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 Giant Steps...The First Five Years 1970-1975 (Archive quality 1975 UK Vertigo 'spaceship' label 15-track double LP, featuring selections from the band's first six albums, front laminated gatefold picture sleeve with band photos &an interview with Ray & Derek Shulman printed inside. Both the sleeve & vinyl are Near Mint)

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    GENTLE GIANT Live - Playing The Fool (1977 UK green label 9-track double LP, the group's fantastic official live album recorded between September 23 – October 7, 1976 in Düsseldorf, Paris, Brussels & Munich. The gatefold picture sleeve comes complete with both its original shop price sticker & custom hype sticker regarding the booklet, also included, which is a 10-page illustrated stunner! The sleeve is graded VG+ with obvious signs of sleeve 'buckling/warping' whilst the vinyl discs grade EX/EX- with just the odd faint cosmetic blemish not upsetting play - their highly recommended, heralded live album! Not Mint, but an ideal filler for any Gentle Giant fan CTY1133)

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    GENTLE GIANT Octopus (Mid 70s UK Vertigo spaceship label issue of the 1972 8-track vinyl LP, the formidable fourth album which marked the last involvement of eldest Shulman brother Phil, & the first outing for third drummer John Weathers, whostayed with the band thereafter, engineered by Martin Rushent [T-Rex, Yes, Buzzcocks, Stranglers], this is a cult classic among prog fans. Includes the brain-melting complexity of Knots, full of interlocking vocal harmonies wedded to bold symphonicrock sounds. The gatefold sleeve shows light print wear and a small area of paper loss, with a few spots of discolouration inside the gatefold, whilst the vinyl has just a couple of light hairlines and is excellent. Recommended)

  • Gentle Giant - Acquiring The Taste - 1st - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £195.00, $216.45, €222.30 (New Item) (arrived 05-Jul-2022 13:27)
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