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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 (21 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+Blu-ray, DualDisc
  • Label: Alucard
  • ASIN: B00KKXKQ8S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Proclamation (96/24 Stereo & DTS 5.1)
2. So Sincere (96/24 Stereo & DTS 5.1)
3. Aspirations (96/24 Stereo & DTS 5.1)
4. Playing The Game (96/24 Stereo & DTS 5.1)
5. Cogs In Cogs (96/24 Stereo & DTS 5.1)
6. No God's A Man (96/24 Stereo & DTS 5.1)
7. The Face (96/24 Stereo & DTS 5.1)
8. Valedictory (96/24 Stereo & DTS 5.1)
9. The Power And The Glory (bonus track) (96/24 Stereo & DTS 5.1)
Disc: 2
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 out-take bonus track)

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To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its landmark progressive rock album The Power & The Glory, the members of Gentle Giant have worked together again to release an expansive version of the iconic musical work, joining forces with producer and Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson to present superb remix/remastered versions plus instrumental versions and bonus tracks. 'I am very grateful that the music we produced still has some meaning for fans of our music 40 years after we composed and recorded it,' says Derek Shulman, singer and instrumentalist with the band from its inception until the end. Fans of the iconic British band are already excited to hear the new mix of the legendary album, with Wilson presenting the recording with a sharper, brighter sound. Says brother Ray Shulman: 'I like the way he pays respect to the past but, using today's technology, probably gets closer to the intended result. His 5.1 mix really shows off some of the more intricate arrangements.' Adds guitarist Gary Green: 'He elected to give the instruments their own space, and consequently it sounds nice and airy.' It was Ray, who has worked for the last 30 years in video production, who came up with the stunning visual collection to accompany the songs on the record. The unique video images make up the blu-ray disc, and are intended to be viewed while the 5.1 surround sound mix is playing. Says Kerry Minnear, who played keyboards and other instruments with the band: 'The visuals build and climaxes; solos and sadness are all enhanced in a really thoughtful way. I'm grateful for the time he's put in to create things and then get them timed right so that the audio and the visual impact together.' Written by the band as a 'concept album of sorts,' the 1974 release (originally issued on Capitol/ EMI) shows the impact of when individuals gain power and how that power, ultimately, corrupts them. The expanded version of The Power And The Glory has been designed to give the Gentle Giant fan a whole new listening and viewing experience for the music that has become so near and dear to their hearts. 'It is great to see the reissue,' says drummer John Weathers. 'As far as I am personally concerned it was one of the best Giant albums. The subject matter and the fact that it had a definite thread running all the way through it gave us something cohesive to work with in that it tells a story albeit a sad but very recognizable one.' A CD+BLU RAY digipak release with the new Steven Wilson mix in DTS 5.1 Master Audio and 96/24 Stereo plus the original 1974 mix in 96/24 stereo. Also includes videos by Ray Shulman to accompany each 5.1 track, instrumental versions plus bonus tracks. Disc 1-Blu Ray: Album with videos: 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). Instrumentals album with screen saver: 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 (out-take bonus track). Original 1974 studio mix plus screen saver: 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. Disc 2-CD: 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 out-take bonus track)

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It says much for the way in which progressive music has embraced the 21st century that an album such as this has actually been given an extra dimension through the arrival of the 5.1 surround sound mix. While this 1974 conceptual piece always impressed on vinyl, what Steven Wilson - who remixed this anniversary edition - has done is open up new horizons through his enlightened and quite brilliant reimagining of the music. Because, as a fan of the band, Wilson has brought his own imagination to bear in the lovingly creative work here and, in the process, leaves everyone in no doubt that this is an astounding work of art. --Malcolm Dome, Prog Magazine, September 2014

