With all this talk about prog and epics maybe it's time there was a GENTLE GIANT ALBUMS POLL

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If it gets three votes it wins a prize.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Octopus 6
Free Hand 2
The Power and the Glory 2
Playing the Fool (live y'all) 1
Giant for a Day! 0
The Missing Piece 0
Interview 0
Gentle Giant 0
In a Glass House 0
Three Friends 0
Acquiring the Taste 0
Civilian0


Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 03:27 (twelve years ago) link

Free Hand, but only the original vinyl NOT the fucked-up CD.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 03:55 (twelve years ago) link

I only have In a Glass House, which I like

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 03:56 (twelve years ago) link

Probably Octopus or In a Glass House

Joe, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 13:28 (twelve years ago) link

I need to hear more GG, maybe I'll take the results of this poll as a buyer's guide. Guess that could be a bad idea.

Matt #2, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 13:36 (twelve years ago) link

Oops! I didn't see Free Hand; that's another strong contender.

Joe, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 14:56 (twelve years ago) link

Gentle Giant is to me the Lord-God-King of Progressive Rock bands; guys with beards who look like trolls singing poncily and playing as elaborately as can be played. I always picture them prancing around the village countryside on imaginary horseback crying "Tallybont! Tallybont!" while banging coconut shells together. (And I say this with love). :-)

Joe, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 15:01 (twelve years ago) link

I've only ever heard the two I own: 3 Friends and Live. Tho I loved lots of similar stuff back in the day, neither thrilled me to any great extent and I'm unlikely to go back for a reappraisal now.

So, um, Playing The Fool, because it showed they could play that crazy contapuntal stuff outside of the studio.

Dan Peterson, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:51 (twelve years ago) link

Contrapuntal.

Dan Peterson, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 17:04 (twelve years ago) link

I mean c'mon:

http://mitkadem3.homestead.com/files/gg_live.jpg

Joe, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 19:12 (twelve years ago) link

Nullis Feminae (No Female Potential)

Joe, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

>> need to hear more GG, maybe I'll take the results of this poll as a >>buyer's guide. Guess that could be a bad idea.

Yep.

They've been commented on for ILM but it's diffuse. I'd say go for the Jap remaster of Octopus or an original vinyl version from the UK with the Dean cover. The US edition isn't worth having. GG always went from really twee to baroque and crashing within the space of an album. The trick is to find the records which minimize the twee. Playing the Fool, because it's live is a safe bet. A later live album, recorded just before they broke up from a show on the Sunset Strip, is not. Three Friends is twee to the max and I hardly ever listen to it.

In a Glass House has its moments and it was issued for the first time in the US a couple years ago in good form. First album was produced by Tony Visconte and has one of their cult fan classics -- Alucard -- Dracula spelled backwards. As a kid, a late Friday night rock show aired them doing "Knots" from Octopus which was definitely totall different than anything you could see and hear at the time in prog rock. This was when ELP was at the very top of the charts in the US.

Gorge, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 19:57 (twelve years ago) link

Their music doesn't seem as epic as other prog contenders. I voted for The Power and the Glory because of Proclamation and Valedictory. But Octopus might have deserved the vote. The first two songs on Octopus are awesome. I need to give Free Hand and In a Glass House another listen. Their best albums are right next to eachother in chronological time. cool.

CaptainLorax, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 20:27 (twelve years ago) link

I'm trying to talk my kid's chorus teacher to whip up an arrangement of "On Reflection" from Free Hand for the high school chorus to do. "Knots" would be pretty rocking too.

ellaguru, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 23:15 (twelve years ago) link

It probably stands to reason that this thread hasn't done very well.

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 05:44 (twelve years ago) link

Wait till I do the Gryphon poll.

Matt #2, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 18:01 (twelve years ago) link

IT'S THE GOBLIN EPICS POLL

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The results of this poll are in.

