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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 11 May 2020, 13:27

Matt Wilson wrote:Yeah, and it's the shortest song on the LP!


But the track before runs into it - I always consider those two tracks one.

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 11 May 2020, 15:36

NP

This is a corker - a proper Soft Machine album!

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A nice live version of the title track - average age 69...!









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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Matt Wilson » 11 May 2020, 19:45

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Gentle Giant - Octopus

So this is the one I already owned and was familiar with before I bought the box. I'm not sure it's their best album though is it? A more deliberate attempt to focus on the layered vocals dominates, and sometimes the music tends to take a back seat, but it's all still pretty good of course. I'm not crazy about "Knots" for one thing and that track seems almost to represent the album for me. Every time they actually focus on the music then it's great, natch.

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 11 May 2020, 22:27

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I'm not sure it's their best album though is it?



I don't think it is but many do...

[Not the REAL GG fans though...!]





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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 12 May 2020, 13:31

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby robertff » 12 May 2020, 13:48

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Pleasant listening but that's about it.



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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 12 May 2020, 18:12

robertff wrote:Image



Pleasant listening but that's about it.



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Yes, it was downhill from here but the next one, Breathless, has it's moments too

This track is a corker - full of music








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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Matt Wilson » 12 May 2020, 19:36

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Gentle Giant - In a Glass House

Another day, another Giant album. The first after brother Phil's departure, is a transitional record. Pretty good, but to my ears not on the same level as the previous four. Having said that, "The Runaway," "Way of Life," and "In a Glass House" are all top notch GG, and that's half of the album!

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 12 May 2020, 19:45

Matt Wilson wrote:Image
Gentle Giant - In a Glass House

Another day, another Giant album. The first after brother Phil's departure, is a transitional record. Pretty good, but to my ears not on the same level as the previous four. Having said that, "The Runaway," "Way of Life," and "In a Glass House" are all top notch GG, and that's half of the album!


If push comes to shove it is my favourite.

It will grow with further hearings (as they all will)








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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby slightbreeze » 12 May 2020, 23:38

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Matt Wilson wrote:Image
Gentle Giant - In a Glass House

Another day, another Giant album. The first after brother Phil's departure, is a transitional record. Pretty good, but to my ears not on the same level as the previous four. Having said that, "The Runaway," "Way of Life," and "In a Glass House" are all top notch GG, and that's half of the album!


If push comes to shove it is my favourite.

It will grow with further hearings (as they all will)








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My first Gentle Giant album, and still my favourite as well

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Matt Wilson » 13 May 2020, 00:02

My third time to listen to it. You guys are right, it does grow on you! I like it all now. It's funny, I don't hear a five-star classic in their catalog, but so far all of their first five albums are great. Vocals are an issue. I can see why none of these songs were hits on either side of the Atlantic. And they're perhaps overly busy - one has to develop prog ears to properly appreciate them. But when you've acquired the taste, so to speak, then it all makes sense.

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 13 May 2020, 10:54

Matt Wilson wrote:My third time to listen to it. You guys are right, it does grow on you! I like it all now. It's funny, I don't hear a five-star classic in their catalog, but so far all of their first five albums are great. Vocals are an issue. I can see why none of these songs were hits on either side of the Atlantic. And they're perhaps overly busy - one has to develop prog ears to properly appreciate them. But when you've acquired the taste, so to speak, then it all makes sense.


Three points:

1. Yes, GG are often a challenging listen but extremely rewarding with some perseverance

2. I love the vocals which are actually often shared - Derek Shulman and the delicate, quiet, fragile voice of Kerry Minnear (the latter takes lead vocals on some 'quiet' tracks.
They will grow on you!

This is a nice example - have a listen Matt:



3. Regarding 'making it bigger' [and in USA] - that was something they were eager to do - particularly to break into the States where they struggled. They therefore, and history shows, wrongly, developed a more 'straightforward' commercial sound. Shorter, simpler songs, with basic time signatures with just a few 'usual' instruments [not what they used to do with umpteen instrument changes mid-track!]

The last three albums are 'different' whilst retaining the GG 'feel' - I won't comment on them until you play them in your sequence






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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Matt Wilson » 13 May 2020, 17:31

Yes, and Phil sang too, while he was in the band. I dunno, the vocals just seem funny to me. I can be reading the lyrics while they're being sung and still not fully hear them. There was just no way the radio was going to play that. It doesn't detract from my appreciation of the music, just an observation.

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 13 May 2020, 18:02

Matt Wilson wrote:Yes, and Phil sang too, while he was in the band. I dunno, the vocals just seem funny to me. I can be reading the lyrics while they're being sung and still not fully hear them. There was just no way the radio was going to play that. It doesn't detract from my appreciation of the music, just an observation.


Yes, Phil did and it is, indeed, a very fair observation with good points, well made










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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 13 May 2020, 18:06

There was just no way the radio was going to play that.


Well Matt, that is what they were hoping, and breaking into the USA, with the last three albums

Not wanting to spoil your sequence here's a sample:

[which I love incidentally]

Notice the haircuts!









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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby pcqgod » 13 May 2020, 19:52

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America, where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Where would rock 'n' roll be without feedback?

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 13 May 2020, 19:55

pcqgod wrote:Image


America, where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?


An excellent album my son!

Good call






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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby John aka Josh » 13 May 2020, 20:05

Thought last night I might and I did. Bit of a Strawbs binge today

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The latter two twice.


Do fancy some Gentle Giant now!
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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby Lord Rother » 13 May 2020, 20:25

I had a Steven Wilson afternoon....

Grace for Drowning

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The Raven That Refused to Sing

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4 1/2

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And of course, Hand. Cannot. Erase.

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Oh, and Cover Version

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Re: REAP CORNER

Postby C » 13 May 2020, 20:44

John aka Josh wrote:Thought last night I might and I did. Bit of a Strawbs binge today

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The latter two twice.


Do fancy some Gentle Giant now!


Nice JJ

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