Sunday, August 1, 2021

Vinyl Releases for Gentle Giant

Progressive rock legends Gentle Giant will release their first four albums on vinyl on 3rd April 3rd during this their 50th anniversary year.

This follows the positive response to last year’s Unburied Treasure box set and many fans asking if the albums would ever be released on vinyl again. The band affirmative in their reply are now making those albums officially available for the first time in decades.

First released in October 1970, debut album Gentle Giant was produced by Tony Visconti, the same year they began live appearances as a band. The following year, Visconti was back again for the follow-up album Acquiring The Taste.

For 1972’s Three Friends the band themselves oversaw the production, and it was to be their first official release in North America. Strangely the Stateside version featured the artwork from the Gentle Giant album’s cover. Cover changes also occurred for their milestone album Octopus in 1972 – Roger Dean’s classic UK cover was replaced by one featuring a dye cut octopus in a jar over in North America.

These new editions of the albums will be manufactured in 180 gram vinyl and feature the original gatefold artwork from the UK, and released on the Alucard label.

Word has it the band hopes that their “friends, followers and fans will enjoy these albums in their original form 50 years later!”

Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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