Gentle Giant

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Acquiring The Taste
New - LP - VEL 1005
Sealed Gatefold Original. Pristine Copy. “The Band's Second Album Is A Major Advance On Its First, Featuring Superior Singing, Playing, And Songwriting, As Well As A More Unified Sound, Without Sacrificing The Element Of Surprise In The First Record. Many Of The Melodies And Even The Riffs Here (Check Out Gary Green's First Guitar Flourish On "Pantagruel's Nativity") Have A Pretty High Haunt Count, And All Of The Musicianship Displays An Elegance Seldom Heard Even In Progressive Circles — But The Record Also, Amazingly Enough, Rocks Really Hard As Well. Elements Of Hard Rock And Gregorian Chants Mix Freely And, Amazingly Enough, Well Throughout This Album.” Bruce Eder, All Music Guide. more
Acquiring The Taste
Used - LP - VEL 1005
1974 Gatefold. “The Band's Second Album Is A Major Advance On Its First, Featuring Superior Singing, Playing, And Songwriting, As Well As A More Unified Sound, Without Sacrificing The Element Of Surprise In The First Record. Many Of The Melodies And Even The Riffs Here (Check Out Gary Green's First Guitar Flourish On "Pantagruel's Nativity") Have A Pretty High Haunt Count, And All Of The Musicianship Displays An Elegance Seldom Heard Even In Progressive Circles — But The Record Also, Amazingly Enough, Rocks Really Hard As Well. Elements Of Hard Rock And Gregorian Chants Mix Freely And, Amazingly Enough, Well Throughout This Album.” Bruce Eder, All Music Guide. more
Acquiring The Taste
Used Import - 6360 041
1974 Gatefold Reissue On The 2nd UFO Label. Glossy NM- Vinyl, Some Minor Cover Wear. “The Band's Second Album Is A Major Advance On Its First, Featuring Superior Singing, Playing, And Songwriting, As Well As A More Unified Sound, Without Sacrificing The Element Of Surprise In The First Record. Many Of The Melodies And Even The Riffs Here (Check Out Gary Green's First Guitar Flourish On "Pantagruel's Nativity") Have A Pretty High Haunt Count, And All Of The Musicianship Displays An Elegance Seldom Heard Even In Progressive Circles — But The Record Also, Amazingly Enough, Rocks Really Hard As Well. Elements Of Hard Rock And Gregorian Chants Mix Freely And, Amazingly Enough, Well Throughout This Album.” Bruce Eder, All Music Guide. more
Civilian
Used - LP - JC 36341
1980 White Label Promo With Custom Inner Sleeve. Appears Unplayed. “Taking A Not So Successful Pop Detour With 1978's Giant For A Day, Gentle Giant Was Quite Unsure Where To Turn With Their Follow-Up. Lead Singer Turned Manager Derek Shulman Hoped That A Change Of Environment Would Help Them Tap The American Market, So He Moved The Band To Los Angeles To Rehearse And Record The New Album. Whereas Bassist Ray Shulman Had Dominated The Straightforward Writing Of The Previous Album, Keyboardist Kerry Minnear Was Given The Reins Here. The Result Was A Fusion That Actually Worked: Minnear's Busy Notation, New Wave Sounds, And Driving Tempos. At The End Of The '70s, Many Of Gentle Giant's Progressive Rock Contemporaries Were Looking For New Directions That Would Sell. With Its Darker Outlook And Hard-Hitting Sound (It Is The Only Gentle Giant Album Without Acoustic Guitar), Civilian Was Definitely A Turn For The Better. But Unlike Genesis, Gentle Giant Never Made It Over The Hump; It Was Announced That The Tour That Followed Would Be Their Last, And They Disbanded.” Patrick Little, AMG. more
Free Hand
New - LP - ST 11428
Factory Sealed 1975 Original, Clean COH. “Perhaps Gentle Giant's Most Realized Effort. After The Excellent In A Glass House, The Group Further Developed Its Renaissance-Medieval Approach, Producing One Of The Most Creative And Complex Recordings In Progressive Rock History. Their Vocal Approach To The Four-Part Fugue "On Reflection" Was Revolutionary For Its Time And Is Looked Upon As One Of The Genre's Defining Moments. Despite The Complexity Of The Arrangements, The Music Never Sounds Academic And In Fact Is Very Accessible Thanks To Several Melodic Hooks. The Combination Of Superb Musicianship, Dry Wit, And Creative Compositions Make This An Essential And Historical Recording.” Robert Taylor, AMG. more
