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Topic: Gentle Giant - Octopus
Posted By: Frenetic Zetetic
Subject: Gentle Giant - Octopus
Date Posted: January 30 2018 at 17:42
Just what it sounds like; what's your personal favorite track from this seminal Gentle Giant record?

This isn't easy for me, as I really, REALLY enjoy several tracks on this one. River and The Boys in The Band, along with Dog's Life are constantly stuck in my head. If I had to choose one track to exemplify the magic of this record, it would have to be The Advent Of Panurge.

Go!


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Posted By: Larkstongue41
Date Posted: January 30 2018 at 18:02
"The Boys in the Band" with "Panurge" and "Raconteur, Troubadour" close behind.

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Posted By: YESESIS
Date Posted: January 30 2018 at 18:27
This won't win but I'll go for A Cry for Everyone, just such a kick in the ass. Tremendous album.  


Posted By: The Dark Elf
Date Posted: January 30 2018 at 18:29
Knots, Boys in the Band and Advent of Panurge.

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Posted By: Walkscore
Date Posted: January 30 2018 at 18:45
I like 'A Cry for Everyone', and 'Think of Me with Kindness' the best. With only one vote, I chose the former


Posted By: Magnum Vaeltaja
Date Posted: January 30 2018 at 20:05
Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:

Knots, Boys in the Band and Advent of Panurge.

That would also be my top 3 - today, anyway. 

As for my vote, I had to go with Knots. That song is madness incarnate! Everything about it should be going horribly, horribly wrong. The whole song is balanced so precariously on the fine line between complexity and chaos, but somehow they pull it off and the whole thing just works wonderfully.


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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 00:39
I’m going with Panurge for this one.


Posted By: Frenetic Zetetic
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 01:51
Glad I'm not the only one who's like "Boys in The Band...WAIT...PANURGE IS VERY DYNAMIC!" LOL

That song encompasses a ton of GG's style.


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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 02:56
Originally posted by Frenetic Zetetic Frenetic Zetetic wrote:

<span style="line-height: 16.5455px;">Glad I'm not the only one who's like "Boys in The Band...WAIT...PANURGE IS VERY DYNAMIC!" </span>LOL<div style="line-height: 16.5455px;">
<div style="line-height: 16.5455px;">That song encompasses a ton of GG's style.
.....so does Boys In The Band, so does Raconteur, so does River etc. Even the ‘ballad’ Think Of Me With Kindness is exquisite. I simply adore this album.   In fact, I’m so ‘lost’ these days, I obsess over Devo and Slayer, Kajagoogoo and Gorguts. I just.........dunno ? I’m truly messed up.......


Posted By: Frenetic Zetetic
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 02:58
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Originally posted by Frenetic Zetetic Frenetic Zetetic wrote:

<span style="line-height: 16.5455px;">Glad I'm not the only one who's like "Boys in The Band...WAIT...PANURGE IS VERY DYNAMIC!" </span>LOL<div style="line-height: 16.5455px;">
<div style="line-height: 16.5455px;">That song encompasses a ton of GG's style.
.....so does Boys In The Band, so does Raconteur, so does River etc. Even the ‘ballad’ Think Of Me With Kindness is exquisite. I simply adore this album.   In fact, I’m so ‘lost’ these days, I obsess over Devo and Slayer, Kajagoogoo and Gorguts. I just.........dunno ? I’m truly messed up.......

You can never be too shy shy about listening to Gorguts "The Erosion of Sanity" and "Obscura"! Wink


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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 03:12
^ Oh man, you know this stuff ??   God, I love Opeth so much, and I do love Sade too. Just random things I’m spilling out here. But I truly get into each and every band I love.
I could ramble for ages.......


Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 03:43
Advent of Panurge, easily.

Pretty consistent album though. No weak tracks, and the only GG album I can listen to end to end without feeling irritated.

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Posted By: Frankh
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 04:02
River

...the groove JP and Kerry establish between the verses
...the smoking Gary Green doubletracked guitar "duo"
...the Ray and Gary violin/guitar hook
...Derek's oblong vocal with Kerry's obtuse organ in the verses

Appropriately ending the album with a bang. There's a reason they used River to conclude this masterpiece, Octopus.

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Posted By: Frenetic Zetetic
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 04:06
Originally posted by Frankh Frankh wrote:

River

...the groove JP and Kerry establish between the verses
...the smoking Gary Green doubletracked guitar "duo"
...the Ray and Gary violin/guitar hook
...Derek's oblong vocal with Kerry's obtuse organ in the verses

Appropriately ending the album with a bang. There's a reason they used River to conclude this masterpiece, Octopus.

Yes, this is one of my favorites as well! I LOVE Phil's lyrics and vocals here honestly, some of my favorite he's ever done with the band. I also love how he/Derek call-and-response with the second half of Gary's lead; so classic!


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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 04:07
Raconteur Troubadour > Panurge > River > Knots

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Posted By: b_olariu
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 04:35
All are top, maybe with a plus on opening track and the beautiful smooth


Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 05:02
Originally posted by Frankh Frankh wrote:

River

...the groove JP and Kerry establish between the verses
...the smoking Gary Green doubletracked guitar "duo"
...the Ray and Gary violin/guitar hook
...Derek's oblong vocal with Kerry's obtuse organ in the verses

Appropriately ending the album with a bang. There's a reason they used River to conclude this masterpiece, Octopus.
Agreed !   River could only be an ‘ending’ track !!!! Perfect ending to a perfect album.


Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 05:55
And here I was thinking I'd be the sole vote for River. NiceCool

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Posted By: Shiny globe
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 08:22
River for the thrilling parts with reverse cymbals and voices, along with keyboards and vibraphone.


Posted By: miamiscot
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 08:29
Perfect album. All the songs rule.


Posted By: DeadSouls
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 09:17
Knots


Posted By: The.Crimson.King
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 09:46
Panurge for me...but I think all the tracks are great Thumbs Up


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Posted By: Olape
Date 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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Posted By: tszirmay
Date 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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Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date 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."


Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: January 31 2018 at 14:09
Opening songs have always been one of the Giant strenght.


Panurge

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Posted By: ForestFriend
Date 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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Posted By: The.Crimson.King
Date 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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Posted By: Manuel
Date 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.


Posted By: Frenetic Zetetic
Date 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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Posted By: BarryGlibb
Date 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.  


This


Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 08:59
This is my poll Big smile, so I say Panurge

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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 15:23
Quite difficult.

I'll go with Knots 


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Posted By: Squonk19
Date Posted: February 01 2018 at 16:03
The Advent of Panurge

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Posted By: Saperlipopette!
Date 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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Posted By: Frenetic Zetetic
Date 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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Posted By: CosmicVibration
Date 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.



Posted By: Rednight
Date 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.  
Ditto
Ditto, ditto. 'Cry' really lifts the proceedings.

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Posted By: Icarium
Date 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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Posted By: Frenetic Zetetic
Date Posted: February 02 2018 at 02:02
Totally found what I was looking for earlier:



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