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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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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 Things Can Change, Things Can Stay The Same May 5 2003
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In many ways, a breakthrough for this underappreciated quintet, Gentle Giant seemed poised to take on the mainstream with this, their first release on Capitol Records in 1975. They even enjoyed their first (if not only?) airplay on L.A.'s KMET with the song "Playing the Game". Despite other reviewers' claims of more dissonance than other albums, that is maybe the case on the first two songs, but the rest of this collection is pretty solid, funky, more repetitious and accessible than this exceptionally creative group had been up to this point. For more dissonance, check out the later release "Interview".
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 .....
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By Lethe
Format:Audio CD
This work contains a lot of classic stuff such as "Proclamation", "No God's a Man", "The face", which are fine and solid tracks, these songs being immortal classics... you find also the typical poli-rythms parts and the multi-vocal section, which make this album a classic among others, and a "GENTLE GIANT TRADEMARK". Their love for madrigals, mixed sometimes with a baroque sound typical of the keyboard oriented TRIO (more ELP oriented), make almost their works original and memorable (along with "Octopus", "Free Hand" and the majority of "In a Glass House" too, this latter the most original work!!).
But talking about "The power and the glory", this concept album is very interesting: it tells the story of un unnamed ruler, who in appearance took care of the important values of a nation,including its culture and historical tradition, but when He began to savour the taste of POWER, He started to forget his previous attention to this patriotic sense, by appreciating only his status-quo!! You don't find here the same taste for the experimentations like into "Acquiring the taste", but naturally it's less boring and more pleasant in comparison to their second work,even though They maintain a certain experimentation with dark mood in the track "Aspiration", which was also an important reference to V.D.G.G. in the album "Pawn Hearts"!!
Highly recommended!!
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This was Gentle Giant's first "full-concept" album, and it was very impressive in its day. The story of the unnamed, newly elevated ruler, his initial aspirations for his people and his nation, his burgeoning love of power and rationalizations for his excesses, and his descent into rigid dictatorship was ambitious and riveting -- if one took the effort to follow it carefully.
The music was very much of the kind GG was known for, both before and after this album: complex, experimental and challenging, but never so outre as to alienate the listener who approached it with an open mind and ear.
The Power And The Glory wasn't Gentle Giant's high water mark -- I'd award that distinction to Octopus -- but it was an outstanding work issued at a time when a great malaiase had begun to creep over popular music. Even today, nearly thirty years since its release, it stands well above the mass of small-group contemporary music -- and it's an important foundation stone for much that followed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best from one of the REAL greats
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. Read more
Published on June 3 2010 by J. MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Giant's Power & Glory
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. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Alan Caylow
5.0 out of 5 stars Overpoweringly Majestic!
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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... Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Howie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what Gentle Giant is all about!
Excelent Giant album. One of their best. Buy it.
Published on March 11 2004 by Bruce Slawson
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious album(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!!! Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by Jason P. Pumphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably some of the best progressive music ever made
I love this album and consider it to be one of the best albums from one of the best bands ever, "Gentle Giant". Read more
Published on July 18 2003 by Derek B. Scholten
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good release from the Giant
This album, their sixth, was the first to represent what I'd call their "middle period" sound. Read more
Published on June 16 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Still bad 30 years later
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 more
Published on May 8 2003 by Rick Tharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Gentle Giant
For those of you who don't know, Gentle Giant is an indescribable and unique melding of jazz, rock, classical, english folk music and a number of other musical genres. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2002 by Michael Kydonieus
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