From the unusual percussive opening of "Runaway" with its use of the sound of breaking glass as the initial backbeat to the parade of recorders that sets up the stunning four part harmony of the middle eight, the opening track grabs your attention like no other Giant track before or since.
The odd "Inmates Lullaby" with its off kilter percussion and twisted nursery song melody jumps right out at you. It's an example of a band who believed in pushing the limits of what they could do musically and still not lose their audience. There isn't a weak track on the album and the inclusion of the two live tracks make this the ultimate "House" for fans. The sound quality varies a bit on these two live tracks (they were recorded by fans and cleaned up for release here) but the spirit and performances certainly make them worth it.
To top it off we get a replica of the original sleeve including the marvelous original "plastic window". The inner sleeve is a replica of the original with lyrics and notes on this new edition of the album. Although GG would continue to sail at this level for a number of other albums (including the marvelous "Free Hand" and underrated "Interview"), this captured the band at their peak. Highly recommended.
This is one of the BEST prog albums ever recorded.
And it's GG's best album, hands down (no pun intended, there...). Read more