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Mixes Suite(r) Than Wine: Steven Wilson Distills Gentle Giant for 21st Century

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Gentle Giant’s “Three Piece Suite.” A fitting birthday gift for baby Pantagruel.


Gentle Giant
Three Piece Suite
Alucard Records
Release Date: September 29, 2017

First. Kudos and no small amount of jealousy to those who had the pleasure of discovering the joys of Gentle Giant (GG) in the 1970’s. For those of us who didn’t cross the moat the first time around Three Piece Suite (3PS) makes for a “more’s the pity” reminder as well as a perfect opportunity to catch up. Given my musical tastes it is a “how’d I miss this” head scratcher of giant sized proportions. Had I been given a dose of tunes like “Nothing At All,” “Peel the Paint” and “Pantagruel’s Nativity,” Gentle Giant would have certainly achieved favored status in my record collection.

In truth, GG did not receive the kind of rotational FM radio airplay that their contemporaries Jethro Tull, Yes, and ELP garnered. For all their inventiveness, in a time when the most challenging listening experiences were revered and encouraged, these are not records that made the charts. Even so, – towel sopping with spilt milk in hand – a better late than never revelation is quite welcome and maybe even at the heart of what this package does best.
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Traveling Monkberries: Rhino’s Barrel of New & Old

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Rhino Records drops some new Monkees music on us as we wait for the release of their spruced up TV series BluRay Box Set. All 58 episodes of snarky lunacy that melded the Marx Brothers with pop culture of 1960’s West Coast America will appear in the midst of innumerable bonus features. Those extras include the group’s only feature film Head as well as the even more challenging final television special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. The mega-set can be ordered at the Monkees’ official website only, and is limited to 10,000 copies world wide.
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