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Poll Results

octopus (1972) 6
in a glass house (1973) 3
the power and the glory (1974) 2
acquiring the taste (1971) 2
giant for a day (1978) 2
free hand (1975) 2
interview (1976) 1
gentle giant (1970) 1
three friends (1972) 1
civilian (1980) 1
the missing piece (1977) 0

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 8 February 2014 19:28 (six years ago) link


reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 8 February 2014 19:34 (six years ago) link

Wow, tough one. My initial inclination is to go for Free Hand.

MaresNest, Saturday, 8 February 2014 19:36 (six years ago) link

I think 'Interview' is the under appreciated one here...John Weathers and Ray Shulman were so tight and funky... one of the great british rhythm sections...probably would vote of 'Octopus' though...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Saturday, 8 February 2014 19:53 (six years ago) link

Yea I suspect Octopus is going to walk this.

MaresNest, Saturday, 8 February 2014 20:18 (six years ago) link


Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Sunday, 9 February 2014 17:50 (six years ago) link

in a glass house

J. Sam, Sunday, 9 February 2014 18:01 (six years ago) link

i'm thinking In a Glass House too. my gateway into these guys was the King Biscuit Flower Hour, and though the youtubes don't seem to have "the runaway" or "experience"

those two are major performance highlights

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 9 February 2014 18:07 (six years ago) link

Three Friends. I was never that keen on In A Glass House for some reason, maybe I should play it more.
Civilian is underrated, still there was no chance for them by 1980 unless they were going to go the King Crimson / Discipline route. Or the Asia route. Neither of which had happened by then, so let's face it they were doomed.

which Popol Vuh album are you? (Matt #2), Sunday, 9 February 2014 18:14 (six years ago) link

Choosing was hard. I went for In a Glass House, juuust over Three Friends and Octopus

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 9 February 2014 18:50 (six years ago) link

might want to toss a vote to Acquiring the Taste due to how much I unabashedly love that album. that dark little bass run part on "Edge of Twilight" is so incredible. I don't wanna be the dude who votes for albums because no one else will, though (I do think Octopus is probably the winner here)

clearly, I need to spend some more time with the first four post-Octopus albums, which have struck me as absolutely brilliant but also so intentionally convoluted that it's hard to make heads or tails out of them on the first few listens. its too bad they never figured out how to go the Genesis route - then again, who really did?

frogbs, Monday, 10 February 2014 15:09 (six years ago) link

At the Record and Tape Exchange back in the day, albums used to be sorted into three categories - Grade 1 (the good, saleable stuff), Grade 2 (meh) and Grade 3 (dogshit). Some staff grafitti in one of the shops - "Gentle Giant rule Grade 2" - always runs through my mind when I see GG mentioned now (happily, they would prob be Grade 1, these days.)

Ward Fowler, Monday, 10 February 2014 15:10 (six years ago) link

The old WRC (web reviewing community) used to always talk about 'em that way, they weren't Grade-A King Crimson/Yes/Genesis level but they were one of those bands you'd get into once you ran out of prog records to buy. Re-reading those reviews now I really think they didn't understand what GG was about (Starostin says their debut is the best one, what the hell); they're so much closer to say Discipline-era Crimson than anything that Yes ever did. Come to think of it they also ragged hard on Van der Graaf Generator in much the same way.

frogbs, Monday, 10 February 2014 15:29 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 00:01 (six years ago) link

Will this be the least voted on poll in ILX history?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 01:10 (six years ago) link

ooh, almost forgot to vote

, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 01:37 (six years ago) link

I played In a Glass House for my Dad who is an ELP nut and he said it was one of the greatest things he ever heard, no lie

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 02:00 (six years ago) link

I scanned that and conflated "who" "is" and "an" to read that your dad "was in ELP," which would have been awesome.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 02:09 (six years ago) link

he's spending his fifties learning how to play the entirety of "Tarkus" and "Karn Evil 9" on piano, it's pretty amazing

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 02:30 (six years ago) link

imageless bands and their discontents

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 4 March 2014 15:27 (six years ago) link

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

System, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 00:01 (six years ago) link

21 votes!! definitely expected Octopus to take this. I voted it myself though tbh that's just because of "Panruge".

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 14:51 (six years ago) link

I heard In A Glass House for the first time in a while and was really impressed by it.
I love the early stuff but don't like when the new drummer came in around 73 or 74, he sounds too busy. I have Octopus on my walkman as well as a '72 live set. Octopus is weird with the riffs being shared/carried on across different instruments.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 14:57 (six years ago) link

_two_ votes for "giant for a day"? really?

rushomancy, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 19:52 (six years ago) link

Haven't listened to any GG in maybe 20 years, so in honor of this thread I gave Octopus a spin. I like most of the jazzy instrumentation, the contrapuntal vocals a little less so, but once the lyrics turn to...

See the troubadour play on the drum
Hear my songs on the lute that I strum.
I will make you laugh,
Revel, Merry-dance eyes start to roll back in my head.

Fakeprog Nilsson (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 20:29 (six years ago) link

Kerry Minnear is everything I hope to be...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 21:19 (six years ago) link

... what a weird thing to say

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Thursday, 6 March 2014 15:53 (six years ago) link

_two_ votes for "giant for a day"? really?

spooky boogie

sheesh, Friday, 7 March 2014 00:23 (six years ago) link

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:47 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

@questlove: the moment when The Shulman brothers send you the #GentleGiant stems #JesusChrist #IWishDillaWasHereForThis

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 13 July 2014 03:51 (six years ago) link

Ha, the first track I made when I got ableton live was built off of gentle giant samples. It was pretty bumpin' too!

odd proggy geezer (Moodles), Sunday, 13 July 2014 04:39 (six years ago) link

Here's the track if that kind of thing interests you. The production quality isn't great, but I like how the bassline develops.

odd proggy geezer (Moodles), Sunday, 13 July 2014 15:24 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Man, the Peel session version of 'On Reflection' is something else.

MaresNest, Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:44 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

Hi, three years in the past me. Here is a really lovely cover of my fave GG song.

MaresNest, Sunday, 22 April 2018 23:12 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

this would take ten pounds of weed to do justice to

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 2 December 2019 02:30 (eight months ago) link

the write-up or the box set?

by the light of the burning Citroën, Monday, 2 December 2019 04:19 (eight months ago) link

Do love them up to Octopus. Think I still need to get the Bgo 2fer of the 1st 4. Been meaning to do that for last few years.
Hoping other editions aren't going to disappear to make way for the contents of this box. Are individual parts likely to be released individually.
& like the live sets I've heard.
Thought the drummer after that was overly busy on the tracks I'd haven't explored further. But those early lps and contemporary live stuff is fantastic.

Stevolende, Monday, 2 December 2019 11:48 (eight months ago) link

six months pass...


a shulman bros & co quarantine singalong

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

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