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Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant formed out of the blues-based (and later psychedelic) group Simon Dupree & The Big Sound in 1970, which featured the multi-instrumental Shulman brothers Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, and Phil Shulman. They joined with guitarist Gary Green, keyboard player Kerry Minnear, and a series of drummers (John Weathers most consistently, also Martin Smith and Malcom Mortimore) to play music beyond the scope of ordinary rock, though with still a hint of blues in Green’s guitar. Minnear’s elaborate arrangements featured elements of both medieval polyphony and twentieth century compositi ...read more

Gentle Giant formed out of the blues-based (and later psychedelic) group Simon Dupree & The Big Sound in 1970, which featured the multi-instrumental Shulman brothers Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, and Phil Shulman. They joined with guitarist Gary Green, keyboard player Kerry Minnear, and a series of drummers (John Weathers most consistently, also Martin Smith and Malcom Mortimore) to play music beyond the scope of ordinary rock, though with still a hint of blues in Green’s guitar. Minnear’s elaborate arrangements featured elements of both medieval polyphony and twentieth century composition.

In particular, the complex four-part vocal arrangements give the band its unusual character, with each part functioning independently rather than forming simple harmonies. The instrumental parts were just as complex, often featuring interlocking parts often in odd meters, all backed by a solid drum pattern. Cello, violin, recorder, saxophone,and vibraphone (all handled by band members) figure prominently in the arrangements in addition to Minnear’s keyboards. « hide

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LPs
Civilian
1980

2.8
59 Votes
Giant for a Day
1978

2
52 Votes
The Missing Piece
1977

2.4
50 Votes
Interview
1976

3.3
78 Votes
Free Hand
1975

4.1
163 Votes
The Power and the Glory
1974

4.1
161 Votes
In a Glass House
1973

4.3
212 Votes
Octopus
1972

4.1
269 Votes
Three Friends
1972

4
164 Votes
Acquiring the Taste
1971

4.1
216 Votes
Gentle Giant
1970

3.9
173 Votes
Live Albums
Giant on the Box
2004

4.5
4 Votes
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Gentle Giant
1998

4.5
2 Votes
Playing the Fool
1977

4.2
28 Votes

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