Gentle Giant was born out of the ruins of Simon Dupree & the Big Sound, an
R&B-based outfit led by brothers Derek, Ray, and Phil Shulman. After switching to
psychedelia in 1967 and scoring their only major hit that year with "Kites," as
Gentle Giant the group abandoned both the R&B and psychedelic orientations of the
previous band; Derek sang and played guitar and bass, Ray played sang and played bass and
violin, and Phil handled the saxophone, augmented by Kerry Minnear on keyboards, and Gary
Green on guitar. Their original lineup also featured Martin Smith on drums, but they went
through several percussionists in the first three years of their existence.
In 1970, Gentle Giant signed to the Vertigo label, and their self-titled first album a shockingly daring work mixing hard rock and full electric playing with classical elements came out later that year. Their second effort, 1971's Acquiring The Taste, was slightly more accessible and their third, Three Friends, featuring Malcolm Mortimore on drums, was their first record to get released in the U.S. (on Columbia). Their fourth album, 1973's Octopus, looked poised for a breakthrough; it seemed as though they had found the mix of hard rock and classical sounds that the critics and the public could accept, and they finally had a permanent drummer in the person of John Weathers, an ex-member of the Graham Bond Organisation. - All Music Guide
Alucard Records was created and is run by Gentle Giant keyboardist Kerry Minnear to release important archival material by the band. DRT Entertainment is run by Gentle Giant's lead vocalist Derek Shulman.
Gentle Giant/I Lost My Head (The Chrysalis Years 1975-1980) ....import 4 CD Set $42.99
A 2018 re-pressing of the 2012 4CD set collecting all of Gentle Giant's 'Chrysalis' albums alongside bonus tracks including John Peel sessions, 7" mixes, live tracks and b sides. The studio releases Free Hand, Interview, The Missing Piece, Giant for a Day and Civilian are joined by the much-loved live album, Playing the Fool (1976). Clamshell box with 4CDs in card wallets and a 16 page booklet.
Gentle Giant/Three Piece Suite ....import CD $17.99
Gentle Giant/Three Piece Suite [Deluxe Edition] ....import CD + Blu-Ray $19.99
On September 29th 2017 Gentle Giant will release "Three Piece Suite." Gentle Giant - Three Piece Suite is a specially curated selection of songs and compositions from the band's first three albums (Gentle Giant, Acquiring the Taste, Three Friends) presented in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo. There are nine tracks from the albums, plus a pre-debut song, remixed by Steven Wilson. The choices were determined by the limited availability of multi-track master tapes from the era. Only a few songs from each album are known to exist as multi-tracks, with the rest presumably lost. Three Piece Suite will be available as a two-disc digipak containing 96/24 animated Blu-ray plus CD and a single disc digipak CD. Gentle Giant's Three Piece Suite includes the songs "Giant," "Nothing At All," and "Why Not" from the first album Giant; "Pantagruel's Nativity," "The House, The Street, The Room" from the second album Acquiring The Taste; "Schooldays," "Peel the Paint," "Mr. Class And Quality," and "Three Friends" from the album Three Friends completes the list of the original recorded material. The band and Steven Wilson are including a previously commercially unreleased song "Freedom's Child" taken from the first recording sessions with legendary producer Tony Visconti. The liner notes by Interviewer Anil Prasad include reflections from Gentle Giant's members about the writing and recording sessions. Steven Wilson and Tony Visconti share their incredible observations about the early days of this unique collection of timeless music from one of progressive rock's most influential bands. Tony Visconti recounts: "I was a very optimistic young man in 1970 ... I thought music like theirs would save the world from mediocrity. I couldn't wait to sink my teeth in it. I championed their cause by becoming sympathetic to the point where I temporarily joined the band for both albums. I modified their arrangements and pulled off some stunning audio effects that gave their sound more depth and immediacy. The band knew I was on their side. I remember there being a great feeling of camaraderie during the sessions." Steven Wilson explains: "To create the new mixes, I used Logic as the software and Universal Audio plug-ins, which provide emulations of classic analog outboard effects, channel strips and old mixing desks ... I used these tools to clean things up and bring out some more clarity, detail and definition in some of the instrumental interplay. There was never a question of trying to outdo the original mixes, but offer different perspectives on them." Tony Visconti continues: "In our own way, we've touched the ears, minds and hearts of thousands of true believers." The band members, collectively, feel there are still good reasons its fans continue to enjoy Gentle Giant's music and why it continues to be discovered by new generations. For fans of Gentle Giant Three Piece Suite is a must have. For fans of great musicianship and progressive rock this is an incredible insight into the earliest days of this legendary band.
