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Gentle Giant - Octopus [1972] (2015) FLAC [96kHz/24bit]

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cc1182ad33cc8e282245aac37c0c7b41.jpgGentle Giant - Octopus [1972] (2015) FLAC [96kHz/24bit] Label: Alucard Country: UK Genre: Progressive rock,Symphonic rock Quality: FLAC (*tracks) Bitrate: Lossless [96kHz/24bit] Time: 01:45:33 Full Size: 2Gb Returning to Gentle Giant's fourth album after any kind of lengthy absence, it's astonishing just how little Octopus has dated. Often written off at the time as a pale reflection of the truly gargantuan steps being taken by the likes of Jethro Tull and Barclay James Harvest, the band's closest relatives in the tangled skein of period prog, Gentle Giant often seemed more notable for its album art than its music. Octopus, however, marries the two seamlessly, with the cover speaking for itself, of course. And the mood continues within, the deliciously convoluted opening "The Advent of Panurge" itself riding waves of sonic tentacles as Gary Green's guitar shrieks short but so effective bursts around the thundering bass and, occasionally, churchy organ. Against the pulsating volume of the album's heavier tracks -- "Panurge" is joined by "A Cry for Everyone" -- the band's excursions into less excitable territory are never less than captivating. Twiddly though they are, the sometimes a cappella "Knots," the lilting "Dog's Life," and the Yes-with-fiddles-ish "Raconteur Troubadour" all have moments of sublime sweetness, while the instrumental "The Boys in the Band" is a succession of quirky showcases for, indeed, all the boys. Occasionally arrangements do get overly cluttered -- with each of the six bandmembers doubling up on at least three different instruments, there's a distinct sense of overdubs for overdubbing's sake. Follow the key instruments alone, however, and the soundscapes not only make perfect sense, but so do the flourishes and intrusions that rattle around. And the end result is an album that has withstood the test of time a lot better than anyone might have expected Tracklist: 2015 Remix by Steven Wilson 1 The Advent of Panurge 2 Raconteur Troubadour 3 A Cry For Everyone 4 Knots 5 The Boys In The Band 6 Dog's Life 7 Think Of Me With Kindness 8 River 9 Excerpts From Octopus (Live 1976) [Bonus Track] Instrumental Mix by Steven Wilson 10 A Cry For Everyone 11 Knots 12 Dog's Life 13 Think Of Me With Kindness 14 River Original 1972 Album Mix 15 The Advent Of Panurge 16 Raconteur Troubadour 17 A Cry For Everyone 18 Knots 19 The Boys In The Band 20 Dog's Life 21 Think Of Me With Kindness 22 River Gary Green - Electric guitars, maracas Kerry Minnear - Piano, Hammond, Minimoog, electric piano, Mellotron, Clavinet, harpsichord, regal, vibraphone, tambourine, cello, lead vocals and backing vocals Derek Shulman - Lead vocals, alto saxophone Phil Shulman - Trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, mellophone, lead vocals and backing vocals Ray Shulman - Bass, violin, viola, electric violin, acoustic guitar, tambourine, backing vocals John Weathers - Drums, bongos, varispeed cymbal, xylophone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcIrns8xoSg c810d9311282a8defbe1d29e1fa53b3c.jpeg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q89CdVsyRiM fgubkvif.gifXubster.com

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