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= Gentle Giant (1970) =
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= Gentle Giant (Super Star) (1982) =
  
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== About the Album ==
 
== About the Album ==
  
Gentle Giant's self-titled first album was an impressive and unique debut that combined rock, blues, classical, and 1960's British soul. Although the recording quality is sub-par, the music transcends the medium and presents the listener with a variety of musical styles.
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This was an Italian vinyl compilation (SU-1026) of songs from the first four albums:
 
 
[["A Tall Tale"]], from the original liner notes, is a story about the band and the giant.
 
 
 
See the [[Italian album cover]].
 
 
 
Beautiful [[high-resolution scan]] of the full fold-out cover with the crease removed, thanks to Michael Geiger.
 
 
 
=== Musicians ===
 
 
 
''In his namesake, Gentle Giant are individually:''
 
  
Gary Green - lead guitar, 12 string guitar
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[[Gentle Giant]]
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[[Acquiring The Taste]]
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[[Three Friends]]
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[[Octopus]]
  
Kerry Minnear - keyboard, some bass, cello, lead vocals, backing vocals, some tuned percussion
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The album includes a 12-page booklet, written in Italian, with six incredible [[color photographs]] of the band at different points in their history. The album was released only on vinyl.
  
Derek Shulman - lead vocals, backing vocals, some bass
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[[Full liner notes in English]]
 
 
Phil Shulman - sax, trumpet, recorder, lead vocals, backing vocals
 
 
 
Ray Shulman - most bass, violin, some guitar, percussion, backing vocals
 
 
 
Martin Smith - drums, percussion
 
 
 
Other musicians include:
 
 
 
* Paul Cosh (tenor horn) on [[Giant]]
 
* Claire Deniz (cello) on [[IT QUIET AND COLD Isn't It Quiet And Cold]]
 
* Roy Baker - Recording Engineerist on all titles
 
* George Underwood - Cover Artiste Extraordinaire
 
* Tony Visconti - Producer
 
  
 
== Track List ==
 
== Track List ==
  
# [[Giant]] (6:22)
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# [[WAYS Funny Ways]]
# [[WAYS Funny Ways]] (4:21)
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# [[Alucard]] (misspelled as "Alcard")
# [[Alucard]] (6:00)
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# [[Giant]]
# [[IT QUIET AND COLD Isn't It Quiet And Cold]]? (3:51)
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# [[NATIVITY Pantagruel's Nativity]]
# [[AT ALL Nothing At All]] (9:08)
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# [[ADVENT OF PANURGE The Advent Of Panurge]]
# [[NOT Why Not]] (5:31)
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# [[Knots]]
# [[QUEEN The Queen]] (1:40)
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# [[THE PAINT Peel The Paint]] (not including the opening)
 
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# [[CLASS AND QUALITY? Mister Class And Quality?]/[three.friends.html#THREE FRIENDS Three Friends]] (mislabeled as "Three Friends")
== Lyrics ==
 
 
 
'''All lyrics reproduced with the permission of DRT Entertainment (USA) and Alucard Publishing, Ltd. (UK).'''
 
 
 
'' - submitted by David Ewing''
 
 
 
=== Giant ===
 
 
 
Lead vocals: Derek
 
 
 
 
The birth of a realisation;
 
The rise of a high expectation;
 
Emerging successful, defiant;
 
''[[note: Derek may be singing "Together" instead of "Emerging"]]''
 
Together the parts make a Giant.
 
See the world in the palm of his hand,
 
Striding steps that will cover the land.
 
He is coming;
 
Hear him coming;
 
Are you ready
 
For his being?
 
See the Giant
 
Feel the Giant
 
Touch the Giant
 
Hear the Giant.
 
The birth of a realisation;
 
The rise of a high expectation;
 
Emerging successful, defiant;
 
Together the parts make a Giant.
 
 
 
=== Funny Ways ===
 
 
 
Lead vocals: Phil (verses), Derek ("My ways are strange")
 
 
 
 
I'm sorry to have been so much of a bore
 
But in my own funny way I find I learn much more.
 
I realise what you think from your eyes,
 
But in your own funny way I find I learn much more.
 
My ways are strange
 
They'll never change
 
They stay, strange ways
 
I'm sorry to have been so close from the start,
 
But for all that I cared we could be miles apart.
 
I understood that you never would
 
Understand a way of life that I never could.
 
My ways are strange
 
They'll never change
 
They stay, strange ways
 
Go your own way or wait for me
 
Go your own way or wait for me
 
Go your own way or wait for me
 
Go your own way or wait for me
 
And so you see what happened to me
 
Since the time when I judged my life in nights and days
 
I realised that my life was lies
 
So you see what I mean with all my funny ways.
 
I'm sorry to have been so much of a bore
 
But in my own funny way I find I learn much more
 
Funny ways, Funny ways, Funny ways, Funny ways.
 
 
 
=== Alucard ===
 
 
 
Lead vocals: ensemble
 
 
 
 
Lying still;
 
Am I dreaming
 
Feel the chill
 
Breath of fear
 
Evil fingers
 
Hover, linger
 
Someone help me
 
Terror fills my soul.
 
