All you need to do is sit back, and acquire the taste. The album cover has some innuendo in that it is made to look like a tongue licking an anus. However, when opened completely, it is actually a tongue licking a peach. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They inclined towards a more direct style, making a conscious effort to inject more energy into their output, and with an eye on contemporaries, like Genesis, adopted a less complex, more commercial sound.
Classically-trained keyboardist Kerry Minnear looks back on this period of Giant's development with mixed feelings" 'At this stage, certainly, one or two members of the band were becoming frustrated by the straitjacket we'd made for ourselves Because of the nature of what we were, we felt obliged to play quite experimental music all the time.
Ray was getting quite heavily into Punk because it was just a total burst of energy and enthusiasm, and I think that appealed to him because it was so completely different to what we were. I confess I was a bit nonplused by some of the things that were going on in the band Personally, I had much less enthusiasm for breaking free of these restrictions we'd placed on ourselves.
Another factor also influenced this shift to a more straightforward style. Rock Climber [Band Rehearsal]. Giant [Hammond Bass]. Giant [Tenor Horns]. Nothing at All [Foggy Moog]. Pantagruels Nativity [Guitars]. Pantagruels Nativity [Mellotron Note].
Pantagruels Nativity [Moog Flute]. Pantagruels Nativity [Moog Melody]. Pantagruels Nativity [Tambourine]. Pantagruels Nativity [Trumpets]. Schooldays [Mandolin].
Schooldays [Percussion and Snare]. Schooldays [Slow Drums]. Schooldays [Soft Drum Hits]. Schooldays [Spinet and Guitar]. Peel the Paint [Moog Modular]. A Cry for Everyone [Moog]. Knots [Wah Rhodes]. River [Cello]. River [Varispeed Cymbals]. River [JPW Groove]. River [Moog]. River [Wah Guitar and Violin]. Proclamation [Ride 32rds].
Proclamation [Guitar and Rhodes Run]. Proclamation [Rhodes Bass Note]. Playing the Game [Hammond Solo]. No God's a Man [Hammond]. Just the Same [2 Minimoogs]. Just the Same [FX Vibes]. Just the Same [Hand Claps]. Just the Same [Saxes]. Just the Same [Snare Drum Outtake]. Just the Same [Tambourine]. On Reflection [Moog and Harp]. On Reflection [Timpani]. Time to Kill [Piano Stabs]. Mobile [Violins]. Mobile [Violin Solo]. Mobile [Guitar].
Interview [Honky Tonk Solo]. Interview [Rhodes]. Give It Back [Clavicord]. Give It Back [Clavinet]. Free Hand Interview Playing the Fool — The Official Live The Face For Nobody. Recorded live at The Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, in First released as a bootleg in the late '90s and later given an official release by the Glasshouse imprint, it boasts reasonably good sound and excellent playing.
As listeners know, it didn't work and, although less miserable than the follow-up, Giant for a Day, The Missing Piece still has little to recommend it.
That's why this live album is such a surprise. Five out of the ten songs it features come from the group's then-current LP, but they sound crispier and more lively; in short, they make more sense. If "Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It" still sounds like a one-line joke and "I'm Turning Around" is too drab to catch attention, "Memories of Old Days" makes for a brilliant, richly arranged acoustic number and "For Nobody" concludes the disc with a punch.
Ray Shulman is one of the great bass players in rock. His bass line is more, or less, continuous and acts as a counterpoint to the keyboard runs which tend to go in stops and starts. The beauty of the music is that it all interacts, but it generally doesn't come together at the first listening. The album concept of Three Friends is very straightforward. Three boyhood friends grow up together then are separated by their circumstances. Prologue nostalgic look over their fate.
Schooldays remembering when they met and grew up at school before they separated. Working All Day one becomes a road worker. Peel The Paint the second becomes an artist.
Mister Class And Quality the third becomes a white collar worker. Three Friends how fate, skill and chances separated them. The vocal line and use of the musical instrumentation, describes the journey of the three friends from childhood. The mini-moog of Prologue represents the main theme and is built on by Hammond organ and string guitar. The bass guitar with piano is syncopated to signal the passing of time just as the chorus sings, "days change into years".
In Schooldays the vibraphone represents the playfulness of the school yard with bells ringing and remembering the fun it was when the boys were together. Pounding piano keys and moody mellotron indicate those days are about to change as the child voices reminiscing what it was like, are competing against the more serious side of homework and attending to teacher demands. The scaling notes of clavinet, guitars and sax, ascending and descending indicate the mundane nature of manual work as Derek Shulman sings the main verse of Working All Day.
Bach like organ introduces Peel The Paint before the fuzz guitar breaks up the organ theme and then some very psychedelic electric guitar playing describes the feeling of the artist unconstrained by the worries of time. Contrasting with the life of the artist, the third of the friends has the most practical of lives working in an office.
The bright and breezy tones of electric piano with violin and tambourine describes the easy life he has giving and taking orders.Find Gentle Giant discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. Find Gentle Giant discography, albums and singles on AllMusic full condensed blue highlight denotes album pick Filter Discography By Albums Compilations DVDs & Videos All. Year Album Label The Missing Face: Floating World / Glasshouse Records