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Memories of Old Days - A Collection of Curios, Bootlegs, Live Tracks, Rehearsals and Demos 1975-1980
 
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Memories of Old Days - A Collection of Curios, Bootlegs, Live Tracks, Rehearsals and Demos 1975-1980

29 July 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 July 2013
  • Release Date: 26 July 2013
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Chrysalis Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2013 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 6:01:07
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  • ASIN: B00DL0UR2W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,740 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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This is a 5 CD box set of Audience recorded bootleg material, studio try-outs, recording session instrumental sessions, rough demos and 'some' soundboard sourced live material.
After some exhaustive playing I can now write a review that will help any potential buyer.
The 1st CD mostly contains audience recordings, a few rough demos from 1975/1976. This disc is one of those you play once, nothing really stands out for me.
CD2 is a great rehearsal SBD from Pinewood 1977. Some Has been available on DVD, some great music.
CD3 has more studio tryouts and another concert with slightly better sound for an audience recording. Not that great.
CD4 is the BBC concert also available previously on DVD. Great show and sound. Not stereo it seems. Then a few rough demos thrown in at the end.
CD5 contains Gentle Giants final concert in audience recording sound and a few demos. This is a great show but has ordinary sound.

The problem I have with this set is the fact Progressive Music is meant to be heard in crisp 'clear' stereo sound to truly enjoy the complex musicianship, vocals and musical movements.
Hearing Gentle Giant like its recorded in a tin can does not give the full listening pleasure. This is why the vocals sound awful, the audience sound does little to help any vocal sound.
The demos are unlistenable and the studio session material is good but at times tedious.
If you are a Gentle Giant fanatic then you may get something out of this. I am a fan and have all their studio albums but these 5 CDs are mostly fragments of the brilliance. Most of it is not something you would put on and sit back to listen to. The package has been put together as a complete collection of what was available from 1975 to 1980 warts and all.

Overall I felt disappointed with this set, not up to the standard I expected.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D Tiffin on 14 Nov. 2013
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A better title for this compilation would be "Re-Scraping The Barrel" as, in essence this is all this is. Closer inspection reveals that a large chunk of the material has been lifted from the "Scraping The Barrel" box set. With the exception of the BBC In Concert tracks (previously available on an earlier release and pretty good actually), the rest are lifted from various bootleg recordings, the sound-quality of which is pretty poor to say the least. So, be warned.
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I thought this was a 5CD box set was the long rumored release of Gentle Giant reminiscing about their favorite hit by the band Chicago, "Old Days", and playing variations on that song transposed for 12 tone serialism: The well-known Schoencheeseberger Days tapes that Gentle Giant recorded in the late '70s. It turns out that those tapes may have been destroyed in a fire, and what's here is all that remains from the same era. Kind of sad. But if you can live with that reality, then the assortment of live material and rehearsals that appears here might provide some solace.
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