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Gentle Giant
     

Gentle Giant

by Gentle Giant
 

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Astonishingly daring debut album, not as focused or overpowering as King Crimson's first but still crashing down barriers and steamrolling expectations. The mix of medieval harmonies and electric rock got stronger on subsequent albums, but the music here is still pretty jarring. Kerry Minnear was probably the only prog rock keyboard

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Astonishingly daring debut album, not as focused or overpowering as King Crimson's first but still crashing down barriers and steamrolling expectations. The mix of medieval harmonies and electric rock got stronger on subsequent albums, but the music here is still pretty jarring. Kerry Minnear was probably the only prog rock keyboard player of the era who allowed his synthesizers to sound like themselves and not mimic orchestras; Gary Green's guitars are alternately loud and brittle or soft and lyrical, and always surprising; and the presence of saxes and trumpets (courtesy of Phil Shulman) was unusual in any rock band of the era -- all of which explains how Gentle Giant managed to attract a cult following but hadn't a prayer of moving up from that level of recognition. "Funny Ways" was the softest prog rock song this side of Crimson's "I Talk to the Wind," but a lot of the rest is pretty intense in volume and tempo changes. "Nothing at All" by itself is worth the price of purchase.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1990
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0042284262422
catalogNumber:
8426242
Rank:
65183

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Performance Credits

Gentle Giant   Primary Artist
Paul Cosh   Horn
Gary Green   Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Kerry Minnear   Bass,Percussion,Cello,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Derek Shulman   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Shulman   Trumpet,Recorder,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
R. Shulman   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Violin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Martin Smith   Percussion,Drums
Claire Deniz   Cello

Technical Credits

Kerry Minnear   Arranger
Derek Shulman   Arranger
R. Shulman   Arranger
Tony Visconti   Producer,Liner Notes
Ron Baker   Engineer
Hamilton K. Wilson   Artwork
George Underwood   Cover Art

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