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3.65 | 23 ratings | 4 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The River (4:26)
2. Summer (3:05)
3. Council Plans (3:37)
4. Restless Night (4:02)
5. Thief (3:38)
6. Queen and the Pauper (3:39)
7. I Say (1:54)
8. Johns' Rock (2:40)
9. Rainchild (3:05)
10. Tide (5:37)

Total Time: 35:44

See for Miles Track list is same as the Lp + 2 Bonus Tracks:
11. Girlfriend (2:56)
12. Laugh at the Poor Man (3:14)

Total Time: 41:54

+ 4 Bonus Tracks on GTR:
11. Laugh At The Poor Man (3:14)
12. Girlfriend (2:54)
13. The River - single version (3:23)
14. Thief - single version (3:37)

Total Time: 48:52

Line-up / Musicians

- Nigel Griggs / bass, guitar
- Paul Griggs / lead vocals, guitar, piano

There are more members in this band.

Releases information

LP Penny Farthing PELS 508 / LP Essex 1013 LP (1996) / CD See For Miles SEECD 328 (1997)

Paul Griggs - Lead Guitar- Vocals.
Nigel Griggs - Bass Guitar - Vocals.
Rick Williams - Rhythm Guitar - Vocals.
Brian Glasscock - Drums.

Paul Griggs - Lead Guitar - Vocals.
Nigel Griggs - Bass Guitar - Vocals.
John Cook - Wurlitzer Organ - Piano - Vocals.
Malcolm Green - Drums.

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OCTOPUS Restless Night ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(61%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

OCTOPUS Restless Night reviews

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Review by loserboy
4 stars Fantastic UK psychedelic pop progressive act who really took the "Sgt. Pepper"'s aura to another dimension. "Restless Night" was originally issued on the Penny Farthing label in 1970 and is a wonderful album full of 70's era - BEATLE'esque themes and musical feelings. OCTOPUS blend superb fuzz guitar and organ work all wrapped up with some great lead vocals. Someone once described this album as being "So dangerously post-Sgt. Pepper's that it approaches solo McCartneyism". This magical little album has been re-issued by "See for Miles" on CD with extra tracks off of their singles (also has been re-mastered). This album also does carry some very unique musical moments and is not in anyway a 100% carbon copy of the BEATLES, but realistically does come from the same genre... The parallels are there. The best tune IMHO on the album is the last one "Tide" which is also the longest (5:40) as it allows the instruments to really expand out a bit and gives a bit of symphonia to this psychedelic folk/prog masterpiece. IMHO this is an essential album and the extra tracks are worth the price alone... OCTOPUS's "Restless Night" is a masterpiece...

Review by hdfisch
2 stars Unfortunately I fail to agree to loserboy's opinion about this record being a definite essential one and masterpiece in prog. Honestly listening to it was quite a big disappointment for me especially after reading the praising reviews. Certainly the influence by the "fav four" cannot be denied at all, but is this what it makes it a masterpiece? For sure no, rather would I say OCTOPUS was just another one of myriads of bands from that era riding on the waves of THE BEATLES but never did it really in fact and vanished in the haze. The songs presented here are though being quite nice overall very simply structured and highly accessible pop tunes. I cannot not detect any relevance for prog here, "Restless Night" is for me just an ordinary pop album from that era like thousands of others. Can't rate it higher than a collector's item which means 2 stars. I'm quite sure that I won't be seduced to spin it once again the next couple of years.
Review by Tom Ozric
4 stars Being a huge fan of the wonderful band SPLIT ENZ (since their magnificent album 'True Colours', and I was only 8 years old then!), which in their 'classic' period line-up featured the great rhythm section of bassist Nigel Griggs and drummer Malcolm Green (both to be heard on this album, Restless Night), I later learnt that Griggs had been involved in many bands prior to joining the Enz - Octopus, The Cortinas, Carmen, and even Steve Hillage's band Khan, maybe only for short stints, but he was there. The only significant pre-Enz recorded work (that I know of) being from Octopus.

The album in its original form is rare and will cost mega-bucks, but Essex records re-issued it on vinyl, with an exciting gatefold cover (!) but little to no information. The music presented on this album is definately influenced by The Beatles, with an occasional proto-prog twist - colourful, energetic little songs that are really likeable. Opening with a fuzz-guitar driven song, 'The River', quite a simplistic tune, but the grooving rhythm really sets the mood. 'Summer' is very Beatles, down to the 'Fab Four' style harmony singing. 'Council Plans' introduces the first organ parts to be heard on the album, and is a quieter piece, more in touch with psychedelia than prog. The title cut, 'Restless Night', begins with a fuzzed-out, heavy, odd tempo riff, and changes rhythm again when the vocals start. Excellent riffs, progressions and organ playing to be found on this one. 'Thief' is a fast-paced rocker, complete with some nice rattling bass playing and cool riff.

'Queen and the Pauper' is an organ driven number, with a simple progression and cheerful rhythm, but some unusual key-changes to make it more interesting. 'I Say' is a light ballad, 'John's Rock' is a pub-rocker driven along with the boogie styled piano playing and rough singing from keyboardist John Cook. 'Rainchild' is back to Beatles territory, and album closer 'Tide', is the 'mini-epic' (5.40), starting out slow with a pleasant melody, then picking up pace by the time the mesmerising soft-toned organ solo plays through. The last section is almost symphonic (in progression and tempo anyway).

Not really complex prog-rock, but 'Restless Night' comes highly recommended for those that enjoy psychedelic, proto-prog and Beatles. Closer to 4 stars than 3 !! On a curious note, original drummer Brian Glasscock is the brother of the late, great John Glascock (they dropped an 'S' so it doesn't look bad??).

Latest members reviews

5 stars Ahh, Octopus, one of the most underrated records of the transitional era between psychedelic pop and progressive rock, leaning much more towards the former than the latter. This album as an original is extremely rare and unaffordably expensive, in fact I only have the Essex reissue of it, but I ... (read more)

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