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    Main » 2014 » August » 28 » Gentle Giant ~ 1972b ~ Octopus
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    Gentle Giant ~ 1972b ~ Octopus
    Gentle Giant ~ 1972b ~ Octopusgenre: prog
    country: uk
    audio: lossless (wv, cue, log, covers, 243 mb)
    time: 34'12"

    Wiki:
    Octopus is an album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1972. It marked a change in drummers from Malcolm Mortimore to John Weathers. The new line-up of the band delivered the Octopus album later in 1972, generally considered to represent the start of the band's peak period. The hardest and most "rocking" Gentle Giant album to date, Octopus  was allegedly named by Phil Shulman's wife Roberta as a pun on "octo opus" (eight musical works, reflecting the album's eight tracks). In 2004, Ray Shulman commented "(Octopus) was probably our best album, with the exception, perhaps of Acquiring the Taste. We started with the idea of writing a song about each member of the band. Having a concept in mind was a good starting point for writing. I don't know why, but despite the impact of The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia, almost overnight concept albums were suddenly perceived as rather naff and pretentious". The album maintained Gentle Giant's trademark of broad and challengingly integrated styles. One of the highlights was the intricate madrigal-styled vocal workout "Knots", lyrically inspired by the work of R. D. Laing.
    In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came #16 in its list of "40 Cos
    mic Rock Albums".

    Side one 
    1. "The Advent of Panurge"   4:41
    2. "Raconteur, Troubadour"   4:01
    3. "A Cry for Everyone" (D. Shulman, R. Shulman, Minnear) 4:04
    4. "Knots"   4:11

    Side two 
    1. "The Boys in the Band" (instrumental) 4:34
    2. "Dog's Life" (P. Shulman, R. Shulman, Minnear) 3:11
    3. "Think of Me with Kindness" (P. Shulman, R. Shulman, Minnear) 3:34
    4. "River"   5:53


    All songs composed by Shulman, Shulman, Shulman and Minnear, except where noted.

    Gary Green - Electric guitar (tracks 4, 8), electric guitars (tracks 1, 3, 5), maracas (track 2)
    Kerry Minnear - Piano (tracks 1-5, 7, 8), Hammond organ (tracks 1-5, 7, 8), Minimoog (tracks 1, 3, 5, 8), electric piano (tracks 2, 4, 8), Mellotron (tracks 2, 8), regal (track 6), vibraphone (tracks 4, 8), tambourine (track 2), cello (tracks 2, 6), lead vocals on tracks 1, 4 and 7, backing vocals
    Derek Shulman - Lead vocals (tracks 1-4, 8), alto saxophone (track 5)
    Phil Shulman - Trumpet (tracks 1, 2), alto saxophone (track 5), tenor saxophone (track 4), mellophone (track 7), lead vocals on tracks 1, 4, 6 and 8, backing vocals
    Ray Shulman - Bass, violin (tracks 2, 4, 5), violins (track 6), viola (track 6), electric violin (track 8), acoustic guitar (track 6), tambourine (track 3), backing vocals
    John Weathers - Drums (tracks 1-5, 7, 8), bongos (tracks 3, 8), varispeed cymbal (track 8),



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