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Gentle Giant


Eclectic Prog

2.34 | 481 ratings

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3 stars Midget For A Day

I became a big prog rock fan in the late 70's. Was fortunate enough to see a show from their last tour (for Civilian) at the Atlanta Agora (now defunct) and to get a friend to tape the live broadcast. I stongly suspect they didn't care for much of the songs here themselves as they only did Giant for a Day. The rest of the set was tunes from Civilian and the oldiers but goodiers. What a privilege, as it turned out to be their last tour and I was too yound to get into clubs places like that at the time. Guess I looked a little older than I actually was (long hair).

I have to say was my least favorite album at the time and I still rank it at the bottom. However, I softened on prog fanaticism musical "snobbery" as I grew older. I would not leave it out of my collection, but if you are exploring their music for the first time, I would try it out last.

I got the CD about three years ago and have softened my assessment of it upon relistening. A previous reviewer said it's marred by the " '80's sound. Pretty good for an album released in 1978, I guess. Maybe they were ahead of their time in this regard as they were in many other ways on their better releases. My favorite these days is Little Brown Bag. Not particularly progressive but a good rocker. Back in the day, Spookie Boogie was the only song I really found interesting. This album's more of an acquired taste for prog nuts. (excuse the title pun). Damn shame they didn't do anything after Civilian. I think the only appearance of a member after that was Gary Green on Eddie Jobson's Zinc album (1983).

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