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View Poll Results: Which is your favourite Gentle Giant album?
Gentle Giant (1970) 5 23.81%
Acquiring the Taste (1971) 2 9.52%
Three Friends (1972) 1 4.76%
Octopus (1972) 8 38.10%
In a Glass House (1973) 5 23.81%
The Power and the Glory (1974) 6 28.57%
Free Hand (1975) 2 9.52%
Interview (1976) 1 4.76%
The Missing Piece (1977) 1 4.76%
Giant for a Day (1978) 0 0%
Civilian (1980) 1 4.76%
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:56 AM   #21 (permalink)
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The most cringeworty reviews are the "this album is bad because it's not prog" and "this is poppy therefore bad" variety. Of which there is a lot of.

There's some good reviews. But it seems that for whatever reason, the ones who give the worst reviews are the main contributors to the site.
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:10 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Oh yes, I cringe when a band has a change in sound, but still makes a brilliant album, and are labelled as "not prog" and as such given a low score. Seems the main scoring on progarchives is about how prog stuff is.
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:17 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Oh yes, I cringe when a band has a change in sound, but still makes a brilliant album, and are labelled as "not prog" and as such given a low score. Seems the main scoring on progarchives is about how prog stuff is.
Case in point the idiots who rant about how "pop" Discipline is.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:24 AM   #24 (permalink)
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There's some good reviews. But it seems that for whatever reason, the ones who give the worst reviews are the main contributors to the site.
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Old 12-05-2009, 11:07 PM   #25 (permalink)
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best to worst (fave song)

Octopus (The Advent of Panurge or A Cry For Everyone or Knots, however that one bit in Raconteur, Troubadour is gorgeous)
The Power And The Glory (Proclamation or The Face)
In A Glass House (The Runaway or Experience)
Acquiring The Taste (Moon is Down)
Gentle Giant (Funny Ways)
Three Friends (Prologue)
Free Hand (Just The Same)

In A Glass House and The Power And The Glory are really close in my rankings. also worth noting I have listened to my top 3 albums a bunch more than the others.
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Old 12-19-2010, 03:34 AM   #26 (permalink)
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The 10 track comp for the initiate was pieced together by me, Anteater, Comus and Boo Boo. That means there was some compromise and so I'm not 100% pleased with it (I'm sure the others feel the same). For that reason, I pieced together a new for the 10 track mixtape thread and I figure I should advertise it here as well.

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Here's a 10 track compilation for newcomers to Gentle Giant It is slightly different from the one in the Official Gentle Giant thread as that was made through some kind of democratic election process between me, Anteater, Comus and Boo Boo. Since I didn't have to compromise this time, I prefer this one!

If you don't know Gentle Giant, they are an english prog band from the 70s that never quite reached the mainstream, but their style has immense influence on other proggers. They were multi-instrumental, did some crazy a-capellas and were generally highly creative with their music. Generally speaking, they have 7 albums which are all considered gems of the genre which is pretty impressive.

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10 Tracks For the Gentle Giant Novice


  1. FunnyWays
  2. Nothing At All
  3. Wreck
  4. Black Cat
  5. The Advent Of Panurge
  6. Knots
  7. Prologue
  8. Proclamation
  9. Just the Same
  10. On Reflection

In the songs comment tag you'll find information on which album that song was originally released on.
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The only song I'm familar with is Just the same which Stuart Maconie played on a radio show about 10 yrs. ago. I didn't like the vocals but it was an intersting song with a sublime little break down in the middle.
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The only song I'm familar with is Just the same which Stuart Maconie played on a radio show about 10 yrs. ago. I didn't like the vocals but it was an intersting song with a sublime little break down in the middle.
The album that song is from, Free Hand from 1975, is currently my favourite Gentle Giant album .. It is brilliant and I'd say definetly worth getting! If you like Just The Same, you'll probably like the other songs too

In the comp from my previous post, the song On Reflection is also from Free Hand.
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:41 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I really like that tracklist. Props!
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:31 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Fave album is Octopus.

Fave song is The Advent of Panurge.
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