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Best of stellar albums: Octopus (1972)

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Topic: Best of stellar albums: Octopus (1972)
Posted By: aglasshouse
Subject: Best of stellar albums: Octopus (1972)
Date Posted: August 21 2016 at 19:48
Now for something completely different! 

Octopus is by far the greatest Gentle Giant album in my opinion. Not a single song on that album is bad, in fact every single one is......stellar. But of all of the winners The Boys In The Band is by far my favorite song on the album and by the band overall. The middle guitar-only part in it always sends shivers down my spine with how good it is. Seriously one of the greatest songs ever. 



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Posted By: Pastmaster
Date Posted: August 21 2016 at 20:05
I'm going to have to go with an unsurprising vote, Panurge.


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: August 21 2016 at 20:06
My fave album by them too Thatcher, I think it blows away 3 Friends. 




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Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: August 21 2016 at 20:25
All classics but Knots was my first love and attention getter and still stands out


Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: August 21 2016 at 22:57
For me the band was already loosing it's magic with this release (I much prefer their first 2 albums), but I guess I would have to choose The Advent of Panurge.


Posted By: ALotOfBottle
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 00:38
1. Knots
2. The Advent of Panurge
3. Dog's Life
Amazing album, a very personal bond with this one for me.


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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 01:44
Raconteur Troubadour > The Advent of Panurge > River > Knots

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Posted By: Saperlipopette!
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 02:04
Great album but only my fourth GG-favorite. I like their "straightforward" material best here. The rich, otherworldly atmosphere I love so much on their previous albums is best represented on these three imo: 

The Advent of Panurge
Raconteur Troubadour
Think of Me With Kindness 

- the rest of the material points forward to the colder, static and sometimes a little forced feel of their next four classics. 

Boys in the Band and Knots are still amazing too though.


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Posted By: irrelevant
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 02:18
Far from my favourite GG. The Boys in the Band gets the vote.


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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 04:01
My vote goes to River, though Octopus is brilliant all the way through. My first taste of this band in the mid-90's - immaculate Vertigo 'swirl' vinyl - $15 !!


Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 04:09
The only GG album I like. Its between Panurge and River...I'll go for Panurge.

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Posted By: DDPascalDD
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 04:24
One of my favourites, all stellar songs indeed, the consistency makes it hard to rank...

Today:
Knots
The Advent Of Panurge
The Boys In The Band
Raconteur Troubadour
Think Of Me With Kindness
A Cry For Everyone
Dog's life
River


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Posted By: Olape
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 06:26
Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Raconteur Troubadour > The Advent of Panurge > River > Knots
 
Yeah!


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Posted By: Upbeat Tango Monday
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 07:01
Not GG's best, IMO (that would be Free Hand), but really, really close.
My vote goes to The Advent of Panurge.

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Posted By: Manuel
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 08:24
One of my favorite bands, and one of my favorite albums of all time. I can't choose one over the other. This album I prefer to see it as a unit; all pieces being essential to the whole concept. I can't vote for a single song.


Posted By: tszirmay
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 11:05
A Cry for Everyone, especially seeing it live with Derek mimicking the synths ! WOW! 

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Posted By: aglasshouse
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 12:43
Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

My fave album by them too Thatcher, I think it blows away 3 Friends. 


I absolutely agree! 


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Posted By: DeadSouls
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 13:33
1. The Advent of Panurge
2. A Cry for Everyone
3. The Boys in the Band


Posted By: hellogoodbye
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 14:31
Never liked that album. Don't know why. It sounds good, but I feel nothing. 


Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 14:59
Knots

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Posted By: maryes
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 16:57
My favorite is "Boys in the Band", follow by "Knots"  and "Cry for Everyone"


Posted By: Mellotron Storm
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 18:18
Originally posted by hellogoodbye hellogoodbye wrote:

Never liked that album. Don't know why. It sounds good, but I feel nothing. 

My feelings as well, my least favourite of their first six or so. Still an easy pick as I really dig the song "The Boys In The Band".


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Posted By: BrufordFreak
Date Posted: August 22 2016 at 18:55
Though Octopus is my fourth favorite GG album, "Raconteur, Troubadour" still blows me away with its originality.

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Posted By: miamiscot
Date Posted: August 23 2016 at 07:42
Their first (of four) perfect albums!!!


Posted By: Hercules
Date Posted: August 23 2016 at 14:37
Originally posted by Upbeat Tango Monday Upbeat Tango Monday wrote:

Not GG's best, IMO (that would be Free Hand), but really, really close.

Agree 100%

My vote goes to The Advent of Panurge.

I just prefer Knots



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Posted By: Saperlipopette!
Date Posted: August 23 2016 at 15:49
Originally posted by miamiscot miamiscot wrote:

Their first (of four) perfect albums!!!
No, its actually the last of four near perfect albums


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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: August 23 2016 at 16:09
It's my fifth favourite Gentle Giant album.

My ranking:

1. Acquiring the Taste
2. Three Friends
3. Gentle Giant
4. In a Glass House
5. Octopus
6. Free Hand
7. Power and the Glory
8. Interview

Later studio albums I'd rather not mention.

Of the tracks, I vote "Advent of Panurge". My second choice would be "Think of Me With Kindness".

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Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: August 23 2016 at 18:43
Panurge, bien sūr.

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Posted By: LearsFool
Date Posted: August 23 2016 at 20:27
Knots.

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Posted By: aglasshouse
Date Posted: August 24 2016 at 13:05
Originally posted by Saperlipopette! Saperlipopette! wrote:

Originally posted by miamiscot miamiscot wrote:

Their first (of four) perfect albums!!!
No, its actually the last of four near perfect albums
No, it's actually the fourth of eight near perfect albums


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Posted By: Saperlipopette!
Date Posted: August 24 2016 at 13:44
Originally posted by aglasshouse aglasshouse wrote:

Originally posted by Saperlipopette! Saperlipopette! wrote:

Originally posted by miamiscot miamiscot wrote:

Their first (of four) perfect albums!!!
No, its actually the last of four near perfect albums
No, it's actually the fourth of eight near perfect albums
I won't argue with that. I do however still prefer the atmosphere, warmth and playfulness on their first quartet of albums - which is why I revisit them more often. 


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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: August 24 2016 at 23:19
Everything from the wonderful debut, up to and including In A Glass House, is flawless in my books. After that, still lots to enjoy.


Posted By: akaBona
Date Posted: August 26 2016 at 16:33
A Cry For Everyone


Posted By: dr prog
Date Posted: August 26 2016 at 18:23
Raconteur, Dog and Boys are awesome. Not a big fan of the other songs. Octopus is weak compared the Acquiring, Three, Glass and Free

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Posted By: Frenetic Zetetic
Date Posted: March 06 2018 at 13:09
River.

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Posted By: Squonk19
Date Posted: March 06 2018 at 13:35
Advent of Panurge - followed by Knots.

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Posted By: Magnum Vaeltaja
Date Posted: March 06 2018 at 19:59


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