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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: 29 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,235 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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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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Like other reviewers have said, this is pretty much a very mixed bag with the quality varying from disc to disc. If, like me, you are a Gentle Giant fan then this set doesn't add much to their catalogue apart from the curiousity value and for completists. At the price I bought it for (less than 4) it was worth the purchase price for that alone. For anyone else looking to get into Gentle Giant, then this isn't the way to go even at the bargain price; The Chrysalis Years boxset is probably a safer bet. However, as a musical document this serves its purpose and played once will probably sit on the shelf for ever more.
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I absolutely love Gentle Giant, but this set was a letdown. Many tracks were previously available only as mp3s on a data disc in the "Scraping The Barrel" box set, and are touted here as being available on audio CD for the first time. So, better sound quality, right? Wrong. These tracks have inexplicably been mastered from those mp3s rather than from the source recordings. (The mp3 sourced tracks, according to auCDtect, are CD1 tracks 1-2, 4-5, 9, 11-15; all of CD2; CD3 tracks 1-3, 5-6; CD4 tracks 12-16; CD5 tracks 1-9.) Almost all of the rest can be found on prior commercial or "official bootleg" releases. The best-sounding thing here is the 1978 BBC Sight and Sound concert which has been officially released once on DVD and twice on CD. The 1977 Cleveland performance (previously "The Missing Face") is a pretty decent sounding audience recording. Most of the other live audience recordings here sound mediocre or worse. I got this set at a deep discount - 5.90 including shipping to the U.S. - and I feel like I got my money's worth. If you've just discovered this band and don't already have most of this music, then depending on the price this might be a good purchase for you. I'd have given it 3 stars but for the deplorable decision to master so many tracks from mp3s instead of the source recordings.
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Personally I consider GG's earlier period prior to signing with Chrysalis more entertaining musically. This set covers the latter period and whilst Free Hand, Interview and Playing the Fool were all great records, the end wasn't too far away as a musical outfit. Attempting to embrace commercialism seems to go against what the band had professed to on the second album and I stopped listening to them with the arrival of The Missing Piece. Some 25 years later I acquired a bootleg of their final gig and decided to look into the end years of this musically proficient outfit.
Much of this appears on this compilation however, some of the recordings are from bootlegs so the quality is not quite what you might expect. I have heard bootlegs that sound much better than this! Some of the outtakes are interesting and provide insight as to how the music took shape but apart from that I would say unless you are a GG aficionado then you are probably better off listening to the regular releases. Try out the earlier stuff - you may be surprised!
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