Octopus (album) by Gentle Giant

Octopus
Octopus by Gentle Giant (1972)
Overall rank: 1,382nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 147 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1972 (30th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (288th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,382nd)
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Octopus by Gentle Giant (CD, Aug-1990, Sony Music Distribution (USA))
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Gentle Giant bestography

Octopus is ranked as the best album by Gentle Giant.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 79 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Rating: 77 (26 votes)Comments: 0
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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 147 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 80.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 80.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.7.

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From kcendsley1 07/13/2019 04:12
My personal favorite prog album. I realize this kind of music sounds odd and outdated to folks who did not live in its time. If you are adventurous give it a few tries. If it doesn't get stuck in your head, well...
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From Grouse 02/03/2019 12:31
This may not be their best album but it still holds such quality!
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From bonnequestion 09/04/2018 03:56
This is an amazing record. Many of GG's best songs are in here:
The Advent Of Panurge
Knots (This one might be their best ever)
The Boys In The Band
Think Of Me With Kindness

I just listed half of the album, the other half is really good too, but those 4 really stand out. As a whole, I don't think this album has a particular feel or direction, however every song is great and has something special to offer. Gentle Giant is one of my favorite bands and Octupus is one of their best albums, so this is definitely a must-listen!
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85/100
From bonnequestion 07/25/2018 12:33
Gentle GIant is one of my favorite bands and this is their best album in my opinion. Strong from start to finish.
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From Simon_bramhall 10/07/2017 16:05
I have to start with I love Gentle Giant and this to me is their best album. It was not my first album by them and not second or third either. I was fortunate to be able to get a copy with the Roger Dean cover and not the Octopus in a jar version, strangely this was one of the reasons I didn't pick up the album sooner. With that said, this embodies all the great qualities of Gentle Giant - unusual time signatures, an assortment of different instruments, and the styles ranging from medieval madrigals to hard rock and everything in between. I can't recommend this album to everyone but for those familiar to Gentle Giant or those willing to reach out for something different then this is the album for you.
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70/100
From souplipton 06/12/2016 04:43
Octopus is a forgot masterpiece of progressive rock. Featuring more folk influences than the titans of prog, it title accurately describes its contents, with 8 tracks worthy of the title as one of Gentle Giant's opuses. "The Advent of Panurge" and "The Boys in the Band" are the top tracks on this excellent LP.
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From alexgagne 01/13/2016 14:39
Listen to the 4th song (Knots) and think about the early Queen stuff...
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From drakonium 04/04/2013 20:32
My favourite prog album after Genesis' Foxtrot and SEBTP. Actually there is no 19 minutes electric caribbean viola jam in 15/4 on this album, just simple rock songs, but which all have a clear prog trajectory, with unusual instruments, some time signatures changes, and many structure variations inside one song.

It's a really breathtaking record.
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