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 21:40 (twelve years ago) link

I've held off doing a VdGG poll for much the same reason. Plus it wd basically be a poll of 90 percent of their songs.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 21:43 (twelve years ago) link

Just do it Jim, I been waiting on it!

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 21:48 (twelve years ago) link

Mind you, has there been a VDGG best album poll? If not that has to be done 1st.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 21:49 (twelve years ago) link

I was going to procrastinate about this but what the hell.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 23:09 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Thursday, 6 December 2007 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Friday, 7 December 2007 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

There's your buyer's guide, Matt 2.

I should listen to Octopus from start to finish one day.

Autumn Almanac, Friday, 7 December 2007 00:15 (twelve years ago) link

I was going to vote for Octopus, but only the basis that it's the only one I've ever heard. I do like, though.

Paul in Santa Cruz, Friday, 7 December 2007 02:20 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

I always see Gentle Giant namechecked alongside the likes of Genesis, Yes and Camel, although personally I think they have more in common with Sparks, Roxy Music, Cockney Rebel etc.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 7 October 2010 23:09 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...

Never heard this band until today, listening to a double LP comp called Pretentious For The Sake Of It, and it's pretty good so far! It's all very all over the place but nothing has bored me with noodliness, a new part/phrase/whatever will start going before that can happen.

a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:43 (eight years ago) link

Nothing At All
Why Not?
Edge Of Twilight
Schooldays
Pantagruel's Nativity
The Advent Of Panurge
Raconteur Troubadour
Knots
The Runaway
An Inmates Lullaby
Proclamation
So Sincere
Cogs in Cogs
Valedictory

Damn fine collection imo. The songs represent their respective albums pretty well.

We are Real solid sex doll AKA RSSD (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:03 (eight years ago) link

I've only heard the first GG album and it's good but I'm not very impressed. I got the impression that they were trying to "prog up" their music just for the sake of it, like, "well, Crimson did this, so we should to", adding all sorts of musical passages that really make no sense in terms of the song, as though they just sat down and said, "okay, let's write some prog rock".

That said I liked "Why Not?" a lot. I've also heard "Raconteur Troubadour" and thought that was really cool.

frogbs, Thursday, 16 June 2011 16:21 (eight years ago) link

I'm not the worlds hugeist prog fan but I love GG...probably the best bunch of musicians (not musos) this country ever produced, each one was pretty much a virtuoso and I think what set them apart was their funky/Zappa-esque stylings...also pretty soulful in a constipated English stylee...not sure if they stayed together they would of had the type of success Genesis had although I do think they had it in them to write a proggy type 3 minute pop nugget a al 'Turn It On Again'...check out 'I Lost My Head'...it procks...

The Pastiche Liberation Front (sonnyboy), Thursday, 16 June 2011 17:56 (eight years ago) link

I always see Gentle Giant namechecked alongside the likes of Genesis, Yes and Camel, although personally I think they have more in common with Sparks, Roxy Music, Cockney Rebel etc.

― Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, October 7, 2010 6:09 PM (8 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

^^^ Yeah, this, uh.... no.

Duke Manfist: Action Hero (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:03 (eight years ago) link

they just sat down and said, "okay, let's write some prog rock" . . . more like, they were the krallice of their time, musical virtuosos who jammed their choppy hearts out. some of this stuff is really good, "the advent of panurge," for instance, and "knots."

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:45 (eight years ago) link

and "funny ways"!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzDCfnBhinw&feature=related

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:48 (eight years ago) link

you can't do that shit with protools and autotune

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:53 (eight years ago) link

I remember posting about GG a week (or two) ago on a few threads here. I like how peoples' music taste falls within the same seasons. It was just a month ago when my interest in early Roxy Music revived. I guess this does fit in well with that band judging by the time of revival.

What got my interested peaked in GG again was one night when 'Knots' inexplicably got stuck in my head. And now I've found out that the studio and live version of that song are very much two different beasts.

