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Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant Audio CD
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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 (19 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eastworld
  • ASIN: B009GJC374
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant - S/T 23 May 2007
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Gentle Giant's self-titled debut studio album was released in late 1970. In my opinion it is an incredible record and one that I would enthusiastically recommend to any fan of Progressive Rock music and which I would definitely label as a 'must own' for existing Gentle Giant fans.

All things considered this is an album and a half, almost ahead of its time. The record features superb production considering its age, powerful drumming from Martin Smith, interesting lyrics and of course fantastic music that is creative, complex and incredibly varied. Things can range from powerful to soft to quirky and from concise to complex, often changing at the drop of a hat.

Every musician is a master of their instrument, or several instruments in fact. Phil, Kerry and Garry are all amazing adding flute, tuned percussion and cello to the fray in addition to their main instruments, and then you have the Shulman brothers mixture of strings, brass and rock instruments on top of that.

The sax on this album from Phil Shulman is a nice addition that adds a swing to the proceedings. The bass from Ray Shulman can range from the funky to powerful to subtle where necessary. Derek Shulman's wonderful singing really makes the band gel with his soulful screaming, soft melodic whispers and hearty baritone croon.

Highlights include the bombastic Title Track as well as the catchy 'Why Not?' and the amazing 'Funny Ways,' which almost deserves your money by itself. Its a superb song featuring beautiful vocals, a haunting string section, horns and an evocative simple little guitar chord section that ties the whole thing together.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gentle Giant 26 May 2009
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As I liked Yes when they were first around, I tried GG and was amazed by the complexity of the sounds and the musicianship. As a debut album this would be hard to beat. Lovely and jazzy, try it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different kinda prog 27 Feb 2008
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What a great album this is from Gentle Giant.I had heard of this group in the 70s but had never listened to there music up until this week,my loss,Going on the review above I took the chance and ordered the cd from Amazon.First of all the quality of the cd is excellent,from reportoire there sound quality is always great bought Budgie cds on this label.The music is really good quite strange to descibe in some parts and really rocky in other parts.I could relay a little bit to early Yes in some parts but anyway I really enjoy this album its different,these guys can play there instruments and if you enjoy early prog you will like this album you might need a couple of plays before you get hooked but you should enjoy,I also picked up a tiny bit of Hawkwind on one of the tracks.Nice cd for your prog collection.Gentle Giants music wont be for everyone so might be good idea to try and listen to some of there work before you purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gigantic debut 22 Jun 2008
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After the demise of Simon Dupree and the big sound, the Shulman brothers (Derek, Ray and Phil) along with Martin Smith added keyboard player Kerry Minnear and guitarist Gary Green to their ranks. This line up was responsible for the musical delights contained in this album. While later releases steered towards various forms of experimental sounds and time sequences, usually listed under "progressive rock" where did that name come from?, this first album, while intricate in places was also cohesive with some good melodies. Most tracks follow a pattern of driving riffs mixed with lighter passages, with the exception of "Isn't it quiet and cold" which has an acoustic feel leaning towards palm court orchestra style, not as much as Stackridge's more eccentric moments though. For anyone wishing to start a G.G. collection then this or Three friends would be a good starting point, before moving on to the more experimental music of "Octopus" and beyond.

This album lost a point for two reasons 1:- at 37 minutes I feel it is one song short 2:- Vertigo could have put a bit more effort into it's packaging, a bit of memorabelia wouldn't have gone amiss.
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