Free Hand
New - LP - SN 16048
Sealed 2nd Issue. more
Free Hand
Used Import - CHR 1093
Beautiful 1975 UK Original, Housed In Jacket With Matte Finish. NM Vinyl, Jacket In Superb Condition. Tiny Corner Rubs. "Perhaps Gentle Giant's Most Realized Effort. After The Excellent In A Glass House, The Group Further Developed Its Renaissance-Medieval Approach, Producing One Of The Most Creative And Complex Recordings In Progressive Rock History. Their Vocal Approach To The Four-Part Fugue "On Reflection" Was Revolutionary For Its Time And Is Looked Upon As One Of The Genre's Defining Moments. Despite The Complexity Of The Arrangements, The Music Never Sounds Academic And In Fact Is Very Accessible Thanks To Several Melodic Hooks. The Combination Of Superb Musicianship, Dry Wit, And Creative Compositions Make This An Essential And Historical Recording.” AMG Review By Robert Taylor. more
Gentle Giant
Used Import - 6360 020
1973 UK Reissue On The Spaceship Label, Housed In A Gatefold Cover With Matte-Like Finish. LP Appears Glossy, Crisp Jacket. “Astonishingly Daring Debut Album, Not As Focused Or Overpowering As King Crimson's First But Still Crashing Down Barriers And Steamrolling Expectations. The Mix Of Medieval Harmonies And Electric Rock Got Stronger On Subsequent Albums, But The Music Here Is Still Pretty Jarring. Kerry Minnear Was Probably The Only Prog Rock Keyboard Player Of The Era Who Allowed His Synthesizers To Sound Like Themselves And Not Mimic Orchestras; Gary Green's Guitars Are Alternately Loud And Brittle Or Soft And Lyrical, And Always Surprising; And The Presence Of Saxes And Trumpets (Courtesy Of Phil Shulman) Was Unusual In Any Rock Band Of The Era -- All Of Which Explains How Gentle Giant Managed To Attract A Cult Following But Hadn't A Prayer Of Moving Up From That Level Of Recognition. "Funny Ways" Was The Softest Prog Rock Song This Side Of Crimson's "I Talk To The Wind," But A Lot Of The Rest Is Pretty Intense In Volume And Tempo Changes. "Nothing At All" By Itself Is Worth The Price Of Purchase.” Bruce Eder, AMG. more
Gentle Giant
Used - LP - 6360 020
1973 UK Spaceship Label 2nd Issue Housed In A Gatefold Cover With "Made In England" Sticker On Rear Cover. LP Appears Glossy, Unplayed. “Astonishingly Daring Debut Album, Not As Focused Or Overpowering As King Crimson's First But Still Crashing Down Barriers And Steamrolling Expectations. The Mix Of Medieval Harmonies And Electric Rock Got Stronger On Subsequent Albums, But The Music Here Is Still Pretty Jarring. Kerry Minnear Was Probably The Only Prog Rock Keyboard Player Of The Era Who Allowed His Synthesizers To Sound Like Themselves And Not Mimic Orchestras; Gary Green's Guitars Are Alternately Loud And Brittle Or Soft And Lyrical, And Always Surprising; And The Presence Of Saxes And Trumpets (Courtesy Of Phil Shulman) Was Unusual In Any Rock Band Of The Era -- All Of Which Explains How Gentle Giant Managed To Attract A Cult Following But Hadn't A Prayer Of Moving Up From That Level Of Recognition. "Funny Ways" Was The Softest Prog Rock Song This Side Of Crimson's "I Talk To The Wind," But A Lot Of The Rest Is Pretty Intense In Volume And Tempo Changes. "Nothing At All" By Itself Is Worth The Price Of Purchase.” Bruce Eder, AMG. more
Giant For A Day
New - LP - SW 11813
Sealed 1978 Original. Clean Cut Out Hole. more
Giant Steps...(The First Five Years) 1970-1975
Used - LP - 6641 334
1975 UK Spaceship Label 2LP Housed In A Laminated Gatefold Jacket. more
In A Glass House
Used - LP - WWA 002