Muttley vs. Mumbly (CaptainLorax), Thursday, 16 June 2011 20:25 (eight years ago) link

Judging GG's prog credentials by the first album is not fair given just how Crimson King it was, cover art and everything. They hadn't even got started back then. Octopus, Glass House, Power & the Glory and Interview are unlike anything else (and in some respects unlike one another).

We are Real solid sex doll AKA RSSD (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 17 June 2011 03:05 (eight years ago) link

yeah I'll have to give those a shot - i've been interested in picking up Octopus for a while, but never got around to it

frogbs, Friday, 17 June 2011 13:35 (eight years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Loving this today :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJYe9EFFeec

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\etc (Matt #2), Saturday, 16 July 2011 16:44 (eight years ago) link

That song is incredible. Thank christ GG didn't feel the need to stretch it out to 17 minutes just for the sake of posturing.

Gary Barlow syndrome (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:00 (eight years ago) link

despite being a huge 70's english prog fan I still don't know these albums very well at all. need to listen some more.

akm, Sunday, 17 July 2011 03:02 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

i think you guys are right. it wasn't fair to judge them by their first album. i really like this band called Echolyn now and apparently they sound a lot like Gentle Giant. I'll report back.

frogbs, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 21:42 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

yep. GG are indeed a great band. I stand behind my comments on the first album, it's kind of awkwardly proggish and doesn't rock out as much as it should but compared to other awkward early prog like Time and a Word or Trespass it actually holds up quite well. Acquiring the Taste is a real gem, took me a while to really get it but it definitely grew on me. Side 2 of Three Friends is ace. And Octopus may be one of the coolest 70's prog albums I own, they just went completely into their odd hyper-complex-but-not-really-flashy aesthetic. I totally get why they never made it big but I find myself wanting to hear them more than any prog band outside of Van der Graaf Generator (and Echolyn, who totally rule)

frogbs, Friday, 1 March 2013 15:56 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

I think "Raconteur Troubadour" might be the best song I've heard this year. I always find it annoying but ultimately funny that I often love things for the reason some people hate them; in this case on another GG thread, someone complained about his voice, but I think the way he raises and lowers his voice in that song is just genius and immensely satisfying. In fact I think that is the closest to Field Music I've found any older band (Field Music are always compared to 70s bands).

It taken me a very long time to get around to GG, only got Octopus so far.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:50 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

ha, never thought of the Field Music comparison. it makes sense though. they're both very economical and keep the songs and albums short, both have more going on under the surface than meets the eye. currently "Three Friends" is blowing my head off, all those incredible interlocking bits, especially on "Peel the Paint" and "Mister Class & Quality?". very mathematical, and I mean that in a good way. And yes "Raconteur" is excellent. Nothing in my library is anything like it (other than maybe "Isn't it Quiet and Cold?" off the first LP). Maybe the song that convinced me to keep up with the guys in the first place.

frogbs, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 13:56 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

Anyone got any advice about the box sets? I Lost My Head is a collection of their final albums but Memories Of Old Days, Under Construction and Scraping The Barrel all seem to be collections of unreleased tracks, live versions, demos, rehearsals and variants.
Are the latter 3 collections just for crazy fans and is there overlapping contents between them.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 27 June 2014 13:56 (five years ago) link

I still think "Raconteur Troubadour" is total genius.

Been listening to In A Glass House. "Experience" is wonderful when that loud part kicks in. Love that guy shouting "GO!" at the start of "Way Of Life"

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 27 June 2014 14:00 (five years ago) link

Some people are saying Memories Of Old Days is mostly made of the previous live albums and rarities compilations. If this is a "best of" selection of those previous collections, I might want it, because Scraping The Barrel looks a bit too collectory extreme for me.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 27 June 2014 14:24 (five years ago) link

I hate to ask, because the answer may cost me money, but what was wrong with the CD releases of Free Hand and Octopus?

OutdoorF on Golf (Jon Lewis), Friday, 27 June 2014 14:30 (five years ago) link

I don't know anything about that.

