Gentle Giant is arguably the most challenging, schizophrenic, and technically gifted band in the history of progressive rock. Across 11 studio albums in the 1970s, the British act mixed symphonic atmospheres with Baroque formality, medieval arrangements, Zappa-esque absurdity, and dazzling rock riffs. They were never as popular as prog’s big guns (Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), nor were they as influential. But their music is just as rewarding: All these decades later, no band has struck up such a unique (and polarizing) blend of sonic textures.
[An hour of classic Gentle Giant! Video of this amazing band is hard to come by. This is the best I’ve seen.]
(via Hidden Track » The Chop House: Gentle Giant’s Explosive Sight & Sound Concert)
[ one of my very favorite bands from back in the day. Extremely talented musicians playing super complex songs. One guy plays keyboards, cello, guitar, xylophone, and sings backup vocals ]