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AnotherSpin

My introduction was Interview, and I still like it. In a Glass House, and Free Hand are most attractive. I heard good things about Octopus and Acquiring the Taste, but both sounded crude to me, not as refined.

Mirror Image

Quote from: AnotherSpin on June 14, 2024, 09:38:35 PMMy introduction was Interview, and I still like it. In a Glass House, and Free Hand are most attractive. I heard good things about Octopus and Acquiring the Taste, but both sounded crude to me, not as refined.

The problem I had with Gentle Giant is when they started to refine their sound or streamline it --- everything kind of became so homogenized to the point of predictability. This is why Acquiring the Taste, Three Friends, Octopus and In a Glass House sound so fantastic to my ears. No matter how many times I listen to these albums, the music still surprises me.
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Archaic Torso of Apollo

Quote from: Mirror Image on June 14, 2024, 09:21:29 PMOne of my favorite progressive rock bands. Free Hand followed by Interview were really their last "great" albums.

I picked up Free Hand because the YouTube prog-rock guru Pete Pardo ("Sea of Tranquility") said it was their best album to start with, though not necessarily their best album. Well, it certainly worked on me. I do love the medieval and Renaissance sound of some of the songs.
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Quote from: Archaic Torso of Apollo on June 15, 2024, 07:52:52 AMI picked up Free Hand because the YouTube prog-rock guru Pete Pardo ("Sea of Tranquility") said it was their best album to start with, though not necessarily their best album. Well, it certainly worked on me. I do love the medieval and Renaissance sound of some of the songs.

I would say that Free Hand is probably their last truly great album and when I say this, I mean from start to finish. I wouldn't disagree with Pete Pardo when he says Free Hand is a great place to start, but speaking from my own experience, I'm actually thankful that my first exposure to their music was through Octopus, which some classify as "difficult".

I was introduced to them from a guitarist friend of mine who had a cassette tape of Octopus. We were outside one day and he told me to come to his truck as he wanted to play me something. Blasting out of his truck's speakers was The Advent of Panurge and I was completely allured but also a bit disoriented as the music was so strange (or strange to me at that time). I've been a massive fan of their music ever since.
"What was great about the '50s is that, for one brief moment - maybe, say, six weeks - nobody understood art." ― Morton Feldman

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Quote from: SimonNZ on June 14, 2024, 02:48:12 PM






I never knew about the Testament and Lomax albums. Are they good? I tend to like their recordings.

SimonNZ

Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on June 15, 2024, 05:58:03 PMI never knew about the Testament and Lomax albums. Are they good? I tend to like their recordings.

Yes. Very easily recommended. I think the testament selection is compiled from other releases on the label, so may lead to some duplication.

Some Lomax releases require the listener to put on their historians or ethnomusicologists hat, listening which can be "admire rather than love", but that disc plays well start to finish on near mythic characters you'll know from other versions or variations.