Further research on Scraping The Barrel tells me that the third disc is dedicated to old bands and obscure solo stuff and new tracks recorded for the collection called "Moog Fugue", "Home Again" and "Move Over".

Did they have b-sides and if so, are they collected? I'm not familiar enough with the track names.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 27 June 2014 14:53 (five years ago) link

All Chryshalis era b-sides collected with the studio albums on I Lost My Head. The only exclusive track from earlier singles is "Power And The Glory" which is only on some editions of the album of the same name.
This sounds crazy but Wikipedia said (the link for the source wasn't there) there was possibly going to be an animated film based on Power And The Glory!

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 27 June 2014 15:25 (five years ago) link

I really like Octopus and have meant to pick up the 1st 2 BGO 2fers. Jhough that means getting another dupli2te of it. I have the Repertoire remaster which sounds great.

Keep seeing mention of concision which I guess is true in terms of no epics. But have found that one of Octopus's schticks is breaking up riffs between as many instruments as possible. You get a pretty catchy riff coming in played on one instrument which most other bands would stick with but here it gets taken over by another instrument playing pretty much the same thing.

I heard a few years ago that some mod discos had started bunging on tracks by GG. I assume from the 1st couple lps but didn't get more detailed info. Presumably somebody following Simon Dupree and the Big Sound forward.

I need to finish off reading Rabelais Pantegruel and Gargantua which I started a few years back. Not sure if it was directly cos of references in GG but it's quite funny if you can get into 17th century writing anyway.

Stevolende, Thursday, 18 August 2016 07:23 (three years ago) link

the "breaking up riffs between instruments" is very prominent in "the house, the street, the room", where there's this very long section where they do nothing but that for a minute straight. then gary green comes in with his robin trower guitar solo. the guitar solos in gentle giant are so weird because they're all just straight up RAWK and in direct opposition to everything else they do.

a confederacy of lampreys (rushomancy), Thursday, 18 August 2016 11:01 (three years ago) link

yeah he was such a godsend to this band sometimes. who knows if they would've pulled their heads out of their asses otherwise. anyway I've come to realize that the live album Playing the Fool is in fact, one of the greatest live classic prog albums ever. just so thrilling from start to finish. god that whole stretch from Aquiring the Taste to Free Hand is so good. not sure if I want to continue and get their last three albums but I guess I could be talked into it.

frogbs, Thursday, 18 August 2016 12:36 (three years ago) link

They are the most significant precursor to the discipline era Crimson IMO

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 18 August 2016 13:00 (three years ago) link

i like "civilian" a lot better than i do "the missing piece" and "giant for a day". no prog in it, but it's very good aor, and relentlessly negative and sarcastic all the way through.

a confederacy of lampreys (rushomancy), Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:19 (three years ago) link

civilian and three friends are the only two albums i can't even name a song from. nothing against them, they just never stuck in my head.

the missing piece is great when it's great. as old as you're young is practically a masterpiece as their 4/4 pop efforts go.

Autumn Almanac, Friday, 19 August 2016 02:30 (three years ago) link

I was a toddler when these guys stopped playing, but I would have loved to see Gentle Giant live. All of their records are hit and miss for me, but every live clip I've ever seen has been extraordinary.

it's sort of a layered stunt (sheesh), Friday, 19 August 2016 04:47 (three years ago) link

The musicianship! The multi-instrumentation! The silly faces! Crazy good live band. Tbh I think I'd rather see Gary Green's "Three Friends" band than the current touring incarnations of Yes or King Crimson

it's sort of a layered stunt (sheesh), Friday, 19 August 2016 04:51 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

ok I finally caved and bought The Missing Piece. it's kinda funny the way this album is structured, the first side is them rather boldly proclaiming a new style, while the second is "we sure miss the way we used to be". I'm enjoying it more than I figured I would - "2 Weeks in Spain" is very catchy and "Memories of Old Days" is really heartwrenching. They even turn into classic GG for the last two songs. Cool beans

frogbs, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:43 (three years ago) link

it's their duke but without a "turn it on again"

