Gentle Giant

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1990
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 042284262422
  • Catalog Number: 8426242
  • Sales rank: 58,218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Giant (6:25)
  2. 2 Funny Ways (4:23)
  3. 3 Alucard (6:04)
  4. 4 Isn't It Quiet and Cold? (3:47)
  5. 5 Nothing at All (9:07)
  6. 6 Why Not? (5:31)
  7. 7 The Queen (1:41)
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Album Credits

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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