Gentle Giant/Octopus ....import CD $21.99
Gentle Giant/Octopus [Deluxe] ....import CD + Blu-Ray $35.99
Octopus, from 1972, was one of Gentle Giant's most accomplished and accessible releases blending the band's abundant imagination with a collection of strong melodies and focused performances. This 2015 Alucard label cd edition features a Steven Wilson mix and a 15 minute live performance of Excerpts From Octopus from the band's 1976 tour. New sketches by Roger Dean (who produced the original UK album cover) are included in the packaging, as well as artwork from the US version. The Alucard label cd/blu-ray edition features a Steven Wilson mix and a 15 minute live performance of Excerpts From Octopus in 96/24 PCM and in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Master Audio. The Blu-ray also includes instrumental mixes of 5 of the original 8 tracks from the album in 96/24 PCM, and a flat transfer of the original mix of the album (taken directly from the original quarter inch tape).
Gentle Giant/Live at the Bicentennial ....double CD $16.99
Classic 1970s progressive rock band has more music from the vaults! Gentle Giant is delighted to present its first "official" live recording since 1976's "Playing the Fool Live." Titled "Gentle Giant Live at the Bicentennial," the recording was taken from a concert on the eve of the United States' 200th Birthday - July 3rd 1976 at the Calderone Theater, Hempstead, Long Island, which was broadcast on radio station, WLIR. There are no overdubs or other enhancements on this truly live recording. It features Gentle Giant unedited, uninhibited and unrepentant. The concert features the best-remembered music from past recordings as well as rare songs from the album "Interview" which the band was supporting at that time. "Gentle Giant Live At The Bicentennial" 1976 is a 2-CD set release available everywhere from Alucard Music, distributed in North America by Caroline. Enjoy Gentle Giant Live at the Bicentennial! Track listing: Disc 1: Intro/Just The Same, Proclamation/Valedictory, On Reflection, Interview, The Runaway/Experience, So Sincere: Disc 2: Excerpts from Octopus, Give It Back, Timing, Freehand.
Gentle Giant/The Power & The Glory (Mixed by Steven Wilson)
Gentle Giant/The Power & The Glory (Mixed by Steven Wilson) [Deluxe DVD Edition] ....CD + DVD $18.99
Gentle Giant/The Power & The Glory (Mixed by Steven Wilson) [Deluxe Blu-Ray Edition] ....CD + Blu-Ray $18.99
Gentle Giant/The Power & The Glory (Mixed by Steven Wilson) ....vinyl LP $24.99
Gentle Giant have been asked numerous times over the years by loyal fans of their music to provide high end audiophile 5.1 mixes of their recordings.It was not until the acclaimed musician and producer Steven Wilson approached the band to inquire whether he could become involved in remixing the album that the band decided to present this and future albums in their most state of the art form. Steven has remixed this album keeping the essence of the original mixes but adding specific touches that he believed were important to garner an even better audiophile listening experience. Together with these mixes Ray Shulman has provided a beautiful video experience to illustrate the lyrical content of this "concept" album.The band has also included instrumental versions of the new mixes plus the original 1974 stereo mix transferred flat at 96/24PCM. Gentle Giant 'The Power and the Glory' mixed by Steven Wilson in Hi-Resolution Stereo & 5.1 Surround sound including visual imagery to enhance the sensory experience.
Gentle Giant/Giant Steps ....import double CD $25.95
UK collection from the Prog Rock band that focuses on their early recordings. Gentle Giant are still one of the most experimental bands in the genre (as well as one of the most experimental rock bands of the 1970s). Their music was considered complex even by progressive rock standards, drawing on a broad swathe of music including folk, soul, jazz, and classical music. Giant Steps is a collection of music drawing from the band's first 5 albums and more. From this collection you get a good idea of what everyone was talking about. A fantastic starting point for beginners and a great companion to Talking Elephant's other Gentle Giant release The Edge of Twilight'. Between the two albums almost all the tracks are covered from the first five releases.
