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THREE FRIENDS

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.11 | 1090 ratings

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poito
5 stars Finally, after two exploratory albums, GG became true giants. You can feel it from the opening theme entitled in a premonitory way as Prologue, for their new path, not just the album's story. The former albums were kind of where-I-am, who-brought-me-here, is-this-what-I-want-to-do. Well, it took some time for the Shulman brothers to kill their many ghosts and frustrations. And what came out is simply a totally new band, different music, new ideas, new sounds, a stream of creativity, all of it well furnished by music mastery they lacked before in essential instruments as the keys and guitars. Of course there are elements of their contemporary lads, some Caravan here, a bit of Yes there and The Soft Machine flying over, but in small doses. The GG crafted in this album six perfect themes, inspired, fun, creative, musical, new, they found some melodies that blended beautifully with the experimental style (maybe not that experimental in 1972, but a true way of composing). My view: the symphonic Prog had become dominant and the standard mainstream Rock was retreating, at least in Europe, so they felt their move out of commercial had been a lucky strike, they suddenly were covered up and confident enough; and they began to enjoy. There are fewer wind sections, the keys take over, and the improvisational air had disappeared. This they did it on purpose. I particularly like the majestic sound of the guitar taking the melody in the album title theme. Although the album hasn't got the magic of major compositions by contemporary bands like Caravan, Yes, and The Soft Machine, it is close and it well deserves a place between them.
poito | 5/5 |

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