Beautiful Near Mint And Hard To Find 1973 English Die Cut, See Through, 3-D Gimmick Cover Original. This Title Almost Always Has Damage Around The Plastic Window, This One Does Not. The Glossy LP Appears Unplayed. “Gentle Giant Was Reduced To A Quintet On In A Glass House With The Departure Of Elder Brother Phil Shulman, But Its Sound Is Unchanged, And The Group May Actually Be Tighter Without The Presence Of His Saxophones. The Time Signatures Are Still Really Strange, And The Tempo Changes Are Sometimes Jarring, As Is The Wide Range Of Dynamics, But This Is Also One Of The Group's Most Pleasing Records -- They Rock Out In Various Places, And Elsewhere Perform All Kinds Of Little Experiments With Percussion Instruments ("An Inmate's Lullaby"), Or Create A Strange, Otherworldly Sort Of Modern Medieval-Style Music ("Way Of Life"). None Of It Except Possibly "A Reunion" Is Light Listening, But The Challenge Does Yield Some Rewarding Sounds.” Bruce Eder, All Music Guide. more
In A Glass House
Used - LP - WWA 002
Hard To Find 1973 English Die Cut, See Through, 3-D Gimmick Cover Original With Custom Inner Sleeve. This Title Almost Always Has Damage Around The Plastic Window, This One Does Not. This Is A Mint, Unplayed Store Stock Copy In Shrink Wrap Which We Removed To Scan The Jacket. more
Interview
New - LP - ST 11532
Sealed 1976 Original. Clean Cut Out Hole. “Generally Considered To Be The Last Must-Have Recording From These Progressive Rock Giants. Recorded At A Frenetic Pace, The Band Had The Impossible Task Of Topping Their Classic, Free Hand. While They Didn't Surpass The Success Of Previous Efforts, They Did Continue To Propel Their Unique Brand Of Complex Music Into Surprising New Directions. Interview Is Actually A Concept Album Centering On A Fictitious Interview Based Upon The Music Business. There Are The Typical Complex Harmonies And Intricate Musical Passages, But The Real Progress Is In The Group's Expanded Sound, Thanks In Large Part To Kerry Minnear's Stellar Keyboard Innovations. Although The Songs Are Not As Memorable As Those On Free Hand, There Isn't A Weak One In The Bunch, With The Reggae-Styled "Give It Back" Being A Standout. Unfortunately Progressive Rock Was Nearing Its Initial Run As A Popular Form Of Music, Forcing Most Prog Bands To Either Adapt To The Changing Times Or Simply Fade Away. Unfortunately, Gentle Giant Tried Their Hand At Pop For A Short And Embarrassing Time Before Disbanding. Gentle Giant's Legacy Began With Their Eponymously Titled Debut And Ended With This One.” Robert Taylor, AMG. more
Missing Piece
Used - LP - ST 11696
1977 Original With Cstom Green Inner Sleeve. LP Appears Unplayed. more
Missing Piece
New - LP - ST 11696
Sealed 1977 Original. Clean COH. more
Octopus
New - LP - 32022
Factory Sealed 1972 2nd Issue (Original Pressing In A Non Die-Cut Jacket). more
Octopus
Used - LP - 6360 080
1972 UK Spaceship Label 2nd Issue Housed In A Gatefold Jacket. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. Supposedly Rarer Than The Original Swirl Label According To Some eBay Wag. more
Octopus
Used - LP - KC 32022
Mint 1973 Die-Cut Jacket Original With Custom Blue Inner Sleeve. Radio Station Timing Strip On Cover. 1C/1C Stampers. more
Octopus
New - LP - KC 32022
Sealed 1973 Die-Cut Original With Custom Blue Inner Sleeve. more
Octopus
Used - LP - KC 32022
Hard To Find 1973 Die-Cut Cover Original With Custom Die Cut Blue Inner Sleeve. Slight Ring Wear & Corner Crease. Vinyl Plays Overall VG++, Slightly More Noticeable Surface Noise At Beginning Of Each Side. more
Octopus
Used Import - ALUGGV054
2015 Heavy Vinyl Remastered Reissue. Cover Is VG+ With Some Small Edge Creases And Back Corner Crease. more
Octopus
Used - LP - KC 32022
Hard To Find 1973 Die-Cut Cover Original With Custom Die Cut Blue Inner Sleeve. Slight Ring Wear & Corner Crease. Vinyl Plays Overall VG++, Slightly More Noticeable Surface Noise At Beginning Of Each Side. more
Octopus
Used - LP - KC 32022
1973 US Original Santa Maria Pressing; Housed In The Die-Cut Jacket, Includes The Original Blue Printed Inner Sleeve. Strong VG++ Copy. more
Playing The Fool
New - LP - SKBB 11592
Sealed 1977 2LP Gatefold Original, Clean COH. Recorded On Their European Tour. more
