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    Posted: April 21 2013 at 15:03
1. Acquiring The Taste
2. Three Friends
3. Gentle Giant
4. Octopus
5. Free Hand
6. In A Glass House

I definitely like the first four albums most (the Phil Shulman years)


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Originally posted by Dellinger

I haven't heard all of the albums, but I have all their albums up to Octopus, plus Playing the Fool. By far the ones I liked the best are their first two, and Playing the fool I rather disliked a lot (except for "Strange Ways", from their first album). As for 3 friends and Octopus, they were rather good, but I don't enjoy then nearly as much as the first two ones. Given this experience, I don't expect I'll buy the rest of their albums, I don't think I'll get much enjoyment out of them.

Before you quit going further, do at least try Free Hand. Smile
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Originally posted by Dellinger

I haven't heard all of the albums, but I have all their albums up to Octopus, plus Playing the Fool. By far the ones I liked the best are their first two, and Playing the fool I rather disliked a lot (except for "Strange Ways", from their first album). As for 3 friends and Octopus, they were rather good, but I don't enjoy then nearly as much as the first two ones. Given this experience, I don't expect I'll buy the rest of their albums, I don't think I'll get much enjoyment out of them.


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Originally posted by irrelevant


Originally posted by Dellinger

I haven't heard all of the albums, but I have all their albums up to Octopus, plus Playing the Fool. By far the ones I liked the best are their first two, and Playing the fool I rather disliked a lot (except for "Strange Ways", from their first album). As for 3 friends and Octopus, they were rather good, but I don't enjoy then nearly as much as the first two ones. Given this experience, I don't expect I'll buy the rest of their albums, I don't think I'll get much enjoyment out of them.

Before you quit going further, do at least try Free Hand. Smile


I might try it, at least on Youtube (though that usually only gives me an idea of what to expect, but might not be enough). However, I'm not sure how likely is it that I might like it. As far as I remember, "Playing the Fool" has several pieces from Free Hand, and I didn't like any of them. Though I also found that I liked their sound less live than studio (except for "Strange Ways", which I found much better live).
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Originally posted by ProgMetaller2112


Originally posted by Dellinger

I haven't heard all of the albums, but I have all their albums up to Octopus, plus Playing the Fool. By far the ones I liked the best are their first two, and Playing the fool I rather disliked a lot (except for "Strange Ways", from their first album). As for 3 friends and Octopus, they were rather good, but I don't enjoy then nearly as much as the first two ones. Given this experience, I don't expect I'll buy the rest of their albums, I don't think I'll get much enjoyment out of them.
How long have you heard them for because all you need to do is acquire the taste Wink


Indeed I have gotten into them only recently (this year), though I have given a fair listen to most of the albums I bought. By now I'm loosing hope that I might aquire the taste for the sound of them that I didn't like. But indeed, I found some awsome music on the songs I actually liked (as I said, most of it from their first two albums). Still, I'll listen to them some more.
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 Acquiring the taste.Don't really care for any of the others.
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1 - In A Glass House
2 - Interview
3 - Free Hand
4 - Octopus
5 - Power & The Glory
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dennismoore Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 26 2013 at 12:19
I can't stand the 1st three(before Kerry Minnear took over song arranging duties).   My top:
 
1.Free Hand
2.Power & The Glory
3.Octopus
4.Giant For A Day(its OK to have fun, people...everything doesn't have to be 20 minutes of disjointed & non-harmonic
thumpings & screaching vocals)
 
The above first three CDs are some of the best ever by any band and should be required prog, IMHO.Embarrassed
 
Free Hand is in my Top 5 recordings of all time.  What a masterpiece!
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1. Octopus
2. In a Glass House
3. Acquiring the Taste
4. Power and the Glory
5. Free Hand
6. Interview
7. Missing Piece
8. A Tall Tale
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Originally posted by dennismoore

4.Giant For A Day(its OK to have fun, people...everything doesn't have to be 20 minutes of disjointed & non-harmonic
thumpings & screaching vocals)
 

yeah, but Giant for a Day isn't fun. Even if they weren't selling out, it's a really bad album. Completely uninspired; it just reeks of dishonesty.
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Well lately it's not FREE HAND. LOL
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Originally posted by smartpatrol

Originally posted by dennismoore

4.Giant For A Day(its OK to have fun, people...everything doesn't have to be 20 minutes of disjointed & non-harmonic
thumpings & screaching vocals)
 

yeah, but Giant for a Day isn't fun. Even if they weren't selling out, it's a really bad album. Completely uninspired; it just reeks of dishonesty.
 
 
Fun?  Ok, I meant "spooky"....
 
Ya gotta admit Spooky Boogie is a little bit spooky?! Cool
 
Thank You is cool too, but then again I love old sappy Elton John songs...
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Giant for a Day just reminds me of the "sell-out" Captain Beefheart albums. I actually do sort of like them, but they tend to feel kinda sad when you compare them to their really brilliant albums.

Come on though, Rock Climber, you all love that song, deep down inside, don't you?
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Originally posted by dennismoore

4.Giant For A Day(its OK to have fun, people...everything doesn't have to be 20 minutes of disjointed & non-harmonic
thumpings & screaching vocals)
 
 
 


Please name the Gentle Giant song that is 20 minutes of disjointed and non-harmonic thumpings and screaching vocals?  I must have missed that one.  Confused
 
I really like Spookie Boogie off of Giant for a Day. There are a couple of other decent enough songs, including the aforementioned Rock Climber, but it doesn't come close to any of their first 8 albums. 
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^ That's what Dennis meant.
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Originally posted by Elastic Murray

Giant for a Day just reminds me of the "sell-out" Captain Beefheart albums. I actually do sort of like them, but they tend to feel kinda sad when you compare them to their really brilliant albums.

Come on though, Rock Climber, you all love that song, deep down inside, don't you?


Giant for a Day was startling in its mediocrity.... I had to check the cover to see if it was GG I was listening to. However my double CD pack came with The Missing Piece and that was quite enjoyable making up for GFAD. Rock Climber is perhaps the best thing on it, or the first track whatever that was - I thought it had a great riff and rocked nicely.
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Acquiring the Taste
Octopus
Interview
Free Hand
In a Glass House
Three Friends

I really, really, really need to hear The Power and the Glory! It has to be as good as it's reputation suggests, it has too!!
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Just going with what I've heard so far.

1. Free Hand (5/5)
2. Acquiring the Taste (these first two are so close) (5/5)
3. Gentle Giant (4.5/5)
4. In a Glass House (4.5/5)
5. Three Friends (3/5)

Three Friends is nice throughout and I really quite like School Days, but overall I surprisingly didn't find it very interesting.


Edited by N-sz - July 07 2013 at 00:11
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Something to this effect:

Power & The Glory
Acquiring The Taste
Octopus
Gentle Giant
Interview
Free Hand
Three Friends
In A Glass House
The Missing Piece
Civilian
Giant For A Day
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Originally posted by TheMightyTerroja

Acquiring the Taste
Octopus
Interview
Free Hand
In a Glass House
Three Friends
I really, really, really need to hear The Power and the Glory! It has to be as good as it's reputation suggests, it has too!!


I didn't know it had that kind of reputation. I've always thought it was considered good, but not their very best. And well, that's my opinion of it, too.

It definitely has some high points - I think "Cogs In Cogs" is one of GG's best songs. "Proclamation" is also a stunning track but I really hate the way it ends, it builds up so well and then the change to double time + fade out are a bit anti-climactic.

"So Sincere" is also another good track. But the other songs are merely ok.
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