The Missing Piece (studio album) by Gentle Giant

The Missing Piece by Gentle Giant
Year: 1977
Overall rank: 13,559th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
70/100 (from 40 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1977 (178th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (1,873rd)
Award Best albums of all time (13,559th)
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Gentle Giant bestography

The Missing Piece is ranked 8th best out of 18 albums by Gentle Giant on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Gentle Giant is Octopus which is ranked number 1843 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 913.

Gentle Giant album bestography « Higher ranked (4,960th) This album (13,559th) Lower ranked (16,145th) »
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70/100 (from 40 votes)
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75/100
From 08/29/2018 01:45
Of course this album marks a big change in Gentle Giant's sound, but that doesn't mean it's a bad album. Even though GG is trying to be more pop than ever before in this album, they sometimes succeed and create some great pop tunes (something they won't be able to do in "Giant For A Day"). "Mountain Time" is an amazing pop tune, it's as groovy as it gets. It makes sense, since Gentle Giant has always been the grooviest/funkiest prog band out there. "As Old As You're Young" is another one of those Kerry Minnear amazing songs. I've always liked his voice better than Derek's and this song is a great example why. "Memories Of Old Days" is an instant classic, a really beautiful song. "For Nobody" is another amazing track. There are a few weak moments on this album, but there are still many, many glimpses of the genius we know GG is capable of.
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From 12/21/2017 19:08
Here seems to mark a change in sound for the group which unfortunately seemed to scare away much of their dedicated fans. An energetic and accessible album, which is well worth the listen.

Don't be put off by the numerous negative reviews out there and give this album a spin.
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From 12/01/2017 00:06
Very underrated. Brilliant AOR album - prog dialled way back in favour of high punk-ish energy and wonderful melodies
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