Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Giant for a Life - A Tribute to Gentle Giant
(Mellow MMP 300 A/B, 1997, 2CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 1998-07-01

Giant for a Life - A Tribute to Gentle Giant Cover art

The second of two tributes to rock's most misunderstood progressive band is another hodgepodge of tracks from the Gentle Giant catalog. Most bands seem to adopt the policy of covering the original piece in its entirety without straying from the original arrangements. This usually has negative side effects for fans since the first version of the song is rarely improved on. Vocally it can be a bit trying as well to listen to a butchering of your favorite piece from almost twenty years ago. Mellow's continuing trend of band tributes has both pros and cons to support this view. A few cases in point: Fonya's arrangement of "Talybont" is quite good with closing strains from opening part of Free Hand. I have to commend Sky Island for undertaking the tricky title track from In a Glass House, well recorded and faithfully played too, but vocally disappointing. French TV's cover of "Mister Class and Quality?/Three Friends" rocks quite a bit, which does come close to capture the feel of that segue from 1972.

Another focus of the tribute album phenomenon is on bands looking to make a name for themselves in the progressive niche. We'll probably never hear from the following bands again: The Chocking Smokers Band, Glass Haus, The Works... but who cares, right? The late Louis Mastro does a faithful job of "Cogs in Cogs" while Kevin Gilbert's last recorded new piece graces the other Dan Barrett organized tribute and worth the price of purchase for me. In summary: another mixed bag of dinosaur bones.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 15, 1997 releases

Related artist(s): Advent, Gentle Giant, French TV

More info
http://mellowrecords.bandcamp.com/album/gentle-giant-tribute-giant-for-a-life-2cd

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Lonely China Day - Sorrow – In the midst of all the noise found on the Beijing music scene, where feedback reigns and screaming is preferred to singing, there is one band that stands out from the crowd. Lonely China Day (their...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues