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Three Friends (Remastered) 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 (11 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B0011NT4FM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Schooldays
3. Working All Day
4. Peel the Paint
5. Mister Class and Quality?
6. Three Friends

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Hopkins on 26 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This band were never truly recognised for their amazing talent and originality. Although they epitomised 'progressive music' in the 70', they never managed to break through to the mass acceptance that they deserved.
Three Friends is one of their less acclaimed albums but, for me , in the title track, it has the best song that they ever produced. Coming at the end of a sequence of songs about the different paths followed by three schoolkids, it has a hymn like quality that can bring you to tears.
There are other, equally worthy records by this great band but it will always be 'Three Friends' that I will come back to...maybe because it reminds me to think about my own schooldays and the friends who disappeared into the past.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Per Gulliksrud on 10 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is amazing stuff! A wonderfully crafted album by the progressive rock giants Gentle Giant. Many of their albums are good, but they're not easy listening, their music is very complex, very challenging. It's a mixture of symphonic rock, hard rock, adding some medieval influences. This is a concept album, telling the story of three friends, starting out when they're playing together as children, "Prologue" and "School Days", and followed their very different paths through the life. One become an ordinary worker, the second an artist and the third become a very rich man. The songs illustrated this, "Working All Day", "Peel the Paint" and "Mister Class and Quality". The last song "Three Friends" is a very beautiful, like a psalm, one of their best.
A very recommended album!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is often overlooked, overshadowed by the following album "Octopus". But "Three Friends" is one of the bands best. Whereas "Octopus" featured shorter, highly structured and tightly arranged songs, "Three Friends" six tracks gives the musicians room to breath and actually feature some solo spots. There is some especially fine organ work by Kerry Minnear on "Working All Day" and Gary Green shows himself to be a highly versatile guitarist, just listen to the solo at the end of "Peel The Paint". Talking of which, "Peel The Paint" is for many the outstanding track and was a live favourite. Here in its studio form, the gentle, pastoral, introspective intro gives nothing away of the rock onslaught which follows. A beautifully realised track. I am also fond of the opening "Prologue" with its mix of sax and synth and the finale of "Three Friends" with its beautifully elegiac mellotron/organ ending.

Listening to this album again, I am reminded how original and inventive this band were. They should have been as big as Genesis, Yes and ELP, but maybe many found the complex time signatures and mix of so many musical styles too hard to grasp. A shame as they have been so influential on many new bands like Spocks Beard and their music sounds so fresh and vital.

This remaster is the last in Repertoires re-issue of Gentle Giants albums which were recorded for the Vertigo label. Like those this is expertly remastered by Eroc to make it sounding so crisp and lively. It's also beautifully packaged in a mini-LP style sleeve, reproducing the original LP artwork. The fold-out insert contains lyrics, credits and an essay by Chris Welch. This is a very good re-issue of one of this highly original bands best albums. I would get the lot in this series while you can.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. L. Ward on 19 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was actually quite a fan of the Japanese digipak release on Universal - although some reviewers did ask questions about its sound quality. To my 56 year old low fidelity ears though, the sound was always fine - I was just so relieved that someone had had the courage to authorise the use of the original magnificent cover. Where this latest one from Repertoire wins is in the quality of the artwork. The text and illustrations appear much more clearly than they do on the Japanese release and in keeping with Repertoire's policy, there is the bonus of an informative little booklet. The theme of the album (that of three schoolfriends who become separated in adult life) seems to acquire ever greater poignancy as the years spin by. Kerry Minnear's 'Schooldays' recalls as though through a dream, the seemingly endless summer of childhood whilst the title (and closing) track would not be out of place performed in a cathedral. At their best, Gentle Giant combined Medieval, Renaissance and Jazz influences with hard rock in a way that made them masters of the progressive genre. What made them extra special was their talent for giving their music an icing of deeply thought provoking lyrics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By IceBear on 4 April 2011
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Even by the standards of the LP era, this is quite a short album but maybe that helps it avoid some of the excesses of prog-rock. These are songs, linking together to make some kind of story, and there's the usual variety of styles that you expect from this hugely talented band. What would have been side 1 of the LP - the first 3 tracks - seems a bit lower key but it really comes alive with side 2. Peel The Paint shows that this prog band could really do the rock bit as well, with a great guitar solo. Three Friends is the climax and a typical Giant song with a very hummable tune finishing with the organ and choral paean. It all hangs together perfectly.

You might have read this before in some of my other reviews but here's another word of praise for an excellent CD reissue. The remastered sound is excellent and the novel little cardboard CD sleeve is great - a little miniature gatefold LP sleeve so you get all the same artwork, together with pullout notes and the CD artwork reproduces the original LP centre.
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