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EDGE OF TWILIGHT

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.35 | 63 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars A tight squeeze

"The edge of twilight " offers an excellent introduction to Gentle Giant in the form of a double CD compilation. In all, five of their albums appear, virtually intact. I say they are virtually, intact since, for reasons of space, one or two tracks are missing from each album. The five albums included are "Gentle Giant", "Acquiring the taste", Three friends", "Octopus", and "The power and the glory". The reason why "In a glass house" was skipped over completely is unclear. Whether the tracks which have been omitted are essential or not is of course a matter of opinion, but it is interesting that the first track, "Giant", from their first album has been dropped.

The tracks from the albums have been intermingled rather than presented chronologically. The sequencing has presumably been designed to present the product as a coherent double album, and to that extent it does work well. It would however have been nice to hear the tracks in the order they appeared on the albums, thus showing how the band's music developed.

There are no rare tracks, alternate versions, etc. here, the objective has clearly been to squeeze as much as possible from the selected albums onto the two CD's.

There is little point in going into detail on the music contained on this collection, I would simply refer you to the review pages for the individual albums. Suffice to say, this is an excellent way of discovering the music of Gentle Giant at a decent price. A nice informative booklet is included too.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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