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The Power and the Glory

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 3 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000006YYM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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