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm R. Toms on 25 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is, in my opion a stand out Gentle Giant album (CD), it's a nice clean recording, lifted from the masters i understand, i'm a tad biased as this was the firt GG album i purchased many many moons ago, it sounds as fresh and challenging as in '74 and stands up really very well, give it a go and suprise yourself :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ross J. Warren on 29 Jun 2012
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This is both the most difficult and the most accessible record of Gentle Giants 2nd period (ie post Phil) They manage to mix some truly dissonant vocals, with music that can only be described as jazz-funk on the albums first track "Proclamation", and what an opening track it is setting the stage for the rest of the story, as this is a concept album. "So Sincere" the 2nd track is just maybe harder to get into with its odd time signature and fractured melody, but even so give it a week and you will be whistling this one at work. This is followed by the stunningly beautiful "aspirations" featuring Kerry's oh so delicate voice. "playing the game" has an almost oriental feel, but again it somehow manages to sound funky. "cogs in cogs" would have been a good single release, and allows Derek a chance to sing his heart out...wonderful. This record doesn't let up "No God's a man" has everything that is great about GG, followed by "The face" another stand out track...finally and all too soon we are at "Valedictory" where the themes from the first track "proclamation" return, but this time in a more twisted manner. That is it, its all over far to soon and your starting it over because you want to hear it again. Seriously this is one great album, by one of prog-rocks greatest bands. You really should get a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IceBear on 21 Jan 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to ProgRock since the 70s so I'm hardly going to stop now.... I came to love Gentle Giant courtesy of the music library at uni in the mid 70s and always loved the fact that they could do really interesting tunes but also really rock when they wanted to. Curiously though, I never heard this particular album before now. It seems like I was missing some good stuff. The album as a whole doesn't seem to me to have quite the overall strength of "Free Hand" but as a single song, "Aspirations" is as entrancing as anything else they ever did. I'd echo other reviewers that the remastered sound seems pretty good - and it really needs to be for this band or you'd miss some of the detail in their sometimes complex arrangements - all perfectly clear here. I suppose its a slight disappointment that the running time is quite short for a CD - same as the original LP, I guess. It would have been great to have one or two alternative takes, unreleased masterpieces or whatever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Lyall on 28 Oct 2011
Format: Audio CD
Power and the Glory is one of a series of Gentle Giant albums from the early to mid-seventies which stand out as being some of the best music in the history of Rock. Full of twists and turns,complex interplay and a wide array of instuments, this album serves as a very fine showcase for a band which remains unsurpassed to this day. Brilliant.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Scramble on 29 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Simply one of the greatest prog albums of all time, if not one of the greatest albums of all time.
It won't appeal to everyone. The music is complex and in places dissonant (in an artsy Bartok-sort of way). Even dedicated prog fans might need a number of listens before it clicks with them. But I have listened to this album hundreds of times over the decades and each time it's as wonderful as before. If you're a prog fan then you can't not get this. I'd pay thousands for this album. You can get it for 10 quid. What are you waiting for?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WarmDan on 18 Aug 2014
Format: Vinyl
I did not buy this from Amazon but I recently purchased the vinyl Steve Wilson mix from elsewhere and this is without doubt the best produced album I have ever heard! Honestly. It's been one of my favorite albums for years but have only heard it on cd. I sat open mouthed throughout the spectacle and when I wasn't open mouthed I had a big grin on my face. I won't even attempt to describe it as I won't do it justice. Enjoy. Octopus next please Steve.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AER1 on 7 Aug 2014
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I've been a GG fan since I was 11 in 1971 and enjoyed every album. Power was a particular favourite and seeing So Sincere etc done live in 1976 (twice) was a teenage highlight. These recordings have been excellently created by SW who is the modern day guru of prog continuation and am obvious genius where digital sound is concerned. The stand out part of this album for me are the instrumental versions of all the tracks they're a revelation ! The musicianship stands out even more with no vocals to mask it, not that the vocals are bad or anything. If you want to hear how GG would probably have wanted their music to sound then buy this ! The accompanying videos/ word sequences on the blu ray whilst not exactly Hollywood quality do enhance the tracks and beats looking at the CD sleeve to read words, a nice touch. Great album,well revamped, by a great mixer of some of the best prig ever.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Phillips on 12 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD
CD Label : Alucard ALU-GG-011 (USA Import)
I have waited many years for this GG album to get the loving 'digital' restoration it deserves and now here it is! This release is superb and without fault. Re-Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Avatar Studios, NYC from the original ¼ inch tapes through 24bit 96k Hi-Resolution transfer; it is a wonderful resurrection of this fine 1970's album and captures surprisingly clear audio quality from the original recording. I find myself standing in front of the speakers, eyes closed and simply spellbound. What a remarkable team of musicians this band displayed.
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