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Gentle Giant


Eclectic Prog

4.52 | 437 ratings

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5 stars I had to write this review mainly because of the review that was done right before this one. How anyone can think that there were no original compositions on this album? Thinking the songs sounding exactly like their studio counterparts is perplexing. Has to be a joke or they did not even listen to this record. The thing that blew me away most was the complete rearrangement of "On Relection", "Octopus', the extensions of "Funny Ways" and "So Sincere", The combination of "Proclamation" and "Valedictory" and also "The Runaway" and "Experience." It's also great to hear "Freehand" and "Just the Same "play like the record because you want to hear them duplicate the complexity live - which Gentle Giant did. When I was a kid in the 70's I have always heard that this was the best live rock album of all time. I have never even heard of them back then but was always intrigued by such a statement. While it may not be everyone's cup of tea, there is little doubt that "Playing the Fool" is a live album to be reckoned with. In an age where there were no digital files, autotune or protools makes GG's performance even more impressive on the studio albums. But live? Even more impressive.

ster | 5/5 |


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