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Power And The Glory

Gentle Giant (Band) Audio CD
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1975 Album from the Progressive Rock Band that Came after a Two Year Respite. Songs Are Much More Dissonant Than in Past Outings and the Structure of the Music More Closely Resembles Some of Pink Floyd's Outer Fringes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best from one of the REAL greats June 3 2010
Format:Audio CD
That the world of rock'n'roll, doesn't hold this piece of work up as one of its canon achievements both boggles my mind and depresses me severely. As far as I could see at the time, these fellows were one of very few progressive style (whatever that means) bands that left the ego out of the art. A band in the truest sense of the word. Of their albums which tried to make a social/poltical "point" this one outstrips them all. Eventually producing laughable crap in an attempt to embrace the flavour of the day . . . . Giant for a Day (ugh!!). . . The Power and the Glory stands apart - their Mona Lisa. If you can score the original vinyl, (rounded corners and all) do it . . . as the added track on the CD ("power and th glory") is horribly out of place. Buy it. Listen with headphones . . . . enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant's Power & Glory June 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
1974's "The Power And The Glory" was the closest Gentle Giant ever got to mainstream success, as it remains their only album to make it into the US Top 50. It is also their masterpiece. After five albums of mostly intricate progressive rock, Gentle Giant simplified things *just a bit* for "The Power And The Glory," making an album that still contained the classic Gentle Giant prog rock sound of yor, but also had a refreshing, slightly more accessible, mainstream feel at the same time. Giving the listener the best of both worlds, the band came up with their greatest album to date. Several GG classics on this one, including "Proclamation" and "So Sincere," the very beautiful "Aspirations" and "No God's A Man," and the fun "Playing The Game." The band sound truly inspired on this one, their performances outstanding. "The Power And The Glory" is Gentle Giant at their very best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overpoweringly Majestic! April 6 2004
By Howie
Format:Audio CD
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Side one (the first four songs - I guess this dates me as an old vinyl fogey!) is perfect. The band finally brought their live sonic sensibilities to the studio, and the material kicks butt!
There is an urban myth that you can't tap your feet to sophisticated music (re: Prog). This album debunks that completely.
The band keeps all the threads open and engaging - they don't over-play an interesting part like many "prog" bands. They give you just enough to want more, then they veer off down another equally interesting path.
They never drive themselves down a dead-end street on this album. They've hit their stride and are walking on the cloud peaks!
One of my Desert Island Discs!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Step Toward Commerciality March 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although I don't like it quite as much as its predecessor, "In a Glass House," or the album that follows, "Free Hand," don't let some of the other reviewers mislead you, this is a definite step toward the less complex, more commercial sound that would find its peak in the Giant's next release, "Free Hand." The album is still original and challenging, but some songs, especially "Aspirations" and "Playing the Game" can be grasped after two or three listenings, something that can't always be said about this great band's music. (If you want dissonance, I won't argue "Interview" is the album for you).
Derek Shulman once said in an interview that this album lacked some of the energy of their other work. That may be true in the case of some cuts--"Valedictory" strikes me as a particularly unsatisfying re-hash of "Proclimation," but there's plenty of energy in cuts like "Cogs in Cogs" and "Proclamation" and some of the quiter songs, including the aforementioned "Aspirations" and the underrated "No God's a Man," stand up to anything they've done. This may not be my favorite GG album, but along with "Octopus," "Glass House" and "Free Hand" it does form the core of their best work, falling just a notch below those three others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what Gentle Giant is all about! March 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Excelent Giant album. One of their best. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious album(CD)!!! Dec 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
A great offering from the progressive group Gentle Giant!!! 8 Great tracks. Great for prog-rock fans!!! Proclimation and Cogs In Cogs are my faves, but the rest is great too!!! A seventies classic!!! A+
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I love this album and consider it to be one of the best albums from one of the best bands ever, "Gentle Giant". I remember seeing them do some of the songs from this album live on Don Kirshners Rock Concert many, many years ago. I had never heard of them before that but after seeing them I immediately went out and purchased this album afterwards. The album describes the red tape of politics as well as the widening struggle between the classes. Having played guitar since 1973, teaching myself how to read and write music and play classical guitar my sincere appreciation for the classical beauty that this band possesed has just grown. Theres never been a band like this since and may never be another one this good again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good release from the Giant June 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album, their sixth, was the first to represent what I'd call their "middle period" sound. It differs from their first period (more progressive and varied) and is not simpler and more straightforward like their late period of music. So this probably represents Giant Giant as most fans would think of them. Most of the songs are good, though the album overall is not quite as good as the previous album (In a Glass House), nor the following one (Free Hand). But this is definitely an album that Gentle Giant fans need in their collection.
Apparently this album has been one of the best selling GG albums in America, if not the best selling.
Unfortunately, just like the vinyl release, the title song `Power and the Glory' is not on included on this CD release. I had the song on a compilation record years ago, and it is really good. I'm not sure why it keeps getting left behind. It would have made a lot of sense to include it with the other songs.
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