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Gentle Giant


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3.14 | 69 ratings

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4 stars For most people this might not be an excellent release for Gentle Giant. But for me personally, this is truly a gem as this box set tells a very clear story about Gentle Giant.

First off, you would know why that some tracks featured here on Disc 1, even though they are good were not included in the previous albums of Gentle Giant. The reason is very clear to me: the band did not want to jeopardize their albums with something totally different with the band musical trade mark. I can find some tracks are totally out of track if they were included. The example of this is what happened in Spock's Beard 2006 (self titled) as despite some great tracks there are tracks which should be taken out from the album as they would confuse their fans base. Gentle Giant is smart to manage their situations as they dropped the songs that did not fit the spirit of their album (say "The Power and The Glory").

Of course there are songs which are very classic like "Nothing At All" or "Interview - live". "Nothing At All" is really a KILLER for me. Oh man . I really love the melody and the composition. IT's a top notch song! The drum solo in the middle of the track is really enjoyable and not boring at all. In fact, I'd rather listen to this version than the official release.

Even if you like the music of Gentle Giant, please be aware that Disc 2 may make you totally fed up because everything is totally under construction. You will heard the voice of instruction that says something like : "louder .. ! louder .! . slower .!!!..." which probably the voice of Derek Shulman, commanding the members of the band. For me, it's okay and in fact very valuable as I appreciate much more on the band's music because now I know the making of their music. Some of them are just piano work with repeated chords that are familiar with my ears because I have known the final product. Basically, Disc 2 is just the creative processes to arrive at Gentle Giant songs.

Having considered which point of view I take a stand for this box set, I'm very sure that this is an excellent (and valuable!) collection in my entire prog music collection. As for recommending you, I doubt I can make it because I cannot sense your taste and eagerness to know deeper the music of legendary band: Gentle Giant. So, the four stars rating only applies to me, at personal level, and it's very subjective. Keep on proggin' ..!

Salam Damai! - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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