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« Thread started on: Aug 11th, 2017, 6:46pm »

Do you like/not like Gentle Giant?
What made you reach this conclusion?
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 12th, 2017, 11:06am »

It's weird, I was going over their stuff the other day and mentioned this to COT!...

I have Free Hand and Interview. I regard Free Hand the best, but saying that, That's all I know... I did have others, but lost them!!... sad

I tried to listen to others via YouTube, but found them difficult to get into.. Not the most easy access band, just like VDGG.
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 12th, 2017, 10:41pm »

Yeah, like Tony's famous quote regarding Wind and Wuthering I think a lot of GG's stuff isn't going to be liked first time round, especially their more dissonant (although if you study a lot of their music its surprisingly consonant) and contrapuntal stuff.

I can recommend their softer songs as a good introduction
- Think of me with Kindness
- Aspirations
- His Last Voyage

And their more conventional sounding heavier songs
- Alucard
- Why Not?
- Plain Truth
- Mister Class & Quality/Three Friends
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 13th, 2017, 02:38am »

Huge fan. Got all their CDs and DVDs. Recently got 5.1 Steven Wilson remixes of Octopus and Power and the Glory.
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 13th, 2017, 06:12am »

I think there is something to be said about starting in the shallow end with Gentle Giant and slowly swimming your way towards the deep.

I first heard Gentle Giant in 1980 while listening to a late night radio program where I got to hear their new album at the time Ė Civilian Ė played in its entirety.
I liked it enough that I went out and bought the cassette.
The DJ pointed out, this was a very different sounding album for them.

From there, I started to work my way backwards Ö The Missing Piece, which I liked even more than Civilian, and then the next one I got was the live album which opened the door to the early stuff.

To this day, I am a great fan of the band. My favourites tend to be some of the earliest albums like Three Friends, Acquiring The Taste and Octopus.
I actually think Three Friends is among the most accessible of their albums and I usually recommend that as an introduction to newbies.

The only albums of theirs I donít have on CD are Giant For A Day (admittedly the scathing reviews kept me away from that one, Iíve never actually heard it) and Civilian, the album that introduced me to the band.
The only reason for the latter is the fact I havenít seen Civilian on CD except where itís inexplicably packaged with Playing The Fool, which I already have and donít really want to have to buy twice.
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« Reply #5 on: Aug 13th, 2017, 07:02am »

Crazy prices online too. Where do you live Witchwood? Pm me.
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 13th, 2017, 11:05am »

Not my cup of tea. It was one of the groups I explored when I came across Genesis and I tried really hard because the process had been difficult with Genesis too, in the beginning and I thought some effort was required to get to the point of enjoyment. That point never came though, I don't mind intricacy, I am OK with complexity, I even can cope with some level of self-indulgence and they certainly are skillful, inventive and creative but for my money there is not enough 'meat' there. I don't like any of their singers' voices and that's already a problem, melodically I find them very 'thin', they never really grab me and the instrumentals often sound like musical gymnastics to me. I give them a try once in a while, to see if I missed something, I listened to Acquiring the taste amonth ago and no, definetely not for me.
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 13th, 2017, 12:28pm »

on Aug 13th, 2017, 11:05am, Fabrizio wrote:
Not my cup of tea. It was one of the groups I explored when I came across Genesis and I tried really hard because the process had been difficult with Genesis too, in the beginning and I thought some effort was required to get to the point of enjoyment. That point never came though, I don't mind intricacy, I am OK with complexity, I even can cope with some level of self-indulgence and they certainly are skillful, inventive and creative but for my money there is not enough 'meat' there. I don't like any of their singers' voices and that's already a problem, melodically I find them very 'thin', they never really grab me and the instrumentals often sound like musical gymnastics to me. I give them a try once in a while, to see if I missed something, I listened to Acquiring the taste amonth ago and no, definetely not for me.


Hats off to you for making an effort to like Gentle Giant - even if it failed, you got further than I did. Back in the 1980s, knowing nothing about them, I was subjected to repeated plays of one of their LPs with a cover that looked like a playing card (google says itís called Power & Glory). This was so offputting Iíve never wanted to listen to Gentle Giant since. Perhaps itís their worst/most obscure work, but it sure seemed to confirm that prog is hard to get into or like. So, the complete opposite of early Genesis .... wink
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 13th, 2017, 3:25pm »

on Aug 13th, 2017, 12:28pm, boredatwork wrote:
Hats off to you for making an effort to like Gentle Giant - even if it failed, you got further than I did. Back in the 1980s, knowing nothing about them, I was subjected to repeated plays of one of their LPs with a cover that looked like a playing card (google says itís called Power & Glory). This was so offputting Iíve never wanted to listen to Gentle Giant since. Perhaps itís their worst/most obscure work, but it sure seemed to confirm that prog is hard to get into or like. So, the complete opposite of early Genesis .... wink


Don't think Prog is all Gentle Giant, it's not!!. The only album that I grew up with was Free Hand... Slightly obscure but easy on the ears!!! smiley
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« Reply #9 on: Aug 13th, 2017, 4:49pm »

on Aug 13th, 2017, 12:28pm, boredatwork wrote:
it sure seemed to confirm that prog is hard to get into or like. So, the complete opposite of early Genesis .... wink

It was quite hard to get into Genesis too as I remember, my only references were the Beatles, so anything longer than 5 minutes was definetely straining my attention span. My first album was Foxtrot and it was uphill stuff. Then of course I started to look down on any kind of 'pop' music for some time . I mistakenly though that if I'd listen to any of the bands related to Genesis and I didn't like them it was because I wasn't listening hard enough. That wasn't obviously the case and bands like GG made it very clear to me.
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« Reply #10 on: Aug 14th, 2017, 4:08pm »

I've listened to Octopus and a few other notable songs of there's. "Pantagruel's Nativity" stood out to me, so maybe I should give the entirety of Acquiring the Taste a listen. Overall, they seem like a decent band.
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« Reply #11 on: Aug 18th, 2017, 07:13am »

I do very much enjoy their music. Full of creativity, variety and interesting abstract ideas.
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