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Gentle Giant


Eclectic Prog

3.95 | 1254 ratings

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4 stars It's 1970. You're in a record store, holding an album with a craggy, illustrated giant on the cover. You know nothing about the band yet. Do you pick up this album?

(I wasn't alive back then, but I DID find myself in record stores facing similar conundrums...unfortunately more often about bands such as Phish. You do the best with what you have, I suppose!)

I'm not sure I would have taken the leap. And I would of course have missed out.

Musically, I think this is more a 3-star album, but I'm rating this an excellent addition for three reasons: 1.) I love the cover, 2.) this is a debut, which can tip the scale, and 3.) like most Gentle Giant albums, this offers a side of the band that you won't see again.

This side is a bit more rock--not all the way through--but particularly on Why Not. Here the band does their blues boogie thing, with the standard bass chords, guitar solo and organ work, but they just do it better than most blues bands. I get the feeling they could have made a name for themselves just doing this kind of song, but of course that's just not the Gentle Giant way.

I also enjoy the creativity and craziness of Giant and Alucard--particularly the jazzy instrumental break in the latter. Nothing at All is very unfocused and perhaps rambling, but of course that's nice in some ways because you don't hear that from the group anywhere else.

An interesting--but not great--debut from what would of course end up being a great band.

Flucktrot | 4/5 |


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