Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972)

Octopus is an album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1972. It marked a change in drummers from Malcolm Mortimore to John Weathers. The new line-up of the band delivered the Octopus album later in 1972, generally considered to represent the start of the band's peak period. The hardest and most "rocking" Gentle Giant album to date, Octopus was allegedly named by Phil Shulman's wife Roberta as a pun on "octo opus" (eight musical works, reflecting the album's eight tracks). In 2004, Ray Shulman commented '(Octopus) was probably our best album, with the exception, perhaps of Acquiring the Taste. We started with the idea of writing a song about each member of the band. Having a concept in mind was a good starting point for writing. I don't know why, but despite the impact of The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia, almost overnight concept albums were suddenly perceived as rather naff and pretentious." The album maintained Gentle Giant's trademark of broad and challengingly integrated styles. One of the highlights was the intricate madrigal-styled vocal workout "Knots", lyrically inspired by the work of R. D. Laing. - Wikipedia

Gary Green - Guitars, Percussion
Kerry Minnear - All Keyboards, Vibraphone, Percussion, Cello, Moog, Lead and Backing Vocals
Derek Shulman - Lead Vocals, Saxophones
Phil Shulman - Saxophones, Trumpet, Mellophone, Lead and Backing Vocals
Ray Shulman - Bass, Violin, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
John Weathers - Drums, Percussion, Xylophone

1. The Advent of Panurge (4:40)
2. Raconteur Troubadour (3:59)
3. A Cry for Everyone (4:02)
4. Knots (4:09)
5. The Boys in the Band (4:32)
6. Dog's Life (3:10)
7. Think of Me with Kindness (3:33)
8. River (5:54)


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