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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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  • elitist_jerk

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

    27 Aug 6:43pm Reply
  • orient_occident

    Дебютник очень люблю, остальное нравится в меньшей степени.

    1 Aug 2:44pm Reply

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

    23 Jul 9:32am Reply
  • LimpingLime

    Love the references to Rebelais

    22 Jul 3:20am Reply
  • SoundscapeMN

    hey, for the Kevin Gilbert fans who may come here (Kevin played on the GG tribute record "Giant Tracks" and was noted as GG being his favorite band of all-time), Kevin's 1st solo record "THUD" could be coming out on VINYL.! Please make a comment (for those who have Facebook) in this Post if you are interested.

    10 Jul 12:49am Reply
  • gonejaa

    Gentle Giant é outro nível, banda única!!! [4]

    20 Jun 7:33am Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Nie wiem czy to nie był najlepszy zespół progresywnego mainstreamu. Gdyby uznać, że King Crimson poza ItCotCK i Red do tego mainstreamu nie należeli no to chyba numerem jeden byłby właśnie Olbrzym.

    29 May 5:27pm Reply
  • MatheusLuiz_

    Gentle Giant é outro nível, banda única!!! [3]

    24 May 3:08pm Reply
  • R_Barrientos

    Acquiring the tase is a hell of an album!

    23 May 4:47am Reply
  • RockCake29

    I think people never realized how unique these musicians were. One of the most experimental bands in history. They used so many different instruments and still made it sound raw with alot of creativity and imagination. I think that's one of the reasons they never "really" broke through. They were too much for the "usual" human to comprehend, few people think that you can make xylophone-solo sound cool, like they actually did. I hope at least that they never will be forgotten because they are a perfect example of musicianship in a blend of tight rythm (and rythm changes) and individual perfection on their preffered instruments, as well as wellwritten lyrics with soul and passion.

    21 May 12:30am Reply
  • menswear2112

    Insane level of musicianship, brim-filled with imagination, on the frontier of contemporary music but strangely snubbed. Support Gentle Giant for best band in the Universe, please.

    17 Apr 8:59pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Want to like this band so bad....ridiculous levels of talent/ambition

    13 Apr 3:55pm Reply
  • panda_polaco

    Gentle Giant é outro nível, banda única!!! [2]

    2 Apr 7:55pm Reply
  • FernandoVGP

    Gentle Giant é outro nível, banda única!!!

    31 Mar 2:26am Reply
  • Dinsdale50

    Acquiring the Taste

    21 Mar 2:43am Reply
  • EmperorLuddite

    acquiring the taste! [2]

    1 Mar 8:49pm Reply
  • theithilstone

    acquiring the taste!

    23 Feb 11:09pm Reply
  • danycrusher

    which are the best album you guys vote for? I just can't decide, I like everything up till Free Hand. Interview is not bad either.

    23 Feb 2:15pm Reply
  • schizoid_man77

    Stumbled upon Octopus In a glass house, The power and the glory, and Free hand for five bucks each at a local record store. Definitely like the power and the glory the most, but this is a seriously good group.

    14 Feb 6:34pm Reply
  • Led_Zayatts

    One of the greatest bands on earth [4], and also the quintessence of progressive rock.

    13 Feb 6:27pm Reply
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