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I Lost My Head: The Chrysalis Years, 1975-1980 [Box set, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

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 (13 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Chrysalis/EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B00886184A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Just the Same (2012 - Remaster) 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. On Reflection (2012 - Remaster) 5:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Free Hand (2012 - Remaster) 6:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Time to Kill (2012 - Remaster) 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. His Last Voyage (2012 - Remaster) 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Talybont (2012 - Remaster) 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mobile (2012 - Remaster) 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 1976 Intro Tape 1:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Just the Same (John Peel Session) 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Free Hand (John Peel Session) 6:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. On Reflection (John Peel Session) 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Give It Back (International 7" Mix) 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Lost My Head (7" Mix) 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  1. Interview (2012 - Remaster) 6:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Give It Back (2012 - Remaster) 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Design (2012 - Remaster) 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Another Show (2012 - Remaster) 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Empty City (2012 - Remaster) 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Timing (2012 - Remaster) 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Lost My Head (2012 - Remaster) 6:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Two Weeks in Spain 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I'm Turning Around 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It 2:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Who Do You Think You Are? 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mountain Time 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. As Old As You're Young 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Memories Of Old Days 7:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Winning 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. For Nobody 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Just the Same/Proclamation (Live)11:16Album Only
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Listen  3. Excerpts from Octopus (Live)15:40Album Only
Listen  4. Funny Ways (Live) 8:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Runaway/Experience (Live) 9:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. So Sincere (Live)10:20Album Only
Listen  7. Free Hand (Live) 7:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Peel the Paint/I Lost My Head (Live) 7:13£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  3. Giant for a Day 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Spooky Boogie 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Take Me 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. It's Only Goodbye 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rock Climber 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Thank You (7" Single Edit A) 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Words from the Wise (7" Single Edit B) 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Convenience (Clean And Easy) [Clean] 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen15. Shadows on the Street 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Number One 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Underground 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I Am a Camera 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Inside Out 5:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. It's Not Imagination 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 

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This four-disc box set covers the years that Gentle Giant spent with Chrysalis Records between 1975 and 1980. The set is a compilation of the six albums Free Hand, In'terview, Playing the Fool, The Missing Piece, Giant For a Day and Civilian. Also included are bonus tracks (John Peel sessions, 7" mixes, live tracks, and B sides) and a 14-page booklet containing new interviews with the band.

Classic Rock Magazine – August – 7/10

“Four-disc collection from one of prog’s most cerebral bands. What dizzyingly impressive music they made!”

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4CD set containing 6 complete albums issued on Chrysalis from 1975-80 + 8 bonus tracks from John Peel sessions, singles & more. FREE HAND, INTERVIEW, MISSING PIECE, PLAYING THE FOOL (LIVE), GIANT FOR A DAY & CIVILIAN.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous curate's (Faberge) egg 13 Aug 2012
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OK, here's the conundrum: first off, this is a fantastic compilation - the final six Giant albums plus extras with extensive write ups - all for little more than the price of one CD - if this were Pink Floyd, you'd barely get a Wall souvenir coaster for that. And of the six albums (plus extras) contained therein, no less than three come from the Giant's toppermost of top drawers.

So why do I feel like the bellboy who delivered champagne to George Best's luxury hotel room (where a scantily-clad Miss World was lounging about on a bed covered in casino winnings) before asking the footballer `So George, where did it all go wrong?'

The thing is: those three top notch albums are the first three albums featured here - and after album six, the band split for ever. So, George...

Well, there's no sign of rot or pestilence on 1975's Free Hand. It is considered by many fans and critics to be their finest hour (I would argue for 1972's Octopus). The music couldn't be further from the clichés that prog gets tarred with: there's no noodly self indulgence here - this is concise, melodic and genuinely thrilling art rock at its finest.

Interview, a year later, is cut from very similar cloth to Free Hand; Slightly fewer acoustic flavours and even more intricate in its construction. The consensus is that this is the slightly weaker album (for what it's worth I prefer it).

With adjectives like `intricate' flying around, who would have thought that live double Playing The Fool (also 1976) would be such an exciting listen. The considered chamber-rock has been retooled to, er, rock - but intelligently.

