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Gentle Giant CD Remasters
on 13 March 2008
In a Glasshouse is one of my favourite albums of all time and i am sure that many other reviewers will give a good idea of the musical content. However K. Demitriou highlights a problem for anyone wanting to invest in GG cd's. There have been so many remasters released by different labels some exellent and others not so. It is not easy to know which versions to go for. I have spent a small fortune trying to get the best versions as Giant are my favourite band of all time. I hope i can help any bewildered fans or newcomers with the following recommendations. For the first four albums i would opt for the versions released by the Repetoire label, the sound quality is full lively and dynamic and the original cover art is exactly reproduced with gatefold sleeves. All are available on this site.
After this it gets a little more difficult. I have not heard any of the 35th anivesary releases but for me I want the original artwork wherever possible. I have the same version of In a Glasshouse that K. demitriou mentions in his review here, mainly because it is the only version other than the 35th aniversary release that I have been able to find. Compared to the Repetoire releases i agree that the sound quality is not as good but i would not go as far as him and describe it as poor and i would definately get this if you like the album. For The Power and the Glory I would recomend the Capitol import version that is available from EliteDigital one of the Amazon sellers. You can find it in the GG section on this site. It has the original artwork reproduced in the standard cd format and has a good punchy sound however it is 20 quid for a new copy. For Free Hand and Interview I have the BGO doublepack version but I am hoping to replace this as the sound quality is the weakest of the GG cds that I own. The latter GG albums I dont have although i will get the missing piece as there are some good tracks but its far from their best.
Finally love and respects to GG and all the fans. Keep flying the flag!