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Gentle Giant - Playing The Fool - The Official Live CD (album) cover


Gentle Giant


Eclectic Prog

4.52 | 422 ratings

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5 stars I rarely give 5 star reviews, but I'd definitely consider this to be a masterpiece. In fact, THIS BELONGS IN THE TOP 5 OF PROGRESSIVE-ROCK LIVE ALBUMS.

Gentle Giant was great in the studio, but the varied nature of recording, and even more varied nature of this band, resulted in a variety of different recording approaches and mixes throughout their album history. What's great here is to hear the songs come together on an equal foundation. You get to hear the cohesive side of the band not readily heard on most albums.

Another great aspect of this album is that the band changes the songs a bit for the stage. Instead of doing note-for-note duplications of the album, they rearrange the songs, making them more interesting.

The newly remastered 35-Year Anniversary series is the ideal version to get. Besides improved sound quality, there is a bonus VIDEO computer file included on Disk 1. Yes, you get to SEE the band play "Proclamation", apparently from a TV show. I've listened to the band for 20 years, and just the other day got to SEE them for the first time. Very cool!

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