The Power and the Glory
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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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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.
Further clarification is in order: One reviewer claims this to be GG's first concept album. That claim belongs to "Three Friends", released two albums previously. Others have compared GG on this release to Pink Floyd and Van Der Graaf Generator. They are nothing like either of those groups, though I can hear a slight similarity between the openings of "Aspirations" (a beautiful, reflective, jazzy piece) and "Plague of Lighthouse-Keepers". But to lump Gentle Giant in with other styles of prog of that period ..... uh-uh. They had a sound unto themselves, a deliriously syncopated, hard rocking blend of medieval madrigal and funk, and seemed to have more fun playing this highly complex hybrid of sound than many of their self-serious contemporaries. If you asked them what music they enjoyed, they would drop names like War, Funkadelic and Rufus ....... you get the idea.
Back to this album: Yes, there is a concept, and it does tell a very political tale of rise to power, ideals, confidence, manipulation, compromise, betrayal and abuse. Interestingly enough, Power and the Glory came out towards the end of the Nixon Watergate scandal .....Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
this is a very enjoyable collaboration of the best surround mixing courtesy of Steve Wilson and some very cool progressive rock. The surround has depth, texture and good taste. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Toronto guy
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... Read more
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!!! Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by Jason P. Pumphrey
This album, their sixth, was the first to represent what I'd call their "middle period" sound. Read morePublished on June 16 2003
I was there dude! I love most prog rock, and back in 1975 I bought this record in its' original vinyl glory! I didn't like it then, but I kept it in my collection. Read morePublished on May 8 2003 by Rick Tharp