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:45 (three years ago) link

i hate "the missing piece". side b (which was written and toured first) is a half-assed imitation of their prog style, with none of the stuff that made their earlier records "interesting". and their stabs at aor are just awful. "betcha thought we couldn't do it"? dudes you _did_ a reggae number on your previous record and it's twenty times better than that shit.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:46 (three years ago) link

you hate. that's great

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:55 (three years ago) link

counterbalance: _civilian_ really is a fantastic aor record, and one i would posit as "their duke" (like _duke_ it's a dark, dark record).

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:02 (three years ago) link

'77 is when prog started to panic, loads of strange albums came out around that time

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:04 (three years ago) link

prog panicked earlier. '77 is when the cheapskate record company executives rolled out the new product

EMI!

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:05 (three years ago) link

yeah true

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:06 (three years ago) link

78 was the year of Love Beach and Tormato. At least in 77 you had Going for the One.

frogbs, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:14 (three years ago) link

television's "marquee moon" and the cars' "all mixed up" are wannabe YES and QUEEN epics

my name is panurge and i have come from hell

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:14 (three years ago) link

xp the changes started to become obvious in '77 (at least in retrospect), as per going for the one, also and then there were three

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:18 (three years ago) link

it's totally bizarre how prog seemed to fall apart across the board all at once (except crimson, which kept its head down and re-emerged with something that worked)

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:19 (three years ago) link

i don't think 78 was all THAT bad for prog. Then again, I've always preferred tormato to going for the one, so what do i know? even camel's breathless is full of beautiful stuff. You also had the first National Health album, which is a legit masterpiece.

J. Sam, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:24 (three years ago) link

i think "across the board" collapses are more common than we think they are. nobody talks about the collapse of white american rock music in '70-'71, but it happened. since when people talk about "prog" they're really talking about british prog, we're really talking about a national scene collapse, probably not coincidentally concurrent with the rise of a new (superficially "opposed") national scene...

as to prog in '78, most of the action was going on in the andalusian folk-prog area.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:26 (three years ago) link

drama, 90125, and justice for all, presto, ritual de lo habitual, pony express record, millions now living will never die, OK computer, and other awesome albums held serve just fine

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:27 (three years ago) link

i don't think 78 was all THAT bad for prog.

i agree, but looking back it's fascinating to watch it splinter in all directions (in response to punk iirc).

also you are otm about tormato. far better than its reputation indicates. being slightly mad helps it along imo.

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:27 (three years ago) link

THINKING PLAGUE and USAISAMONSTER follow in the killer tradition of the SHULMANS along with shitloads of other unsung american prog rock bands ignored because of how cool punk rock is

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:32 (three years ago) link


also you are otm about tormato. far better than its reputation indicates. being slightly mad helps it along imo.

ha, you're the first person who has ever agreed with me about tormato! to me it sounds like they're actually having fun on that record, unlike going for the one, which is a bit self-serious. plus "onward" is maybe their most beautiful song. or maybe that's "and you and i" idk. but "onward" is great.

J. Sam, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:46 (three years ago) link

it's just so mad. half the record doesn't make a lot of sense but they commit to whatever the hell they're doing. that's why it works for me. release release gets overlooked but clean blows your head off.

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:50 (three years ago) link

I dont mean to imply that Tormato was bad (hell, I'll even stan for Love Beach a little), but rather that it kinda marked the point where another Relayer was definitely off the table. Tormato really is a lot of fun - I know "Arriving UFO" takes a lot of flack but it's so bonkers I can't help but love it.

frogbs, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:56 (three years ago) link

as old as you're young feels like it came from the same discussions, in a way

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:59 (three years ago) link

I like Tormato more overall than Going For The One but the latter has "Awaken", so it's more of an essential based on that alone.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:41 (three years ago) link

There are a bunch of prog bands that lost the thread '75-'77: Procol's Ninth, Strawbs' Deadlines, Nektar's Magic is A Child, Amon Duul II's Only Human, Curved Air's Airborne... all suffered from attempts to write shorter, poppier songs and I sold all these records back years ago.

