Following on from the The Power And The Glory and Octopus reissues comes Three Piece Suite, a selection of tracks taken from the band’s first three albums (Gentle Giant, Acquiring the Taste & Three Friends).
The album includes the songs Giant, Nothing At All and Why Not? from Giant; Pantagruel’s Nativity and The House, The Street, The Room from Acquiring The Taste; Schooldays, Peel the Paint, Mr. Class And Quality and Three Friends from Three Friends.
The band along with Steven Wilson are including the previously commercially unreleased track Freedom’s Child taken from the first recording sessions with Tony Visconti.
The liner notes contain an essay by noted journalist Anil Prasad, in which Gentle Giant’s members reflect upon the writing and recording sessions. Steven Wilson and Tony Visconti additionally share their observations about the early days of one of progressive rock’s most influential bands.
Steven Wilson and Tony Visconti share their incredible observations about the early days of this unique collection of timeless music from one of progressive rock’s most influential bands.
Tony Visconti explains: “I was a very optimistic young man in 1970…I thought music like theirs would save the world from mediocrity. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in it. I championed their cause by becoming sympathetic to the point where I temporarily joined the band for both albums. I modified their arrangements and pulled off some stunning audio effects that gave their sound more depth and immediacy. The band knew I was on their side. I remember there being a great feeling of camaraderie during the sessions.”
Steven Wilson explains: “To create the new mixes, I used Logic as the software and Universal Audio plug-ins, which provide emulations of classic analog outboard effects, channel strips and old mixing desks… I used these tools to clean things up and bring out some more clarity, detail and definition in some of the instrumental interplay. There was never a question of trying to outdo the original mixes, but offer different perspectives on them.”
02. Nothing At All
03. Why Not
04. Pantagruel’s Nativity
05. The House, The Street, The Room
07. Peel the Paint
08. Mr. Class And Quality
09. Three Friends
10. Freedom’s Child*
11. Nothing At All (Steven Wilson 7″ Edit)
*Previously unreleased pre-debut album song
Three Piece Suite will be released on 29th September 2017 and available in several formats: CD/Blu-ray, Vinyl, CD and digital formats.
SOURCE: Anne Leighton Media