Playing The Fool
New - LP - SKBB 11592
Sealed 1977 2LP Gatefold Original Recorded On Their European Tour. Not Only Is This Double LP A Brilliant Display Of Gentle Giant's Live Proficiency, But Also Features The Group's Finest Tracks From A String Of Classic Albums, Almost Serving As A Substitute Greatest Hits Of Sorts. Sound Quality Is Excellent And The Musicianship On Prime Cut On Reflection Really Needs To Be Heard To Be Believed. An Excellent Introduction For Those New To The Band, And An Exciting Reminder For Those Who Are Already Familiar With Gentle Giant's Brand Of Complex Prog. All Music Guide. more
Playing The Foole
Used - LP - TAKRL 1943
1975 Original LP With Cover Art Sheet. Appears Unplayed. Recorded Live During Their American Tour. more
Playing The Foole In Wonderland
New - LP - WRMB 309
Sealed 1975 Original Recorded Live On Stage With Two Additional Studio Tracks. Songs Are: "Proclamation," "Funny Ways," "Experience," "March Of The trolls," "So Sincere," "The Advent Of Panurge," "Mr. Glass And Quality" And "The Power And The Glory." more
Power And The Glory
New - LP - ST 11337
Sealed 1974 Original Housed In A Die-Cut Cover. Clean Cut-Out Hole. more
Power And The Glory
Used - LP - SN 16044
Near Mint 80's Green Label Issue With Barcode On Back Jacket. Last Sticker On Side 1 Label, Thin Saw Cut. VRP Sleeve Replaces The Previous Plain White Inner. more
Power And The Glory
Used - LP - ST 11337
1974 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve Housed In A Die-Cut Cover. Appears Unplayed. Shrink Intact. more
Power And The Glory
Used Import - ALUGGV07
2014 Limited Edition Reissue Housed In A Gatefold Jacket. Small Seam Split. more
Pretentious-For The Sake Of It
Used - LP - 6641 629
1977 UK Spaceship Label 2LP Gatefold First Pressing. Compiled From Their First Six Albums. Both LPs Appear Glossy, Unplayed. more
The Power And The Glory
Used - LP - 010
Mint 1974 UK Die-Cut Laminated Cover Original With Colour Insert. more
Three Friends
New - LP - KC 31649
Sealed 1972 Gatefold Original. Demonstration Stamp On Back Cover. Pristine Copy From The Collection Of A Columbia Record Exec. more
Three Friends
Used - LP - 6360 070
Stunning 1972 UK Swirl Label Original Housed In A Gatefold Jacket. 4 1/2 Stars In All Music Guide. more
Three Friends
Used Import - 6360 070
1973 UK Spaceship Label In Matt Gatefold. more
Three Friends
Used - LP - KC 31649
1972 Gatefold Original. 1A/1B Stampers. more
Three Friends
Used - LP - PC 31649
Beautiful Second Catalog Number (Originals Were KC Prefix) Housed In A Non-Gatefold Cover With Small, Clean Cut Out Hole. more
Three Friends
New - LP - KC31649
Sealed 1972 Gatefold Original. more
Three Friends
Used Import - 6360 070
1973 UK Spaceship Label In Matt Gatefold. more
Three Friends
Used - LP - KC 31649
1972 US Gatefold Original With Custom Inner. Excellent Vinyl And Vibrant, VG+/++ Cover. Light Small Crease Lines At Spine, Corner Rubs. "Gentle Giant's Third Album (And Their First Self-produced Effort, Tony Visconti Having Run The Sessions On The Two Previous Records) Was Another Advance, This Time In The Direction Of A Harder Rock Sound -- Everything Sounds Turned Up Here, Especially The Guitars, The Bass, And The Electronic Keyboards. Three Friends Hardly Sacrificed Any Of The Group's Progressive Intentions, However, And There Are Some Softer Moments Here, Such As The Playful, Sprightly First Half Of "Schooldays"; The Harmonies And Arrangements Still Had A Distinctly Medieval Feel, And The Melodies, Though A Little Harder To Discern Here (Which Made Them Even More Appealing When They Did Become Obvious), Were Quite Engaging. This Is Supposed To Be A Concept Album, About The Relationship Between Three Friends Across A Lifetime, And The Original Notes And Lyrics Have Been Reprinted, But None Of That Is Necessary In Order To Enjoy The Songs Here." AMG - Bruce Eder. more

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