Gentle Giant/Three Friends ....CD $17.99
Gentle Giant/Octopus ....CD $17.99
In 1970, the brothers Derek, Ray and Phil Shulman founded Gentle Giant. Derek was the lead vocalist and played alto sax and bass, Ray sang and played bass & violin, and Phil handled the saxophone and added vocals. Kerry Minnear, on keyboards, came straight from the Royal Academy of Music. Gary Green became the guitarist despite his blues based background. The original lineup had Martin Smith on drums. Malcolm Mortimore replaced him in late 1971 and was drummer for the featured "Three Friends" album. John Weathers joined the band in1972 and is drummer for the featured "Octpus" album. GG's utilization of complex classical chord and time patterns, together with hard rock, blues, jazz and even medieval melodies and themes, set them apart from other "progressive" groups of their time or since. The band toured Europe and North America extensively. Their live shows were always spectacular in both musical precision and presentation. The band's ability to change instruments seamlessly during a composition was awe inspiring to their legion of fans. These two comprehensive releases will be an important addendum to cement Gentle Giant's influential place in the history of progressive rock. Three Friends and Octopus have been re-mastered from the original 1/4 inch tapes and presented in a special digipack format. They are both presented with the original artwork, including the famous Roger Dean illustration of "Octopus" from the UK. A special booklet is included in the package with quotes from band members who reflect on their memories and photos from their personal archives. Also included as bonus material are rare live recordings from both albums as well as 'snippets' of behind the scenes recording out-takes. Fans of the band in the USA and Canada will be able to hear the CDs as they remember them in their original vinyl format.
Gentle Giant/Freehand (180 Gram Vinyl) ....LP $27.99
Gentle Giant/In a Glass House (180 Gram Vinyl) ....LP $27.99
Gentle Giant/The Power and the Glory (180 Gram Vinyl) ....LP $27.99
Direct Metal Mastered 180 Gram Vinyl! For the very first time in over thirty five years the most popular and successful Gentle Giant albums 'Freehand,' 'In A Glass House' and 'The Power And The Glory' will be available on high quality 180g Vinyl in their original format. These LPs have been DIRECT METAL MASTERED from the original 1/4" tapes and dutifully re-create the LPs that were originally released in the 1970s. The result is a superior product that will undoubtedly be a 'must have' for dedicated Gentle Giant fans everywhere. The import edition of Power & the Glory includes a bonus 7 inch vinyl single with 'The Power And The Glory' b/w 'Proclamation-Live 1977.' Now for a limited time, anyone ordering any of the Gentle Giant LPs will also receive a collectable Gentle Giant 'I Love Vinyl' button. Offer only good while supplies last! Be sure to ask for it!
Gentle Giant/In a Glass House ....CD $11.99
Gentle Giant/Power & the Glory ....CD $11.99
Gentle Giant/Free Hand ....CD $11.99
Gentle Giant/Playing the Fool ....CD $12.99
Gentle Giant/Interview ....CD $11.99
Gentle Giant/Missing Piece ....CD $11.99
Gentle Giant/Giant for a Day ....CD $11.99
Gentle Giant was born out of the ashes of Simon Dupree & the Big Sound, a successful UK based rock and R&B outfit led by brothers Derek, Ray and Phil Shulman. Their biggest hit, Kites, is still remembered fondly even today. In 1970 the brothers Shulman founded Gentle Giant. Derek was the lead vocalist and played alto sax and bass, Ray sand and played bass and violin, and Phil handled the saxophone and added vocals. Kerry Minnear, the keyboardist, was recurited after graduation from Royal Academy of Music with a degree in composition. Gary Green became the guitarist despite his blues-based background. Their original lineup also featured Martin Smith on drums, then Malcome Mortimore and eventually John Weathers in 1972, who became the mainstay in their 10 years of existence. Phil left in 1972 leaving the classic 5-piece line-up featured on these recordings. Gentle Giant's utilization of complex classical chord and time patterns, together with hard rock, blues, jazz and even medieval melodies and themes set them apart from any other 'progressive' group of their time or any subsequent era. These albums are fully remastered from the original 1/4 inch tapes.
Gentle Giant/Under Construction ....import double CD $24.99
Under Construction is the long-awaited new album by Gentle Giant: a 2-CD archive of unreleased tracks from Gentle Giant's original master tapes. In a bold move, the band has released Under Construction independently and is selling it as a limited edition. The music on Under Construction spans Gentle Giant's entire career, beginning before their debut album and ending with material written during the Civilian era. It includes:
Never-before-heard tracks such as "Freedom's Child," "Hometown Special," "Weekend Cowboy," "Bringing Me Down," and more!
Demo versions of familiar Gentle Giant songs, as originally presented to the band for rehearsal.
Unreleased live tracks.
Prerecorded music played by Gentle Giant before their concerts.
Live, in-the-studio recording sessions, so you can hear how the Boys In The Band worked together.
A diverse library of sound effects from Gentle Giant records, ready for use in your own recordings, royalty-free.
Plus a 28-page booklet full of photos, essays by band members, and original artwork! All this on two CDs packed with nearly 150 minutes of music. Under Construction is sure to please all loyal fans of Gentle Giant.
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