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The land of the giants,
This review is from: Octopus (Audio CD)
Gentle Giant were on my radar back in the early 70's and i nearly bought this on vinyl back then but eventually came to the conclusion they would be too jazzy for my taste at that time and i persevered with Yes, ELP etc instead.
Now much older (and wiser?) i've finally bought the CD and am very glad i did. I can see why some people claim it's a "difficult" listen what with all the numerous time changes but this i suppose is bread & butter for serious proggers?
The album is shorter than i expected (34 mins) and opens with 3 excellent tracks but i did feel that subsequent tracks were weaker albeit still mostly good.
I loved the vocals and harmonies throughout and instrumentally it was very clever/intricate/varied. As i said tracks 1 to 3 are great, at one point on 'Raconteur,Troubadour' i thought it was going to turn into the theme tune from "Yes, Minister" before quickly veering off elsewhere!! 'A cry for everyone' is a bit rockier than most but i found 'Knots' (which the band describe as a "musical jigsaw") a little too experimental, especially the tinkly xylophone parts.
I probably wouldn't have liked it that much back in the 70s but now i'm glad i've heard it and can now see their attraction, albeit a bit late?