Gentle Giant is the first album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1970. It first appeared in the United States and Canada with the same cover as the Three Friends album. American hip-hop duo Madvillain sampled "Funny Ways" on "Strange Ways" from their album Madvillainy, which was subsequently featured in an episode of the television show The Boondocks.
Gentle Giant were a British progressive rock band. Textually inspired by philosophy, personal events and the works of François Rabelais, the group's early compositional purpose was to "expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular. NB Three Friends (1972) was the band's third album release. Octopus (1972) was the band's fourth album release.
The style of Gentle Giant is hinted at on the album’s iconic cover; the face-centric art recalls In the Court of the Crimson King (from the year before) but while the King Crimson debut’s visage was contorted and expressionistic, the ‘gentle giant’ seen here is heart-warming and friendly. It’s not unimaginable that he’d probably want to invite you in for mead and venison if your paths crossed. Civilian is arguably the most grounded and ‘professional’ of the three pop Gentle Giant albums. It’s also, by turns, the most tedious and uneventful.
1970 studio album by Gentle Giant. Gentle Giant is the first album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1970.
Gentle Giant's self-titled first album was an impressive and unique debut that combined rock, blues, classical, and 1960's British soul. Although the recording quality is sub-par, the music transcends the medium and presents the listener with a variety of musical styles. A Tall Tale, from the original liner notes, is a story about the band and the giant. Beautiful high-resolution scan of the full fold-out cover with the crease removed, thanks to Michael Geiger.