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Poll Question: Favorite track from Gentle Giant Octopus?
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    Posted: January 30 2018 at 17:42
Just what it sounds like; what's your personal favorite track from this seminal Gentle Giant record?

This isn't easy for me, as I really, REALLY enjoy several tracks on this one. River and The Boys in The Band, along with Dog's Life are constantly stuck in my head. If I had to choose one track to exemplify the magic of this record, it would have to be The Advent Of Panurge.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Larkstongue41 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2018 at 18:02
"The Boys in the Band" with "Panurge" and "Raconteur, Troubadour" close behind.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote YESESIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2018 at 18:27
This won't win but I'll go for A Cry for Everyone, just such a kick in the ass. Tremendous album.  
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Knots, Boys in the Band and Advent of Panurge.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Walkscore Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2018 at 18:45
I like 'A Cry for Everyone', and 'Think of Me with Kindness' the best. With only one vote, I chose the former
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Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

Knots, Boys in the Band and Advent of Panurge.

That would also be my top 3 - today, anyway. 

As for my vote, I had to go with Knots. That song is madness incarnate! Everything about it should be going horribly, horribly wrong. The whole song is balanced so precariously on the fine line between complexity and chaos, but somehow they pull it off and the whole thing just works wonderfully.
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I’m going with Panurge for this one.
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Glad I'm not the only one who's like "Boys in The Band...WAIT...PANURGE IS VERY DYNAMIC!" LOL

That song encompasses a ton of GG's style.
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Originally posted by Frenetic Zetetic Frenetic Zetetic wrote:

<span style="line-height: 16.5455px;">Glad I'm not the only one who's like "Boys in The Band...WAIT...PANURGE IS VERY DYNAMIC!" </span>LOL<div style="line-height: 16.5455px;">
<div style="line-height: 16.5455px;">That song encompasses a ton of GG's style.
.....so does Boys In The Band, so does Raconteur, so does River etc. Even the ‘ballad’ Think Of Me With Kindness is exquisite. I simply adore this album.   In fact, I’m so ‘lost’ these days, I obsess over Devo and Slayer, Kajagoogoo and Gorguts. I just.........dunno ? I’m truly messed up.......
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Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Originally posted by Frenetic Zetetic Frenetic Zetetic wrote:

<span style="line-height: 16.5455px;">Glad I'm not the only one who's like "Boys in The Band...WAIT...PANURGE IS VERY DYNAMIC!" </span>LOL<div style="line-height: 16.5455px;">
<div style="line-height: 16.5455px;">That song encompasses a ton of GG's style.
.....so does Boys In The Band, so does Raconteur, so does River etc. Even the ‘ballad’ Think Of Me With Kindness is exquisite. I simply adore this album.   In fact, I’m so ‘lost’ these days, I obsess over Devo and Slayer, Kajagoogoo and Gorguts. I just.........dunno ? I’m truly messed up.......

You can never be too shy shy about listening to Gorguts "The Erosion of Sanity" and "Obscura"! Wink
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^ Oh man, you know this stuff ??   God, I love Opeth so much, and I do love Sade too. Just random things I’m spilling out here. But I truly get into each and every band I love.
I could ramble for ages.......
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Advent of Panurge, easily.

Pretty consistent album though. No weak tracks, and the only GG album I can listen to end to end without feeling irritated.
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River

...the groove JP and Kerry establish between the verses
...the smoking Gary Green doubletracked guitar "duo"
...the Ray and Gary violin/guitar hook
...Derek's oblong vocal with Kerry's obtuse organ in the verses

Appropriately ending the album with a bang. There's a reason they used River to conclude this masterpiece, Octopus.

Edited by Frankh - January 31 2018 at 04:05
Perhaps finding the happy medium is harder than we know.
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Originally posted by Frankh Frankh wrote:

River

...the groove JP and Kerry establish between the verses
...the smoking Gary Green doubletracked guitar "duo"
...the Ray and Gary violin/guitar hook
...Derek's oblong vocal with Kerry's obtuse organ in the verses

Appropriately ending the album with a bang. There's a reason they used River to conclude this masterpiece, Octopus.

Yes, this is one of my favorites as well! I LOVE Phil's lyrics and vocals here honestly, some of my favorite he's ever done with the band. I also love how he/Derek call-and-response with the second half of Gary's lead; so classic!
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Raconteur Troubadour > Panurge > River > Knots
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All are top, maybe with a plus on opening track and the beautiful smooth
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Originally posted by Frankh Frankh wrote:

River

...the groove JP and Kerry establish between the verses
...the smoking Gary Green doubletracked guitar "duo"
...the Ray and Gary violin/guitar hook
...Derek's oblong vocal with Kerry's obtuse organ in the verses

Appropriately ending the album with a bang. There's a reason they used River to conclude this masterpiece, Octopus.
Agreed !   River could only be an ‘ending’ track !!!! Perfect ending to a perfect album.
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And here I was thinking I'd be the sole vote for River. NiceCool
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River for the thrilling parts with reverse cymbals and voices, along with keyboards and vibraphone.
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Perfect album. All the songs rule.
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