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Poll Question: Octopus (1972)
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22 [40.74%]
6 [11.11%]
4 [7.41%]
9 [16.67%]
5 [9.26%]
1 [1.85%]
4 [7.41%]
3 [5.56%]
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    Posted: August 21 2016 at 19:48
Now for something completely different! 

Octopus is by far the greatest Gentle Giant album in my opinion. Not a single song on that album is bad, in fact every single one is......stellar. But of all of the winners The Boys In The Band is by far my favorite song on the album and by the band overall. The middle guitar-only part in it always sends shivers down my spine with how good it is. Seriously one of the greatest songs ever. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 21 2016 at 20:05
I'm going to have to go with an unsurprising vote, Panurge.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 21 2016 at 20:06
My fave album by them too Thatcher, I think it blows away 3 Friends. 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 21 2016 at 20:25
All classics but Knots was my first love and attention getter and still stands out
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 21 2016 at 22:57
For me the band was already loosing it's magic with this release (I much prefer their first 2 albums), but I guess I would have to choose The Advent of Panurge.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 00:38
1. Knots
2. The Advent of Panurge
3. Dog's Life
Amazing album, a very personal bond with this one for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 01:44
Raconteur Troubadour > The Advent of Panurge > River > Knots
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 02:04
Great album but only my fourth GG-favorite. I like their "straightforward" material best here. The rich, otherworldly atmosphere I love so much on their previous albums is best represented on these three imo: 

The Advent of Panurge
Raconteur Troubadour
Think of Me With Kindness 

- the rest of the material points forward to the colder, static and sometimes a little forced feel of their next four classics. 

Boys in the Band and Knots are still amazing too though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 02:18
Far from my favourite GG. The Boys in the Band gets the vote.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 04:01
My vote goes to River, though Octopus is brilliant all the way through. My first taste of this band in the mid-90's - immaculate Vertigo 'swirl' vinyl - $15 !!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 04:09
The only GG album I like. Its between Panurge and River...I'll go for Panurge.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 04:24
One of my favourites, all stellar songs indeed, the consistency makes it hard to rank...

Today:
Knots
The Advent Of Panurge
The Boys In The Band
Raconteur Troubadour
Think Of Me With Kindness
A Cry For Everyone
Dog's life
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 06:26
Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Raconteur Troubadour > The Advent of Panurge > River > Knots
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 07:01
Not GG's best, IMO (that would be Free Hand), but really, really close.
My vote goes to The Advent of Panurge.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 08:24
One of my favorite bands, and one of my favorite albums of all time. I can't choose one over the other. This album I prefer to see it as a unit; all pieces being essential to the whole concept. I can't vote for a single song.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 11:05
A Cry for Everyone, especially seeing it live with Derek mimicking the synths ! WOW! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 12:43
Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

My fave album by them too Thatcher, I think it blows away 3 Friends. 


I absolutely agree! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 13:33
1. The Advent of Panurge
2. A Cry for Everyone
3. The Boys in the Band
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 14:31
Never liked that album. Don't know why. It sounds good, but I feel nothing. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 22 2016 at 14:59
Knots
Dig me...But don't...Bury me
I'm running still, I shall until, one day, I hope that I'll arrive
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