Gentle Giant to reissue first four albums on vinyl

From Loudersound.

Gentle Giant are to rerelease their first four albums – Gentle Giant, Acquiring Taste, Three Friends and Octopus – on vinyl in April. These will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and feature their original gatefold sleeves and artwork.

In a statement, the band say, “Gentle Giant are happy to announce the release of the first four albums on vinyl on April 3. After the positive response to the box set Unburied Treasure many fans asked whether the vinyl albums would ever be available. The band has responded and decided to make these albums officially available for the first time in decades.”

Gentle Giant’s self-tiled debut was produced by Tony Visconti and released in October 1970. Visconti also produced the follow-up, Acquiring The Taste, the following year.

Three Friends – produced by the band – was released in 1972, and was followed the same year by the classic Octopus.

Unburied Treasure came out in December. Spread across 30-discs, it featured all 11 of the band’s studio albums, along with 15 live concerts – seven of which had never previously been released.

Limited to just 2000 copies, the set also featured a 136-page coffee table hardback book, a 96-page tour history book, and signed photographs of band members Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear and John Weathers.

Last year, Gentle Giant vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Derek Shulman hinted that there might be further releases to come, telling Prog, “I’ve found things that I’d completely forgotten about, including a couple of live tapes that are not part of this box. They sound very well recorded, so we’re going to put them out next year.

“One is going to be called The Missing Tape. Owning something that you can handle and see is a good thing, rather than something that is just peripheral. I think fans want to hold something that’s not just ones and zeros.”

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  • Gentle Giant - In A Glass House - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £125.00, $157.50, €147.50 (New Item) (arrived 28-Apr-2022 16:19)
    on May 26, 2022 at 7:14 am

    GENTLE GIANT In A Glass House (1973 UK first press 6-track LP on the black & silver WWA label [this album did not come out on the Vertigo swirl label in the UK], for many their finest record. Comes housed in a striking die-cut textured sleeve complete with PVC window, art print card insert. Because the textured sleeves were never laminated they were prone to storage wear with age, however this one has suffered only minor shelfwear and is overall in fantastic condition for its styleand age. The vinyl too is nice & clean & shows only minor cosmetic evidence of light play, a great copy of this Prog rock gem! WWA002)

  • Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant - 2nd - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $37.80, €35.40 (New Item) (arrived 14-Apr-2022 17:54)
    on May 26, 2022 at 7:14 am

    GENTLE GIANT Gentle Giant (Mid 70s UK issue of the debut 1970 7-track LP on the 'spaceship' label, the innovative first album from the Shulman brothers & co, housed in the 'Giant with band in hands' gatefold sleeve. The sleeve is Very Good [small price sticker tear on front] with light edge scuffing & the vinyl is clean & grades EX/EX- with the odd faint paper hairline to show play)

  • Gentle Giant - Octopus - Japanese - CD album - £25.00, $31.50, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 29-Mar-2022 17:21)
    on May 26, 2022 at 7:14 am

    GENTLE GIANT Octopus (2006 Japanese limited edition 8-track 24-bit remastered CD issue of the classic 1972 album, replica mini LP-style gatefold card wallet picture sleeve, with Vertigo Swirl inner reproducing the original LP artwork, complete with Japanese/lyric booklet & 'Rock Legend Series' obi-strip. The obi has faded slightly otherwise remains in a really nice condition UICY-9029)

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