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THREE FRIENDS

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.12 | 826 ratings

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maryes
5 stars I think which "Three Friends" probably represents the exact moment in the GG career where the band reach their definitive and characteristic progressive rock style. We can find in the albun (for the first time) all of "ingredients" whose mix creates their sound. In the track 1 "Prologue" presents a very complex overture/main theme (full of "swing"), a type of "riff" ( if we can describe this way) with 1 min 40 seconds approximate. The track 2 "Schooldays" presents the vocal counterpoint and the use of various percussion instruments ( vibraphone, triangles, etc...) in contrast with a "sinuos" bass guitar line, eletric and acoustic guitars, eletric and acoustic piano / mellotrions and a child vocal, leading the audience to a melancholic state ( such as in the track "Aspirations" from GG " The Power and The Glory" albun). In the track 2 "Working all Day" the metal "suit" appears for the first time in the disk. The track 4 "Peel The Paint" shows (Also for the first time) the Ray's violin , the agressive Derek's vocals and a "jam session" among Gary's eletric guitar and Malcon's drums, ( such as in the track "Plain Truth" from GG "Acquiring the Taste" , where is the Ray's violin that makes the "jam" with the drums). The track "Mister Class And Quality?"is another full of swing track.The last track "Three Friends" starts with a sequence of previous track and shows another GG important appeal the "dialogue" between Gary's guitar and Kerry's keyboards.The main characteristic in the last track "Three Friends" is the vocal choir and the Hammond-organ "upon" another complex melody. How you can see... or better hear, in this albun GG consolidate your style. My rate is 5 stars !!!
maryes | 5/5 |

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