Truth which allows Ray Shulman to stretch out on his violin. This is a fairly straight forward number which I think was recorded during the recording sessions for the first album. If you like music with depth, contrast and integrity buy it! You will not be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Duff on 10 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
I agree wholeheartedly with the reviews that have been posted so far. These Repetoire releases of early Gentle Giant albums are really praiseworthy,both for the sound quality and the faithful reproduction of the original artwork. I was a fan of prog in the early seventies but found that a lot of it has dated somewhat and does sound a bit overblown and pompous. Not so Gentle Giant their music is timeless. Still my favourite band of all time.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Sep 2000
Format: Audio CD
It is a great shame that Gentle Giant are not as well known as they should be. Their music blends together music of many different styles seamlessly, creating something which is completely original and new. In this, their second album, this has never been less apparent.
The opening track 'Pantagruel's Nativity' starts of with distant vocals, and strange, almost comic-sounding keyboards. Then suddenly it bursts open with renaissance-style vocal harmonies (offering glimpses of Queen's epic 'Bohemian Rhapsodie'). Later on, you are treated to a jazzy vibraphone-filled instrumental. Then it winds down with a return to a repeat of the opening verse. Later on in the album, the track 'Wreck' starts off as a normal-sounding song (although with a strong hint of folk provided by the use of modes). Before you know what has happened, the song has changed into a harpsichord-accompanied baroque ballad. Then it bursts back into modern day with a fantastic guitar solo. But undoubtedly, the best track on the album is 'The Moon Is Down'. Like the opening track, it sounds very far out to start with, but then launches into a jazzy instrumental, switching from saxophone to jazz organ to great effect.
However there is no way to possibly describe the sound produced without actually listening to it. It manages to sound original and new, whilst actually still sounding like music. If you are thinking about buying this album, then don't hestate, click 'Send to shopping basket' now. You won't regret it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Mcclure on 13 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
The previous reviewer is obivously not familiar with the development of Gentle Giants sound. This album follows on from their debut and the sound is very similar to Octopus, which is their next but one album. The vocal styling is very similar to all Gentle Giant albums. I can't understand anyone who is into this band not really liking this album, however, if the starting point is the much later The Power and The Glory then that is a far simpler album where they moved towards a sound that catered for the more conservative American ear although that was still an excellent album and they had another couple of good ones after that before the rot set in. Buy this it's great.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun 2007
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All of Gentle Giant's early works are pretty much flawless and Acquiring The Taste is no exception. It certainly has its own unique flavour and is quite noticeably different from their debut, but is of course no less magical for that.

The 1971 album; which was their second, is perhaps the most blatantly diverse and progressive of the band's early career. It is definitely a "grower," so give it a few open-minded listens before making a judgement. If you don't like it on first listen, with repeated spins you may well end up loving it.

The diverse and eclectic album first opens with the slow and passionate 'Pantagruel's Nativity,' which boasts impressive lead guitar lines and moody keyboards, and covers a lot of ground in its brief duration. 'The Black Cat,' for example, is a great soft song with violin and some funky bass guitar. My two personal favourite songs on the record however, are the rocking 'Wreck' and 'Plain Truth.'

'Wreck' is a powerful sea-shanty influenced song with amazing vocals and a catchy bass line, mixing rock and some quieter violin moments. 'Plain Truth' also mixes rock and violin but in a different way; in terms of hard rock, the song is the closest the band ever came to sounding like Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix, but features an astounding Wah Wah guitar solo that on closer inspection is actually played on violin. On top of that, the chorus is also phenomenally catchy and will stick in your head for days.

The remastered edition is arguably pretty awesome, with great production and packaging; If you are going to buy this excellent classic album then at least you can rest easy in the knowledge that you won't just be getting so hastily slapped together cash in, but rather an edition that some effort and care has gone into.
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