Giant on the Box
Giant on the Box was Gentle Giant's first official video release. It contains a DVD and a CD.
The DVD contains:
- 1974 concert from German TV station ZDF. Tracks include Cogs in Cogs, Proclamation, Funny Ways, The Runaway, Experience, Features from Octopus, Advent of Panurge, So Sincere. 50 minutes.
- 1975 US TV concert from the Terrace Theater, Long Beach, California. Tracks include Experience, Features from Octopus, Advent of Panurge, Funny Ways. 30 minutes
- Szene '74: a short bit of rare footage from the 1974 tour, filmed by German television station BRW. It's an excerpt from "In a Glass House" but you might not recognize it at first (I didn't): a blistering guitar jam based on some of the material from the second part ("Master inner voices..."). Sounds almost like heavy metal. 3 minutes
- Baroque & Roll: black & white footage and interview from Italian television. 22 minutes. [English translation]
- Photo gallery from Gary's private collection. 36 photos
Plus original, instrumental music by Kerry is played over the DVD menus, and it is GREAT! It is a fascinating melding of modern music and the GG compositional style. I nearly cried when I heard it: the first new "GG" material in decades. It's quite short but it made me feel so happy...
A fan's comments
I watched the whole thing last night (Ray sent me a copy so I could write the liner notes), and it was the first time I'd seen this materal. I think everybody's going to enjoy it. My only criticism is that the ZDF concert footage focuses so much on individual players; I wanted to see the whole band together more often, like when they were switching instruments etc. But who can complain about the world's first official GG DVD!!!!
DRT Entertainment released a deluxe version of this DVD. It adds a 2005 interview with Derek Shulman broadcast on VH-1.