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« Reply #2565 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 1:22pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2013, 09:13am, FatOnes wrote:
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« Reply #2566 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 1:34pm »

on Sep 2nd, 2013, 4:26pm, NoSonofVine wrote:
The music of Gentle Giant. smiley I strongly recommend them to anyone on this forum who hasn't tried them out for these four reasons:

1) Their albums are all quite short but very sweet. Thus, they are an excellent example of quality over quantity.
2) They are quite easy to take in for people not fond of prog rock and very rarely are they self-indulgent, but at the same time they don't disappoint because their music is complex and varied.
3) They use very interesting and unusual classical instrumentation, and their lyrics are highly in




tellectual, with top-notch harmonisation.
4) They are just wonderfully talented on every level. They actually sound like a medieval group of musicians that's come forward in time to make music for us. They are a very unique and highly accessible prog group IMHO. smiley



A superb British group who recorded six or seven quality albums.Magnifique!
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« Reply #2567 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 1:51pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2013, 1:34pm, alfredthegreat wrote:
A superb British group who recorded six or seven quality albums.Magnifique!


They made eight great albums IMHO, from their debut up to Interview, and a fabuloso live album, Playing The Fool.
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« Reply #2568 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 2:02pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2013, 1:51pm, NoSonofVine wrote:
They made eight great albums IMHO, from their debut up to Interview, and a fabuloso live album, Playing The Fool.


Of course I forgot the live album.
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« Reply #2569 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 2:13pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2013, 09:13am, FatOnes wrote:
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I'll never be able to hear the words "pink eye" again without thinking of this pic!

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« Reply #2570 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 3:24pm »

on Sep 2nd, 2013, 4:26pm, NoSonofVine wrote:
2) They are quite easy to take in for people not fond of prog rock and very rarely are they self-indulgent, but at the same time they don't disappoint because their music is complex and varied.

4) They are a very unique and highly accessible prog group IMHO. smiley


Interesting...because in my experience they have always been a difficult band to get across to anyone who isn't too keen on prog. Sure, they can create some nice melodic bits here and there, but they are also known to verge a tad into the avant garde; and though not long winded, some of their material can get a little overdone. I think unless you are someone who is tuned into that style of music, Gentle Giant can be a bit of a slog to get through.

Don't get me wrong, I've always been of fan of the band, even saw them live a couple of times (the first being possibly one of the best concerts I've ever been to), but I always can't help remembering the time I played Acquiring The Taste for a friend who was somewhat of a musician himself. He thought it was just awful, and I could understand why.
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« Reply #2571 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 4:11pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2013, 3:24pm, HENRY wrote:
Interesting...because in my experience they have always been a difficult band to get across to anyone who isn't too keen on prog. Sure, they can create some nice melodic bits here and there, but they are also known to verge a tad into the avant garde; and though not long winded, some of their material can get a little overdone. I think unless you are someone who is tuned into that style of music, Gentle Giant can be a bit of a slog to get through.

I agree completely, and I think this is a perfect illustration:

on Sep 2nd, 2013, 5:05pm, boredatwork wrote:
... the only thing I can only remember about them over 20 years later is the irritating phrase “It can change, it can stay the same” repeated ad nauseam angry

As much as I enjoy The Power and the Glory and its title track, there is no denying that its melodies and tempos are very... non-traditional. Of all the better-known prog bands, I think Gentle Giant stood out by making a point of breaking convention when it came to musical composition. Much of their work I like--TPatG and Three Friends are my favorites--but much of it makes me roll my eyes and say, "Really? Must it be weird just for the sake of being weird?" smiley
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« Reply #2572 on: Sep 3rd, 2013, 5:23pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2013, 3:24pm, HENRY wrote:
Interesting...because in my experience they have always been a difficult band to get across to anyone who isn't too keen on prog. Sure, they can create some nice melodic bits here and there, but they are also known to verge a tad into the avant garde; and though not long winded, some of their material can get a little overdone. I think unless you are someone who is tuned into that style of music, Gentle Giant can be a bit of a slog to get through.

on Sep 3rd, 2013, 4:11pm, Dust wrote:
Of all the better-known prog bands, I think Gentle Giant stood out by making a point of breaking convention when it came to musical composition. Much of their work ....... makes me roll my eyes and say, "Really? Must it be weird just for the sake of being weird?" smiley


Those are admirable summaries of Gentle Giant for anyone who either doesn’t know or doesn’t like their music.
I feel they’re a textbook example of a prog band which will appeal only to prog fans.

Whereas if you want a textbook example of how to be weird & still appeal to the mainstream, just watch the Genesis Shepperton film wink
It certainly puts a smile on my face every time I watch it smiley
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« Reply #2573 on: Sep 4th, 2013, 4:14pm »

Just started up Three Sides Live. I love this hilarious version of TIOA! grin
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« Reply #2574 on: Sep 4th, 2013, 4:56pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2013, 2:13pm, ericm wrote:
I'll never be able to hear the words "pink eye" again without thinking of this pic!

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I will never be able of looking at Thom Yorke again without thinking of this pic!! cheesy cheesy
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« Reply #2575 on: Sep 4th, 2013, 5:07pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2013, 1:51pm, NoSonofVine wrote:
They made eight great albums IMHO, from their debut up to Interview, and a fabuloso live album, Playing The Fool.
Used to have a few of their Albums in my youth......now I find them almost unlistenable..........
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« Reply #2576 on: Sep 4th, 2013, 5:12pm »

on Sep 4th, 2013, 4:14pm, NoSonofVine wrote:
Just started up Three Sides Live. I love this hilarious version of TIOA! grin

What's hilarious about it? I find it a bit annoying that Phil has to repeat the phrase "turn-it-on" so many times. undecided
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« Reply #2577 on: Sep 4th, 2013, 5:47pm »

on Sep 4th, 2013, 5:12pm, Down And Out wrote:
What's hilarious about it? I find it a bit annoying that Phil has to repeat the phrase "turn-it-on" so many times. undecided

The three most annoying Phil vocalisms:

3. Turn it on turn it on turn it turn it turn it.......
2. There must be some there must be some must be some must be some.......
1. Next in line, next in line, next in line, you're the next in line.......

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« Reply #2578 on: Sep 5th, 2013, 01:39am »

on Sep 4th, 2013, 5:47pm, Dust wrote:
The three most annoying Phil vocalisms:

3. Turn it on turn it on turn it turn it turn it.......
2. There must be some there must be some must be some must be some.......
1. Next in line, next in line, next in line, you're the next in line.......

angry

"And the lamb lies down - down down down - on Broadway" is in my top three. angry
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« Reply #2579 on: Sep 5th, 2013, 03:32am »

on Sep 4th, 2013, 5:12pm, Down And Out wrote:
What's hilarious about it? I find it a bit annoying that Phil has to repeat the phrase "turn-it-on" so many times. undecided


Well sorry. rolleyes I just found his singing in that particular song amusing. He sang some parts with funny accents. It was a more comical version IMHO. And personally I'm okay with him saying "turn it turn it turn it" and "down down down". However, I will admit that the live version of "Misunderstanding" wasn't an improvement on the original. undecided

But apart from that one track, it was an excellent live album and I'm glad to have finally listened to it - thanks of course to the very generous Ned. smiley
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