Living dead;
 
Am I breathing
 
Sightless, blind
 
Heart stopped beating
 
Hear the crying
 
Of the dying
 
Someone help me
 
Ogres of the night.
 
 
 
=== Isn't It Quiet And Cold? ===
 
 
 
''Note that [[IT QUIET AND COLD the version on Out Of The Woods]] has slightly different lyrics. Thanks to Douglas E. Johnson for correcting these lyrics.''
 
 
 
Lead vocals: Phil
 
 
 
 
Isn't it quiet and cold walking all alone, alone?
 
Happened I missed the bus and found I had to walk, alone.
 
What was that?
 
Only me.
 
Hear the echo of my feet
 
Footsteps
 
Are they mine?
 
Hear the echo of the street.
 
Wished I lived near at hand although I live alone, alone
 
At least I'll find company, so why should I moan, alone.
 
Movement
 
By my feet
 
Paper wind across the street
 
Curtains closed
 
Sleepy heads
 
Wrapped together in their beds
 
I used to walk with someone else
 
I didn't seem to notice sights and sounds of the lonely street
 
I used to talk with someone else
 
Now the only answers are the calls of the night
 
Look at that alley cat, it's winding home to rest, alone
 
Half-past four and daylight shows itself once more
 
Walking all alone
 
Walking all alone
 
 
 
=== Nothing At All ===
 
 
 
Lead vocals: Derek and Phil (verses); Derek ("What could she do...")
 
 
 
 
Now she sits by the riverside
 
Watching the waters glide by,
 
With a sigh
 
And the things she put faith in
 
Are ripples just waving her by
 
With a sigh
 
She sees lovers pass by with much more than a kiss
 
Ah this - little girl who had everything finds
 
she's nothing at all
 
Now the wind seems so cold
 
Seems all old as it laughs at her fears
 
And her tears
 
And as ducks swim away from her
 
Visions of past love appear
 
In her tears
 
She sees love in his face as she tells him to go,
 
And so - here's a girl who had everything now
 
she's Nothing at all
 
What could she do if she saw him now;
 
Now that he's gone she's losing
 
If she could see what she's seeing now
 
For sure she's more than just choosing
 
Now she sits by the riverside
 
Watching the waters glide by,
 
With a sigh
 
And the things she put faith in
 
Are ripples just waving her by,
 
With a sigh
 
She sees lovers pass by with much more than a kiss
 
Ah this - little girl who had everything finds
 
She's nothing at all
 
 
 
=== Why Not? ===
 
 
 
Lead vocals: Derek; Kerry ("Why not climb a hill...")
 
 
 
 
Don't sing a tune to yourself
 
You might believe this one.
 
Try not to sew it yourself
 
The threading won't stretch none.
 
Don't give me none of that line.
 
Why not?
 
Got to sing something.
 
Love's song there's nothing to find
 
Why not?
 
Dead before playing.
 
Don't sing a tune to yourself
 
You might believe this one
 
Try not to sew it yourself
 
The threading won't stretch none
 
Who says the things that go in
 
The song is only saying.
 
Dead thought can kill a good thing
 
The band is only playing.
 
Why not climb a hill
 
With someone that hates you
 
Why not hate someone
 
Who climbs a hill with you
 
And as time passes by
 
Your feet start slipping
 
You are wondering why
 
There is no forgetting
 
Don't sing a tune to yourself,
 
You might believe this one
 
Try not to sew it yourself
 
The threading don't stretch none
 
Who says the things that go in
 
The song is only saying
 
Dead thought can kill a good thing
 
The band is only playing
 
Don't give me none of that line
 
Why not?
 
Got to sing something
 
Love's song there's nothing to find
 
Why not?
 
Dead before playing
 
Dead before playing.
 
 
 
=== The Queen ===
 
 
 
 
[Instrumental]
 
 
 
== Release Information ==
 
 
 
[[CDs currently in print]]
 
[[GIANT Sound quality]] - read me before you buy this album on CD.
 
 
 
== Reviews and Ratings ==
 
  
[[Jason Rubin]]
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Thanks to Robert Hug Peterman and BobZuma for the above information.
Rankings:
 
[[On-Reflection album ranking]]
 
[[Proclamation album ranking]]
 

Revision as of 04:51, 5 August 2008

Gentle Giant (Super Star) (1982) pretentious.htmloriginal.studio.v1.html

Gentle Giant (Super Star) (1982)

Star.jpg

About the Album

This was an Italian vinyl compilation (SU-1026) of songs from the first four albums:

Gentle Giant
Acquiring The Taste
Three Friends
Octopus

The album includes a 12-page booklet, written in Italian, with six incredible color photographs of the band at different points in their history. The album was released only on vinyl.

Full liner notes in English

Track List

  1. WAYS Funny Ways
  2. Alucard (misspelled as "Alcard")
  3. Giant
  4. NATIVITY Pantagruel's Nativity
  5. ADVENT OF PANURGE The Advent Of Panurge
  6. Knots
  7. THE PAINT Peel The Paint (not including the opening)
  8. [[CLASS AND QUALITY? Mister Class And Quality?]/[three.friends.html#THREE FRIENDS Three Friends]] (mislabeled as "Three Friends")

Thanks to Robert Hug Peterman and BobZuma for the above information.