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on 30 September 2006
Repertoire have done a great job at repackaging and remastering this wonderful album. The whole thing looks great with some new sleeve notes written by Chris Welch.The sound is much cleaner than any previous releases although the slight bend at the beginning of the title track is still there. As for the music it is stunning! The opening track is classic Gentle Giant with the contrast of Kerry Minnear's beautifully angelic voice, Gary Green's biting guitar lines and wonderful harmonies during the choral bits. The Edge of Twilight and The Moon is Down are both dark,mysterious tracks, the latter quite jazzy in places. Wreck is a modern day sea shanty, lead guitar and moog working in unison in the verse, recorders in the chorus. The House, The Street, The Room is quite a heavy rocking track with a blistering guitar solo from Gary Green. Black Cat is very atmospheric with Phil Shulman singing lead with his light,sensitive voice. The album finishes wih Plain Truth which allows Ray Shulman to stretch out on his violin. This is a fairly straight forward number which I think was recorded during the recording sessions for the first album. If you like music with depth, contrast and integrity buy it! You will not be disappointed.
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on 8 September 2000
It is a great shame that Gentle Giant are not as well known as they should be. Their music blends together music of many different styles seamlessly, creating something which is completely original and new. In this, their second album, this has never been less apparent.
The opening track 'Pantagruel's Nativity' starts of with distant vocals, and strange, almost comic-sounding keyboards. Then suddenly it bursts open with renaissance-style vocal harmonies (offering glimpses of Queen's epic 'Bohemian Rhapsodie'). Later on, you are treated to a jazzy vibraphone-filled instrumental. Then it winds down with a return to a repeat of the opening verse. Later on in the album, the track 'Wreck' starts off as a normal-sounding song (although with a strong hint of folk provided by the use of modes). Before you know what has happened, the song has changed into a harpsichord-accompanied baroque ballad. Then it bursts back into modern day with a fantastic guitar solo. But undoubtedly, the best track on the album is 'The Moon Is Down'. Like the opening track, it sounds very far out to start with, but then launches into a jazzy instrumental, switching from saxophone to jazz organ to great effect.
However there is no way to possibly describe the sound produced without actually listening to it. It manages to sound original and new, whilst actually still sounding like music. If you are thinking about buying this album, then don't hestate, click 'Send to shopping basket' now. You won't regret it!
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on 10 March 2008
I agree wholeheartedly with the reviews that have been posted so far. These Repetoire releases of early Gentle Giant albums are really praiseworthy,both for the sound quality and the faithful reproduction of the original artwork. I was a fan of prog in the early seventies but found that a lot of it has dated somewhat and does sound a bit overblown and pompous. Not so Gentle Giant their music is timeless. Still my favourite band of all time.
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on 10 November 2015
The album I have received is not the Repetoire re-master but an inferior quality straight tape-to-disc AAD transfer.from Polygram.

I have similar issues - as I have stated on the appropriate pages - with the GG eponymous album, Three Friends and Free Hand.

Amazon really need to get their act together and make sure the descriptions are applicable to the discs the customer will receive.
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on 13 September 2006
The previous reviewer is obivously not familiar with the development of Gentle Giants sound. This album follows on from their debut and the sound is very similar to Octopus, which is their next but one album. The vocal styling is very similar to all Gentle Giant albums. I can't understand anyone who is into this band not really liking this album, however, if the starting point is the much later The Power and The Glory then that is a far simpler album where they moved towards a sound that catered for the more conservative American ear although that was still an excellent album and they had another couple of good ones after that before the rot set in. Buy this it's great.
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on 16 September 2013
An excellent album full of brilliant sounds. The standard is pretty high throughout with 'Pantagruel's Nativity' and 'The House, The Street, The Room' providing some superb rocky moments, albeit with the wonderful quirky interludes that Giant throw in. Kerry Minnear brings his sweet vocal talents to the fore on the slower tracks. 'The Moon Is Down' is a classic example of the lighter side of the group. If you like your progressive music with a twist (and very different from the established norm) then buy this album.
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All of Gentle Giant's early works are pretty much flawless and Acquiring The Taste is no exception. It certainly has its own unique flavour and is quite noticeably different from their debut, but is of course no less magical for that.

The 1971 album; which was their second, is perhaps the most blatantly diverse and progressive of the band's early career. It is definitely a "grower," so give it a few open-minded listens before making a judgement. If you don't like it on first listen, with repeated spins you may well end up loving it.

The diverse and eclectic album first opens with the slow and passionate 'Pantagruel's Nativity,' which boasts impressive lead guitar lines and moody keyboards, and covers a lot of ground in its brief duration. 'The Black Cat,' for example, is a great soft song with violin and some funky bass guitar. My two personal favourite songs on the record however, are the rocking 'Wreck' and 'Plain Truth.'

'Wreck' is a powerful sea-shanty influenced song with amazing vocals and a catchy bass line, mixing rock and some quieter violin moments. 'Plain Truth' also mixes rock and violin but in a different way; in terms of hard rock, the song is the closest the band ever came to sounding like Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix, but features an astounding Wah Wah guitar solo that on closer inspection is actually played on violin. On top of that, the chorus is also phenomenally catchy and will stick in your head for days.

The remastered edition is arguably pretty awesome, with great production and packaging; If you are going to buy this excellent classic album then at least you can rest easy in the knowledge that you won't just be getting so hastily slapped together cash in, but rather an edition that some effort and care has gone into.

Overall, Acquiring The Taste is a very varied and perhaps slightly challenging album but one that rewards persistence and is worth checking out if you have any interest in the band at all.
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Acquiring the Taste is a progression from Gentle Giant's first album. There is a lot more emphasis on vocals and organ sounds here with some more musical experimenting. Saying this the changes does not detract from it being another superb album, not better but equal to the previous album.Phil Shulman shines on this album with his incredible multi instrumental performances and his powerful vocals.
Many Gentle Giant fans and the band themselves consider this album to be their finest. I must agree, there is not a bad track here, just a selection of finely crafted and great songs to enjoy.
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on 11 September 2012
Got this 'album' straight after buying 'Octopus' many moons previously. Be a good one to start with if you haven't yet heard of the band. Still great listening after all those years, and uncharacteristically for a prog rock combo, a lot of tracks for your sweat money. Still reckon the band peaked with 'In a Glasshouse' but they were Titans of doing what they wanted to before talent became thought of as an eccentric interlude betwixt Gaga and Rap.
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on 8 April 2008
This album is very different to the debut album which I much prefer.There are some really good moments on this album but to be honest I found it very weird and strange on some tracks and not the easiest work to get in to, possibly take a few more plays before I can really decide,sure these guys can play there insruments and they play loads of differnt ones.I would suggest to anyone who is thinking of making a purchase of Gentle Giants albums is try and listen to them first before you buy because you might not like what you here, as already said they are not the easiest band to listen to and dont sound like any another conventional type of early prog bands like Genesis,Yes,ELP etc.
Can only give 3 stars here for this work but will give 5 stars for remastering work done here,sound quality is excellent well done to Reportoire I have bought Budgie cds on this label and the sound quality is superb these guys know what they are doing.
Hope this review has helped in some small way.
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