Add a fine Peel Session and your entrance fee has by now been paid several times over.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AQUIRING THE TASTE. 14 Aug 2012
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If you are a person with a varied musical palate this is a fabulous opportunity to aquire Gentle Giants 5 studio and one double live album that they recorded for Chrysalis between 1975 and 1980. The first album in this set, Free Hand is regarded in Giant circles as one of the best and is a perfect example of their originality and complexity, at times coming across like time traveling Prog Rockin' monks thanks to Royal Collage of music trained Kerry Minnears love of Medieaval music. This and follow up album Interview gives you an idea of what to expect on the previous six albums. You also get a feel for the earlier vibe on the excellent live Playing The Fool,which manages to shine new light through old windows.
The last three albums demonstrate a less complex approach in answer to the onslaught of Punks less is more mantra. Check out the faux punk vocal on Two Weeks In Spain and the self mocking I Bet You Thought We Couldn't Do It. To my ears its all good stuff but to a lot of hardcore Giant fans who wanted the mind blowing complexity it was a step too far. The people who hated all the clever stuff weren't listening anyway, so cue obscurity. You also get the feeling that the band themselves were not comfortable with the more streamlined approach, compromising their own original musical ideals, but i think it holds up really well.
If you can remain objective you will enjoy this collection from one of the most original and still under appreciated rock bands of all time and at 13.00 an absolute bargain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE DOCILE ACROMEGALIC* 14 Aug 2012
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ah,this brings back memoriesthe green Chrtsalis label,the gurning faces on the cover,Gentle Giant were more tan prog rock,they were more than j azz rock,they were a band which defied genre.
CD ONE......FREE HAND(63.17)
"Just the same"Finger popping start,leads to a much ;oved GG track,there are some great solos on this track.
"On reflection"Great harmonies are a feature of this track, this has always been a favourite.
"Free hand"a very intricate song with Gary Boyle style guitar runs,and you can dance to it!!.
"Time to kill" i am not that familiar with this track,but it contains all the familiar GG traits,perhaps this could be a fair representation of the bands progress at the time.
"His last voyage"A very medieval sounding song,not one of thier better known songs.
"Tallybunt"Is a very Elizabethan sounding track
"Mobile"Is a folk influenced jape,once again,defining GGs musical roots,great fun!!
"1976 intro tape"is just that.
"Just the same"is a John Peel session
"Free hand"Another Peel Session,this is a great version.
"On reflection"guess what? another Peel session
"Give it back"Is described as the internationa mix,in the booklet,it has a sub reggae feel to it.
"I lost my head"Is the 7" single mix.

"Interview" Starts with some strange chatter,then gets into a typical GG sound,this is a great stereo mix
"Give it back"This time we get the full version.
"Design"again another spoken intro,then harmonies appear as only GG can do,this is the band experimenting.
"Another show"a short three minute trip through their deranged minds,what were they on?.
"Empty city"an acoustic intro leads into a more reflective song,this is truly excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 'Giant' collection
Having already got a few vinyl albums and a cd of Gentle Giant, I was always waiting to add to my collection without it costing the earth. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Bluebottlethethird
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Giants
Nothing really new but stands the test of time! Good replacement for your
scratchy vinyls of this period of GG. Only eight bonus tracks maybe nothing more in the vaults?
Published 2 months ago by Maurice
5.0 out of 5 stars The best progressive rock band
The best progressive rock band in a box set from 1975 to 1980. I prefer the earliest recording but having all of them in a budget box is just incredible.
Published 3 months ago by JPLOPÉRA
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Gentle Giant suffered from the same dilemma that faced all the prog rock bands. For a time the twiddly diddly experimental music reigned supreme and then punk came along and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by bart4books
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from a great band
This box set is absolutely brilliant and at an exceptional price. If you like prog rock from the 70s you will love this. The live cd is stunning in every way. Read more
Published 7 months ago by sjd parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band
The most original of bands - truly musical and real musicians. They never got the plaudits which other prog rock bands got because they refused to compromise (apart from the last... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant
I couldn't remember much about them.This set covers later work which takes some getting used to - complex,even a bit overproduced.Fair value if you like them.
Published 14 months ago by P. S. Addison
4.0 out of 5 stars I Lost My Head - 1975 to 1980
The first 1 1/2 CDs are superb, Gentle Giant at their folky, experimental and progressive best. However something changed within the direction of the band in 1977 and the band... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bring_back_the_60s
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music from a great time
So many good tracks and so many memories associated with this album. If you want a look at great music from the 60's - this could be your thing!
Published 15 months ago by Tony Orwin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Taste Well Acquired
First of all, a confession.
I am a fan.
Unlike some (many ?), I didn't lose the faith in the latter years (except for one particular track on "Giant For A Day" :... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gillian Williams
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