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Gentle Giant


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4.11 | 1166 ratings

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4 stars The first Gentle Giant concept album also marks the band's strongest album yet!

After the departure of Martin Smith the band recruited a new drummer Malcolm Mortimore who fit really well with the rest of the band. I guess we'll never know how the next couple of albums would have sounded like if only Malcolm didn't injure himself during a motorcycle accident which lead to a new drummer replacement John Weathers!

The closest that we ever came to this discovery was in the form of the newly reunited lineup consisting of Gary Green, Kerry Minnear and Malcolm Mortimore. I attended their 2009-show in Gothenburg where this album's material dominated the set list. The concert kicked off with Prologue and later followed by Mister Class And Quality?/Three Friends. Since my favorite composition off this album is Peel The Paint I was delighted to hear its performance as the concert's second, and last, encore number! All of the material sounded great although one can't help the fact that I missed the violin arrangement in the beginning of Peel The Paint. This time it was played on an electric guitar.

Three Friends is a near masterpiece that would actually be surpassed by the four upcoming albums. Just like any of the first seven Gentle Giant albums these records can be heard in none particular order which means that if you get the chance to hear Three Friends then don't hesitate to check it out!

***** star songs: Prologue (6:12) Peel The Paint (7:25) Three Friends (3:00)

**** star songs: Schooldays (7:33) Working All Day (5:07) Mister Class And Quality? (5:51)

Total rating: 4,47

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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