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Originally posted by 2dogs 2dogs wrote:

I've started with the first one and quite liked it, have now got to Acquiring the Taste. I like this one more, particularly the complexity and having a number of contrasting things to listen to simultaneously.
After all these years....the first two are still my favorites.
IMO the complexity of the later work didn't always mean better songs and albums.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 04 2014 at 18:30
I'd say Power and the glory, Three friends, Freehand, In a glass house and Civilian are my fave 5.
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Ah... the Giant. well as long as you do NOT start with Giant for a day you should be safe. I personally believe the best of the best is a mix of Free Hand, In a Glass House, or Three Friends with a smattering of Power and the Glory. The live album is a treasure too! Playing The Fool may be the best album they have released!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gooner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 13 2014 at 10:43
I would start with "Acquiring The Taste"....then "Octopus"...then "Free Hand".  You can then fill in the cracks as I've found the others in between to be transitional albums which are still incredible, but I find the aforementioned to be the "established" GG sound.

Later albums from Interview to Civilian are a mixed bag, but I'm a superfan and like them all. Smile 
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I say start with Three Friends. This is probably my favorite GG album. I used to enjoy a good bit of their music. I own all of those Allucard remasters, and they do sound great no question about it, but I've kind of grown rather intolerant of much their music. I remember enjoying In A Glass House in addition to Three Friends. Octopus, although an undisputed fan favorite, has worn out it's welcome with me and it doesn't do much for me anymore. I think a lot of problems with GG is they try to cram so much into just 5-7 minutes and a lot of times it just doesn't work for me. Their 'polystylism' seems to lack a certain cohesiveness that I get from Genesis, Yes, or even King Crimson. But, at the end of the day, all of our ears are different. But I still have a fondness for the afore mentioned albums.
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Originally posted by Dr. Occulator Dr. Occulator wrote:

IMO there is only one place to start and that's at the beginning. Believe me it's all worth it.
 
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Originally posted by libertycaps libertycaps wrote:

...is only about my fourth favorite but its still a perfect introduction. 

1. Acquiring The Taste (GG's defining album imo. Perfect)
2. Three Friends 
3. Debut
4. Octopus
5. In A Glass House
6. Interview
7. Power and the Glory
8. Free Hand (I still give it a 7 out of 10 though)

Generally I find more beauty in their early works while the also great 1973-1976 albums feels a little colder (so I listen to them less).
  
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