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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BarryGlibb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2012 at 03:07
I have stated this before but the riff produced by Gary Green to In A Glass House is the greatest riff by ANY BAND in this history of contemporary popular music. So no more discussion needed. OK?!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sagichim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2012 at 03:34
OK.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote wilmon91 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2012 at 06:39
Originally posted by aginor aginor wrote:

I also like the riff (the middle riff) in Pantagruels Naivity
Yes, that's the one!
 
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Originally posted by thellama73 thellama73 wrote:

I too love the In A Glass House riff (in 13/8 I think)

Actually, it's more complicated than that. The riff is divided into three segments: The first ("Shadow fills the light") is in 7/8, the second ("until the glass house becomes the night") is in 5/4 and the third ("the dark is gleaming or am I dreaming") is in 6/4. Together, that yields 29/8. I love John Weathers' drum accompaniment. The guy (actually, the whole band) has an incredible talent for making complexity sound so easy.

And because they wrote so many awesome riffs, I feel obliged to list a few more besides "Prologue" (which I already mentioned):

  • The verse riff of "Giant" (and the subtly grooving bass riff in the middle section)
  • The main riffs of "Why Not?" and "Plain Truth", two awesome blues rock songs that prove that GG were good at anything
  • The riff that concludes each verse of "Pantagruel's Nativity" is orgasmic (the mellotron support helps a lot!). And yes, the riff in the middle section. Great contrast between the two
  • The riff at the very beginning of "The Runaway" convinced me that this band is awesome

I find that as their career progressed and their writing got really multilayered, they relied less on single riffs and more on the interaction of several melody lines. Which is also awesome, just in a different way.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sagichim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2012 at 12:38
The thing that i really love in Pantagruels Naivity is the opening moog part, great sound.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2012 at 12:47
nice guitar riffs here also


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote frippism Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2012 at 13:03
I'm not a fan of GG's hard rock riffs as I've mentioned before a lot of times, but "Playing The Game", "Knots", and most of all "In A Glass House" are great.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Saperlipopette! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2012 at 13:11
Originally posted by HarbouringTheSoul HarbouringTheSoul wrote:


  • The riff that concludes each verse of "Pantagruel's Nativity" is orgasmic (the mellotron support helps a lot!). And yes, the riff in the middle section. Great contrast between the two

Yes, everything about Pantagruel's Nativety is my favorite of theirs. Including the riff(s).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mongofa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2012 at 17:59
The violin riff from The Face, River, the clavinette and openning keyboard from Free Hand, and the one from Advent of Panurge. I like 'em all though
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dayvenkirq Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 10 2012 at 01:04
I found the riff on 'So Sincere' pretty tight.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fox On The Rocks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 10 2012 at 15:22
I also have to include that exotic, mysterious riff in the middle of The Edge Of Twilight. I don't really know what instrument it's being played on, maybe it's just guitar? It sound amazing though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iluvmarillion Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 14 2012 at 04:30
Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

The main theme of "Playing the Game" is awesome.





I was going to say the same thing and I'm not even a great Gentle Giant fan, but that riff is just amazing (as indeed the whole album is)
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