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London, United Kingdom (1970 – 1980)

Gentle Giant were a British band founded in London, United Kingdom active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members. All of the band members, except the first two drummers, were multi-instrumentalists. Although not commercially successful, they did achieve a cult following.

The band’s onetime stated aim was to “expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular,” although this stance was to alter significantly with time. While never achieving the commercial heights of progressive rock contemporaries such as Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes or Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant was considered to be one of the most experimental bands in the genre (as well as one of the most experimental rock bands of the 1970s).

Gentle Giant’s music was considered complex even by progressive rock standards, drawing on a broad swathe of music including , , , and music. Unlike many of their progressive rock contemporaries, their “classical” influences ranged beyond the Romantic and incorporated , , and modernist chamber music elements. The band also had a taste for broad themes for their lyrics, drawing inspiration not only from personal events but from philosophy and the works of both François Rabelais and R. D. Laing.

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  • RomanyDagger

    I guess for me it goes 1. King Crimson, 2. Gentle Giant, 3. Pink Floyd, 4. Yes, 5. Camel. Haven't heard enough VDGG to put em on and say what you will about PF and if you consider them prof or not but they have some nice tunes.

    21 May 7:37am Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    fine by me as long as genesis and rush aren't there

    17 May 9:53pm Reply
  • tsudduth24

    Nice list vin... but I would rank: 1 - Van Der Graaf Generator 2 - Yes 3-King Crimson 4 Gentle Giant 5 Camel. It's hard to put one in front of the other cause they are all so good

    16 May 4:21am Reply
  • vinialmeida

    Best Prog Bands in the World: 1 - Van Der Graaf Generator 2 - Gentle Giant 3 - Yes 4 - Camel 5 - King Crimson

    19 Apr 6:11pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    Support Gentle Giant as Best Band in the Universe. Enlist now.

    16 Apr 11:24pm Reply
  • IgIanBarrett

    Вот она, победа акустики над электронными экспериментами в проге(по крайней мере у Gentle Giant). Интересно, что вдохновило группу на такое занятное название?

    10 Apr 7:54pm Reply
  • tsudduth24

    Gentle Giant are the prog-kings in my opinion [2]

    28 Mar 5:15pm Reply
  • RockCake29

    Gentle Giant are the prog-kings in my opinion. They had such complexity in combination with great musicianship. All the members played up to 5 different instruments, almost like an orchestra... They expanded the frontiers of contemporary music, and their music was way before it's time. It still sounds as fresh, adventurous and fascinating today. Their music was hard to grasp at first, but when you grasp it, you'll never want to let go.

    25 Mar 8:56pm Reply
  • listeninggus

    i don't play any musical instruments and i'm not a music expert. yet i seem to have decent musical preferences because i tend to like good stuff. gentle giant is an example.

    18 Feb 7:35pm Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    Prog epics are too mainstream

    21 Jan 11:50pm Reply
  • jazzthieve

    @skooge from a music enthusiast point of view the original release dates make more sense but from a selling stand point the reissue dates make more sense and that's why they are there.

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Skooge

    Also, I wish last.fm wouldn't show the reissue dates as the actual dates. That's kind of stupid.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Skooge

    Been listening to them for years and In A Glass House and The Power And The Glory both still blow my fucking mind.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    If I hadn't also just discovered Caravan and Camel I'd probably be unable to stop listening to Gentle Giant. All seven of the first albums are amazing.

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Mistermasyl

    Acquiring :)

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    some really unique songs over the years, shame they were only around for a decade!

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • elitist_jerk

    "which are the best album you guys vote for?" The Power and the Glory

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • orient_occident

    Дебютник очень люблю, остальное нравится в меньшей степени.

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • NANCHONS

    Last 2 or 3 albums aside they had a nearly perfect run of albums, gud band.

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • LimpingLime

    Love the references to Rebelais

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
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