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Power & the Glory Import

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  • Audio CD (20 Aug. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: One Way Records
  • ASIN: B000002R0Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Proclamation
  2. So Sincere
  3. Aspirations
  4. Playing The Game
  5. Cogs In Cogs
  6. No Gods A Man
  7. The Face
  8. Valedictory
  9. The Power And The Glory

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Another very good Giant album although, for me, it isn't as overwhelmingly brilliant as, say, 'Acquiring The Taste', 'Three Friends' or 'Octopus' - all of which are quite magical Giant releases. Having said that there is still plenty to appreciate with the opening burst of 'Proclamation' (a veritable powerhouse of a song), the brilliantly quirky 'So Sincere' and the lovely vocals of Kerry Minnear on the gorgeous ballad 'Aspirations' ~ buy it anyway and feel the quality for yourself.
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The best Gentle Giant album (closely followed by Free Hand). Everything comes together, songs, arrangements, harmonies, weird time signatures, and still to this day, they sound like no one else before or since
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