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Poll Question: Favorite track from Gentle Giant Octopus?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 09:17
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 09:46
Panurge for me...but I think all the tracks are great Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 10:01
Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

Panurge for me...but I think all the tracks are great Thumbs Up

same here!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 13:43
Originally posted by YESESIS YESESIS wrote:

This won't win but I'll go for A Cry for Everyone, just such a kick in the ass. Tremendous album.  
Ditto
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 13:53
My favorite GG album. For me it's sort of a toss up between "boys in the band" and "knots" but I chose "knots."
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 14:09
Opening songs have always been one of the Giant strenght.


Panurge
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 16:13
Can't I just choose "Excerpts From Octopus"? Octopus has always felt like one of their weaker classic albums to me, but I think the live medleys they did really bring out the best of the band.

Out of the album tracks, I'd have to choose Knots - very few rock bands have the balls or the chops to do a cappela sections like that.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 17:06
Originally posted by ForestFriend ForestFriend wrote:

Can't I just choose "Excerpts From Octopus"? Octopus has always felt like one of their weaker classic albums to me, but I think the live medleys they did really bring out the best of the band.


I'm sure you know the Octopus Excerpt from Playing the Fool which is great, have you ever heard the Octopus Excerpt on the 2CD Totally Out of the Woods?  It's great fun, especially when they break into the recorder ensemble playing Yankee Doodle Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 17:17
An album I like from start to finish. Maybe Knots, but I could change later, it's such a great album to my ears.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 17:31
Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

Originally posted by ForestFriend ForestFriend wrote:

Can't I just choose "Excerpts From Octopus"? Octopus has always felt like one of their weaker classic albums to me, but I think the live medleys they did really bring out the best of the band.


I'm sure you know the Octopus Excerpt from Playing the Fool which is great, have you ever heard the Octopus Excerpt on the 2CD Totally Out of the Woods?  It's great fun, especially when they break into the recorder ensemble playing Yankee Doodle Wink

"This is something we should call "EXCERPTS FROM OCTOPUS"...it starts off with a song called "The Boys...in The Band" *cue backing track intro*

I've heard just about every live version they've done, and I agree it's amazing.

One songs I've NEVER heard GG perform live is my all-time personal favorite "In a Glass House". Does it exist anywhere?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2018 at 02:55
Originally posted by YESESIS YESESIS wrote:

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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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2018 at 08:59
This is my poll Big smile, so I say Panurge
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2018 at 15:23
Quite difficult.

I'll go with Knots 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2018 at 16:03
The Advent of Panurge
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2018 at 16:22
The Advent Of Panurge has everything I love about (early) Gentle Giant. Perfectly composed and tight, but still somehow sounds as if it just loosely floats along - there's also this dreamlike atmosphere that seemingly left the band with Phil Shulman.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2018 at 16:47
Originally posted by Saperlipopette! Saperlipopette! wrote:

The Advent Of Panurge has everything I love about (early) Gentle Giant. Perfectly composed and tight, but still somehow sounds as if it just loosely floats along - there's also this dreamlike atmosphere that seemingly left the band with Phil Shulman.  

Well said. I too feel Phil added a certain "something" to the first four Gentle Giant records. Black Cat is another favorite of mine. His vocals in the break of River are amazing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2018 at 19:05

Opening song from the very first GG album I heard many moons ago - Advent of Panurge

Lots of energy throughout the entire album, one of my faves.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2018 at 19:26
Originally posted by tszirmay tszirmay wrote:

Originally posted by YESESIS YESESIS wrote:

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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Ditto, ditto. 'Cry' really lifts the proceedings.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2018 at 00:54
the River with its majestic current is slowly making its way to be my favourite tune of thes marvel album
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2018 at 02:02
Totally found what I was looking for earlier:

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