Gentle Giant (studio album) by Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant by Gentle Giant
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 3,942nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 103 votes)
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Award Top albums of the 1970s (684th)
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Gentle Giant Octopus (Vinyl) 12" Album (UK IMPORT)
Condition: New

Gentle Giant, Three Friends Gatefold LP, KC 31649 US Press
Condition: Used

Gentle Giant Gentle Giant (CD) (UK IMPORT)
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Gentle Giant bestography

Gentle Giant is ranked 4th best out of 18 albums by Gentle Giant on

The best album by Gentle Giant is Octopus which is ranked number 1842 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 912.

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Gentle Giant track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 78 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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77/100 (from 103 votes)
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From 04/27/2023 04:11
"Why Not?" is Gentle Giant at its bluesiest.
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From 09/20/2018 03:29
This album is criminally underrated, even amongst Gentle Giant fans. To me, this is their fourth best, after Three Friends, Free Hand and Octopus. It is definitely their most "folkish" album (especially tracks 2,4 and 5) and I must admit I like it very much.

"Funny Ways" is simply amazing.

"Isn't Quiet And Cold" is a lovely tune, one of my favorite all time. I really like the scenery described in the poetry and the melody is just perfect with the arrangement.

"Nothing At All" is another strong moment, and the intro to this song reminds me of Stairway To Heaven, even though it was recorded before Stairway To Heaven.

"Why Not" is where guitarist Gary Green shines.

The two weakest tracks here would the first and last, but they don't compromise the quality of this album.

All in all, an amazing first album by a great band who went on to do even better albums next!
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From 02/16/2016 00:12
A classic in it's way. Not their best record but not their worst.
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From 02/04/2015 09:29
Nice prog rock album. Not bad, but you can find out better stuff of the same genre.
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