I don't really like any of these albums (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:44 (three years ago) link

but these are all bands who arguably lost the thread well before then. not only that there were a couple bands who actually rallied and had some improved records in that era... jethro tull benefited majorly from going folk (songs from the wood is the only tull record i actually _like_) and uh damn i've forgotten the other one i was going to name already but there was at least one other. i'd argue that '75 and '76 were mostly times of stagnation for the big groups. oh, genesis! genesis weathered losing peter gabriel better than one might think from listening to "we can't dance".

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:15 (three years ago) link

Renaissance regretted trying to move with the times, I think Gentle Giant guys said that too.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:25 (three years ago) link

Been thinking back to times when it seemed like there was so much more pressure for the new album of a big band to be the best thing ever. More pressure to reinvent themselves. Seems like it stopped around mid-00s but maybe it didn't.

I always hated guys who wanted the bands to keep doing the same thing, but I've started to think that there's probably a lot of bands who should have milked a certain sound for way longer and ended up squandering a lot of their juice on trying to stay relevant and innovative. Maybe screwing themselves up because they didn't progress naturally.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:51 (three years ago) link

well they regret it because it didn't work! I mean Gentle Giant wasn't going to have a hit no matter what they did, but Renaissance's inability to stay relevant was a bit surprising - they seemed like exactly the sort of band that could've transitioned to New Wave.

frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:59 (three years ago) link

Really? Their strengths were in the folky and orchestra stuff.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 27 April 2017 02:04 (three years ago) link

"Northern Lights" by Renaissance is a really pretty pop song. The Camera Camera album, their ostensible new wave attempt, is dire.

I don't really like any of these albums (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 27 April 2017 02:09 (three years ago) link

I mean - they had great vocals, great sense of melody, and they've always been very keyboard-based. you'd they would've been able to cobble together a halfway decent New Wave album. and yeah I realize it doesn't always work that way.

frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 02:17 (three years ago) link

I actually agree with all of that! in 1981 I was so into new wave, and I *wanted* Renaissance to make a modern sounding, Eurythmics-style record - I could even hear it in my head. But it wasn't to be.

I don't really like any of these albums (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 27 April 2017 02:22 (three years ago) link

There are a bunch of prog bands that lost the thread '75-'77

The irony is that this is when Rush was at its prog apex.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 27 April 2017 03:12 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Acquiring The Taste... the front cover art looks like someone's ass is going to be licked until you unfold it, was this intentional?

Good album but I don't know where I'd rank it. I think "Black Cat would have been better as an instrumental because all the non-singing parts are fantastic.

Did Tony Visconti produce any other prog bands?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 27 July 2018 17:11 (one year ago) link

he worked on "shine on brightly" - assisted denny cordell, though, didn't take the lead on that

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 27 July 2018 23:59 (one year ago) link

he produced bowie's the man who sold the world, an album prog as there is

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 28 July 2018 03:21 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

I say the choirboy member is a great singer.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 4 May 2020 11:49 (one month ago) link

Here's a track I made about 10 years ago based off of samples from Advent of Panurge

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dqj9sl59shuhf4x/Pan%20Urge.m4a?dl=0

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 4 May 2020 15:12 (one month ago) link

Kerry Minnear...the coolest uncoolest MF ever...there was a video circulating a few years ago of him singing a song he’d written for his church...it was the sweetest thing...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, 4 May 2020 15:19 (one month ago) link

I didn't know he was an actual church singer.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 4 May 2020 15:33 (one month ago) link

I don’t think he is...might be a warden or something

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, 4 May 2020 16:24 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GjCuVGcnTQ

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 9 May 2020 18:25 (three weeks ago) link

"I remember the good things, how can you forget?"

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 02:38 (two weeks ago) link


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