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Acquiring the Taste
Review by Steve Alspach
Few bands could throw a wider arsenal of musical styles then Gentle Giant in their early days. Acquiring the Taste, perhaps doomed by its gaudy album cover, may not have had the success it deserved, but musically it's second to none.
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Civilian
Review by Gary Hill
Long time fans of Gentle Giant were definitely not happy with this set.

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Free Hand – Remastered
Review by Gary Hill
Another of the new remasters of classic Gentle Giant albums, this is a good one. Of course, when you are talking about GG, you really can’t go wrong.

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Free Hand - 35th Anniversary Collection
Review by Steve Alspach
Capitol Records got hold of Gentle Giant in the mid-70s, and the band's first Capitol release, "The Power and the Glory," may not have been up to standards. Though a fine album, it may not have been up to the standards that the band had set for itself.
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Gentle Giant
Review by Gary Hill
The debut disc from prog rockers Gentle Giant, this is a great album that really does a lot at highlighting their distinctive sound. 

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Giant For A Day
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not the most prog like album in Gentle Giant’s catalog. Still, there should be enough real progressive rock here to please fans of the genre.
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In A Glass House – Remastered
Review by Gary Hill
One of a series of new remasters of Gentle Giant discs, this one represents their classic In A Glass House
album.
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In a Glass House - 35th Anniversary Edition
Review by Steve Alspach
Back in the early 1970s Columbia Records had Gentle Giant in their stable, but a problem of density kept Columbia (or anyone else in the states) from releasing "In a Glass House," the band's fifth album: density in the band's arrangements, and density on part of the A&R men who couldn't figure out the band or the music.
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Live at the Bicentennial 1776-1976
Review by Gary Hill
This new Gentle Giant recording was available before as an inferior bootleg.

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Live in New York 1975
Review by Gary Hill
This live album from Gentle Giant has been reissued into the modern era. As one might expect from a live disc from that time period, the recording isn’t quite up to modern standards. That said, it still sounds generally good.


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Missing Piece
Review by Gary Hill
This Gentle Giant disc consists of a lot of fairly short compositions. The tracks are in many cases more straight ahead rock and roll.
 

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Octopus
Review by Julie Knispel
Gentle Giant is perhaps one of the most difficult progressive bands to get into. Their mix of canon and baroque vocal parts, counterpoint and medieval musical arrangements kept them from being immediately accessible.
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Playing the Fool
Review by Steve Alspach
Gentle Giant, at the time that this record was released, had a legacy of albums that demonstrated that the band was able to combine flat-out rock with some of the more complicated counterpoint arrangements found in progressive music.
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Power and the Glory – Remastered
Review by Gary Hill
Another of the new series of Gentle Giant remasters, this is actually one of my favorites from the band.

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Santa Monica 1975
Review by Julie Knispel
Gentle Giant just recently celebrated their 35th anniversary with a series of reissues of their classic studio output.  Alongside this series of reissues, a number of live albums and compilations have been released, of varying quality and varying interest to both the hardcore Gentle Giant fan and the nouveau audient.

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Three Friends
Review by Gary Hill
This disc from Gentle Giant is a great one. All fans of old school prog should pick it up.

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Three Piece Suite
Review by Gary Hill

I've wrestled with how to handle this review. In theory the BluRay is the main part of this.


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Review by Gary Hill
I grew up as a Yes fanatic from the age of 12. As a bass player myself, Chris Squire was a huge part of my own growth as a musician.
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Various Artists - Citizens of Hope and Glory. The Story of Progressive Rock written by Stephen Lambe
Review by Scott Montgomery

This is an enjoyable read that saunters through the chronology and culture of progressive rock.


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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
Review by G. W. Hill

I like these Royal Philharmonica Orchestra sets. I


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Various Artists - Prog Box
Review by Gary Hill

I've been looking to do a retro review of this box set for a while. I finally had the opportunity this time around.


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Various Artists - Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga DVD
Review by Ron Fuchs
In many ways this documentary echoes some ideas about the music business that were discussed on Before The Music Dies.
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Various Artists - Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp
Review by G. W. Hill

I am a big fan of pretty much anything Billy Sherwood is involved with and I love Supertramp, so when I heard Sherwood was in charge of assembling an all star tribute to Supertramp, I was excited.


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Various Artists - The Show That Never Ends
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a compilation of various progressive rock performances that were presented on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. All of the outings are quite good, and the selection of artists is also. 



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